Realme Buds Air 2 review: an honest pair of true wireless headphones for Android smartphones

Foreword: We strongly recommend consulting the full Realme Buds Air 2 Neo review to properly approximate that of the Buds Air 2 “very short”. Since the two models are relatively close, this short review will mainly focus on the differences to know about.

Left Realme Buds Air 2 Neo, right Realme Buds Air 2

At first glance, the Realme Buds Air 2 differ from the Buds Air 2 with their “branch” design. This big difference does not affect the overall build quality, which is quite true, and the included accessories. Handling the case with one hand is always a dangerous exercise, especially as the headphones become even more magnetized to their case once stored inside.

The case still finds its place in the trouser pocket without any problems.

The case still finds its place in the trouser pocket without any problems.

On the other hand, the wearing experience is obviously a little different from their “Neo” cousins, for the better by the way: the headphones are more discreet in the earcup (which is not really surprising since the part in contact is more compact) and are therefore less vulnerable to the small ones Too strong support issues that we observed. Although not completely forgotten, the Buds Air 2 offer a pleasant feeling of comfort, even during relatively long sessions of use.

In terms of user experience, no big changes are to be expected, which is generally true, especially for Android devices: except for the presence of a wearing sensor in each earbud, which allows you to pause / resume autoplay (can be found in the accompanying mobile application deactivated) and active noise cancellation when wearing the headphones (not deactivated), the Realme Buds Air 2 resemble their “Neo” version. On the other hand, the autonomy per charge of the headphones does not exceed 4h 20min/5h depending on whether the RBA is activated or not. However, the carrying case offers four additional refills.

Another important point: the hands-free system gives a serious plus to reception and call quality, thus making it possible to make calls even in unfavorable noise conditions (in a moderately noisy street) without having to repeat yourself or speak excessively loudly to be understood by your interlocutor.

In terms of listening experience, the Realme Buds Air 2 and Air 2 Neo basically share the same basis, but here too they differ in a few points that make the difference in the former. The Buds Air 2 actually do a little better and can therefore offer quite correct performances: the rendering is a little more balanced, more legible, a little more airy and above all a little less grueling. The sound signature of these true wireless headphones is nonetheless colorful with an energetic, even sharp appearance and a clearly defined sonic presence that will once again compel you to stay at listening volume at the expense of rapid listening fatigue.



  • Frequency response measurement (balanced mode in black, bass boost in orange, bright in blue) | © The Digital

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Frequency response measurement (balanced mode in black, bass boost in orange, bright in blue), harmonic distortion rate measurement, square wave measurement at 50 and 500 Hz, impulse response measurement (low latency mode in purple)

The precision of the sound reproduction is correct, the bass is always a bit soft and the second part of the spectrum is confusing when there is a lot of information to transcribe (many instruments, pieces rich in overtones). A slightly more extended and detailed reproduction in the higher frequencies would also have allowed for a slightly less compact soundstage.

Like the Buds Air 2 Neo, the Buds Air 2 offer very little passive isolation. Enabling active noise cancellation is therefore essential if you want to isolate yourself as much as possible from certain noise sources, and this is also a little more convincing on this model. The proposed damping is not significantly more important and remains quite light, especially to erase the voices. Despite this, it’s less capricious than the Buds Air 2 Neo (no specific operating problem, apart from the still significant sensitivity to wind-induced breath).

strong points

  • Homogeneous sound reproduction, first part of the balanced spectrum.

  • Very good quality speakerphone.

  • Comfortable wearing comfort.

weak points

  • Sound signature that would have benefited from being softer and less shy in the extreme highs.

  • Improveable sound precision.

  • Very low passive isolation/very ineffective active noise cancellation on vocals.

  • No volume control.

  • No headphone support in the iOS app (and therefore very limited functionality).

How does the classification work?

Without being a really good surprise, the Realme Buds Air 2 offer a slightly more accomplished and controlled experience than their Buds 2 Air Neo brethren, which positions them as a model to consider if you want as little as possible into one Headphones want to invest true wireless. However, other slightly more expensive references can represent a more interesting investment, thanks to a more solid quality/price ratio, and for all users, not only Android users.

subnotes

  • Manufacturing & Accessories

  • Comfort & Support

  • comfort

  • maintenance

  • user experience

  • autonomy

  • Audio

  • Active noise cancellation

  • IP certification

  • latency

  • hands free

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