OPPO Enco X2 review summarized in three sentences
- Extra functionality
- Sound quality
Oppo Enco X2 are headphones characterized primarily by great sound parameters and noise reduction. However, the manufacturer did not forget about other important features of wireless headphones and equipped them with reliable connectivity, great freedom of personalization and convenient control. The price, although quite high, seems to be adequate for the quality.
- Great sound parameters
- Hassle-free phone calls
- Effective noise reduction
- Ergonomic shape and comfortable control
- Scratchy case
If you are still looking for the perfect wireless headphones and do not know which ones to choose, maybe it will be possible to dispel your doubts. The proposal from Oppo, the Oppo Enco X2 headphones, seem to be the perfect combination of good audio and non-sound parameters. Is it really so? Feel free to review.
OPPO Enco X2 kit, technical specifications and price
It is difficult to expect any fireworks from the set of headphones and here Oppo will not surprise you. Oppo Enco X2 come to us in a fairly standard, large and flat package in shades of gray and silver. The headphones and their name are shiny and embossed in the package, which gives a nice sensory and visual impression that we are dealing with a top-shelf product. The basic parameters of the equipment are also written on the back of the package. Inside you will find Oppo Enco X2 headphones in a case, additional sets of rubber tips in various sizes and a USB-A – USB-C cable.
The full specification is as follows:
- type: Wireless, In-ear
- Driver: φ11mm dynamic speaker + φ6mm balanced diaphragm speaker
- Speaker sensitivity: 118dB @ 1kHz Frequency range: 20Hz ~ 40kHz
- Audio codec: LHDC / AAC / SBC
- Noise control modes: Intelligent noise reduction / Maximum noise reduction / Moderate noise reduction / Mild noise reduction / Transparency / Voice enhancement / Noise reduction off
- Noise reduction: Triple microphone with bone voice sensor
- Mic sensitivity: -38 dBV / Pa
- Binaural low-latency Bluetooth® transmission
- Bluetooth version: BT 5.2
- Battery capacity: 57mAh (earphones) / 566mAh (charging case)
- Water and dust resistance – headphones: IP54
We can get all this for about USD $169.00, which seems like an excessive amount. Nevertheless, an analysis of the parameters and the user experience can make them worth the money.
Quality of sound and microphones
Let’s start with the first purely sound-related aspects. My ear is not too sensitive, but at the same time it is so sensitive that I can definitely say that the Oppo Enco X2 sound great. The manufacturer boasts that it is due to the use of a flat tweeter with four magnets. The combination of two drivers in each headphone, one – 11mm woofer and the other 6mm planar tweeter was supposed to give a sensational result.
Thanks to the cooperation with the Danish company Dynaudio, Oppo managed to obtain studio-quality sound. It is difficult for me to judge if it is that good, but certainly if you have a comparison with other in-ear headphones, you will be satisfied. This opinion is shared by other more experienced and qualified reviewers.
My good opinion was shared by the interlocutors who appreciated the work of the microphone. During phone calls, the sound was clear and clear, which meant I was never tempted to switch to earpiece-to-ear talk mode. Whether I was at home, in an office, or in a noisy shop interior did not matter.
Construction and build quality of Oppo Enco X2
So let’s move on to the non-sonic aspects of using the new Oppo proposal. Enco X2 are available in two color versions – black and white, and I have the latter. These truly wireless headphones with a weight of 4.7g are a well-known stick design.
There are two black elements on the white headphones – one is the microphone grille, and the other is information about whether the earpiece is to go to the right or left ear. The silicone tips are available in three sizes and feature an anti-microbial design. The headphones on the ends of the sticks have silver pins, which are not only a decoration, but are used to charge them in the included case.
The case in the color of the headphones has a lozenge shape and gives the impression of being durable. Putting the headphones in and out of it is convenient. The same applies to opening and closing a case that can be operated with one hand. In addition, the case does not have unnecessary decorations. The only distinguishing features are the delicate Oppo logo, information about cooperation with Dynaudio on the hinge, a LED inside and outside the case, a USB-C port and a pairing button.
A clear drawback of the case is its lack of scratch resistance. The white glossy finish is scratched very quickly and although I do not know how many people have tested this equipment before me, the condition of the case allows me to say that the case will quickly become unsightly even in the hands of one user.
Impressions of use Oppo Enco X2
The headphones are controlled by squeezing the sticks. My habit of controlling the handset is quite strong, and yet I quickly managed to switch to this type of control of the headphones. Oppo Enco X2 always recorded gestures well, and in addition, each squeeze is additionally signaled by a sound, so we do not have to wait to find out if we managed to trigger the desired reaction.
Gestures can be personalized and so we can define actions for single, double, triple squeeze and for squeeze and hold. In addition, by moving up or down on a designated part of the handset, we can turn the volume down or up, which is intuitive, convenient and useful.
One of the actions we can attribute to pressing the headphones is toggling between Active Noise Canceling modes, which works great for more than just calls. The manufacturer provides noise reduction up to 45 db and triple removal of wind noise thanks to an additional mesh blocking the air inlet. Sounds like music or conversations do not completely disappear, but they are so quiet that playing any additional music will cut us off completely from the environment.
If, however, we need to communicate with the environment, we can either take out one of the headphones (which will automatically stop playing music), or turn on the sound transmission mode, which, combined with the raising of voices, works very well.
The Oppo Enco X2 headphones use Google’s quick pairing, but to fully experience the possibilities, you need to install the HeyMelody application. If you pair the headphones with an Oppo phone, basically nothing is needed. The application allows you to view the charging status of the headphones and the case, select the noise elimination mode – on, off and transmissive mode. If we turn on noise cancellation, we can choose its mode – light, moderate, maximum and intelligent.
The latter will automatically choose the power of active noise removal. By choosing to let the sounds of the environment through, we get an additional option – to amplify the human voice. Next we have personalized noise cancellation, which Oppo Enco X2 selects after performing the “golden sound” test.
Then we have an equalizer, although this one may disappoint as we only have 4 options to choose from. The high-quality sound menu allows you to choose a codec, and the golden sound will guide you through a series of tests that will eventually adjust the sound quality to your ears only.
There is also a gaming mode, the ability to connect headphones to two devices simultaneously, a headphone matching test and check for updates. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that (unless you choose the LDAC codec, you cut off the possibility of pairing with more than one device.
The bluetooth 5.2 standard is responsible for the communication of the headphones with our phone, and the sound transmitted in this way can be encoded with both SBC and AAC codecs, but also LHDC and LDAC, which is why Enco X2 can boast of the Hi-Res Audio certificate.
Battery – working and charging time
How the battery works is closely related to how we use the headphones. In each of them we have a 57mAh cell, and in the case 566mAh. With the AAC codec, the headphones should guarantee up to 9.5 hours of work without active noise reduction and up to 5.5 hours with ANC turned on.
Charging with energy from the case will extend the working time up to 40h without and 22h with ANC. I got the times slightly lower than those declared by the manufacturer. If you also want to use high-quality codecs, the battery life can be cut in half. Charging the headphones takes place in the case and we can charge them both with the attached cable and wirelessly.
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OPPO Enco X2 review – summary
Taking everything into account, it must be said that the Oppo Enco X2 are really good headphones worth your attention. Their price, although it seems excessive, is justified by the great sound quality, modern approach to ANC and a well-designed control system. Personally, I do not need such equipment, but I think that those who are looking for real wireless headphones when buying this model will not be disappointed.