The SoundPEATS T2 are a pair of budget active noise-cancelling earbuds from the company, they feature Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity and up to 30 hours of playtime thanks to their charging case. These earbuds are some of the most affordable active noise-cancelling earbuds I’ve looked at and reviewed on Richard Tech, so let’s find out whether the low price is a bargain or whether it’s worth saving a little extra.
The SoundPEATS T2 are only available in black, so there are no other colour options. This is to be expected with a pair of earbuds that are more budget-focused, but it would be nice to see some more options in the future. The earbuds feature a bud-style shape, so there’s no stem sticking out from your ears, and they feature a matte plastic finish across the whole earbuds. The matte finish is nice to see as the earbuds won’t show signs of wear as easily so they should look good, even after regular use.
Looking at the outer side of the earbuds, there’s some SoundPEATS branding which has a glossy finish. This is also a handy guide for where the touch buttons on the earbuds are, the touch buttons are responsive to perform their actions and they let you control a range of things about your listening experience including the ability to adjust the volume, but interestingly – and rather oddly, you can only skip forwards and not backwards.
Aside from the branding on the sides, there’s not too much to look at around the earbuds. Their design is fairly simplistic, which gets the job done, and there are a couple of holes dotted around for microphones and LED indicator lights. The underside has charging pins as well as ear left/right indicators and the underside of the earbuds is also slightly rounded to give themselves a more ergonomic design that fits comfortably into the ear.
The earbuds’ design does stick out the sides of your ears a little as the design isn’t rounded, but I didn’t find this to be a comfort issue just something that is more of an observation of the aesthetic. Luckily, this slightly larger earbud size is not an issue as the earbuds have rubber ear tips which help to not only provide a good and secure fit into the ear but also offer good passive sound isolation. There are two additional sizes of ear tips included in the box, but I found the ones already fitted onto the earbuds to work quite nicely.
As far as the overall design goes for the earbuds, there’s not too much to complain about. The design is functional and, most importantly, they’re comfortable to wear when listening to them.
The charging case for the T2 is compact and similarly sized to the competition. Like the earbuds, SoundPEATS has used plastic for the case which mostly features a matte finish but there are some glossy elements here and there for the logo as well as a glossy band across the case between the lid to break up the design.
On the front of the case, there are three LED indicators that show the charging level of the case but also when the earbuds themselves are charging. I like that the case shows both of these as it’s handy to know when the earbuds are fully charged by only needing to glance at the case, some pricier earbuds don’t feature this ability on their case so it’s nice to see it on these.
The earbuds will connect to your device as soon as the case lid is opened, so there’s no waiting around for them to connect when they’re in your ears. And, on the topic of opening the case, it feels sturdy and well made – the lid will click into place when opened so it doesn’t accidentally close. Aside from this, there’s not too much else to the case, just a USB Type-C charging port on the back.
The SoundPEATS T2 offer good sound quality for the price. Overall, they sound fairly well rounded and balanced for a pair of wireless earbuds, the treble, mid and bass is all present and isn’t outweighing or fighting for airtime between one another. The earbuds are powered by 12mm drivers which offer good stereo separation for providing an immersive listening experience to both music and visual content such as YouTube videos, TV shows and movies.
The treble offered by the earbuds sounds good and clear but could do with a little more clarity on the top end for instruments such as percussion. The mid frequencies sound clear and, when listening to songs, vocals have good quality to them and are clear. Moving down to bass, it is present and deep but not in your face. I personally like this sound style of earbuds, but if you like “bass boosted” earbuds these may not be for you.
All of these different frequency ranges together offer a good and controlled sound that does a decent job at delivering a good listening experience across the board, however, I do think that the earbuds could do with a little more of a dynamic sound to them, so they sound a little more energised. As far as volume goes, the levels are good – I found myself listening at between 40-60% volume depending on the track, you shouldn’t have a problem getting these to a comfortable listening volume.
As far as microphone quality goes, the SoundPEATS T2 feature some good sounding microphones that are able to pick up my voice clearly and to a good volume when recording voice memos or taking a phone call. If you need to make a call with these earbuds, you shouldn’t have any problems and the person on the other end of the phone should be able to hear you loud and clear.
The SoundPEATS T2 feature Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity, but unfortunately no support for aptX. The lack of aptX is certainly not a deal-breaker but this would be nice to see in the future as it should provide a higher-quality listening experience to the listener.
Of course, one of the most appealing features of their earbuds is their active noise cancelling functionality – particularly at this price point, and I have to say, given that price point, the active noise cancelling works surprisingly well. During my testing, I found the earbuds to work well at cutting out ambient noise around me as well as machine noise such as fan noise. A little bit of the high end will seep through, like on many ANC headphones and earbuds, but they do a good job at cutting out the majority of the noise around me.
The earbuds also feature a passthrough (or transparency) mode to feed the ambient sounds around you into the earbuds. This mode works well, there is a little bit of white noise, and it sounds a tiny bit muffled in comparison to no earbuds at all – but the mode is very usable. Of course, if you don’t want any ANC or passthrough going on, you can use the earbuds in their default normal mode and, I’m pleased to share, regardless of what mode you listen in the sound quality of the earbuds is consistent and remains the same across the board.
The earbuds feature an IPX5 water rating, so you can use this during an exercise without any worry about getting a bit of sweat on them. Unfortunately, there’s no companion app for these earbuds, so the touch controls are the only way to interface with the earbuds and cycle through the modes and any EQ adjustments you wish to make to the earbuds will need to be done in the app that you listen to music in.
The SoundPEATS T2 feature up to 8 hours of listening with ANC turned on, which can be extended up to 10 hours if you listen without ANC. This can, of course, vary depending on your listening conditions and volume, but is a good amount of battery life to get you through the day. The charging case can provide 2 additional charges for the earbuds before the case itself needs to get charged and quick charging is supported – which is certainly nice to see.
Unfortunately, there’s no wireless charging – but you can’t expect everything on a pair of ANC true wireless earbuds that position themselves as a more affordable option, but the quick charging is nice to see, regardless.
If you’re looking for a pair of ANC earbuds that you can use throughout the day, the SoundPEATS T2 are a great option. Their balanced sound and ANC performance for the price is impressive and they’re a great value choice if you don’t want to spend a lot but still wish to have active noise cancelling.
The SoundPEATS T2 are available to purchase on Amazon.
The SummarySoundPEATS T2
- Impressive ANC performance.
- Quick charging.
- Balanced sound profile.
- No companion app.
- Only available in one colour.
- Can't track backwards.