December 10, 2022
Vivo TWS 2 ANC True Wireless Earphones review: Not quite exceptional

While Vivo is very famous for its smartphones in India, the company’s audio range still has a long way to go. New launches have been few and far between, but the company recently brought two new true wireless earphones in the affordable and mid-range price segment. The product I am reviewing here is the more capable and feature-filled of the two called Vivo TWS 2 ANC. It is a mid-range true wireless headset with active noise cancellation and support for the Qualcomm aptX adaptive Bluetooth codec.

Priced at Rs 5,999 in India, the Vivo TWS 2 ANC at nothing, to name a few, goes up against strong competition from brands like OnePlus, JBL and Realme. Where this headset stands out is in its design, as well as advanced Bluetooth codec support that is relatively unusual for affordable and mid-range true wireless headsets. Is this the best pair of TWS earphones you can buy in this budget? Find out in this review.

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Vivo TWS 2 ANC earpieces are IP54 rated for dust and water resistance

Vivo TWS 2 ANC Design and Features

The design of the Vivo TWS 2 ANC is very similar to the Vivo TWS Neo that was launched in 2020 but with one major change; The Vivo TWS 2 ANC has an in-canal fit to ensure proper active noise cancellation. The earpieces feel comfortable and balanced in-ear, thanks to the stem design that helps distribute the weight.

Vivo TWS 2 ANC is available in two colors – Moonlight White and Starry Blue. I quite liked the unique shade of blue review unit sent to me, however, the glossy finish made it particularly easy to notice grime and fingerprints on the surface of the earpiece and charging case, making the Vivo TWS 2 ANC last longer. It got messy. Appearance

Controls on the earpiece use a force-touch sensor similar to the Apple AirPods Pro and OnePlus Buds Pro, as well as a slide gesture along the stem. This allows for a bit more precision in the controls and also reduces the chances of accidental touches affecting the listening experience. The earpieces each weigh 4.7 grams, and there are three microphones on each earpiece for ANC and voice communication. The earpieces are also IP54-rated for dust and water resistance.

The charging case of Vivo TWS 2 ANC is a convenient size and shape that can be easily carried in your pocket. It has a USB Type-C port for charging, an indicator light on the front and a pairing button. There is no wireless charging on Vivo TWS 2 ANC. The sale package includes a total of three pairs of silicone ear tips of various sizes and a short USB Type-A to Type-C charging cable.

As the name of the product suggests, the Vivo TWS 2 ANC features active noise cancellation, which is claimed to reduce noise by up to 40db. It also has a hear-through mode, support for Google Fast Pair, multi-point connectivity for up to two devices simultaneously, and support for the default voice assistant on your smartphone. There is also a low-latency gaming mode, but it is said to work only when the headset is paired with select Vivo smartphones.

Vivo TWS 2 ANC App and Specifications

The Vivo TWS 2 ANC works with the Vivo Earphones app, which is only available on Android and not iOS. The app is well designed and covers key functions and optimizations for the earphones, including displaying battery level for the earpiece and charging case, switching between ANC and transparency modes, four ANC modes (adaptive, depth, Including selecting one of the standard and mild active noise cancellation), and changing the gesture controls.

The app lets you choose one of four equalizer presets (Standard, Clear Voice, Mega Bass and Clear High Pitch), as well as update the earpiece’s firmware. Pinch gestures for the stem let you control playback, ANC and transparency mode switching, and voice assistant. There are also swipe gestures for the edge of the stem, which can be set to adjust the volume level directly from the earpiece. It is a simple, well designed app that covers the basics.

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The Starry Blue color of the Vivo TWS 2 ANC looks good, but fingerprints and grime show up very easily on the headset.

The Vivo TWS 2 ANC features 12.2mm dynamic drivers and uses Bluetooth 5.2 for connectivity, with support for SBC, AAC and aptX adaptive Bluetooth codecs. The aptX adaptive Bluetooth codec is currently only available on a limited number of devices, but the codec is backwards compatible with the older and more widely compatible aptX codec. This should give the headset a slight edge in terms of sound quality when used with an Android device.

Vivo TWS 2 ANC Performance and Battery Life

Advanced codec support on true wireless earphones can make a significant difference in sound quality, especially on premium headsets like the Sony WF-1000XM4 and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3. On more affordable products, this is usually a hit-or-miss situation and the Vivo TWS 2 ANC is one product that sadly doesn’t benefit from advanced codec support at all.

That said, the sound quality is still decent and much better than the Vivo TWS Neo. However, the Vivo TWS 2 ANC is on par with more affordable products such as the OnePlus Buds Z2 and Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro, despite the audio benefits it should get from advanced Bluetooth codec support, which makes it seem a bit expensive. It saves.

Listening to Sleepyhead (Borgor Remix) by Passion Pit, the Vivo TWS 2 ANC’s sound felt comfortable and clean, with the soundstage feeling particularly spacious. The directionality of the sound felt impressive, with progressive beats and vocals in a virtual soundstage with a different sense of status than I expected from standard stereo encoding.

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Active noise cancellation on the Vivo TWS 2 ANC is decent, but sound quality feels a bit mediocre for the price

As pleasant as the directionality was, it didn’t quite make up for the missing levels of detail. The highs weren’t as impressive and crisp as I’d have liked, and vocals were a bit dull and rough. As with Michael Jackson’s You Rock My World, the lows felt tight but there wasn’t as much grunt and attack on offer as I’d have liked, for a sound that felt a little too ordinary for a true wireless headset that costs around Rs. 6,000.

There was nothing wrong with the overall sound, but it always felt like the Vivo TWS 2 ANC just wasn’t trying hard enough. With fast and aggressive tracks such as Without You by Netsky, and the elaborate and complex Truth by Kamasi Washington, the earphones often sounded strained and struggled to cope with such tracks, suggesting that drivers may simply slow down the pace. Couldn’t maintain and cohesion when faced with a big question.

The active noise cancellation on the Vivo TWS 2 ANC is interesting for its adaptability, with four modes to help you find the level of noise cancellation that suits you best. While I personally found the depth mode to be the best and most effective, the adaptive, standard, and light modes also worked well in some situations.

There was a significant reduction in outdoor sounds, but the earphones didn’t deliver the same effect of silence as against indoor sounds like the sound of a ceiling fan. Transparency mode was effective at making conversations easier to hear, but voices sounded a little too loud and unnecessarily rough. Performance on voice calls was good for the price, with good voice clarity for short conversations both indoors and out.

Battery life on the Vivo TWS 2NC was acceptable for the price, but fell short of what competing products like the JBL Tune 230NC and the OnePlus Buds Z2 offer. The earpiece lasted about 3 hours, 30 minutes with ANC on, and the charging case added three additional charges, for a total battery life of about 14 hours per charge cycle. There’s no fast charging, and it takes about 110 minutes to fully charge the earpiece and case.

Decision

Although the Vivo TWS 2 ANC is a decent pair of all-in-one true wireless earphones, it doesn’t quite match its asking price. Sound quality is good sometimes, but unfortunately the headset doesn’t put its aptX adaptive Bluetooth codec support to great use. It’s possible to get similar performance from more affordable options like the OnePlus Buds Z2 and Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro, or a better overall package from products like the JBL Tune 230 NC and Nothing Ear 1.

The Vivo TWS 2 ANC might be worth considering if you have a Vivo smartphone to use it, which unlocks some additional features like low-latency mode. Otherwise, I’d recommend the OnePlus Buds Z2 for a similar overall experience and lower price.


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