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- Type: in-ear headphones
- Connection type: wireless (TWS), Bluetooth 5.2, AAC codecs, SBC
- Charging connector: USB Type-C
- Driver size: 10mm
- Autonomy: 4 hours of music playback at 50% volume and ANC, 5 hours without ANC, 22.5 / 25 hours with case
- Weight: 4.1g each earbud, 42g case
- Materials: plastic
- Color options: white, black
- Features: ANC / ENC, background noise cutoff for calls, game mode, Dynamic Bass Boost, IPX4 (headphone only), headphone auto-detection
- Price: 5 990 rubles
This is the second model with active noise reduction in the lineup of the company’s headphones. In terms of cost, it is closer to the realme Buds Air Neo, and in everything else – to the model with the Pro prefix. Apparently, an intermediate version with adequate functionality was needed.
In its segment, realme Buds Air 2 can bump into colleagues from Huawei, Honor, JBL, Oppo, Soundcore and many other manufacturers. With a recommended cost of 5,990 rubles, the model is one of the most affordable in the ANC TWS format, but there is an embarrassment: some of the not gray sellers can find an older version … a thousand rubles cheaper. There is something to think about, but for now let’s take a look at the headphones.
If the older model resembled AirPods Pro, then here the headphones themselves reminded me more of Huawei Freebuds 3i, except that their thickening in the upper part is shifted slightly forward, to the ear. The headphones themselves look strict and slender, a model in black was tested on the test, there is also a white version. The headphones have IPX4 protection, but you shouldn’t wet the case.
There are no markings on the “droplets” themselves, which will be appreciated by minimalists. The case also echoes this concept, it has only a dim realme logo and an LED indicating the opening of the lid or charging the headphones. As for the shape of the realme Buds Air 2 case, there is complete parity with the Pro model: the same shape, the same lid magnetisation system, which can be opened only with a very sharp movement of the hand, followed by the chance of the headphones flying out of the groove, depends on the effort.
There are no buttons on the case, the headphones are available for pairing immediately after opening the lid, the Google Fast Pair technology works. The Type-C connector is responsible for charging, fortunately, Micro-USB, as in the realme Buds Q, was prudently abandoned. The glossy plastic of the case collects prints and small scratches from careless handling.
The same realme Link application is responsible for the connection with the smartphone. In addition to updating the firmware and adjusting touch commands for double, triple-tap or press and hold, you can enable or disable the response of the headphones to removal from the ear, optical sensors work, and quite well. There is also an auto-answer option when removing the headphones from the case during an incoming call.
Directly in the application interface, you can select one of three noise reduction modes (ANC, standard, transparency), as well as a sound effect – emphasis on the voice, on the bass or dynamic mode. I recommend the option to increase the volume, it will definitely be in place in the same metro or other public transport. The proprietary gaming mode with minimal response time will be appreciated by gamers, in this scenario realme Buds Air 2 perform well.
There are no complaints about the fit, I chose the attachments by size, and forward, nothing will fly out of the ear and will not remind of itself with unpleasant sensations after several hours of use in a row. Passive noise isolation also prevents sound from leaking out of the ear, which can annoy others, especially in the office, where you need to focus on work tasks.
Sound quality and ANC
There are practically no questions about the sound of headphones in a calm atmosphere and on the street: all frequencies are in their places and there is no feeling of compression and lack of volume. The instruments are read well, not Hi-Fi or LDAC, but you can listen to it without pretensions to audiophile quality. You can play with the effects, you can add “bottom” to taste.
But with ANC, everything is not so simple. The manufacturer claims a noise cut-off of up to 25 decibels, which, according to my feelings, is 60-70 percent of the noise of the same metro. That is, there is a “noise reduction”, but in a limited mode. An ambiguous decision, I want something more complete, but in this case it was this aspect that came under the knife. Definitely straightens things out using nozzles of the right size, as well as adding volume by one division. But we ticked the box, for the sound 4+, and for ANC – the same four, only with a minus and a stretch. It was probably possible to remove ANC and add a couple more hours of work.
By the way, about the opening hours. For the “no noise reduction” mode, 5 hours of operation from a single charge and 25 hours with recharging from a case are declared. The indicator, frankly, is average, I would like to see at least 7 hours. But with ANC, the result is even less. But everything is fair, realme Buds Air 2 works exactly as much as stated. And the case is charging for the indicated 2 hours.
For those who like fast charging, there is a good offer: 2 hours of work after 10 minutes of charging. A great option for those who remembered about uncharged headphones before leaving home. There is no wireless charging, apparently, the manufacturer considered that wired enough, and added a cable in the corporate color to the box.
If we take out of the brackets the retail games with prices that make the flagship model cheaper than the tested novelty, then the situation is as follows: the sound that is not enough for the stars from the sky, adequate and fits into your money, optimal ergonomics, a kind of ANC implementation that requires the user to take additional actions to bring it to the its maximum.
A model like the realme Buds Air 2 may well become universal for both an active athlete and a business city dweller who has already returned to the office or is still working from home. Fortunately, the application allows you to customize the sound according to the situation and preferences. Headphones have a lot of competitors, there is an assumption that soon we will see the price move down.
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