I was very excited going into today’s announcements. I haven’t bought any true wireless headphones yet as I’ve been kind of waiting for the products to mature, but I’ve had my eye on the Liberty Air (v1) for a bit, and I decided one of the new Soundcore releases would probably be my first.
- I expect audio quality to be good, especially on the 2 Pros. We’ll have to try it out IRL to be sure.
- Battery life seems great, as you’d expect from Anker.
- I’m happy to see 7 options for eartips too - should be able to find comfort for anyone unlike Apple’s hard plastic Airpods.
- I’m even hopeful that call quality will be good with the 4 microphones.
- Excited to have USB-C as well as wireless charging
- Mono mode to use either earbud without the other is a nice perk, though I don’t see myself using it much
But there are three major misses in my opinion:
- Price. I find it surprising that everything Anker released today is more expensive than their older models. The Pro is more expensive than Amazon’s new earbuds too. Hopefully it lives up to the price.
- Transparency mode. This should be easy to add, given the 4 microphones, right? I wonder if it could be done with a firmware update. I need this when running on city streets - to me it’s a safety feature. Amazon’s new earbuds have this (called passthrough mode).
- Multi-device support. My current all-day headphones are an on-the-ear set with a boom mic from Plantronics. They’re great, but I didn’t buy them - I got them from work for conference calls. One thing I love is that I can seamlessly switch between music on my phone and a video call on my computer. I would have loved to see this in the Liberty 2 Pro.
Other things I’m curious to see about
- How big is the case? It doesn’t look pocket-sized. I’d be willing to sacrifice a bit of battery for a smaller size.
- Noise cancellation - I find ANC a little weird, and I’m happy with simple noise isolation with decent eartips. Hopefully these isolate noise well. Was interesting to note that the $130 Amazon offering does seem to have ANC.
- Does it have touch controls? I couldn’t find this info anywhere. Would love to adjust volume, play/pause, or invoke assistant with touch controls. Amazon’s new release has this, and the v1 Liberty Air and Neo had this but only on the right ear.
Curious to hear from others - what are the biggest hits and misses for you?