Xiaomi has been in the audio products business for a long time, but it took a while for the company to bring its first pair of true wireless earphones to India. The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 launched alongside the Mi Box 4K and Mi 10 smartphones are priced at Rs. 4,499, promises a premium true wireless listening experience, plus Xiaomi’s generally competitive pricing. Although the company soon launched the more affordable Redmi Earbuds S, Xiaomi says that the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 is a more feature-packed product for more advanced users, the way other Mi and Redmi products have been positioned.
Today, we’re going to test those claims. 4,499, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 is more affordable in India than some of the global markets, and features premium features like environmental noise cancellation on voice calls, USB Type-C charging, and high-resolution Bluetooth codec support, to name a few. provides. , Find out if these earphones are worth buying in our review.
Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 look like Apple AirPods
It’s hard not to see the similarities between the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 and the product that is arguably the godfather of the true wireless audio segment, the Apple AirPods. However, there are a few not-so-subtle differences that set it apart: the heavy stalk, sharp edges, and distinctively shaped charging case will tell you it’s its own product. I wasn’t immediately a fan of the somewhat radical design, but I didn’t find it too offensive either.
That said, the outer-ear (or shallow) fit and white color of the earphones made me feel like I was using AirPods. The earphones don’t offer as much passive noise isolation as would be expected due to the design, but they fit securely in my ears without feeling too intrusive. The charging case does have some sharp lines, but it’s not huge and feels good in the hand. The USB Type-C port for charging is at the bottom, while the pairing button is on the right.
The stalks are touch-sensitive for gesture control; Double-tap on the right to play or pause music, double-tap the left earbud activates the default voice assistant on your smartphone, and double-tap on either side to answer a call when your phone is ringing . You can’t skip tracks or adjust volume on the earphones, which is disappointing. Touch panels are not very sensitive to gestures; The earphones often didn’t register my taps, and I had to try again.
For true wireless earphones that cost Rs. 4,499, the Mi earphones are quite well equipped. There are large 14.2mm drivers (larger than what you typically see on true wireless earphones), sensors for in-ear detection to automatically play or pause music (it works with Android, iOS, and Windows devices) , environmental noise cancellation, voice assistant support and one-step pairing on MIUI11 devices. It’s worth pointing out that there is no official rating for water and dust resistance, so you have to be a little careful when using these earphones in certain situations.
Interestingly, there is also support for the LHDC Bluetooth codec for better sound, but this codec is not supported by many smartphone manufacturers other than Xiaomi. It didn’t work with my OnePlus 7T Pro (Review), so my listening was limited to the AAC codec.
The earphones lasted a little less than four hours per charge, with the charging case adding two additional charges. This gave us a total battery life of around 12-13 hours per charge cycle.
Mi True Wireless Earphones 2. over loud, full sound
Although earphones with an external ear fit lose out on passive noise isolation, the design allows for larger drivers in the earbuds. The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 uses the big 14.2mm drivers which have definitely made a huge difference in its sound. In addition to being very loud, the earphones also sounded full and detailed, with quality that is impressive for the price.
I listened to music in all genres using Spotify and YouTube Music, and also tried out their collection of high-resolution audio files. While the former two sounded fine, the high-resolution tracks didn’t really benefit much from the AAC Bluetooth codec in use in my case. Starting with Big Wild’s Aftergold, I quite liked how spacious and wide the soundstage was; Combined with the ventilated outer-ear fit, it was a comfortable listening experience that allowed little background awareness without affecting sound quality.
The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 are an impressive headset when it comes to the lows, and I loved how this lively track sounds when it comes to thumps and drives. Switching to the more laid-back Destiny by Jalebi Cartel, sound was immersive and fairly tight, though we did hear a slight drop in the mid-range. The highs were distinctive and particularly detailed, and it was impressive how clean the sound was.
While the sound quality on offer was impressive, we didn’t quite find the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 included as well as the JVC HA-A10T earphones combined. Drive and attack is a bit less with the Mi Earphones, which makes them a little less exciting. However, the comfort of having an external ear fit and the ability to hear our surroundings without distraction was something I really liked.
The performance on voice calls is generally not good with true wireless earphones priced under Rs. 5,000, so the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 comes as a surprise here. Voice calls with these earphones were enjoyable, with parties on both ends of the call sounding crisp and clean. Environmental noise cancellation worked quite well, and the connection was stable through most of our calls.
While I was initially unsure about where the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 could fit in amidst the competition in the sub-Rs. 5,000 True Wireless Space, now the answer is very clear. These earphones aren’t the best in the segment when it comes to music – the JVC HA-A10T is our current champion there. Instead, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 deliver a more rounded experience that will suit multiple usage situations. Whether you need to use the earphones indoors, outdoors, for music, or for calls, these earphones will do a great job.
Features like USB Type-C charging, environmental noise cancellation and in-ear detection add to the quality of the product. That said, codec support is a bit odd as Xiaomi has gone with the less used LHDC codec. There’s also no water resistance, and overall battery life is average at best. Overall, it’s a good option to consider, especially if you need a good true wireless headset for phone calls, and you already have a Xiaomi phone that supports the LHDC codec.
worth: Rupee. 4,499
- comfortable fit
- wide, wide sound
- tight bass
- USB Type-C Charging
- good for voice calls
- poor passive noise isolation
- no water resistance
- Common high quality Bluetooth codecs not supported
- average battery life
Rating (out of 5)
- Design / Comfort: 4
- Audio Quality: 3
- Battery life: 3
- Value for money: 4.5
- Overall: 3.5
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