For the positives, I truly think these sound great! Very nice sound-stage/separation, excellent bass, mids, and highs. I love all the EQ options, but I ended up setting my own Custom EQ. Soundcore’s app is great as always, a definite plus. Very happy with the overall sound quality. Great selection of tips (9 different sizes are included). They feel secure in my ears. Overall I’m really a happy camper. I almost forgot to mention, they have plenty of volume and aren’t distorting at high levels. In the few hours I’ve worn them, they are comfortable and secure in my ears. I made a couple of calls and I could hear who I was talking to perfectly and they said I also sounded clear. Overall a very positive first impression.
Edit: I forgot to mention, I really like the auto pause feature when you take an Earbud out of your ear and the resume when you put it back in. Also even without ANC selected they do a good job with passive noise cancellation because of the massive assortment of tips, they make a good seal.
For me Transparency mode is pretty quiet for outside sounds. If the music is off or paused I can hear things around me, but not if the music is medium to loud. I’m somewhat underwhelmed by Transparency mode. I haven’t really tested out ANC a lot yet. However when I switched to ANC I’m getting an EQ shift. The bass is more pronounced in ANC. Other than the EQ shift in ANC, I’m really not noticing a big difference when cycling through modes.
Full Disclosure - I won these in a contest. Thanks Utechpia (Amazon Live) and Adam from Soundcore for making this possible. Even though it might seem like I’m complaining or being harsh, I’m really not. These are my first Earbuds/Headphones with ANC and Transparency mode, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. The overall sound quality, fit, and finish are great (which is what really matters most). The bells and whistles (ANC and Transparency mode) are a little underwhelming to me so far IMHO.
Edit: OK, I’ve had a chance to do some more testing. Originally I thought there wasn’t much difference between modes, that all changed today. I have an older gas powered Golf Cart that is on the loud side. Today I took it out and was cycling between modes while driving it. There is definitely a pretty big difference:
- On Normal Mode, it cuts out a lot of the engine noise because of the snug fit with the variety of included tips.
- I then switched to Noise Cancellation - Transport - that almost completely blocked out the engine noise. I was impressed
- I then switched to Transparency Mode and I could clearly hear the engine noise.
Summary: I was off base with my first impression. In my defense, I only used them for a couple of hours indoors when I originally wrote the first post. I’m more impressed with these Buds by the day!