My Edifier TWS NB2 Pro Review is the first time I’ve had a pair of noise cancelling earbuds to test on the blog. I’ve reviewed a couple of ANC headphones so far this year and spoiler alert, the NB2 Pro’s are easily the best. I was initially a bit worried how well the active noise cancelling (ANC) would work in a pair of totally wireless earbuds but I didn’t need to be!
The reason I was a bit worried was that I was unsure if the battery would have enough juice to power the ANC, Bluetooth connectivity and provide sound to each earbud. The reason for this is that they’re quite compact. So, let’s find out. Let’s make a start on the review with my usual approach, first impressions.
Edifier TWS NB2 Pro Review
Right off the bat, these are less than £60 and I know I shouldn’t, but, if we judge them purely on looks alone they’re well worth it. The packaging looks flawless. The grey and black colour scheme fused with the subtle silver Edifier branding looks slick.
The ever so slightly embossed image of the earbuds really raises the bar and ensures you’ll not mistake these for a poor quality set of earbuds. I’m a bit of a sucker for good marketing and packaging, these are right up my street.
Opening up the packaging, you’re greeted with the clam shell charging case. It’s really well presented, encased in a grey foam surround. To be honest the whole unboxing experience was a delight. It’s well thought out and really does help build that anticipation. The only thing I don’t quite like is the faux leather finish, I’d have preferred a smooth finish.
I also really like that the box has a hinged lid, as opposed to a run of the mill, boring box with a removable lid. The other thing I think has been really well thought out is that the accessories box has been recessed into the lid.
Edifier have made great use of the space available, but if I’m being picky, they could have used a lot less cardboard packaging (used a smaller box basically) and still had the same box design. This would have further improved on the Eco friendliness that I’d like to see more of.
Single Use Plastic
I mentioned in my Edifier D12 review that Edifier’s headphones seem to have less plastic than the speaker systems and that’s been proved right, again. Speaker department take note, we want less plastic please.
Overall I’m really pleased with the packaging looks, but what I’m happiest about is the almost complete lack of single use plastic, the vast majority of it is, as far as I can tell recyclable. The only plastic components are the display hook and a small piece of plastic film that was wrapped around the charging case. There’s also a bit of foam that holds the clam shell charging case in place.
What about the Sound Quality? It’s one area Edifier are extremely reliable.
Edifier TWS NB2 Pro Sound Quality
I want to jump straight into the Active Noise Cancelling.
I’m reviewing these at a time where my office is incredibly hot, so I have a fan on during office hours. Bear with me, the situational context is important. When these arrived the fan was on. I popped both earbuds in my ears and before I’d had chance to figure out how to enable the ANC it’d turned on automatically. The sound from the fan was reduced to almost nothing, it’s staggering.
You may think I’m making this up but believe me when I say this, the ANC in the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro is so much better than the PreSonus HD10BT and even Edifiers own headphone ANC offering. I can hardly believe just how good the ANC performance is, it’s outrageous.
Well Tuned Sound
The TWS NB2 Pro’s have got a pretty small 10mm driver. Despite it’s size, it manages to evenly tune and balance the bass, mid and treble frequencies extremely well. The music I listened to sounded clear and each instrument, vocalist and ad-lib was audible, they offer great audio clarity.
I listened to an album by BROCKHAMPTON. There are some real bass heavy tracks on this album and the NB2 Pro’s handled it with ease. The bass was really loud and punchy when it needed to be but it’s not over powering. And when listening to music where bass isn’t the dominant frequency it sounds good too, these other music genres aren’t overwhelmed with bass.
I’ve used some earbuds by JVC in the past where bass just took over everything, even when listening to classical! But these do not suffer from the same ill-conceived idea that the heavier the bass, the better. The high and mid ranges are fine too, vocals sound particularly on the money.
Bluetooth Latency – Or Lack Of!
I don’t think I’d find my self watching a movie with these earbuds, but I tested it anyway, I wanted to see if there was any syncing issues with movie audio. I connected them to my phone and loaded up a movie using Plex. There wasn’t any latency issues at all and the movie sound effects really came to life! The documentation suggests that switching to gaming mode further reduces the latency, it’s so low already that I didn’t really notice any difference.
I’ve changed my mind about using these to watch a film, the combination of a dark room, a large flat screen TV with ambilight and the ANC make for a perfect movie night!
Overall I really like how these headphones sound, the plus points are really starting to add up now, we’re heading in the direction of a very high overall score out of ten. But, before I get to ahead of myself let’s look through the rest of the design features.
Features and Design
The Edifier TWS NB2 Pro comes in white, black and (sort of) yellow colorways. For this review I was sent the black option but I think any colour would look good.
Each earbud has a fantastic angled design with a metallic painted plastic coating with a silver Edifier logo. The multi-angular design is something I’ve not seen very many manufacturers use, so it’s nice to see something different, sort of breaking from the norm.
At the bottom of each earbud is where they’ve placed the dual microphones. The main body is where the touch controls are located. These can be used for controlling your music such as play, pause and skip. You can also change the listening mode and answering or declining calls. As with most TWS style earbuds, you can’t control audio volume from the touch inputs.
On the inside edge you’ll find the charging terminals. There also appears to be an optical sensor used to determine whether or not the earbud is in use, this is how the ANC is turned on or off. It can also be controlled via the Edifier App. Those sensors will also automatically play and pause what you are listening to when the earbuds are taken in or out of your ear.
The inside edge is also where a letter ‘L’ or ‘R’ is placed to help you identify the correct ear to put them in, which all headphone makers use. But, it’d be nice for a tactile indicator or perhaps even a braille one, to help the visually impaired.
I almost forgot to mention the battery life! It comes with a whopping 32 hours of playback time. And, what’s more is that there is inbuilt fast charge technology which means just 15 minutes charge time will deliver 2 hours playback.
Edifier TWS NB2 Pro Review – A Comfortable Pair Of Earbuds
Having a round shape silicone ear tip is going to be fairly comfortable regardless. But, the inclusion of two different size tips to choose from allows you to make sure of it. I wanted to do a bit of a comfort test, so looked for a fairly long movie to watch.
I watched all 2 hours 49 minutes of The Horse Whisperer wearing the NB2 Pro’s. I found the the earbuds comfortable to wear for the entire film, I guess this is in part thanks to how lightweight they are combined with a snug fit. They sit well within the ear, not too deep and not to shallow.
Edifier Connect App
I’m not particularly keen on the App. The overall design and user interface is a bit dated now, I don’t think the design has changed much since it was launched.
You need to keep the app running in the background for tweaks to the settings to remain active. It’s also a requirement of the app for you to allow precise GPS location at all times, to use the app properly. In my opinion the app needs work and the feature list doesn’t really justify downloading it, just yet.
Moving on then, let’s have a read through my thoughts on the build quality, where again, Edifier usually excel.
When I first picked the charging case up, I thought it felt a bit too lightweight. And often, in my haste to form an opinion I almost jumped to the conclusion that lightweight equals poor quality. In fact, it’s quite the contrary in this case.
They’re made of really strong plastic and they’ve been rated IP54 which means they offer good levels of dust and waterproofing. I wouldn’t submerge them in water but they’ll do just fine in a heavy downpour.
I also tried to bend the charging case lid right back to see how far I could bend it before I damaged it. But, as with 100% of the Edifier headphones I’ve tried to date, I was unable to.
The usual build quality test I prefer is the ‘scratch test’. I take a sharp, pointy object and try and scratch the item in question. The TWS NB2 Pro charging case was left with an ever so slight scratch. But because of the textured surface you can’t really tell. Which pains me to say, because I really don’t like the raised texture of the case.
The earbuds themselves, although lightweight do feel robust. I won’t be worried I’ll break them if I pop them in my back pocket and then sit on them.
How Much And Where To Buy
The Edifier TWS NB2 Pro’s are available to buy from Amazon. Hit the affiliate link here to buy them today. They’ll set you back around $70.
Summary and Verdict
They’re almost perfect, they really are. I just can’t get on board with the textured charging case. A smooth case would have fit with the overall slick, clean look a lot better. The overall sound quality, especially the ANC make these well worth it.
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The Edifier TWS NB2 were sent to us in exchange for writing our Edifier TWS NB2 Pro Review.