7.3
Score

Pros

  • Longer Battery Life
  • Good Fit and Finish
  • The 10mm Titanized Driver sounds neat
  • HeyMelody app support is a nice to have

Cons

  • Very Generic Design that feels unoriginal
  • Better Codec Support would have been nice

While we have reviewed Oppo’s premium earbuds offering such as the Enco X and the Enco X2, this is the first time we are taking a look at their affordable offering – the Oppo Enco Buds 2. How does the rather budget friendly earbuds from Oppo fare off? Time to find out in this Oppo Enco Buds 2 Review.

Look and Feel

One of the things when it comes to affordable earbuds is that it’s obvious how vaguely similar each and every one looks the same regardless of the brand. It’s no different with the Oppo Enco Buds 2 as it does have a vaguely similar design we have seen before: a round shaped, pebble like dimension which opens up top to reveal the earbuds.

The earbuds have a similar design to the Enco X2 we reviewed, except that the stem on this is a lot longer. I recommend you to pick up a silicon case while you’re at it as it is totally prone to getting scratches. We received the white colour called Moonlight, but Oppo made a Midnight color which I am a fan of.

Specification

Getting into the whole specification, the Oppo Enco Buds 2 isn’t too shabby either with a little bit of an upgrade over its predecessor which we have not reviewed:

  • 10mm Large Titanized Driver (vs 8mm Driver)
  • Up to 28 Hours of Battery Life (vs 24 hours of Battery Life)
  • Bluetooth 5.2 Low Latency
  • Supported Codecs: SBC and AAC
  • IPX4 Water Resistance (vs IP54 Certification)

From the specification alone, you can see the main three changes from the original Oppo Enco Buds – the driver and battery life which has seen an upgrade, but the Ingress Protection has taken a huge hit which is unfortunate due to the newer design choice as compared to the older buds only sans stem design.

HeyMelody App Experience

When it comes to affordable earbuds, it’s hard to come by a good software support for improved experience in the long run. Our benchmark for this is the Jabra Elite 2, which is such a bang for the buck earbuds that throws everything else into the water. While the Oppo Enco Buds2 is nowhere near to the absolute supreme software support Jabra has, the Enco Buds 2 does still have a software support where you can control, modify via the HeyMelody app. Unfortunately, it didn’t work on our iPhone SE and even Oppo mentioned that it wouldn’t work but on android, it worked perfectly well.

You get the Enco Live Sound Effects – which basically is a sound profile if you want the original sound, heavy bass or vocal centric. Then you have game mode, firmware information. In the buds control toggle, the app offers a decent selection of customization as to how you want to set your controls: be it single tap, double tap, triple tap or touch and hold – on both sides.

Fit and Audio Quality

In terms of fit, the Oppo Enco Buds 2 – comes with three tips (S,M,L) with the Mediums pre-attached. I switched my ear tips to the Small as it fits my ear canal very well. Unlike their Enco X, which had an hit-and-miss of a fit, the Buds 2 has a nice solid fit sits inside my ears very well with the stem extending out of my ear. Although if I do choose to run around with these, I can tell that it will slip and chances of readjusting while I run on a treadmill is going to be frequent enough.

Now when we talk about the sound quality, hardware aside, the codec plays an important role – while the SBC and AAC aren’t mind-blowing so to speak – these are the generic codec one can find on any earbuds. I do wish it had AptX, but it would have drove the cost higher than it should, not to forget what a headache it would have been to adapt currently.

To pair with these codecs, the driver they have gone for is a 10mm Titanized driver – they aren’t commonly used drivers in an earbuds. These diaphragms should be stiff-ish to give a good sound delivery. So, to test this, we used Tidal and Spotify and our Sony Walkman NW-A55 as a neutral.

No Thanks by Hyolyn – this song doesn’t shy away with its dance-slash-hip-hop like beat immediately the song starts. I like how the earbuds handled the bass which isn’t too heavy and hits a sweet spot, with having a subtle reverb effect to it. Hyolyn’s vocals well handled with not too much of a sharp treble, something that’s hard to come by at an affordable earbud. At the 1-minute mark, you can tell how everything comes together.

The King’s Affirmation by Iniko – one song I am personally obsessed with recently. Iniko’s vocals immediately takes a front seat with the bass slowly creeping it with a little more intensive-ness to it. At the 1:04 mark where her voice goes into this muddled effect, the clarity was surprisingly intact that you can still make up what she says. The lows are kind of missing at times and you can tell it lacks the depth the song which actually has.

U by Millennium Parade – a song that we now add into our benchmark as it has an amazing sound staging. Right off the bat, I am impressed how the sound is clear through and through from the start till end. The vocals take the front position and its very pronounced following the instruments which sounds good but there is something it really misses out on – and that’s a good depth in the music.

Overall, colour me impressed with the Oppo Enco Buds 2 because the 10mm Driver it now has may seem like a minor upgrade, but a good driver is crucial. If this was a generic neodymium driver, then the sound experience would have been rather underwhelming really.

But the “Titanized” driver sure does bring a good, surprising element to the table – good sound delivery. Although there is a lack of depth and at times the lower frequency goes unpronounced which can be a bit of an issue for people who want to listen to intricate details. Not to forget the treble can be sharp at times but otherwise, this is a consumer-friendly sound profile even I can get behind.

If you want a “murder me with bass” preset, the app has it and thank God, it’s not enabled by default.

Conclusion

The Oppo Enco Buds 2 is an entry level earbud with promising sound quality which does live up to or surpasses one’s expectation, in one way or the other. While there are some good upgrades although the IP certification took a major hit, you can still use it for workout but just must be careful with it comes to dust protection. At the price Oppo is offering their Enco Buds 2, which is RM 129 – these are a whole lot affordable, and we absolutely recommend getting one if your purse strings are tied.