You can now buy a pair of true wireless headphones for less than Rs. 2,000, with brands like Boat, Noise, Xiaomi, and Realme pushing the limits of what you can expect in terms of features and design at this price. However, I have yet to come across a pair of true wireless earbuds priced below Rs. 2,000 which sounds really good. Companies generally focus on features and design, which means that many of the products in the budget segment fall short on the listening experience. Oppo’s latest true wireless earbuds are thus a refreshing change, sticking to the basics and focusing on sound quality.
Priced at Rs. 1999 in India, the Oppo Enco Buds are a pair of no-frills true wireless headphones. On paper, it prioritizes the core experience – that is, comfort, ease of use, battery life, and sound quality. Is this really the best sounding pair of true wireless headphones you can buy for less than Rs? 2,000? Find out in this review.
No frills on the Oppo Enco Buds
When I said that the Oppo Enco Buds had no frills, I meant it. This is a simple pair of true wireless headphones with an in-channel setting, touch controls, and a basic charging case with a USB Type-C port. The headphones are small, fit comfortably, and look decent enough without drawing too much attention. I quite liked the glossy finish on the earbuds and the charging case on my white review unit. Each earbud weighs 4g, while the charging case weighs 37g.
The charging case is small, pocket-friendly, and well-built, with a magnetic lid and a small indicator light on the front. The headphones are automatically activated and paired with the most recently connected device when you open the lid. There is no pairing button, so you must disconnect the headphones from all source devices to put them in pairing mode. The sales package includes a total of three pairs of different sized ear pads and a charging cable for the case.
Touch-sensitive areas on the earbuds allow you to control calls, playback, and volume. A single touch on each side plays or pauses the music; a double tap jumps to the next track; and a triple tap activates the low latency game mode. Touching and holding the left or right earbud reduces or increases the volume, respectively. Touch gestures are responsive and easy to learn and use. However, the lack of application compatibility means that these controls cannot be customized.
There are no sensors in the earbuds to pause playback when they are removed from your ears, so the Oppo Enco Buds will keep playing until you manually pause your source device, or until both earbuds are placed back in the charging case. You can use either earbud independently of the other, even while one of them is charging.
For connectivity, the Oppo Enco Buds use Bluetooth 5.2, with support for the Bluetooth SBC and AAC codecs. The headphones have 8mm dynamic drivers with a frequency range of 20-20,000Hz and are IP54 rated for dust and water resistance. The box includes a total of three pairs of silicone ear cushions for a custom fit.
The Oppo Enco Buds have 40 mAh batteries in the earbuds and an additional 400 mAh in the charging case. I was able to get around five hours of listening per charge on the headphones, and the case added around three additional charges for a total of 20 hours of listening per charge cycle. This is pretty decent, given the specs and price of the Enco Buds. There is no fast charging for the case or the headphones; It took more than two hours to fully charge all the equipment.
Clean and fun sound on the Oppo Enco Buds
Although the lack of features may be off-putting for many, the Oppo Enco Buds offer performance. I was impressed by the clean and fun sound of these headphones, as well as their connection stability and other key points. I used the headphones with an iPhone 12 mini (Review) for much of the review, with the Bluetooth AAC codec up and running and Apple Music providing the music tracks.
Starting with Clean Bandit’s Tick Tock, I liked the sound signature of the Oppo Enco Buds; There was a decent amount of punch in the bass, while the sound was detailed and the soundstage fairly wide. This lively and upbeat track was engaging, with its strong bass playing well with the high mid and high ranges. Despite the hard hitting, the vocals and melody on this track remained consistent and detailed.
Personally, I enjoy the aggressive bass, and with most tracks, the Oppo Enco Buds sounded decent when it came to low-end hits; it was definitely on the stronger side, but it didn’t feel overbearing, even with house and techno themes. However, the dubstep was a completely different experience, and Flux Pavilion’s I Can’t Stop was a bit too overwhelming on the bass, even for someone like me who is quick to forgive excess bass.
That doesn’t mean it’s bad; many can even enjoy an intense hit. However, I felt that the intensity of the bass did not always flow well with the rest of the sonic signature. Essentially, the Oppo Enco Buds offer a decent and energetic listening experience with most tracks, but they seem to fall a bit short when it comes to cohesion with the more bass-happy genres. The sound is detailed and engaging enough to set the Oppo Enco Buds apart as a well-tuned pair of true musical wireless headphones.
The headphones were loud and even at high volumes, I didn’t hear any distortion or sound issues. I found that listening to around 60 percent volume was ideal at home, but I could go up to 80 percent outdoors and still have a reasonably clean listening experience.
Although there is no active noise cancellation on the Oppo Enco Buds, the passive noise isolation was decent enough for me thanks to a secure and watertight seal. Low latency gaming mode seemed to make a small difference in terms of audio lag during gameplay, but the effect was minimal and mobile gamers will likely still experience some drawbacks if they rely on this pair of headphones for competitive online gaming. . The Bluetooth connection to my paired phone was very stable. Call quality was pretty decent indoors and relatively quiet outdoors.
Oppo’s true wireless audio products in India have been impressive, with the company’s mid-range and high-end products, such as the Enco W51 and Enco X, among our top picks in their price segments. With the Oppo Enco Buds, the company enters the budget segment with a similar approach and philosophy, and rises to the top. This is one of the best true wireless earbuds you can buy for that price.
The Oppo Enco Buds are good for their simplicity and musicality. Sound quality and battery life are the main selling points here, without any of the fancy features and distractions you might see in competing products priced below Rs. 2,000. While I did find the bass to be excessive on occasion, and there is no fast charging, the Enco Buds have no other notable drawbacks and are a good option to consider for the price.