The first collaboration was the Oppo Enco X. Now the Oppo Enco Free2 are the second pair of earbuds from this union.
Can’t afford the price tag but do you want a Fancy A Pair OF AirPods Pro? Oppo has the answer so don’t need to be afraid. With similar specs to Apple’s flagship ANC earbuds, the Oppo Enco Free2 are a pair of true wireless earbuds. This is the second time that Oppo and Dynaudio have worked together to create a pair of earbuds, so tune with the help kf Dynaudio, the Danish speaker brand.
The Oppo Enco Free2 are true wireless earbuds at an affordable price and with the ambition to challenge Apple’s AirPods Pro. The Free2 include ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) and a total playtime of around 30 hours.
Do bear in mind that with the ANC turned on, you’re more likely to get four hours of playtime. If you’re an outdoor type, you’ll be pleased to know that the earbuds are rated at IP54 in terms of resistance to water and dust. This means the Oppo Enco Free2 withstand a reasonable amount of water.
There’s the usual 6.5 hours per charge of the earbuds, plus the backup charge in the earbuds’ storage case which takes the total battery charge of 30 hours. The battery is recharged via a USB-C cable, but I was surprised to see there’s no wireless charging feature. I guess the company has to make some cuts somewhere to hit the price point.
Like quite a few earbuds these days, the Oppo Enco Free2 have their own smartphone app. It took me a while to find it as it isn’t called the Oppo or Enco app, instead, it goes under the name HeyMelody. This handy app can create a bespoke hearing profile to suit the user’s ears and it also includes EQ controls to adjust the tone of the earbuds. HeyMelody is available for iOS and Android devices from the app stores.
Each of the earbuds includes touch controls for adjusting volume levels, pausing music, skipping tracks or handling phone calls. There’s also a triple array of microphones with a noise-canceling function to make the user’s voice clearer when making phone calls. Alongside the ANC function, there’s something called Transparency Mode that enables a certain amount of ambient sound to mix in with the audio to be aware of hazards or hear travel announcements when commuting.
Pairing up the Oppo Enco Free2 is straightforward and only needs to be done once. The earbuds use Bluetooth 5.2, the very latest wireless protocol. Once paired I set up the personal hearing profile and adjusted the EQ to suit my hearing. The result is surprisingly good thanks to some low distortion 10mm drivers that can shift considerable quantities of air. Without using HeyMelody to customize the earbuds, the sound is rather thin and not very impressive.
Once HeyMelody has done its stuff, the Oppo Enco Free2 sound pretty good. The ANC function is effective and can cut ambient sound by up 42dB. I wouldn’t say the ANC is cutting edge, but it’s perfectly capable and well worth having. The passive noise canceling function provided by the Free2’s silicone ear tips could be better, but this is always an issue with AirPods-style earbuds that use silicone tips. Verdict: What impressed me about the Oppo Enco Free2 was their build quality. They are lighter than Apple’s AirPods Pro and are made from high-quality plastic. I think it’s fair to say these earbuds aren’t in the same league as the AirPods Pro, but for the money, they are a great value alternative. The sound is robust and has a good level of clarity if you take the trouble to set them up using the HeyMelody software and fit the correct size of tips. If you know someone who would like a pair of Apple AirPods Pro for Christmas, but your gifting budget won’t stretch that far, the Oppo Enco Free2 are a viable alternative.