Faced with fierce competition, what does Oppo’s new True Wireless headphones bring?

Oppo wants to occupy the entire grounds. The brand of “official” smartphones from the Roland-Garros tennis tournament also goes online with its Enco X2, new True Wireless headphones (100% wireless), which are sweat-resistant and sell for 199 euros. In this price segment, many rivals compete, such as Samsung and its Galaxy Buds Pro, Sony and its LinkBuds S, but above all Apple, as each manufacturer craves the success of AirPods (3rd generation), which would fill more than 50% of the market. , according to our information. So is Oppo changing the game?

Inspiration: AirPods!

One year after its Enco X (launched for 179 euros), Oppo update its star headphones with especially increased autonomy and better noise reduction. But it is especially on the pitch of the musical listening that we wanted to play our sounds to test them under conditions.

The new Oppo Enco X2 True Wireless headphones. -OPPO

Extracted from their pebble-shaped charging case with a lacquered finish (in black or white), the Enco X2s rediscover the design of their older ones. With their little white cupertin-inspired stem, there is no doubt that Apple’s AirPods are the benchmark for the Chinese brand to emulate! Still, this appendix here allows a perfect maintenance of these in-ear headphones. Thus, they fit into the ear canal and do not occur at its entrance, unlike the so-called “earphones”. open fit “.

Sound optimization

Very comfortable to wear, stable and without discomfort, equipped with three pairs of tips, Enco X2 can be used with Oppos HeyMelody application. We appreciated that all of its features are compatible with Android, but also iOS (which is not always the case, as with Huawei products, for example). Therefore, we strongly recommend the use of HeyMelody, because this application especially allows for a real optimization of the sound reproduction of the headphones according to the morphology of your ears, but also your capacity to more or less hear certain frequencies. Thanks to a feature called “Sound of gold”, a perfect adjustment of the headphones will be performed, completely tailored to your listening!

Pinch to check

Easy to remember, the touch controls on the Enco X2 are complete. They are performed by small successive clamps on the stems of the headphones. Play / pause, next or previous title, volume, but also activation of noise reduction or “Transparency” mode (to be aware of outside noise in an urban environment) are offered. It is complete. Note that it is possible to change the assignment of these commands in the application by determining which functions to assign to the terminals made on each earphone.

A punchy sound

Tested for many hours, in both quiet and noisy environments (such as public transport), the Ecco X2s has lived up to our expectations. We were especially surprised by the “punchy” side of their sound reproduction as we listened Unlimited love, the new album by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Besides, there’s nothing like the new album Visual currents by Bertrand Belin to evaluate Enco X2’s (good) capacity to restore voices in the media. And to push Enco X2s to their limits, we exposed them to the rhythmic bass die hard by Kendrick Lamar, or punchy Kerberos by Meute electro brass band.

General appreciation: the sound is good, detailed, muscular, warm. Observation, however: a slight tendency to increase in the treble and the presence of some sibilances (hissing sounds, with “S” marked at the highest frequencies). A small defect, which we unfortunately could not compensate for through the application, which does not have an equalizer, but only three presets (Real, Simple and clear and Punchy).

Oppos Enco X2's autonomy can reach up to 22 hours with successive recharges.
Oppos Enco X2’s autonomy can reach up to 22 hours with successive recharges. – OPPO

In addition to the natural passive insulation offered by the in-ear format of the headphones, the noise reduction offered is effective, especially for the lowest sounds. In terms of autonomy, it is actually enhanced, with almost 5 hours of listening without noise reduction and up to 20 hours of successive recharges in the cabinet. Almost twice as much as the Enco X … Good point: the Enco X2 is completely recharged in sixty minutes and is compatible with wireless charging.

For 50 euros less

On arrival you can fall for these well-made headphones, but which remain quite expensive compared to more aggressive competitors on the price and which do not deserve it. To spend 50 euros a month, without the risk of betraying your eardrums, you can venture on headphones for 149 euros like the excellent Elite Active 75t from Jabra, which is also compatible with sports use. Or even Marshall’s Mode II, which, if they are not resistant to sweat, takes the shock under the spray and has a real equalizer.

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