The Liberty Air 2 Pro are Soundcore’s latest generation of true wireless earbuds, featuring active noise cancellation and up to 26 hours of playtime, the Liberty Air 2 Pro position themselves as a more price-friendly alternative to the likes of the AirPods Pro but at half the price, costing £129.
The Liberty Air 2 Pro are offered in four colours; black, white, blue and pink, giving plenty of choices to have a colour that suits you. For this review, I’ve been testing out the black variant of the earbuds, which features a slight blue hint to it when the light shines on it – I quite like this effect as it adds some flair to what would be an otherwise flat design.
The earbuds have a stem design, with a two-tone matte plastic finish across the earbuds and rubber ear tips. The stem is angled, which paired with the lightweight build makes the earbuds very comfortable to wear for listening sessions. The plastic construction feels strong and well made and elements such as the Soundcore branding have a glossy reflective finish which adds a premium touch.
Looking around the earbuds, there are a range of microphone holes around the earbuds as well as an LED indicator light that will illuminate to show the status of the earbuds. The underside of the stem has the charging contact points which are used to charge the earbuds in the charging case.
I found the earbuds very comfortable to wear and I found that I didn’t need to push them into my ear or faff around with them to get a good fit, which I usually have to do with rubber ear tip true wireless earbuds, the Liberty Air 2 Pro rested nicely within my ear, these are perhaps the most comfortable rubber tip earbuds I’ve used. The medium size ear tips which are fitted by default worked well for me, but there are also 8 additional ear tip sizes included within the box, it’s great to see that Soundcore is accommodating for so many different sized ears to ensure that everyone will be able to get a good fit.
Overall, I really like the design of the earbuds – it looks modern and sleek and will look great after regular use thanks to the matte finish that will work at reducing the likelihood of scratches and smudges from wearing the earbuds and using the touch controls.
The charging case is compact, albeit a little larger than the charging case for Apple’s AirPods, and features the sliding lid mechanism I first saw on the Liberty 2 Pros which is easy to open with single hand use. The charging case features the same soft-touch matte finish as the earbuds, with a USB Type-C charging port and reset button on the back and LED status lights on the front – the case also supports wireless charging.
Sliding the case open, there is a glossy plastic finish on the inside. I would’ve liked this to have been a matte finish as well as my charging case is already showing some scratches and it smudges easily, despite being fairly new. The magnets in the charging case which hold the earbuds in are strong and get a secure fit, but still allowing the earbuds to be easily removed.
Liberty Air 2 Pro is powered by 11mm drivers, resulting in a punchy listening experience that sounds great. I’ve been testing these earbuds using the default “Soundcore Signature” listening profile from within the Soundcore app, but the EQ can be customized to suit your liking, resulting in a more tailored listening experience – I’ll talk about that in further detail later on in the review.
The earbuds do have a warmer sound signature, resulting in an emphasis on the bass frequencies, but this does not come at an expense to the mid and treble frequencies which sound well-tuned and balanced. The bass offered is deep, resulting in great sound when listening to genres such as electronic music, but also more acoustic-focused tracks, and vocals and percussion remain clear. This paired alongside the impressive soundstage offered by the earbuds results in a general listening experience that is pretty great for casual listening or for listening during exercise.
The Soundcore app is truly a major advantage of these earbuds as it allows you to tweak the listening experience at the earbud-level rather than app-level, allowing you to have the same sound EQ profile across all of your apps, rather than just Spotify – for example. So, if you find that there’s too much bass, this can easily be adjusted from within the app. This is something that is not offered on many other earbuds I’ve tested at this price range, so it is a big advantage of the Liberty Air 2 Pro.
The earbuds feature six different microphones which work together to offer background noise reduction when on a phone call or recording a voice memo. The microphones sound great and managed to capture a clear recording of my voice, so you’ll have no problem or worries using these earbuds for making a phone call.
Soundcore has made the Liberty Air 2 Pro’s a fairly feature-packed pair of earbuds. The earbuds feature active noise cancellation, which is the default listening mode. ANC works well at cutting out background noise such as hums low-frequency noise and greatly reduces other noises around me. There is also a transparency mode if you want to be more aware of your surroundings or have a conversation, but the transparency mode was a little muffled in comparison to simply taking the earbuds out.
These different listening modes can be changed in the Soundcore app, or via touch controls, and fine-tuned further depending on some different scenarios such as whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Additionally, the app also allows you to customise the touch controls so you can have the controls that you’d like most at your fingertips. Unfortunately, you can only have four touch controls, as the earbuds only support a double-tap and hold with no choice of a single tap.
As mentioned earlier on during the review, the app also features a variety of different EQ presets which can be selected to fine-tune the listening experience as well as the choice to set a custom EQ entirely as well as HearID. HearID is a process that takes a few minutes and will create a custom profile based on your own hearing.
Aside from the app features, the Liberty Air 2 Pro’s feature ear detection which will automatically play and pause the music when you take the earbuds in and out of your ears and the earbuds will automatically pair with your device as soon as you open the case, so there’s no waiting around for the earbuds to pair when they’re in your ears. The earbuds also feature an IPX4 waterproof rating, so you can comfortably use these earbuds during a workout without having to worry about getting a bit of sweat on them.
The Liberty 2 Air Pro’s feature up to 6 hours of playtime, which is expended by the charging case to 21 hours of total playtime with ANC turned on. With ANC turned off, you can get up to 7 hours of listening which is extended to 26 hours by the charging case – giving you a few extra hours if you’re willing to forego ANC.
This is a good amount of listening time, as it will provide long-lasting listening that will last a couple of days of heavy use. Luckily, when it comes to charging, the earbuds support fast-charging over USB Type-C, giving you 3 hours of listening after a 15-minute charge, with a full charge of the earbuds taking around 2 hours and the case will take around 2 hours to charge over USB.
The charging case also supports wireless charging, so you can pop the charging case on a wireless charging pad to top it up with power. This is slightly slower than using a cable, taking around 3 hours to charge up fully, but it is an added convenience.
The Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro are likely the best pair of true wireless earbuds featuring active noise cancellation currently on the market at this price point. The software integration with the Soundcore app provides a great way to tailor a listening experience that works for the individual, providing deep software integration into the earbuds that competitors can’t at this price point.
The comfort of the earbuds is fantastic, I’m personally not a huge fan of rubber-tip earbuds and would usually always pick my AirPods, but the Liberty Air 2 Pro’s have surprised me with their comfort and also provide a great listening experience and ANC for the price. I’d highly recommend the Liberty Air 2 Pro’s and I’ll definitely be using them regularly beyond this review, into the future, alongside my AirPods.
The Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro true wireless earbuds are available to purchase on Amazon.
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- Comfortable design
- Effective active noise cancellation
- Great sound and customizability
- Glossy charging case interior
- Only four different touch controls available
- Transparency mode sounds muffled