We are taking a look at Edifier to take on the second ANC earbuds. Welcome to the Edifier TWS NB2 review. I am happy that Edifier has released its successor, and I think this is a great one.
Edifier TWS NB2 VS Tronsmart Apollo Bold
|Specifications||Edifier TWS NB2||Tronsmart Apollo bold|
|Chipset||Bestechnic BES2300YP||Qualcomm®QCC5124 docking station|
|Bluetooth protocol||A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP||HFP / HSP / AVRCP / A2DP|
|Connection distance||10 m||15 m|
|Play time||ANC On: 7hrs(earbuds) + 18hrs(Case) ANCOFF: 9hrs(earbuds) + 23hrs(case)||Headphones: up to 10 hours (50% volume); Up to 4 hours (100% volume)|
|Price||Check Price On Aliexpress||Check Price On Aliexpress|
Edifier TWS NB2 Review
Design & Build
I noticed that Edifier, like most manufacturers, put more emphasis on their packaging for their more expensive earbuds. I think the box of the NB2 looks classy, and it also comes with a faux leather case with the earbuds nicely presented to you inside.
The earbuds’ claim material is made of leather-like plastic, which gives the case a very classy and luxurious outlook. Overall, touching it doesn’t feel leatheriest, but it sure looks good, and the weight of the earbuds is pretty nice, not too heavy, not too light.
You can see a lovely edifier logo at the top, and it doesn’t have the name brand anymore, which I think is a fantastic design choice that Edifier made. The entire case feels minimal, and nothing else is printed around.
The case to make it look cheap, and if you flip the topic to the back, you will see a USB type-c charge port and a charging indicator. I hope all earbuds that edifier launches in the future follow this trend.
So opening the case, the hinge of the lid feels super solid with a nice snap. Once you open them and hold their position, I think this is one critical design feature that differentiates a high quality from a cheap earbud inside.
There are a led indicator and a pairing button, and there you will see the beautiful earbuds sitting there, lovely and elegantly presented to you.
When you pick up the earbuds, you will notice that the nb2 is like the edgy gaming cousin to the AirPods pro, where the AirPods pro lacks straight lines edifier nb2 emphasizes edges, which is an excellent design.
Overall flipping the earbuds around, you will see the tip of the earbuds, which are pretty large and houses all the technology inside this hit. The earbuds also have an in-ear detection sensor that we will talk more about in a little while.
So with ANC on the earbuds should give you about seven hours of continuous playback time. The case provides a total of two and a half times the charge cycle, which gives you a total of 18 hours of extra playback time.
When you turn off ANC, the earbuds give you a total of 9 hours of continuous playback time and 23 hours. the case battery performance depends on the volume level you play your music in, and the louder you play them, the shorter the battery life.
Overall the earbuds on the case take about one and a half to two hours to fully charge.
The nb2 gives you a whole host of features to make these earbuds worth your money for starters in the features department. Edifier uses the best techniques BS2300 Bluetooth 5.0 chipset, which is used in a google pixel.
But this gives you good audio performance as well as fantastic latency performance. We will look at those later. The earbuds are also rated as ip54 dust and water-resistant, which is better than the original NB.
Orginal NB is the only ipx4, but it is the total opposite of the tronsmart apollo bold, which is rated to be ip45 instead but to be honest, ip54 is sufficient to get you through most of your day sweating, raining, and even working out, but since these earbuds are not rated to be swimming earbuds.
So please don’t bring them swimming. So the Edifier tws nb2 also comes with smart player paws, which also means that the earbuds come with in-ear sensors to detect. If you are wearing them and play your pause pieces of music accordingly.
So it is smart in a sense because you get to configure them inside the app, which the tronsmart apollo bold doesn’t have but later on when the uploadable has app control.
We will take a look at that as well, and lastly, the Edifier tws nb2 also supports a super seamless mono and stereo switching mode. It works flawlessly.
Putting either side into the case doesn’t pause the music at all, and by the time you pick up the other side and put it in your ears. Again it’s already paired and in sync with the other side. So this is one of the best executions that I have seen for a mono stereo switching.
Edifier Connect App
Once you connect the tws nb2 to the mobile app, what you get to see on the first page is the percentage of both earbuds’ batteries. The only thing that it doesn’t show is the percentage of the battery of the case, so what it allows you to do in the first picture is to toggle between noise cancellation and ambient noise.
So when you go into a noise cancellation, that’s full-on noise cancellation, and if you go to ambient noise, what Edifier did here that is very cool is that it allows you to control the ambient amount of noise that comes into the earphones.
If you want more ambient noise, just put it to 3, and if you want even less, just go to negative three. If you go down here, you can see the currently playing song and interact with it.
If you are inside the app so on top of that, what you can do is go to settings and inside the grounds. it allows you to do a couple of things, for example, you can change your earphones’ name.
You can check the firmware and what’s cool here is that the Edifier tws nb2 supports in-ear detection. So if you like that feature, you can come here and turn them on. You can click to turn on or turn off in-ear detection and what you want to do with them.
There is a unique and useful feature to have. You can also toggle the tab sensitivity timer to shut down and go in and out of game mode. The only thing that I hope to have is volume controls inside the app itself, hopefully in future updates.
You can change the controls of the touch sensor on the earphones to include volume controls as well, so that’s the app of the Edifier tws NB2.
The ANC performance on the NB2 is quite impressive, and for mid-range ANC earbuds, I think these are some of the best in the market for now.
The nb2 uses an AMS hybrid ANC technology that detects sound outside and inside your ear canals and uses complex algorithms to reduce that noise. Edifier claims that it is 28 better than the original NB.
In practice, I think it does an excellent job and testing them together with the AirPods pro and the tronsmart apollo bold. My verdict will be this if the AirPods pro cuts out about 80 of ambient noise, and the tronsmart cuts out about 70 of that ombre noise.
My evaluation with my ears and the right ear tips manages to cut off about 75 percent of ambient noise. I think that this is slightly better than the tronsmart apollo bold.
The NB2 comes with the legendary 85 sound quality, but at least some of their more expensive earbuds if you tried the original NB tws5 or tws6. It is an amalgamation of all of those earbuds.
The base is crazy deep, just like the tws5, but the mids and highs are tuned like the tws6, which is good because all of this sound is pumped out through a single 13mm graphene driver, which is enormous for an in-ear style earbud.
They managed to do this because of the airport-style stem, where they can move many of the components down to the branch and fit a larger driver on top. The original NB also has a 13mm driver, but the earbuds are massive.
Call Quality and Connectivity
The call quality of the nb2 is also excellent. The voice comes through very clearly and using. These earbuds for phone calls in a quiet environment are superb, even this well in noisy environments.
I think it is trying to cut off ambient noise, but the good news is that your voice still comes through nice and clear.
The best technics Bluetooth 5.0 chipset is an excellent chipset. When using it for movies or watching videos on youtube or Netflix using game mode for gaming is also really good and at 18 milliseconds.
It is perfect for genuinely wireless earbuds compared to the apollo bold, which is still not ideal for gaming, and even the AirPods pro lags slightly when gaming.
Edifier is not known for its excellent control schemes. Everything else being perfect. I think this is one part that the edifier student needs to improve. You don’t get to customize the app’s controls.
You have to live with pre-configured in the factory. Tapping twice on the left earbud allows you to toggle between the ANC mode.
ANC on ambient mode and normal mode, which is no ANC, and tapping three times on the left earbuds will target you in and out of gaming mode.
You will hear a prom inside saying whether you are in or out of gaming mode, and on the right side of the earbuds, tap twice to play your pause media as well as pick up phone calls.
If you want to skip forward, you can tap three times, and it will cut your media ahead. The funny thing about this is that Edifier doesn’t put in a skip backward, and it only allows you to skip ahead, so not backward.
That is something very odd, and I hope that Edifier starts noticing and updating their app to allow customization in the future. So that’s all the controls you get with the edifier tws nb2.
The Edifier TWS NB2 is a fantastic pair of ANC earbuds. I would even say get this if you like the styling more than the apollo bold. Both are great options, and I will leave the final decision to you, so that is it for this review.
- Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling
- Edgy Design
- Faux Leather Case
- Edifier Connect App
- No EQ Control
- No Voice Assistant