Realme Buds Wireless 2 Review: Great Sound on a Budget – NDTV
Realme’s audio range in India is now largely comprised of true wireless earphones, but the company does have some interesting options beyond that, including wired and wireless earphones, and even portable speakers. The recently launched Realme Buds Wireless 2, which I’m reviewing here, is a wireless neckband-style headset that offers premium features at a very competitive price. Above all, this new headset promises audio quality that matches up to premium standards, while keeping the price firmly in the budget range.
Priced at Rs. 2,299 in India, the Realme Buds Wireless 2 is the successor to the Realme Buds Wireless Pro launched in late 2020. With active noise cancellation and support for the LDAC Bluetooth codec, the Buds Wireless 2 is one of the best-equipped wireless headsets you can buy for under Rs. 2,500 right now. Is it going to be my top pick in this price segment? Find out in this review.
ANC and LDAC support on the Realme Buds Wireless 2
The neckband style isn’t new to Realme, and neither is the idea of a full-fledged, feature-filled headset such as this. The Realme Buds Wireless 2 is the successor to the Buds Wireless Pro, and has the same positioning and appeal; this is meant to be a headset for discerning users, thanks to active noise cancellation and support for the LDAC advanced Bluetooth codec.
When it comes to design, the Realme Buds Wireless 2 follows an idea that is tried and tested, both by Realme as well as by the personal audio industry in general. The headset has a flexible neckband with modules at both ends, and cables that lead from there to the earpieces themselves. I found these cables perhaps a few centimetres too long; they often rubbed against my face in ordinary use, which was a bit annoying.
I received the black and yellow colour variant – Realme’s signature colour combination – but you can also get the plain grey variant. The colours and styling make the Buds Wireless 2 strongly resemble the Buds Wireless Pro, but there are small differences. For example, the outer sides of the earpieces have an interesting reflective pattern that make them appear translucent, which looks quite nice.
The Realme Buds Wireless 2 headset has magnetic power controls – snapping the backs of the earpieces together magnetically turns the headset off, and separating them turns it on. There are also controls on the right side of the neckband for volume, playback, answering calls, and to control the active noise cancellation and transparency modes. Double-pressing the ANC button lets you quickly swap between the two most recently paired source devices.
Other key features of this headset include an 88ms low-latency mode, Bluetooth 5 with support for the LDAC, AAC, and SBC Bluetooth codecs, and Google Fast Pair support. The earphones have 13.6mm dynamic drivers, and are said to be tuned in collaboration with popular electronic music duo The Chainsmokers.
The headset is IPX5 rated for water resistance. It works with the excellent Realme Link app which allows for control over the ANC and transparency modes, gaming mode, and equaliser settings. The box includes three pairs of silicone ear tips and a USB Type-C charging cable.