The TWS headphones market is oversaturated. We mean that there are too many brands offering tons of products in this category. There are also a lot of Chinese brands that are able to compete with the big guys. On the one hand, that’s what customers need – lots of options and low prices due to competition. On the other hand, it makes it harder for buyers to make a decision. So we think the models below should meet the needs of many buyers. At the very least, we hope these models will help you make the right choice.
OnePlus Buds Pro 2
The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are considered the affordable flagship TWS earphones. But that’s only true if the price doesn’t reflect its features. In terms of sound quality, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 has an acoustic system developed in collaboration with Dynaudio. It also supports Hi-Res transmission, which can bring a better sound quality experience. We should also mention that the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 has a full-link spatial audio function. In simple terms, it can detect the position of the user and the phone via the built-in gyroscope sensor, making the user feel as if the sound is coming from the phone. Wearing the One while watching films and TV series makes for a very interesting audio-visual experience.
In terms of noise reduction, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 has a noise reduction depth of 48 dB. This means that it can isolate most ambient noise. It also supports the Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction function, which can automatically switch the noise reduction mode according to the change in ambient noise, providing users with a more comfortable noise reduction experience.
In addition, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 has also added a full-link cervical spine health feature. It can monitor the angle of the user’s neck in real-time through an algorithm. If you tilt your head for a long time, it will send a reminder, which can better protect the user’s cervical spine health.
The price of the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 is 899 yuan ($130). This may seem overpriced, but compared to similar products and considering the sound quality and noise reduction, it is one of the best deals in the TWS headphone niche.
Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2
The Huawei Freebuds Pro 2 delivers a good experience in every respect and is worthy of the title of flagship TWS headphones. The Huawei Freebuds Pro 2 support the Hi-Res transmission protocol and are tuned by Devialet. It can deliver a more shocking bass experience. It also supports high-definition spatial audio functions, which can bring a good sound experience.
The Huawei Freebuds Pro 2 has a noise reduction depth of 47 dB. This means it can block out most ambient noise. These TWS headphones also support the Smart Dynamic Noise Reduction 2.0 function, which is a good tool for commuters.
We also liked the support for the real-time broadcast function. When you receive a text message or an incoming call, the headphones will automatically broadcast, freeing up your hands to some extent.
Finally, on the subject of price, the Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 currently costs 1199 yuan ($173).
Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro
The Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro performs quite well in terms of the core experience, such as sound quality and noise reduction. There’s every reason to believe that it’s one of the best TWS headphones out there.
The Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro support the Hi-Res transmission protocol. It comes with an 11mm dual magnetic super dynamic unit. It has a good sound quality output and supports the independent spatial audio function. As a result, this headset is capable of delivering excellent sound effects.
The noise reduction depth of the Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro has reached 48dB, and it also supports the intelligent dynamic noise reduction function. It doesn’t lag behind the models mentioned above.
The current price of the Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro is 999 yuan ($145).
Marley Redemption ANC 2
Although Redemption ANC 2 retains the previous generation’s style, the canal’s size has been reduced. The length of the headband has been shortened, making the headphones more comfortable and stable to wear.
The bass is powerful but more subdued than in the previous generation. We should also mention that the mids and treble have been slightly improved. As for the active noise reduction, it is similar to the previous generation, but the obvious pressure on the ear has disappeared. It is more comfortable to use and does not give an oppressive feeling.
More importantly, this is Marley’s first truly wireless Bluetooth headset to support a mobile app. From there, you can adjust the EQ and change the commands of the touch buttons, allowing users to make personalized adjustments.
It costs $169.99.
Cleer Ally Plus II
The Cleer Ally Plus II has a Qualcomm QCC5141 chip and supports Bluetooth 5.2. As a result, latency and power consumption are very low. The 10mm graphene monomer makes the bass strong and flexible, while the midrange and treble can maintain a fairly detailed resolution. It has a wide enough sound field.
The sound quality doesn’t change; it can also filter out low-frequency noise at a level close to that of Bose and Sony. Although it is not as good as Bose and Sony at dealing with mid to high-frequency noise, it is effective to a certain extent.
When it comes to conversations, these TWS headphones use cVc 8.0 noise reduction and a single-ear triple-microphone array. The latter can effectively separate voice and background noise. The Cleer+ app also offers a number of useful functions, such as adaptive noise reduction, ambient sound intensity adjustment, self-adjusting EQ, and the ability to personalize the sound for different users.
It is a shame that there is no support for multi-point connections. Overall, however, its specifications and features surpass those of other products in its price range. They even approach the level of flagship TWS headphones from top brands such as Apple, Jabra, Sony, Bose and Sennheiser.
The price of these TWS headphones is $129.99.
Earfun Air Pro 3
The experience offered by the Earfun Air Pro 3 goes beyond its low price. It proves once again that you don’t have to pay a fortune to get a pair of truly wireless Bluetooth headsets with very good performance. The noise canceling function may not be able to block out noise completely, but it does provide a quiet enough listening environment.
Bluetooth 5.3 and LE audio also mean ultra-low latency and long battery life. Support for LC3 coding is the biggest selling point of this truly wireless Bluetooth headset, but no mobile phone supports LC3 coding. So you have to wait to get the effect of low-power coding.
The Earfun Air Pro 3 stands out among the truly wireless Bluetooth headphones that cost less than 150 euros. In addition to its good performance, the Earfun app offers basic settings. This makes them very suitable for people who don’t want to spend a lot of money. Consumers who want to buy true wireless Bluetooth headsets but don’t want to break the bank.
As you can see, you don’t have to sell your kidney to get a TWS headphone that looks and performs like a top-of-the-range product. Even though there are too many options on the TWS headphone market, not all of them are worth buying. We mean that there are a lot of knock-offs of top-of-the-range products, and many of them look good but perform poorly. So if you really want to buy a pair of headphones that will last you a long time and you will not be embarrassed to be seen in public with them in your ears, the models above should be good options.