Smartphones are generally referred to as “flagship killers.” Today, I’m broadening the term to include earphones. Hi-Res wireless audio certification, a first for truly wireless earbuds, extended battery life, and a luxury style are among the highlights of Edifier’s $129 NeoBuds Pro sport. Edifier is poised to take on competition that costs twice as much with a list like that.
The Edifier NeoBuds Pro, which was crowdfunded on Indiegogo, is a way for the company to celebrate its 25th anniversary in style (if that wasn’t clear enough from the gleaming box) by packing a pair of buds with a more sophisticated driver system and more substantial active noise cancellation than more expensive options like the AirPods Pro.
The Edifier NeoBuds Pro has a terrific feel to it because of the combination of soft-touch plastic and metal. The case’s pebble-like shape is readily pocketable, and the buds’ crisp, elegant contours look terrific in the ear. Not only that but the L.E.D..D. Strip transforms your earphones into a K.I.T.T.-style ultra-portable K.I.T.T.
Instead of direct flashing light, I understand that it’s an over-the-top party trick, but trust me when I say that it looks fantastic, and your guests will adore it! The case measures 2.6 x 1.9 x 1 inch in dimensions and weighs 1.4 ounces (39.4 grams). When the buds are removed, they measure 1.3 inches tall and weigh 0.19 ounces (5.3 grams).
The case is thicker and lighter than the AirPods Pro case (2.4 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches and 1.6 ounces). The Neobuds Pro case’s rounded sides make it pocketable, but it will produce a bulge in narrow pants. When it comes to the buds themselves, they are somewhat taller (1.2 inches) and weigh about the same as Apple’s Pro option. That means you’re in for a relaxing listening experience that won’t wear you out over time.
When you open the package, you’ll discover seven pairs of tips, each of varying sizes. This is more than any other set of completely wireless earbuds I’ve encountered, so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a decent fit. The Neobuds Pro is a superb pair of earbuds with a comfortable, snug fit and lightweight, pocketable housing, from the buds to the ear tips.
Digital helper and controls :
Edifier has to cut a corner somewhere with so much going on with these relatively inexpensive buds. The onboard touch controllers are the source of this constraint. Even with the responsiveness dialed up, interactions are restricted to tapping two or three times on each stem, taking a long time to respond. There are no long presses or swipes here, limiting your control choices to four.
I didn’t realize how much I missed stopping music until I ditched it in favor of volume control. On the plus side, after I engaged the voice assistant controls, Siri and Google Assistant quickly understood my orders. Of course, you won’t get the same level of seamlessness as with Google’s or Apple’s earphones, which can both immediately tell you who’s calling or messaging you.
Now comes the most amazing (and crucial) component of this equation. With a monster 10mm dynamic driver and a Knowles balanced moving iron coil, the NeoBuds Protakeses on the sound. The driver is responsible for the deep bass, while the Knowles coil is in charge of the treble.
The narrative, however, does not end there. These are the first true wireless earbuds to achieve Hi-Res wireless audio certification, thanks to supporting the Low Latency High-Definition Audio Codec (L.H.D.C.D.C.), as Edifier touts. Sony’s L.D.A.C.A.C. will be available as a firmware update in Q1 2022, so these will cover all wireless audiophile bases.
There will be critics of the Edifier Connect app, which is unfortunate because of some fantastic things to discuss. All essential functions are present, from typical features like battery monitoring and toggling between A.N.C..C. modes to more amazing additions like a completely configurable E.Q.Q. (with the ability to store settings).
There’s also a Gammodee, which reduces latency marginally but not enough to eliminate the gap between on-screen actions and their corresponding sound. A wired headset will always be the best option for genuinely minimal audio latency if you’re gaming, but they are an acceptable substitute for casual gaming.
I wish Edifier hadn’t squandered valuable screen real estate at the bottom of the app by including a link to its online store. Instead, the namespace may have been used to divide the icons on a cluttered user interface. Soundcore still maintains the title of the best app in this category, although Edifier might challenge the champion if the U.I.I. is improved.
With A.N.C..C. set o. modifier guarantees five hours of listening time and 15 hours additional in the case, which is increased to six and 18 hours, respectively, when noise canceling is turned off. Inmeetingg, Iachievethosee figures with ease, making the NeoBuds Pro suitable for casual all-day use with periodic charging pauses.
Plus, because of the rapid charge feature, I was able to get an extra couple of hours of listening time from a 15-minute charge. In terms of listening duration (4.5 hours and 4 hours, respectively), this exceeds the AirPods Pr,o, and Nothing ear (1 butt falls short of the cases (extending to 24 hours in both).
Calls nearly usually go off without a hitch, thanks to the six microphones (two for speech pickup and four for noise reduction). Sure, there were times when I had to repeat myself while talking to someone on
a very windy day while strolling near a river. However, this is a problem that all earbuds face, and the NeoBuds Pro performed an excellent job of isolating my sound in this situation. I sounded a little tinny, but I was loud, and the guy on the other end spoke clearly, which is the most important thing here.
Bluetooth 5.0 handles connectivity and works well across distances of up to 20 meters (65.6 feet), the distance between my spare room and the living area. But, even with my iPhone, MacBook, or Realme GT at my side, I had a few breakups throughout time. It’s a strange blip in an otherwise excellent bundle that detracts from the listening experience. Hopefully, Edifier will be able to address this with a software update.