Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro 2020 Detailed Review.
Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro: Since they launched their first earbuds in 2017, up-and-coming manufacturer Anker has continually refined their products. Last month, in October 2019, they held a press conference in New York to announce the release of not one, but six brand new earbuds. Some of these were new offerings, while others were upgrades to their existing offerings.
The Soundcore Liberty 2 is the newer version of Anker’s original Liberty, which was a well-reviewed earbud in and of itself. But the latest iteration has received some significant upgrades. That said, this is an in-ear earbud, not an over-the-ear headphone.
So, what do you see when you first open the box? And what were our first impressions?
Along with the Liberty 2 Pro, you’ll find seven extra pairs of silicone ear tips. If you’re looking for versatility, this is it. Most wireless earbuds only offer you three different tip sizes, and even some of the most highly-rated earbuds come with five sets.
With seven different sizes, these earbuds are truly universal. Not only that, but they include three different sets of ear wings. These small plastic flaps space the earbud out from your ear canal, and they also help keep your earbud from slipping downwards. Thus, a precise fit is essential, and we’re glad to see that the Liberty 2 Pro offered one.
The package also includes a USB Type-C charging cable. This allows for quick charging, which we’ll discuss later. But it’s nice to get everything you need without the requirement to go out and buy yourself a charging cable.
Portability and Extra Features
The Soundcore Liberty 2 is built with an eye towards aesthetics, which puts it a cut above your average mid-range earbud. This is obvious when you look at the case, which has a smooth, oval shape with no harsh lines or protruding parts.
On the front of the case, you’ll see three LED lights. These serve as a battery meter, so you know how much charge your station has. On the rear, there’s a USB-C charging port, which is covered by a water-resistant rubber flap.
That said, you can also recharge these USB earbuds wirelessly. Simply place them on a Qi charging pad and you’re ready to go.
Connection and Compatibility
When it comes to connectivity, the Liberty 2 Pro will connect to virtually any device, but it’s optimized for mobile. It supports the AAC, aptX, and SBC audio codecs that are most commonly deployed by these systems. In particular, the AAC and aptX codecs offer exceptionally high quality for mobile use.
The Liberty 2 Pro also allows for very easy Bluetooth connectivity. It supports Bluetooth 5.0, but it’s equally adept at connecting to devices that only support previous versions of the Bluetooth profile. This makes it compatible with virtually any device, whether it’s brand new or whether you just picked it up from Best Buy.
These earbuds have a unique control scheme. Each earbud has a single control button, which can be used to pause music, skip a track, or activate Siri or Alexa. This single-function button leaves a lot to be desired, but it makes the control scheme easy to understand. Alternatively, you can reprogram the controls using the Soundcore app.
Now that we’ve looked at the general design, let’s look at where the rubber meets the road: sound quality. These are dual-driver earbuds, and the drivers are arranged in Soundcore’s patented Astria Coaxial Acoustic Architecture. What this means is that both the tweeter and the larger driver are aligned in a stacked configuration, which allows for synchronous sound across all frequencies.
And speaking of frequencies, the Soundcard Liberty 2 provides excellent performance across all of them. These earbuds aren’t just a plain flat-response set of speakers. Instead, they’re designed to provide a lot of basses, no matter the situation. The treble is also accentuated, with a lot of responses in cymbals and other high-frequency instruments.
As you can see, we’re clearly fans of the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro. But why wouldn’t we be? There’s a lot to like!
To begin with, the battery charge is respectable and offers enough life to get through several workouts. The price is also reasonable; it’s middle of the road, but you get much more than what you’d expect. In addition, the sound quality is just about unbeatable for the price. All in all, it’s a great buy.