Great ANC For Under $100
The EarFun Air Pro 2 true wireless earbuds are great on paper, and guess what? They’re great in your ear, too, delivering a tidy, balanced sound profile and ANC that works better than some of the more expensive alternatives you can find. Overall, EarFun has done a splendid job with the Air Pro 2 buds, and they’ll be an excellent option for most users.
- Brand: EarFun
- Battery Life: Up to 7 hours on earbuds, up to 34 in charging case
- Bluetooth: 5.2
- Additional Tips: 6
- Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Charging Case: Yes
- Codecs: SBC
- Drivers: 10mm titanium
- Mono Listening: Yes
- IP rating: IPX5
- Wireless charging: Yes
- Great balanced sound quality
- Brilliant ANC for the price
- Long-lasting battery life
- Comfortable for prolonged periods
- No companion app/EQ option
The EarFun Air Pro 2 earbuds are the second generation of EarFun’s Air Pro True Wireless earbuds.
In short, they’re better in almost every way, delivering excellent audio with a largely balanced profile, improvements to the touch controls, with a similar active noise cancellation design.
Furthermore, they’re comfy to wear, using an updated ear stem design that more closely aligns with the classic AirPods style.
And, for the price, the EarFun Air Pro 2 might be the best true wireless earbuds under $100. Sound good? Find out more in our EarFun Air Pro 2 review.
EarFun Air Pro 2 Sound Quality and ANC
Most people want “balanced” audio from their earbuds or headphones. Not everyone really understands what that means, but typically, balanced is a slightly adjusted sound signature that increases bass and treble but isn’t overwhelming at either end of the scale. Neutral refers to earbuds or headphones whose sound signature shows no sign of adjustment, where audio is returned to you as it was designed, without interference.
The EarFun Air Pro 2 delivers outstanding audio for what you’ll spend, and while they’re not “neutral,” the slight uplift in the low-end and pitch in the high-end make these a well-balanced set of earbuds. In that, the EarFun Air Pro 2 doesn’t push your listening experience into a corner. Instead, the 10mm titanium composite drivers let the music do the talking.
While there is a slight push toward bass, it isn’t overwhelming. It doesn’t swallow up the rest of the audio and make you reach for the EQ, but it certainly provides a bit of an extra kick every now and then. Furthermore, the EarFun Air Pro 2 bass accuracy also sounds good and responds when it should.
Stick on something like Michael Jackson’s Beat It, and you can hear the earbuds delivering the complex vocal layering and punchy beat with brilliant accuracy, never faltering. It’s a similar story for Curtis Mayfield’s Move On Up, the EarFun Air Pro 2 lapping up the rapid conga line and punchy horn riffs and delivering the track just as it should be. The Air Pro 2 buds worked brilliantly with any musical genre I cared to test, and you’ll certainly find them a great listen, no matter if you’re listening to jungle, metal, spoken word, or anything in-between.
EarFun has also done a great job with the Air Pro 2 ANC implementation. When the original Air Pro launched, ANC was a new feature and one that made a significant difference. Safe to say, the EarFun Air Pro 2 ANC works well, and with it enabled, you’ll note that the audio sounds just that little bit clearer and crisper.
In terms of actual noise cancellation, the Air Pro 2 ANC works well. It’s not perfect, as you’d expect at this price point, but it blocks out a substantial level of incoming volume. The earbuds are rated to block up to 40Db, which is pretty good. While sitting and typing using a clunky mechanical keyboard, the Air Pro 2 block out the vast majority of noise (I’m also a fairly heavy typer, so this is a good sign). Up against an airplane in-flight white noise video, you’ll find some noise still penetrates, but it does a sterling job of drastically reducing the whining.
Ambient noise mode works as expected, allowing external noise through the earbud’s microphones to keep you aware of your surroundings.
EarFun Air Pro 2 Features, Design, and Battery Life
So, great sound quality aside, what else do the Air Pro 2 bring to the table?
First up, let’s consider the EarFun Air Pro 2 battery life. With ANC enabled, you’ll get up to six hours of playback, rising to seven if you keep ANC switched off. The charging carry case boosts this to 30 hours with ANC and up to 34 hours of playback without. Your playback mileage will vary if you’re switching between modes, but the rating is fairly accurate. It translates to roughly three to four additional charges, which is great if you’re considering using the EarFun Air Pro 2 buds for travel. The case also supports Qi wireless charging.
Each earbud has an extensive array of touch controls, allowing you to change tracks, increase and decrease volume, toggle ANC modes, and more. The Air Pro 2 touch controls are good overall, responding accurately most of the time. It was rare to find a touch control misinterpreted, so it seems the capacitors at the rear of the earbuds have been positioned well.
The only downside is that without a companion app, there is no way to change the touch controls. It’s not a major issue as the controls actually work, but some users will definitely lament the lack of customization. (By extension, there is also no customizable EQ, which again isn’t that much of an issue as the Air Pro 2 sound great, but some will miss a companion app.)
Another plus point for the EarFun Air Pro 2 is Bluetooth 5.2. Not only does Bluetooth 5.2 help keep your earbuds working for longer with their reduced power requirement, it means the earbuds connect almost instantaneously once paired.
The EarFun Air Pro 2 uses the fairly standardized AirPods-style earbud stem. How you feel about this is entirely personal, but the Air Pro 2 buds are comfortable for prolonged listening periods. In the box, you’ll also find six different sets of ear tips, which you can easily swap out to find the best fit for your ears. Finding the right ear tip for your ear shape is important as it helps both audio playback and ANC, leading to a better overall listening experience.
The case design is also fairly standardized, a smooth, all-plastic affair that sits nicely in your palm. The magnetic clasp is strong enough to withstand being shaken about and didn’t pop open when subject to the upside-down shake test. Furthermore, the internal charging magnets are also relatively strong. The earbuds will fall out if you apply a bit of force, but they’re held in place secure enough that you won’t worry about them flying out when you least expect it.
Oh, and finally, the Air Pro 2 buds are rated IPX5, which means they can withstand some water and dust, but you shouldn’t totally submerge them. So, take them for a wet and windy run, but don’t jump in the shower while still wearing them.
Are the EarFun Air Pro 2 Earbuds Worth the Money?
The EarFun Air Pro 2 true wireless earbuds currently retail for $80, and yes, they are absolutely worth the money. There aren’t many true wireless earbuds under $100 that deliver such a great audio experience or come with ANC that can rival the more expensive brands.
Throw in the decent battery life, tidy carry case, comfortable wear, and you’ve got yourself a great set of earbuds.
There are some downsides to the Air Pro 2 buds, mind. The lack of a companion app will frustrate some, but as above, it’s not a major issue. In future releases, a high-res codec would also be a welcome addition, as while the SBC codec works fine, aptX or something similar would push these buds into another level (it might also push them into another level of expenditure, so that’s also worth considering).
So, if you want a great set of earbuds for under $100, the EarFun Air Pro 2 is just what you need.
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