Welcome to my review of the Edifier NeoBuds Pro wireless earbuds. Edifier is labeling the Edifier NeoBuds Pro as “The World’s First Hi-Res Certified Noise-Cancelling True Wireless Earbuds”. In my review below I find out how good they really sound. The NeoBuds Pro earbuds do offer a very nice package for a price that isn’t too demanding of one’s wallet, but will this product fail in areas due to Edifier trying to keep the price under £100?
Can The Edifier NeoBuds Pro Be “The One”?
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Design and Control
The entire design process of the Edifier NeoBuds Pro has been thought out really well. I love the look and feel of the charging case, it feels like a pebble in your hand. It’s smooth, looks sleek, and of course, it protects and charges the buds when they’re not in your ears. The buds themselves look really nice, but more importantly, they feel super comfortable in your ears. With some cheaper earbuds, I find after a while my ears feel like they’re getting quite warm with the buds in, I did not experience this problem at all with the Edifier NeoBuds Pro earbuds. They also feel quite light when in your ears which helps with the longer sessions of wearing them.
Everything has been packed so well, even the box looks quite luxurious as you can see below. The only negative I have to say is I found the charging case to feel a little slippery at times and nearly dropped it once or twice. Now I am a bit more aware of that so I take a lot more care. Fortunately, the earbuds do come with a nice little protective bag for the charging case to live in. This is very useful for when you are not using the Edifier NeoBuds Pro. Imagine having a pocket or bag full of stuff such as keys and other objects that could scratch the charging case, the little bag is definitely a godsend for protecting your investment.
One particular highlight I love is the fact Edifier has included 7 different pairs of germ-proof ear tips, these are separate from the pair already on the earbuds. There are literally all different sizes that will match most people’s ears here. As you can see below they range from very small to a larger size. Kudos to Edifier for that.
Control of the headphones is real simple, you connect them to your phone or tablet, or even a computer via Bluetooth and away you go. Of course, you can delve further into the earbuds themselves and configure what tap actions do, different active noise cancellation settings, and more in the Edifier Connect app. More on that below. Another thing to note on the design of these is they are IP54-rated for dust and water resistance. I will admit that I have not tested this out myself. This is a weight off of one’s mind though especially if caught in a heavy downpour whilst out walking. It’s also good news for the athletes among us if they wanted to wear these whilst out running or cycling for example.
These earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0 to connect to your devices. This is good as this means the Edifier NeoBuds Pro will use less battery on your phone or tablet thanks to the Bluetooth Low Energy specifications in Bluetooth 5.0. You can connect them directly over Bluetooth to your device without the need for the Edifier Connect app. This can be downloaded from the Google Play Store on Android or Apple App Store on iOS. The Edifier Connect app is useful though, it provides you with easy settings for your earbuds such as quick settings in your pull-down notification area on Android. This will allow you to quickly swap modes and equalizer settings with the tap of a button. You can also configure the double and triple tap actions for each earbud when they’re in your ear.
As you can see below you have quite the choice for settings for the double and triple tap actions. You can change the double and triple tap settings for both earbuds. Apologies for the very tall image, but this helps you understand what I mean.
Sound and Performance
Where shall I begin? These little buds hit all of those massive high notes and the ever so low and deep tones without missing any beat in between. If you really want the best from these then you’re going to need to go with a music streaming service such as Tidal. Tidal offers very high-quality audio compared to other more known streaming services, of course, this comes at a cost. But wow, that cost is most definitely worth it in my opinion. Pair the Edifier NeoBuds Pro with Tidal and then close your eyes. You will almost feel like you are genuinely in the same room as the artist you’re listening to, as long as Tidal has hi-fi or even better, the master versions of the songs you want to listen to.
The supported audio codecs are AAC (200kbps), SBC (320kbps), we also have hi-res Audio codecs with LDAC and LHDC which have a decoding rate of 900kbps at 24Bit. Don’t forget to enable LDAC or LHDC in your Bluetooth or Developer settings on your mobile device. I had to do this with my Samsung S21 Ultra.
The Hybrid ANC which reduces outside noise up to 42dB works really well. There are two options in the Edifier Connect app for noise cancellation. The choices are High Noise Cancellation and Low Noise Cancellation. High uses the most battery life of course but blocks out virtually all outside noise. Low blocks less, but makes audio still very clear whilst making you aware of your surroundings. This is useful for example when an emergency vehicle is going along the road next to you. We then have Ambient Sound mode which is also known as Transparency mode on some other headphones, this basically allows you to listen to music and still hear the outside world nearly as good as without the headphones in.
I say nearly because of course having earbuds in your ears will block some sounds. This is natural in my opinion and is not a flaw with these earbuds. I have had more than one conversation in the office whilst wearing these and listening to music, and have not had any issues
blocking people out hearing the conversation. The app also allows you to use some pre-defined equalizer settings, or create a custom EQ profile. To be completely honest with you, I left it at the default EQ setting as all genres of music sounded terrific as it was.
The battery life in the NeoBuds Pro is more than acceptable for what they offer. I typically get 4 to 5 hours of single usage from the earbuds. This is with high-resolution music as well as High Noise Cancellation enabled for most of this time. That also gets me 3 sometimes 4 full charges of the earbuds themselves from the charging case. When the earbuds get down to 10% you hear an audible beep in your ears to let you know they’re getting low. Thankfully this doesn’t beep too often and doesn’t ruin any of the experience whilst listening. Another added bonus is the quick charge. This means a ten-minute charge in the case can give you an hour of listening on the earbuds.
The microphone on the headset is good. I made quite a few phone calls, WhatsApp calls, and Microsoft Teams video calls whilst wearing these. People on the other end of the communications could hear me nice and clear with no raising of my voice required.
I am going to finish up this area with the Gaming Mode on the earbuds. Gaming Mode is exactly what it says on the… app? It lets you reduce the headphone latency down to as low as 80ms. You may think that’s quite a high number, but when you’re in the heat of battle on Call of Duty Mobile, tapping on confectionary in Candy Crush, or flinging various birds at pigs in Angry Birds then you really won’t notice the very small delay. It’s certainly more noticeable when you have Gaming Mode disabled. The quality of the audio is still very high in Gaming Mode and games really do sound great through them. I’ve even tried them on my PC with ease.
The Edifier NeoBuds Pro are truly the best wireless earbuds/headphones I have ever used. Put into simple words, even if you use them at lower qualities of music and not 24bit Hi-Res, these earbuds will certainly provide you with excitement you have never felt from listening to music. I have honestly never been this excited to listen to music again once I eventually take the earbuds out. They just fill your eardrums with parts of songs that you may have never heard before. One example for me was that the vocals in Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody actually gently fade out at parts. I never actually realised this until I listened to that song with these earbuds!
Some of the more melodic music in the world will send you to a true place of euphoria, especially if you’re a fan of some of the drum and bass songs from producers such as Etherwood or Fred V & Gfx. Heavy Metal songs will also make hairs stand on end whilst the sound of guitars and vocals from artists such as Slipknot or Kataklysm rush down your ear canals. These had me thinking of what songs I used to love listening to, so I could dig them out of the old playlists or find them in the streaming services just to listen to them again, at a higher quality than I previously experienced those songs.
Fans of all genres of music will wonder why they have not invested in a decent set of earbuds before now, I certainly did! So to answer my question way up top, yes, I do believe these are “The One”! Now, what are you waiting for, get your butt to your nearest retailer to see if they stock these. Amazon does! I give the Edifier NeoBuds Pro a Thumb Culture Platinum Award.
Disclaimer: A sample was received in order to write this review.