Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is not unheard of on true wireless earphones priced under Rs. 5,000, the brand continues to push the boundaries of performance and functionality in this segment. In fact, the latest models from Realme and OnePlus have proven that functional ANC and good sound quality are possible even in the budget TWS segment. Throwing a hat into this ring is Oppo and its latest true wireless earphones, the Enco Air 2 Pro.
The price is in Rs. At 3,499, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro comes shortly after the Enco Air 2 and has some notable differences such as a proper in-canal fit and active noise cancellation. Its current price makes it more affordable than its direct competitor, the OnePlus Buds Z2. Are the Enco Air 2 Pro the best value-driven ANC true wireless headphones you can buy right now? Find out in this review.
12.4mm Dynamic Drivers, Active Noise Cancellation on Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro
The price performance of the Oppo Enco Air 2 is fairly average, and I expected more from the “Pro” model. The Enco Air 2 Pro has some key changes in design, specs and features. This includes an in-canal fit with silicone ear tips and a larger charging case.
That said, there are some similarities between the two models, such as the design of the earpiece stem, the touch area for playback controls, and the glossy finish on the earpiece and charging case plastic. A rather interesting touch is that the “L” and “R” symbols on the earpiece are cut out to form the opening for the internal microphone. The earphones are rated IP54 for dust and water resistance.
The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro is available in two colors, white and gray. In my opinion, the white version looks much better as it bears a clear aesthetic similarity to the Apple AirPods Pro. The charging case has a translucent upper panel, which I found quite striking and unique. There is a USB Type-C port on the bottom of the charging box, the Oppo logo on the back, and an LED indicator on the front. The shape and size of the case make it easy to pocket with other items like a wallet or smartphone.
The touch on the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro works fine for me. They can be customized using the HeyMelody app (available for Android and iOS). Touch gestures let you control playback, invoke the default voice assistant on your smartphone, cycle through noise-cancellation and listen-in modes, activate game mode, switch between two recently paired devices, and adjust volume. This flexibility allows me to control my listening experience without using my smartphone too often.
The HeyMelody app shows the battery level of the headset and charging case. It allows you to enable or disable ANC and Transparency Mode, as well as activate Game Mode which it claims has a low latency transmission of 94ms. It also allows you to switch between three equalizer presets (called Enco Live effects) and update the headset’s firmware. The app is well designed, easy to use, and works perfectly with the Enco Air 2 Pro.
The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro has 12.4mm dynamic drivers and uses Bluetooth 5.2 that supports SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. The earphones have a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz and feature Active Noise Cancellation and AI-based Ambient Noise Cancellation, which are claimed to provide better audio during calls.
There’s also in-ear detection to play and pause playback when the earphones are put on or taken off, which works great for me. Additionally, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro supports Quick Pair, which can be used to control the phone’s camera shutter, provided you have an Oppo smartphone running ColorOS 11.3 or later.
Even considering its price, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro’s battery life isn’t great. The headset ran for about three hours with ANC enabled at around 60 percent volume. The charging case tripled them from empty to full, with a total runtime of about 12 hours per charge cycle. That’s a lot less than what the OnePlus Buds Z2 offer.
The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro has an impressive price tag
Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro offers great sound quality. Listening to Netsky’s Get Away From Here, the headphones have a strong, aggressive sound that pleasantly maintains the track’s detail and rhythm. The sound signature feels fairly balanced, although the tight and majestic bass does feel a little noticeable.
This helps bring out the character of this drum and bass track, while also allowing the vocals and treble to pass through without being overwhelmed. Best of all, the song sounds pleasant and, thanks to sharp and careful tuning, is pleasant to listen to even at 50 percent volume.
Raise the volume to around 70% to get the best performance out of the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro. Sound isolation and decent active noise cancellation certainly help too. Slower tracks like Mk.gee’s You sound engaging and cohesive at this volume level, and the headphone’s tone is particularly impressive for true wireless headphones in this price range.
That said, any volume level above 80 percent will make the music sound harsh and a little too aggressive. This can be a problem when listening outdoors, and you need that kind of volume, but for the most part you should be happy with straight, crisp sound as long as the volume is at a reasonable level.
Active noise cancellation on the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro is decent, if not the best, for a TWS earphone in this price range. It definitely makes it easier to listen both indoors and out. The headphones successfully cut out many everyday background noises, such as the hum of ceiling fans or air conditioners, as well as some traffic noise. Combined with good passive noise isolation, it does a good job of drowning out most ambient sounds in your home or office.
The connection stability and call quality of the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro are good, and I didn’t experience any issues during my use of these earphones. Even when there is no direct line of sight between the headset and the source device, the connection is stable and lag-free. When playing mobile games, Game Mode is slightly different in improving latency, but at the cost of a slight drop in sound quality.
Oppo’s audio lineup in India generally offers great value for money, although some of the company’s recent launches, like the Enco Air 2, are generally pretty average. With the Enco Air 2 Pro, Oppo is back on track. This is a great pair of true wireless earphones at an affordable price, with useful features like active noise cancellation and app support.
On top of that, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro has very good sound quality, coupled with good ANC, this is one of the best TWS earphones you can buy for less than Rs. 5,000. The only real downside is mediocre battery life, which prevents it from being a great all-rounder. If battery life is a major concern, the pricier OnePlus Buds Z2 might be worth considering. Overall, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro wins my recommendation for this price segment if good ANC performance is your priority for TWS earphones.