SoundPEATS T2 Hybrid Active Noise Canceling ANC Wireless Earbuds TWS

General Information

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  • [Active Noise Reduction] - Combined with feedforward and feedback ANC technology , our wireless earbuds can effectively suppress noise in a larger range, it can reduce ambient noise by up to 30dB, better for you to focus on music, video or private conversation.
  • [Transparent Mode] - This mode can amplify the surrounding sound, pick up the ambient sound through the microphones, you don’t need to take off the earphones to hear what is going on around you and communicate without obstacles .
  • [Immersive Sound] - TWS earphones adopts 12mm large dynamic driver and advanced audio processing technology, it delivers incredibly high-quality sound and deep bass with rich details, two mics with each earbud can ensure crystal-clear calls.
  • [10 Hours Duration] - For a single charge, the earbuds can be used for 10 hours, the compact charging case provides up to 30 hours battery life. With ANC function, the earbuds can offer 8 hours playtime. The Type-C charging port is more convenient with wide applicability.
  • [One-step Pairing] - Simply open the charging case and turn on the Bluetooth to connect the earbuds. The Bluetooth V5.1 technology allows you to achieve true unlimited freedom. If you want to use in monaural mode, just put the other one into the charging case.

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regancipher

100+ Head-Fier
Great value, high performing budget ANC
Pros: ANC, battery life, water resistance, touch controls
Cons: Form factor, no QI or Quick Charge
How I review: (See Previous Reviews)

Model: SoundPEATS T2
Price: MSRP $60
Distributor: Amazon
Vendor Website: SoundPEATS

Manufacturer Blurb:
  • Model: SoundPEATS T2
  • Driver: 12mm
  • Chipset: Airoha AB1562A
  • Earbud Weight: 5.42g
  • Case Weight: 40.31g
  • Gross Weight: 45.73g
  • Earbud Dimensions: 27mm wide, neck approx. 6mm
  • Case Dimensions: 59.8mm - 64mm x 52.5mm x 36.7mm
  • Case Battery Capacity: 370 mAh
  • Earbuds Charging Time: Earbuds 2 hours, Case 2 hours
  • Audio Format: AAC / SBC
  • Music Playtime: 10 Hours*
  • Earbuds and Case Fully Charged Music Playtime: 25-30 Hours*
  • Bluetooth Range: 10m advertised
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 5.1 advertised, 5.2 capable
  • Bluetooth Protocols: BLE/ HSP/ HFP/ A2DP/ AVRCP
  • Input: 5V 1A
  • IPX6 Water Resistance
Includes:

1 x Pair wireless headphones
1 x USB Type-C Charge Case (no wireless charging)
1 x USB Type-C Charge Cable
3 x Pair Silicone Tips
1 x User manual, warranty card

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Real Life Experience

SoundPEATS seem to have become an overnight sensation, wiping up a large portion of budget TWS earbud market share with a business model that has served them (and Anker before them) exceptionally well - good distribution channels (via Amazon), good support, a catchy name and product that performs well at a very competitive price point. In reality, they have been around a long time - whilst Shenzhen SoundSOUL IT Co LTD is a different trading name to Ginto E-Commerce, they share the same business address (including room number) as them - you may know their brand name better as Dudios. With Dudios not sounding quite so cool as Soundpeats, maybe the brand transition has been instrumental in their success, but having been around since 2010 and patents in Bluetooth tech stretching back to 2015, they are not the plucky upstarts that some may think - they know their stuff, have a great network of contacts, and now a very solid brand in Europe, and deservedly so.

The thing that sets SoundPEATS apart from other vendors, and makes them my favourite budget earbud vendor, is that they are completely transparent over their components. Whether they use Realtek, Qualcomm or Airoha chips in their buds, they are totally open about it, and as a reviewer this really helps, because whilst I have, and do, dismantle buds to check the way that certain things have been implemented (such as the power management, mems mics, etc) and I really don't like having to do it with every set of earbuds, because they then become unusable.

SoundPEATS provided me this product for review purposes, but as always I am completely open and honest about the performance. As it states in my terms, I do not receive product for free - if I like the product I will contribute financially, because how do companies grow and innovate otherwise? Few companies agree to those terms, and those that do typically have a good product, because they've seen me tear into those that don't!!

The Unboxing - 7/10

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There is something refreshingly consistent about SoundPEATS unboxings. Icons display features in familiar places, QR codes inside the box and on an enclosed slip take you to their Official Website and Social Media pages, and everything inside is nicely enclosed to minimise potential damage in transit and compacted to reduce carbon footprint.

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Enclosed is a USB type C charge cable, small and large silicone tips, extended warranty card and the charge case. The tips are fairly wide bore due to the larger drivers, but otherwise nothing unusual. As per previous reviews, this is a step up from the Dudios days and better than you will see from Enacfire, Mpow and some of the other budget brands, but not quite up there with some of the elder statesmen like Tronsmart with their war-and-peace Apollo Bold and FIIL with their moulded inserts.

The manual comes with instructions in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese and gives a very clear indication on how to use the buds, including the control scheme, which is very nicely detailed with easy-to-understand graphics as well as a text box.

The Case - 7/10

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The case lacks the lustre of the Sonic, vetoing the unique rose gold and grey finish in favour of a more conventional matte black, with the SoundPEATS logo etched into the top. This gives it a generic look that could easily be mistaken for any other brand. However, what it lacks in the looks department, it makes up for in portability.

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Weighing in at 45g - similar to the ZMI PurPods, and lighter than the Taotronics SoundLiberty 94 and Alien Secret QCC010, it is almost unnoticeable in your pocket, helped by the upside-down pear-shape curves.

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Due to the angled, horizontally protruding sides, it measures 64mm at its widest and 59.8mm at its slimmest point, but with a height of just 36.7mm and depth of 23.8mm, it sits in the pocket really nicely. It doesn't compromise on charge either, offering between 25-30 hours (2-3 additional charges) which will easily see you through the day and is very good by ANC standards (this is dependent on volume and other such variables, like with all earbuds)

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A cursory comparison against similar sized cases shows how portable the T2 are - not quite in the T1 Pro realms, but nevertheless still perfectly adequate. The thing you notice about the above cases is they are all slimline and this makes them ideal for slipping in your pocket.

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Similar to Edifier, TaoTronics and Boltune, they signify which side each bud should be inserted, designated by the LR in the centre. Not only is this helpful if you don't know your left from your right, in all seriousness it is a useful feature, as I find button-shaped earbuds don't insert intuitively into the case - FIIL point them horizontally, Samsung and Kinera vertically, and nowadays there is no de facto - and when you're on the move, the last thing you want to do is fiddle around with getting buds in a case. The T2 can be a little fiddly, so the LR is actually rather helpful.

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Other useful features include the charge lights at the front. Whereas the TrueEngine3se had the lights inside, recent Soundpeats releases have recognised that displaying on the case is far more useful, even upgrading the TrueAir2 to support this with their second iteration (so I am told)

When the first light only displays, the case has 20% charge or less. If the first two are lit up, then you have 20-70% charge, and if the latter two are lit up, then it's 70-99%. If all three are lit up then you're at 100% and can remove the case from the charger. Whilst the case has overcharge protection, it's still useful to know when you have a full tank.

When the first and third LED lights are lit up as shown in the image above, this means that both the left and right earbuds are charging. This is an INCREDIBLY understated feature - the number of Reddit comments I see complaining about a single bud not being charged up, and it is often down to the charge connectors being obscured by dirt or other materials - are addressed with this one single feature. Fantastic.

Not pictured above, but included in my Instagram video review, is how easy the case is to operate single handedly. The lip has sufficient groove depth to flip it open with your thumb, and the hinge is excellent. It features a clutch-style system, whereby if you want the case to stay open, you have to open beyond the 'bite'. Before the bite, the magnets will kick in and close it.

Now there is only one problem with this. When you take the buds out, the case will not stay upright with the lid open. Whilst it does encourage you to keep the case closed to preserve battery, and keeps the case light, it can be a little annoying.

There is also no wireless charging, and you need to give it 1a juice for 2 hours to get the full 30 hours - there is no quick charge - but the USB-C connector is on the back side, not the rear, which means you can charge it upright and see how much charge it has whilst it is charging. One more point of note is the case occasionally makes a high-pitched shrill when I close it. Not sure what that is but I will keep an eye on it!

With all cases there are compromises, and overall SoundPEATS does a good job here of balancing essential and even nice-to-have features with compromises.

The Ergonomics - 6.5/10

This is the only area where the T2 fall flat for me - almost quite literally. They are simply too chunky for my shallow concha, but they have a short neck, as demonstrated in the second picture, which does mean that when you move around a lot, they don't wiggle loose (see my review on the SoundPEATS Sonic for why that can be a problem). This means that depending on your ear shape, they could be perfect (like they are for Sean Says) or they could be just a little too protruding.

This was a really tough one to score, because they are actually rather comfortable, and facilitate the excellent ANC/hybrid noise cancellation.

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Above is a comparison of how they rest in the ears. Similar to the Edifier X3 and Soundpeats Sonic, they are like 'lego bricks' in your ear, which means they are pretty much unsuitable for specific applications - lying on the sofa, side sleepers and wearing underneath a motorcycle helmet. Whilst this form factor is sadly not ideal for me, it is not massively different to the Sennheiser MTW, JBL T115 and other premium brands, as well as the already mentioned Edifier and others out there, but it doesn't really work for me.

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To SoundPEATS credit, as stated earlier, they have tried to resolve packing so much tech into one earbud by using a shorter neck. In comparison to the Alien Secret, which can feel extremely intrusive in your ear canal, they only extend a further 7.5mm, versus 11mm on the TaoTronics and 11.3mm on the Alien Secret, and they lack the contoured finish which makes the TaoTronics so comfortable, and the Kinera a dream to wear, but the bulbous outward design does the mic no favours either, with the mems mic more exposed to the elements, and the voice mic being further away from your mouth. Whilst this is ideal for outdoor calls, it can impact indoor calls where it becomes a little too sensitive.

The light to indicate they are connecting or connected is located on the bottom of the bud, and this goes off after a short period. It is far less intrusive than the Sonic and barely noticeable.

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That said, the design is tailored to optimise hybrid noise cancellation - and it can't be faulted there. SoundPEATS are putting a lot of tech into these buds - and it shows, with a weight of 5.42g - between 0.5 and a whole 1g heavier per bud than any other of this type that I tested, and the battery connectors will make contact with your skin, making them unsuitable for those with allergies.

The Achilles heel - the form factor - is perfect for using the controls, with a large flat panel making touch controls easy and intuitive (i.e. your finger doesn't end up stabbing the wrong part of your ear) and not at all laggy, and they get an extra mark for being ANC-capable and IPX6 water resistant, which is impressive - most ANC buds lack any kind of water resistance so this is a big benefit that again should not be overlooked.

Noise Cancellation - 9/10 (For the money)

Given it is the T2's headline feature, I was expecting it to be quite good but not as good as it is - these are one of the best I have tested at nullifying both high frequencies and low rumbles. As I type now it is very difficult to hear my keyboard taps and traffic is kept to a muted occasional swoosh. On my Instagram review there is a video of me testing out the ANC outdoors at around 60-95 dbA, and it works astonishingly well for the money. I also used them purely to cancel out noise whilst doing an online test yesterday (review edited 06.04) and they worked a treat for that too.

They have three ANC modes - off (by default), ambient passthrough and on. On lets higher frequencies through but hits the lower frequencies hard, and fortunately it does not seem to impact on the audio quality.

It is at least as strong as the Tronsmart Apollo Bold, and far better than the Edifier TWS NB2, FIIL T1 Pro and TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94, at a fraction of the price of the first two, so if your primary goal is a budget ANC bud - the T2 are the bomb.

Call Quality - Indoors - 7/10, Outdoors - 7.5/10

Wow - lots of compression! These MEMS mics are getting better!

Outdoors, the T2 do a very adequate job of blotting out background noise, and do elevate your voice slightly. For the form factor, the call quality is good, but not comparable to high performing stem-based buds, such as the Apple Airpods Pro, and whilst it cancels out ambient noise better than almost any others that I've tested, it struggles to pick up your own voice in complex scenes, which I attribute to the bulky design (as mentioned in the ergonomics section). That said, we are talking semantics here - the quality has come on leaps and bounds in the last 12 months.

Indoors the compression can be a bit too heavy at times. You can sound a little 'lispy' with the mic struggling to work out what to cancel out if you get anything going on around you, but most of the time you're perfectly coherent, albeit lacking the clarity and naturalness that you get with stem based buds. Compared with the FIIL CC2 or 1More Pistonbuds, for example, you sound a touch robotic when background noise is introduced, but the ambient noise around you almost disappears, albeit after a short delay.

Audio - 8/10 (for the price paid), 7/10 (raw score)

The TrueAir2 are my gold standard sound signature, and the Sonics were great, but a touch fatiguing on the low end. The T2 are a bit too far the other way - much more balanced, with the highs rolled off earlier and the bass definitely reigned in at the lowest frequencies. For most users, the signature will be perfectly adequate and don't give the shrill that many budget buds have been typecast with from the early days of extreme v shapes.

I tested with a few tracks from the 70's and 80's - 'You can't always get what you want' by Rolling Stones, for example, and also a few opera tracks, and they sounded nice and balanced, and even EDM tracks like 'Summer' by Calvin Harris is enjoyable to listen to on the T2.

Where they struggle a little in the lower mid-bass, and complex tracks sound a bit muddy - where you have a baritone voice and bass guitars, for example, it can get a bit crowded - RnB or rock tracks are particularly susceptible, and at high volumes distortion starts to kick in. If you're using android, then you can remediate this a touch with Wavelet, but not a lot. This is something I have found to be quite predictable with ANC buds - the sound quality is never quite as strong as non-ANC. It could be a placebo effect, who knows.

Despite this, the soundstage can feel well spaced out in certain scenarios. Typically I give this form factor a wide berth as they struggle to give me the airy feeling I like to experience music with but they perform better than expected in this respect and it's nice, especially on classical and opera.

Connectivity, Controls and Other Features - 7/10

Connectivity is perfectly adequate, as you would expect with the buds using the Airoha Bluetooth 5.2 enabled chip. I couldn't get it to disconnect until I made it to my bedroom - around 10m away, but with multiple walls, wireless devices, open Bluetooth cases etc.

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Controls are very good - very intuitive and easy to initiate. Whilst I was critical of the form factor, it does facilitate very easy control usage, and you get to control everything. Holding down the left bud toggles between ANC off/Passthrough/ON or rejects a call if it is coming in, and the right bud progresses to the next track. Thankfully, volume is controlled by single tap of the left (for reduced) and right (for increased). Double tap plays/pauses and answers calls.

Like the Sonic, you can switch between two active calls by holding down either button, although I did not test this, and hail voice assistant with a triple tap.

There is no auto-pause, no button customisation, no app, no alternative latency modes. There is a little more latency than the Sonic, which is more noticeable when gaming. Single mode is initiated simply by leaving one bud in the case.

The T2 are definitely not feature-rich, but what they can do, they do well.

Battery Life - 8.5/10

10 hours from the buds
themselves, a further two charges from the case. Not quite up there with the Sonic, but not far off, and very good for ANC-enabled earbuds - giving at least 5 hours advantage over the SoundLiberty 94, for example.

Having tested extensively this weekend, they have performed as expected, only falling slightly short of the advertised total.

Final Comments

SoundPEATS are the vendor for all-seasons. Rather than having one set of earbuds that does everything, they have a set in their range for each scenario, all with their own individual benefits and all at a very affordable price point.

The ANC is phenomenal for the money, and at the price point they are a solid addition to your earbud collection, with good sound, calls, controls, battery life, and all the basics accounted for. For me personally, the T2 are just too bulky for sport or chilling out, but that is totally subjective - for Sean Says they clearly don't stick out anywhere near as much. If you have a small ear or shallow concha, bear this in mind. Regardless, they are comfy and not as heavy in the ear as their weight suggests.

The inevitable question will be are they as good as the FIIL T1 Pro, Taotronics SoundLiberty 94 and Tronsmart Apollo Bold. Firstly, the ANC is better than the first two, and at least on part with the Tronsmart. The form factor on the FIIL is more suited to sports, and the Soundliberty 94 are more comfortable, but with a poorer microphone quality.

As you can probably tell, there is always a trade off. These are the cheapest of the four, and lack app support, low latency modes and wireless charging, but they deliver good quality sound, great ANC and good controls, so the choice really is not which is the best, but which is best for you. Hopefully this review goes some way to detailing the strengths and weaknesses of each, and be better informed to make your own mind up and make the choice that suits your needs.

Price Weighted Score: 85%
Raw Score: 77%
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Peddler
Peddler
Superb review - you've set a standard to follow there. I've just got myself a pair of these - I've yet to review them but so far I have to say I'm very impressed - these tick an awful lot of boxes in my opinion. Review pending.
whitete
whitete
Very helpful review. Thank you!

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