Final 12 months, Apple launched the brand new Professional model of its AirPods lineup, Samsung upgraded its Professional buds and Google launched the primary Pixel Buds Professional. Now it’s OnePlus’ flip with the Buds Professional 2 — priced at $179.
Launching together with the OnePlus 11 flagship, the Buds Professional 2 brings improved sound with the duo of 11mm and 6mm drivers. That is an improve from 11mm drivers from the final era, which have been launched in 2021. OnePlus says it has labored with the Danish sound firm Dynaudio to tune these buds. When customers open he field, they default to the Dynaudio EQ, with three extra customized choices within the app.
The brand new Buds Professional 2 additionally helps spatial audio, however solely you probably have a OnePlus 11. The corporate stated it’ll lengthen this assist to extra gadgets, however didn’t specify which of them. OnePlus has labored with Google to make spatial audio out there on YouTube. Additionally it is partnering with Disney+ to allow spatial audio on choose titles.
In one other advertising and marketing transfer, the Oppo-owned firm has enlisted famed composer Hans Zimmer to create a particular composition for the spatial audio characteristic together with a customized EQ profile.
OnePlus has improved the Buds’ Energetic Noise Cancelation (ANC) functionality over the earlier era. On paper, the Buds Professional 2 can filter out 48dB of ambient sound — which is 8dB greater than the first-gen Buds Professional. The most recent earbuds nonetheless use three mics to deal with calls and filter out noise.
Design-wise the corporate has made the buds barely smaller as in comparison with the originals. The stem-press contact controls nonetheless stay, however there’s no contact management for quantity. The Buds 2 will likely be out there in Obsidian Black and Arbor Inexperienced colorways.
The brand new version lasts for 25 hours with ANC on (as in comparison with 28 hours for Buds Professional) and 39 hours with ANC off (as in comparison with 38 hours for Buds Professional). OnePlus has elevated the battery capability in particular person buds; consequently, the playback time for buds has elevated from 5 hours to 9 hours.
The Buds 2 Professional claims to present customers 10 hours of listening time with 10 minutes of charging, the identical because the earlier model. The excellent news is that the most recent earbuds case is appropriate with wi-fi charging, so you possibly can drop them on a dock for a charging enhance.
Different options embody twin reference to Google Quick Pair compatibility, low latency of 54ms, transparency mode for simpler conversations whereas filtering out ambient sound, exercise and posture reminders detected by Inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensors and 5 on-board white-noise profiles.
The OnePlus Buds 2 work the very best with OnePlus telephones, however I’ve used it with a bunch of different gadgets, together with iPhones, and so they work properly. They’re feature-packed, supply an excellent battery life and assist wi-fi charging. What’s extra, these buds are cheaper than the Google Pixel Buds Professional ($199) and the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Professional ($230).