I previously used the Edifier TWS1 Pro just over two years ago and found them to be outstanding earbuds given their cost.
The recently released Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 boasts enhanced audio performance, Active Noise Cancellation and now integrates with the Edifier Connect app. Yet, their subpar battery longevity might deter some potential purchasers.
- Driver: Φ10mm Dynamic Drivers
- Active noise cancellation with multiple ANC modes and up to -42dB noise reduction
- ANC On: 4 hours(earbuds) + 12 hours(charging case)
- ANC Off: 6 hours(earbuds) + 18 hours(charging case)
- Bluetooth: V5.3
- Codecs: SBC
- Built-in microphone for high-quality calls
- Wearing detection
- Low latency with game mode
- Customized control via Edifier Connect APP
- IP Rating: IP54
Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 vs Edifier TWS1 Pro
Based on the specifications, the TWS1 Pro 2 might seem like a step back from its predecessor:
- The audio codec now solely supports SBC, as opposed to the prior range of SBC, aptX, and aptX Adaptive.
- The battery longevity has dramatically shrunk, dropping from 12 hours to just 6 hours with ANC disabled.
- Its water and dust resistance rating has diminished from IP65 to IP54.
However, it’s not all gloomy updates. There are some notable enhancements:
- The earbud driver size has expanded impressively from 6mm to 10mm.
- They boast a broader frequency response, ranging from 20Hz to 40KHz.
- Bluetooth technology has been updated from version 5.2 to 5.3.
- Integration with the Edifier Connect app is now available for these earbuds.
The earbuds present a fairly standard design, much like most modern earbuds. They bear a resemblance to the previous TWS1 Pro, leaning more towards the aesthetic of the original TWS1 with its glossy plastic finish.
Unlike some earbuds that have stems, these nestle completely within the hollow of your ear. Notably, they’re on the smaller side compared to many others with similar designs. The package includes three different sizes of eartips. I’ve observed that the larger eartips offer a snug fit and an impeccable seal, crucial for optimal sound quality.
In terms of physical activity, I’ve tried them during running and the gym. Impressively, they’ve stayed put with minimal adjustments, even during movements like bending to lift weights.
Like many of their counterparts, these earbuds feature touch-sensitive controls. As someone passionate about fitness, I’m generally not a fan of this feature since accidental touches, like wiping sweat, can disrupt playback. However, these earbuds offer a workaround: there’s no single tap or hold command. Instead, commands require a double or triple tap.
Edifier Connect App
The earbuds are compatible with the Edifier Connect app. While it might not top the list of best apps, it has shown improvements over time, or perhaps I’ve simply grown accustomed to it.
On the primary interface, you can navigate through different ANC settings: high, low, wind reduction, ambient, and off.
Switching to the subsequent screen, you’ll find an EQ. However, its functionality is confined to just four presets, which feels a bit underwhelming.
On the third interface, there’s an option for game mode, beneficial for reducing latency.
Within the app’s settings, there’s an option to customize the controls – a feature I certainly appreciate. However, turning it off isn’t an option.
Edifier appears to have made compromises on certain specifications to prioritize and enhance sound quality. For a pair of earbuds priced at £50, they deliver impressive sound. Regrettably, I can’t locate my Edifier TWS1 Pro for a direct comparison at the moment, but I’ll amend this review if I manage to find them.
The earbuds follow the typical V-shaped sound profile, but they seem more balanced compared to other earbuds at this price bracket.
They exhibit a robust bass presence characterized by depth and detail. Importantly, they don’t overemphasize the bass, preventing any muddled mid-tones.
The midrange is commendable, offering detailed and clear representation of vocals and instruments.
Highs resonate well for me. A reason I’ve been hesitant about reviewing budget earbuds recently is the often overly emphasized highs that tire the ears. Fortunately, these earbuds exhibit a slight roll-off in the upper highs, making them gentler and less domineering.
The four presets in the Edifier app introduce subtle tweaks to the sound. Notably, the rock and pop presets slightly adjust the bass, while the classical preset emphasizes the mids.
All in all, it’s the sound quality that truly sets these earbuds apart. They provide remarkable value for their price.
For budget earbuds, the ANC is surprisingly effective. This is a distinguishing feature when comparing high-end and budget earbuds.
The earbuds efficiently mute a significant portion of the low and mid frequencies, although some low-end hums persist.
For daily usage, they effectively diminish unwanted sounds, letting you immerse in your music.
The battery performance is a concern for me. Their specified battery life is:
- ANC On: 4 hours (earbuds) + 12 hours (charging case)
- ANC Off: 6 hours (earbuds) + 18 hours (charging case)
In my view, 4 hours falls short of expectations. I generally consider 6 hours to be the baseline.
Interestingly, the Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2, a more premium product, share the same battery rating. But this is one of the reasons I find the 4-hour mark problematic. With LDAC enabled on those earbuds, they’d often run out before my gym sessions ended, leading me to eventually abandon them. I also found that the Soundcore Liberty 4 NC drained quickly with LDAC enabled. It’s probably a wise choice for Edifier to stick with the standard SBC.
To date, the Edifiers haven’t run out during use, suggesting their 4-hour rating is fairly accurate.
Do note, with time, battery longevity can decrease, which might prompt a replacement earlier than anticipated.
The Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 have an RRP of £49.99 and is available from Amazon now.
The Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 surpassed my initial expectations. Their standout feature is the sound quality, making them the finest budget earbuds I’ve encountered in quite a while.
However, the battery duration is a concern. For occasional users, it may not pose a problem, and I seldom use earbuds for more than 3 hours straight. It’s worth noting that even some high-end earbuds have comparable battery spans. Although it’s not abysmal, it’s not quite up to the standards I’d anticipate for earbuds in 2023.
Given their impressive sound output and competitive pricing, I’d still wholeheartedly endorse them. Just keep their battery limitations in mind.