Oppo Enco X2 review – Nation Online
Oppo’s flagship wireless headphones for this year have arrived and they promise to offer the brand’s best sound and noise cancellation yet. Developed in conjunction with Danish audio experts Dynaudio, Oppo’s Enco X2 offers almost every conceivable TWS earphone feature you could think of. There’s active noise cancellation, dual-device pairing, LHDC audio codec support, an IP54 rating, wireless charging and a combined battery life rated at 40 hours of listening time.
We reviewed the first-gen Oppo Enco X headphones last year and found them to be one of the best TWS headphones on the market with their rich sound and compelling feature set. Are the Enco X2 upgrades enough to justify the $200/€200 asking price? Let’s find out.
Oppo Enco X2 looks and feels like an evolution of the Enco X. You still get an in-ear design with rubber tips that now have a special anti-germ coating. The bud stems feature a pressure-sensitive area used to control media playback. The inside of each bud is marked with the letters L and R so you don’t accidentally put one in the wrong ear. Enco X2 sits comfortably in my ears and managed to create sufficient seal. The case is solid and well built and the only complaint I have is that it picks up lint in my pocket quite harshly.
The case design is virtually unchanged from last year’s model and is still made from glossy plastic, which isn’t a problem on our white model, although the black color variant will surely fade when you put your fingers on it. There is a small Oppo branding on the top of the case lid while the back shows a silver Dynaudio logo. The battery charge indicator is placed at the bottom of the case next to the USB-C port while a second LED for pairing is located under the case lid. Speaking of the lid, it is built sturdily and can support the weight of the entire case while closing with a firm snap.
Oppo Enco X2 and their case weigh 56.4 grams combined while each earbud weighs less than 5 grams. The headphones are IP54 water and dust resistant, just like their predecessor, so you shouldn’t worry about rain or sweat damaging your headphones.
Oppo Enco X2 brings almost all the features you could want from a pair of wireless headphones in 2022. They are Hi-Res Audio certified and achieve 900 kbps audio transmission rate thanks to LHDC codec support . Legacy AAC and SBC codecs are also supported if your device is not LHDC-capable. The headphones connect via Bluetooth 5.2 with support for low latency binaural Bluetooth transmission to Android and iOS devices up to 10 meters range.
Oppo also touts up to three times more stable Bluetooth connection in LHDC mode compared to the Enco X headphones. I can safely say that there were no connection drops in my testing and the buds managed to maintain a stable connection even when I walked around the office on opposite ends of my tethered phone.
Oppo says its improved ANC this year should cover up to 45dB of noise around you and with an ultra-wide frequency setting and three microphones on each bud. Noise cancellation is available in soft, moderate, max, and smart modes. The first two are less than ideal for blocking out noise around you while max mode is as expected the strongest and the one I’ve used throughout my testing. Smart Mode automatically selects one of three other modes based on your current environment.
The noise cancellation did a fair job of blocking out static sounds in the low-end spectrum and even performed well in an office environment. With music playing at least 20% of maximum volume, low-range noise is barely noticeable. I could definitely notice the coffee machine, the water dispenser, and the tapping of my keyboard without any music. To sum up, the ANC on the Enco X2 isn’t the strongest noise cancellation I’ve tested and is a step behind high-end competitors like Apple and Sony.
Another new feature of the Enco X2 is AI noise cancellation with bone conduction that extrapolates vibrations from your voice for clearer calls. environments compared to traditional microphones.
In my testing, voice pickup was excellent, even on busy streets with enough cars revving their engines, you’d think you’re on the race track. The new wind noise canceling duct design and intelligent wind noise canceling algorithm performed better than any other pair of headphones I’ve tested recently. If you make a lot of calls regularly, the Enco X2 won’t disappoint.
The touch controls also work very well. You have to squeeze the rod which is a two-finger ordeal but it is well executed. There are also built-in volume controls that work by swiping your fingers up or down on either earbud. The built-in volume controls are a welcome addition and one not offered on most competitors.
Oppo’s HeyMelody app is available on Android and iOS and offers an excellent user experience on both platforms with extensive sound and customization options. There are toggles for ANC intensity, five EQ sound profiles, custom ANC, game mode, dual device connection, and remappable touch controls. You get several Dynaudio sound profiles which I will discuss in more detail in the Sound Quality section.
Connecting to two devices, however, works with a few seconds of delay when switching between devices. Game Mode brings latency down to 94ms, which is a welcome addition while gaming, but you still notice an obvious lag between pressing an on-screen button and hearing that action on the buds. The latency when watching videos is barely noticeable.
Enco X2 comes with a triple-core chipset developed by Oppo that includes a standalone DAC chip. These are the first Dolby binaural recording headphones on the market, which means you can record headphone sounds in rich detail. This feature is exclusive to the Oppo Find X5 series and it’s more on the gimmick side than anything else. Oppo phones also have the added benefit of using the buds as a remote camera shutter – handy if you want to take a group photo.
Sound quality and fit
Oppo Enco X2 brings dual coaxial speakers with 11mm dynamic drivers paired with 6mm planar diaphragm drivers. Oppo claims the Enco X2 offers a 20Hz to 40kHz frequency response compared to the Enco X’s maximum 20kHz output. While I can’t compare the values between the two headphones, I have to say that I love how Oppo has tuned the X2s.
The sound is rich with well-balanced mids and highs while the bass is also noticeable but not overpowering. Samsung, Apple and Realme headphones certainly sound louder at similar volume levels, although Oppo’s lower volume output isn’t a deal breaker. Bass is present although it doesn’t overpower other elements or distort the overall sound profile. Mids are crystal clear, instruments and vocals are heard in all their glory with enough punch.
The podcast audio is clear and the vocals are well detailed. As with other noise-canceling headphones, it’s best to listen to music without ANC as it tends to distort sounds, creating an eerie underwater effect. Listening at higher volume levels is still sufficiently balanced and does not experience major distortions like on some other wireless headphones.
Oppo’s HeyMelody app offers three Dynaudio sound profiles ranging from Punchy which acts as a bass booster to Real which emphasizes vocals and treble and a Simple and Clear mode which is a happy medium between the two. Additionally, there is a special EQ mode tuned by Japanese composer Joe Hisashi that provides the best balance of all the EQ settings available and this is the one I used mostly in my testing.
Oppo HeyMelody interface and Enco Master EQ modes
A quick note – Joe Hisashi mode is only available in the Chinese version of the HeyMelody app, which is easily accessible once you change your App Store region.
LHDC mode sounds better in all scenarios when I tested it on an Oppo Find X5 Pro, although few other phones support this feature and you’d be hard pressed to notice the difference when streaming music. I spent the majority of my time paired to an iPhone 13 and can say that all features (without LHDC) and controls worked just as well as on the Find X5 Pro.
In-ear fit is good with the default M-size ear tips, although the Realme Buds Air 3 I recently tested managed to fit more snugly than the Enco X2 and were more comfortable for earbuds. longer sessions. I also had a few occasions where the Enco X2 was about to fall out of my ears while walking, which could be due to the extremely thin silicone tip surface on the buds.
Oppo claims Enco X2 can last up to 9.5 hours without ANC and around 5.5 with activation. Combined with the charging case, you get up to 40 hours of listening time with ANC off and 22 hours with ANC on. In my testing, these values held up reasonably well. Using the headphones on and off for a week drained the battery of the case by up to 20%.
Enco X2 supports charging speeds up to 10W via USB-C. A full charge of the buds takes an hour while recharging the case from 0-100% takes 90 minutes. Wireless charging takes longer and varies by charger.
Oppo made sure to pack the Enco X2 to the brim in terms of features and they offer premium audio quality along with a premium build and arguably the best microphone performance of any wireless earphone. not manufactured by Apple. The Enco X2’s $200/€200 retail price is a lot for a pair of wireless headphones, regardless of sound quality. At the time of writing, Apple’s AirPods Pro are currently $199 and Sony’s WF-1000XM4 are available for $220.
Price and features make the Enco X2 a viable alternative in the premium segment, although Oppo’s buds lag behind in the noise-canceling department. The sound is a subjective matter, so you can also opt for the other two competitors according to your preferences.
Enco X2’s balanced sound profile, rich feature set and excellent microphone perform equally well on Android and iOS devices. If you’re not tied to Apple’s ecosystem and the benefits you get with AirPods and high-end noise cancellation aren’t your top priority, you can try the Enco X2.