OnePlus has announced the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 alongside the global launch of the OnePlus 11 5G. As the latest addition to the company’s lineup of TWS earbuds, the Buds Pro 2 is co-developed with Dynaudio, a renowned Danish audio company.
OnePlus Pro 2 Specifications
|OnePlus Buds Pro 2
|Height: 24.30 mm
Width: 20.85 mm
|Earbuds: 4.9 g
Case: 47.3 g
|10 Hz-40K Hz
|11 mm+ 6 mm dynamic driver
|Active Noise Cancellation
|Up to 48dB adaptive noise cancellation
|60 mAh (earbuds)
520 mAh (case)
|9 hours (earbuds only)
39 hours (earbuds with case)
|Bluetooth 5.3 LE
The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 comes in two colours, Arbor Green and Obsidian Black, matching the colour options of the OnePlus 11 5G. The case has a rounded rectangle casing that is flat and compact, making it easy to hold in my palm. It is matte textured too, making it grippy even for the sweatiest palms.
Once opened, I am greeted by the earbuds that fit snugly in the charging port. At the middle, there is a button that allows you to check battery level by tapping on it. You can also reset the device by long pressing the button until it flashes red.
The earbuds itself looks similar to AirPods Pro, but in green. It comes with 3 different sized anti-bacterial ear tips to help you find the right fit for your ear canals. However, audiophiles might be left wanting more to ensure a snug fit.
The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 is easy to set up via Google Fast Pairing. Pairing the earbuds with OnePlus 11 5G, I can easily setup the earbuds’ sound signature, noise control, and “Golden Sound”, a feature that specifically tunes the audio output to the shape and sensitivity of your ears.
Note: To use the Buds Pro 2 with other phones, you need to install the HeyMelody app to access the earbuds settings.
You can also perform basic navigation by squeezing the stem of the earbuds, such as play/pause music, skip track, answer calls and change adaptive noise cancellation modes.
The earbuds also automatically detects whether the earbuds are worn or removed. So when I’m having an conversation and removed a earbud, it will automatically pause any music I was listening to, and turn on transparency mode to help me hear my surroundings. No more awkward “ha?” moments in the office.
The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 is equipped with MelodyBoost 11mm + 6mm dual dynamic drivers, playing the lower and upper frequency range respectively. In theory this could result in better sound separation between treble and bass frequencies. It supports LHDC 4.0 codec too, which allows for high bitrate audio listening similar to LDAC.
I tested the earbuds across a variety of music genres, from jazz to heavy metal and the results can described as “headbanging”. While listening to TOOL’s “The Pot”, vocals remain clear while the basslines thump with great energy. For “Tank!” by the SEATBELTS, the horn ensemble take center stage, while the double bass grooves sounded tight and clean.
Overall, the earbuds sound detailed, with great tonality. For those audiophiles out there, the tuning of the earbuds are a slight “v-shape”, where bass and treble are slightly more pronounced.
As each person hears different frequencies at different sensitivities, the “Golden Sound “feature adjusts the frequency range of each earbud to result in a balanced audio output overall. However, this would mean that the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are meant for personal hearing rather than shared music experiences.
The Buds Pro 2 has a low latency mode as low as 54ms, which allows for a great gaming and movie watching experience. Be sure to turn on spatial audio for a more immersive experience, especially for Netflix’s recent spatial audio support.
Explosions and gunshots feel well separated, and I could hear directional footsteps clearly while gaming too.
The battery life for One Plus Buds Pro 2 is pretty good considering its size. Listening to music at moderate volumes and adaptive noise cancellation on gave me about 7 hours of listening time per charge. Turning off noise cancellation bumps it to just under 9 hours. The charging case can add another 39 hours of listening time which is plenty enough for most users.
The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 delivers in not just audio quality, but also features that most audiophiles will appreciate. This collaboration with Dynaudio is more than just a branding deal, but rather a proper audiophile level product.
The Buds Pro 2 will be available in Malaysia soon after the global launch, so stay tuned to The AXO for more news and updates!