Realme’s audio vary in India is now largely comprised of true wi-fi earphones, however the firm does have some attention-grabbing choices past that, together with wired and wi-fi earphones, and even moveable audio system. The lately launched Realme Buds Wi-fi 2, which I am reviewing right here, is a wi-fi neckband-style headset that gives premium options at a really aggressive value. Above all, this new headset guarantees audio high quality that matches as much as premium requirements, whereas preserving the value firmly within the funds vary.
Priced at Rs. 2,299 in India, the Realme Buds Wireless 2 is the successor to the Realme Buds Wireless Pro launched in late 2020. With lively noise cancellation and help for the LDAC Bluetooth codec, the Buds Wi-fi 2 is among the best-equipped wi-fi headsets you should buy for beneath Rs. 2,500 proper now. Is it going to be my high decide on this value section? Discover out on this evaluation.
ANC and LDAC help on the Realme Buds Wi-fi 2
The neckband model is not new to Realme, and neither is the concept of a full-fledged, feature-filled headset akin to this. The Realme Buds Wi-fi 2 is the successor to the Buds Wi-fi Professional, and has the identical positioning and enchantment; that is meant to be a headset for discerning customers, due to lively noise cancellation and help for the LDAC superior Bluetooth codec.
Relating to design, the Realme Buds Wi-fi 2 follows an thought that’s tried and examined, each by Realme in addition to by the non-public audio trade generally. The headset has a versatile neckband with modules at each ends, and cables that lead from there to the earpieces themselves. I discovered these cables maybe a couple of centimetres too lengthy; they typically rubbed towards my face in bizarre use, which was a bit annoying.
I acquired the black and yellow color variant – Realme’s signature color mixture – however you may as well get the plain gray variant. The colors and styling make the Buds Wi-fi 2 strongly resemble the Buds Wi-fi Professional, however there are small variations. For instance, the outer sides of the earpieces have an attention-grabbing reflective sample that make them seem translucent, which appears fairly good.
The Realme Buds Wi-fi 2 headset has magnetic energy controls – snapping the backs of the earpieces collectively magnetically turns the headset off, and separating them turns it on. There are additionally controls on the precise aspect of the neckband for quantity, playback, answering calls, and to manage the lively noise cancellation and transparency modes. Double-pressing the ANC button enables you to shortly swap between the 2 most lately paired supply gadgets.
Different key options of this headset embrace an 88ms low-latency mode, Bluetooth 5 with help for the LDAC, AAC, and SBC Bluetooth codecs, and Google Quick Pair help. The earphones have 13.6mm dynamic drivers, and are stated to be tuned in collaboration with standard digital music duo The Chainsmokers.
The headset is IPX5 rated for water resistance. It really works with the superb Realme Hyperlink app which permits for management over the ANC and transparency modes, gaming mode, and equaliser settings. The field contains three pairs of silicone ear ideas and a USB Kind-C charging cable.
Battery life on the Realme Buds Wi-fi 2 is just like that of the Buds Wi-fi Professional, however that is significantly decrease than what the corporate claims is feasible beneath its very particular utilization circumstances. With the LDAC codec in operation, ANC lively a lot of the time, and reasonable quantity ranges, I used to be in a position to get simply over 9 hours of listening time on the headset. That is fairly underwhelming for a neckband-style headset, even contemplating the options on provide on the Realme Buds Wi-fi 2.
Good sound, practical lively noise cancellation on the Realme Buds Wi-fi 2
Superior Bluetooth codec help goes a good distance in figuring out how a pair of wi-fi headphones or earphones will sound, and Sony’s LDAC codec is extensively thought of the most effective one proper now. It is extensively supported on Android gadgets, and lots of audio producers use it to good impact.
Realme itself had carried out LDAC on the Buds Wi-fi Professional, so it is not stunning that the Buds Wi-fi 2 will get it too. I used the Realme Buds Wi-fi 2 with a OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition for this evaluation, with the LDAC codec in operation. I listened to audio tracks on Apple Music, took calls, and used the headset when watching some movies on the system as properly.
Realme has collaborated with digital music duo The Chainsmokers for the Buds Wi-fi 2, and its bass-heavy sonic signature does recommend the motive behind this. The earphones are properly suited to digital music, with tight bass and clear sound. Beginning with Nearer by The Chainsmokers, the punch and drive within the bass was instantly evident, audibly hanging stronger than the remainder of the frequency vary.
That stated, there was nonetheless an inexpensive quantity of element, loads of sparkle within the highs, and a good response to the vocals. Halsey’s vocals particularly sounded sharp, and managed to energy by even the robust beats and low-end assault. All by this monitor, the Realme Buds Wi-fi 2 provided up loads of element whereas retaining the low-end biased sound.
Listening to the fast-paced home traditional Fade Into Darkness (Albin Myers Remix) by Avicii, the assault within the bass was much more decided and highly effective. At no level did it really feel muddy or awkward with relation to the remainder of the response vary. Bass-happy listeners will like how tight and punchy the sound is on the Realme Buds Wi-fi 2, and the loud volumes and drive are sufficient to drown out absolutely anything else within the background even when you flip lively noise cancellation off. Nonetheless, this aggression within the bass could cause a little bit of listener fatigue at excessive volumes.
Energetic noise cancellation on the Realme Buds Wi-fi 2 is not distinctive, nevertheless it does make sufficient of a distinction to justify its presence as a function. Notably, it did not have an effect on sound high quality when functioning, not like on the Realme Buds Wi-fi Professional, and did barely cut back the quantity of ambient sound I used to be in a position to hear. Though not as efficient as I might have appreciated, ANC on the Buds Wi-fi 2 does make it a bit simpler to take heed to music in addition to dialogue in movies.
There may be additionally environmental noise cancellation for higher audio on calls, and name high quality itself is respectable on the headset. Connection stability wasn’t an issue for essentially the most half at distances of as much as round 3m between the headphones and smartphone. LDAC’s adaptive bitrate allowed for regular audio streaming with no buffering points.
As with a lot of Realme’s merchandise, the Buds Wi-fi 2 is value-driven and will get quite a bit proper. Spectacular specs and options, app help, and an pleasurable bass-driven sonic signature make this fairly simply the most effective pair of wi-fi earphones you should buy for lower than Rs. 2,500 in India proper now. Many individuals would possibly discover the neckband model a bit dated, and battery life is common, however the advantages do outweigh the drawbacks right here.
There aren’t many succesful choices on this section proper now, however you could possibly additionally contemplate the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z, or extra inexpensive fashions from manufacturers akin to Dizo and Blaupunkt, or true wi-fi choices such because the Realme Buds Q2. Nonetheless, the Realme Buds Wi-fi 2 is properly well worth the funding, due to lively noise cancellation and respectable sound.