In the test: Soundcore Liberty 2 from Anker - true wireless in-ear headphones for 100 euros

Soundcore Liberty 2 in the test

The company Anker always manages to convince me with the quality of their products - even though the low price suggests that the processing of the products and the apps might suffer from the low budget. But so far I have not been disappointed by the Anker products. For this reason, I am always delighted when the Anker marketing department sends me a product for an in-depth test.

This time the completely wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones with the designation "Soundcore Liberty 2"(not the pro version) made it. But let's start at the beginning ...

With magnetic closures and the like, the package of the Soundcore Liberty 2 is presented quite classy (photos: Sir Apfelot).

With magnetic closures and the like, the package of the Soundcore Liberty 2 is presented quite classy (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Transparency notice

Every now and then the manufacturer Anker sends me new products from their production pipeline so that I can put them to a test. I get the samples free of charge and without being forced to write a report about them. That means that everything you read here is not discussed with Anker, but my own experience. If I have criticism of the products, I mention them in the article and also send them to the product manager at Anker so that they have feedback. I do not receive payment for my contribution.

The HearID feature is explained on the inside of the pack - an adaptation of the in-ear headphones to your own hearing in order to individualize the sound.

The HearID feature is explained on the inside of the pack - an adaptation of the in-ear headphones to your own hearing in order to individualize the sound.

Technical data and scope of delivery

But now back to the true wireless headphones from Anker Soundcore. The following things can be found in the pack:

  • Charging box
  • Soundcore Liberty 2 headphones
  • Charging cable (USB-A to USB-C)
  • 3 different sizes of earwings
  • 7 pairs of silicone plugs (XS / S / M / L / XL / M + / L +)
  • Instructions (internationally understandable with icons)

The technical data of the Soundcore Liberty 2 are:

  • Model Number: A3913
  • Charging current: 5 V, 500 mA
  • Output: 5 mW @ 1% THD (Total Harmonic Distortion, see Wikipedia)
  • IP rating: IPX5 protection class
  • Battery capacity: 65 mAh (per earphone); 500 mA (charging case)
  • Earbud charging time: 1,5 hours
  • Case charging time: 2,0 hours
  • Fast charging: 10 minutes of charging = 2 hours of listening
  • Playback: 8 h (32 h with charging case)
  • Driver diameter: 10 mm
  • Audio sensitivity: 97 dB SPL
  • Impedance: 8 Ω
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Noise isolation of the microphones: cVc 8.0
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • Bluetooth profiles: AVRCP1.5, A2DP1.3, HFP1.6, HSP1.2
  • Audio Codec: SBC, AAC, aptX
  • Range: 10 m
In addition to the case and the charging cable, the Liberty 2 in-ear headphones also come with plenty of silicone ear plugs to optimize the fit of the headphones.

In addition to the case and the charging cable, the Liberty 2 in-ear headphones also come with plenty of silicone ear plugs to optimize the fit of the headphones.

Design of the earbuds and charging case

The headphones look very good. They are significantly smaller than that Easy Acc X100I recently here in the test had, but also a lot more expensive. The design of the Liberty 2 is elegant and unobtrusive, so it particularly suits me that the LED signals on the earphones are also very subtle.

The charging case is shaped like a rounded stone that you could find in a stream - so a real flatterer. The size of the battery case is also approx. 8 x 6,5 x 3 cm, making it absolutely pocket-friendly.

A special "delicacy" of the case is its closure. This is not folded up, but pushed backwards, whereby the lid snaps comfortably (as if magnetically) into both positions.

The two earphones also seem to be held in the case by magnetism, because they can be easily removed, but flip satisfactorily into the correct position when inserted.

The charging case is kept small and therefore cannot be used as a power bank. Still, it has enough power to charge the earbuds several times.

The charging case is kept small and therefore cannot be used as a power bank. Still, it has enough power to charge the earbuds several times.

The charging case is not a power bank

In order to minimize the size of the charging case, Anker only gave the case a capacity of 500 mAh. As a result, a feature such as using it as a power bank would be relatively nonsensical. For this reason, the case only has a USB-C input for charging and no USB-A output that could be used to charge other devices.

The three LEDs in the charging case show the battery level and flash to indicate that charging is in progress (photos: Sir Apfelot).

The three LEDs in the charging case show the battery level and flash to indicate that charging is in progress (photos: Sir Apfelot).

 

The case is charged in a future-proof manner via a USB-C port, which I think is very positive.

The case is charged in a future-proof manner via a USB-C port, which I think is very positive.

No touch, but real buttons

AirPods and other headphones are now used to operate via touch-sensitive points. Contrary to this trend, Anker relied on real buttons for the Soundcore Liberty 2. The big advantage from my point of view: You save space and as a user you have haptic feedback at the same time when you press the buttons.

The buttons can be found on each earphone and are also the only control element. It is easy to use because you can quickly feel it with your finger and then perform the functions with light pressure. What is possible here in detail, I describe below. At this point it should only be mentioned that the buttons worked reliably in my test.

At the top of the right earphone you can see the small button that is used to operate the headphones.

At the top of the right earphone you can see the small button that is used to operate the headphones.

No automatic stop of playback

AirPod users will be familiar with the feature: If you take the earphones out of your ears, playback will stop immediately. If you put it back in your ears within a few seconds, the music starts again.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what the Soundcore Liberty 2 does not offer. If you take the earphones out of the listener, they just keep playing the audio. This is not a broken leg, but it should be mentioned.

Siri-compatible thanks to built-in microphones

I rarely use headphones for phone calls, but what I like to use is Siri. The Soundcore Liberty 2 also allows this without any problems. Pressing the button on one of the two earphones for about 1 second starts the voice assistant.

Speech recognition is very good and was reliable even with background noise. So nothing stands in the way of using Siri with the Liberty 2.

The built-in microphones allow the use of Siri as well as hands-free calling during phone calls.

The built-in microphones allow the use of Siri as well as hands-free calling during phone calls.

Sound quality - adjustable via built-in equalizer

I was very curious about the sound quality of the Soundcore Liberty true wireless headphones. I recently tested the Easy Acc X100, which sounded very solid. The Liberty 2 type the sound a bit again. The highs are clear - without sounding obtrusive. The bass is full and the overall sound is nice and warm and round.

If you are not happy with the factory settings, you can use the equalizer via the Anker Soundcore app and choose from a large number of presets that further improve the sound for certain types of music or use cases.

With the options of the equalizer, in my opinion, there are no more open wishes. The best part is that the equalizer works in the earbuds and doesn't depend on any specific app. So, even if you close the Soundcore app and consume your audio stuff with any music app, the EQ adjustment takes place in the headphones. In my opinion, Anker solved that very well.

Both the sound and the wearing comfort are influenced by the accuracy of the fit. For this reason, many silicone plugs are important for individual adjustment.

Both the sound and the wearing comfort are influenced by the accuracy of the fit. For this reason, many silicone plugs are important for individual adjustment.

HearID - personalized sound

The HearID feature is theoretically an adaptation of the sound to the hearing characteristics of your own ears. To measure this, the Soundcore app plays tones in different frequencies and volumes and you type in the app when you hear the tone or when it becomes inaudible again.

That sounds like a good idea, but unfortunately I couldn't use HearID on myself. The test threw an error each time towards the end and aborted. It is possible that a firmware update will solve the problem here, but things have not yet gone smoothly for me.

The individual adaptation of the sound to the user's hearing is possible via the Soundcore app on the iPhone.

The individual adaptation of the sound to the user's hearing is possible via the Soundcore app on the iPhone.

Conclusion on the Soundcore Liberty 2

I have been using the Liberty 2 for a few days and found the change in sound through the presets in the equalizer particularly impressive. The Soundcore app, which is also used with Anker Bluetooth boxes, is very sophisticated and easy to use. This makes it very convenient for new users to set up and configure the true wireless headphones.

However, the app is no longer necessary for daily use. Once you have chosen the EQ settings, you can do without an app at all.

The buttons on the earphones can be individually assigned via the Soundcore app and the hearing test for HearID can also be carried out.

The buttons on the earphones can be individually assigned via the Soundcore app and the hearing test for HearID can also be carried out.

It's a bit of a shame that the headphones don't automatically pause playback when you take them out of your ear. I would have expected such a feature for almost 100 euros RRP.

Despite everything, the Soundcore Liberty 2 offers a well-rounded package. If you have the chance to get them on sale, I would recommend them. For 100 euros I think they are a bit expensive.

You can find the Soundcore Liberty 2 here at Amazon or via the following product box:

Soundcore by Anker Liberty 2 True Wireless Headphones, Bluetooth Headphones with ...
  • Keyword DIAMOND: your Liberty 2 headphones take advantage of the first-class properties of a diamond: ...
  • STRONG ENDURANCE: Enjoy 8 hours of wireless playback time after just one charging process and additional charges ...
  • INDIVIDUALITY WITH HearID: Headphones that sound incredibly good to you, may be to someone else ...

Operating instructions / manual

I took a picture of the instructions for the Soundcore Liberty 2 and stored it here as photos. If you are looking for them at some point, this might be helpful:

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