OnePlus Buds Pro vs The BEST

– [Narrator] The OnePlus Buds
Pro have finally arrived.

Bringing excellent sound quality

along with flagship earbud features,

to the mid-range market,

but can they compete with
some of the other big boys

in the mid range?

And are they actually worth
that $150 asking price?

In this video, I’ll be answering
both of those questions

along with giving you my complete review.

I will also be comparing them directly

to some of the other top earbuds,

as well as including
microphone quality samples

towards the end of this video.

Now, for transparency and full disclosure,

I purchased the OnePlus Buds Pro myself

with my own money for
testing and review purposes.

The means by which I
receive any of the products

on my channel,

does not color my reviews,

or comparisons in any way.

No other compensation was involved,

and no one was able to see this video

prior to it being published.

In other words,

the brands will be seeing this video,

at the exact same time that you are.

So now, let’s not waste any more time.

So first up, let’s start with
the connection and pairing.

So let me preface this by saying

that all testing was done

with a OnePlus 6, a Galaxy S21 Plus,

an iPhone 12 Pro,

and an iPad Pro 2021,

just to ensure full compatibility

across both Android and iOS devices.

Now the OnePlus Buds Pro,

are featuring Bluetooth 5.2,

along with AAC, SBC, and LHDC,

as their connection Codex.

Unfortunately, there
aren’t a lot of devices

on the market right now

that are compatible with LHDC,

but it will be available
on OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro

or newer devices.

But from what it seems,

it doesn’t look like the NOR devices,

are going to support that advanced codec.

Now moving over to the Bluetooth range,

I was actually able to get 11 meters

or just about 36 feet with these earbuds.

Now that’s going to vary a little bit,

depending on how many
obstructions or walls,

you put in between the device
that they are connected to,

and the earbuds themselves.

In addition to this,

these are also featuring dual connect

or independent usage mode.

And that’s where you can use one earbud,

at a time while the other is charging

in the case and vice versa.

You know, some people
like to use one earbud

at work and then maybe
halfway through the day,

they’ll switch to the other one.

If that’s you, they’re
going to have you covered.

So now moving over to video and latency.

So I didn’t experience any latency

when watching videos

and that was both on iOS
and on Android devices.

So that’s where you
have a little bit of lag

between the person’s mouth moving,

and what you’re hearing in your ears.

No issues with that whatsoever,

whether I was watching YouTube,
Hulu, Netflix, Disney+,

it didn’t matter.

Now, the topic of latency

let’s move over to a little
bit of mobile gaming.

Now, pro gaming mode will be available

on some OnePlus devices,

and that’s going to give you

as low as 94 milliseconds of latency.

So that does help.

It does help tighten things up,

but you still will experience

a little bit of latency,

if you’re playing high performance,

shooting games like
Fortnite or Call of Duty.

Otherwise, these earbuds are okay

for casual games like
Asphalt 9 Pokemon Go,

things like that.

Not going to be an issue,

but if you are competitive
on shooting games,

then you’re going to want to
stick to those wired earbuds

or find a set of earbuds
that have a more improved,

low latency mode.

But one thing that I think
you should always remember

or keep in mind is that when
you have a low latency mode

or a gaming mode activated
on any set of earbuds,

it will reduce your connection stability

and your battery life.

So unless you’re actually gaming,

you should probably leave that turned off.

So now that we’re on the
topic of battery life,

OnePlus was claiming that you
were able to get five hours

with noise cancellation turned on,

with an additional 28 hours in the case.

In my own testing,

I was able to get four
hours and four minutes

with noise cancellation
turned on at 75% volume.

And then I was able to get
six hours and 53 minutes

with noise cancellation turned off.

Now, when it comes to recharging
the earbuds and the case,

these do feature Warp Charging.

So you can charge these for 10 minutes,

and they’ll give you an additional

10 hours worth of charge, pretty wild.

And then when it comes to
recharging the case itself,

it is USB type C,

but they also feature wireless charging.

So you can do both.

Whichever is your preference.

And then the case itself,

features a Slim Clamshell design,

highly pocketable,

pretty dope looking if you asked me,

and it actually makes the
earbuds very accessible.

Sometimes you have an issue

pulling stems down
earbuds out of their cases

because there isn’t a lot of room to grip,

but these because they’re just

kind of laying in there flatly,

you can pull them out very easily

without having any gripes
or any issues there.

Then the case, once again,

is available in both matte black

and in a gloss white.

Personally, I’m rolling
with the matte black.

And then overall size,

the case itself is not much bigger,

than the case for the Apple AirPods pro.

So as I said,

slim, pocketable and overall pretty nice.

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So now let’s move over to
the comfort and the controls.

So firstly,

the size and shape,

of the OnePlus Buds Pro is very similar

to that of the AirPods Pro.

So they are extremely
comfortable for my large ears.

They’re light, they’re non-intrusive,

and I believe that they’re
going to be highly compatible

with a lot of people’s ears.

Now these are using an Oval Stem design,

with oval shaped tips,

and they do give you a
pretty decent tip selection

in the box.

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But if you didn’t want to go with

something aftermarket like SpinFit,

their CP 1025 is compatible with these.

So if you want to roll
that way, you can do that.

And there is no problems with
putting them back to the case.

They don’t cause you
any issues with charging

or anything of that nature.

Now, when it comes to
sleeping with these earbuds,

these are obviously going to
be excellent for back sleepers.

Side sleep is probably
a no go at least for me,

for some people might not be a problem,

for me it was kind of an issue.

So I just want to make that aware,

but as always user experience
will inevitably vary.

And then last but not least,

the buds themselves are
carrying an IP55 ratings.

So that is dust and water resistance.

So for your workouts,
maybe a light shower,

things like that, not
going to be a problem,

but I most definitely,

would not submerge these underwater.

And the case itself is
carrying an IPX4 rating.

Now moving over to the controls.

So these are using squeeze controls,

which I thought was kind of interesting.

And it is similar to what you get

with the Apple AirPods Pro.

It is tactile,

it is simple to use
and very easy to learn,

but that’s also because they
are limited in what they do.

Now, it seems that OnePlus
missed a major opportunity here

with the OnePlus Buds Pro

to implement volume control.

Especially if you’re
going to give us a bit of

customizability with
those squeeze controls,

I think volume control
would have been excellent

or do something similar to what Apple did,

with the Apple Inc X,

and give us swipe volume control.

That is literally the very
best way to do volume control,

in my personal opinion.

On the Google Pixel Buds too,

you have the swipe control
on those Apple Inc X,

you have the swipe
control going up and down

and it is so tactile,

it works so perfectly.

I think this would have
been an excellent touch,

to put on the OnePlus Buds Pro.

But sadly, no volume control,

no way to add volume control.

So all we can do is
hope that at some point

they’ll hear us talk about it,

and maybe they’ll add it in
a future firmware update.

Now, speaking of firmware updates,

these do feature App support.

The App is called HeyMelody,

and it is available for both
iOS and Android devices.

And it is a pretty simple App.

As soon as you open it up,

you see the main page.

And in there you’re going
to see the battery levels

for both the earbuds and the case,

you have an option for firmware updates,

you can have the option
for the earbud control,

customization and inside of there,

you can kind of mess around

with the different controls

and the limited options that you have,

below that you do have the
noise cancellation settings

with off active noise,
cancellation and transparency.

The active noise cancellation
offers you regular mode,

smart adaptive mode and maximum.

Below that you have the Zen mode air

and that’s where it plays

White Noise or music or Nature sounds.

You have five different presets.

And below that you also
have the OnePlus Audio ID.

And that is a hearing test,

that creates a customized EQ,

based on your own hearing needs.

It does work fairly well,

but I think user experience and mileage

is going to vary with this one as well.

And then last but not least,

you have an Earbud fit test

to make sure that you’re
getting a proper seal.

Overall, the App, like I said,

is pretty simple, straightforward,

and just kind of gets the job done.

So now let’s move over
into the performance

of the OnePlus Buds Pro.

Now OnePlus was claiming
a 40 dB peak active

noise cancellation,

and these do offer you
three different modes.

You have the regular ANC,

you have the smart adaptive,

and you have the maximum,

maximum is obviously going
to be the strongest version

where it’s giving you maximum
noise cancellation power.

And it does block out a good
amount of your external noise.

So it is strong and one
of the best on the market.

But for me, it can be overkill
in certain situations,

just like on any other set of earbuds.

So I like the fact that they
have a smart adaptive option,

where it sort of adjust itself
based on the external noise.

So when I’m outside walking around,

it seems to be a little bit lighter,

but when I come inside the house

and there is noise going on,

maybe from the TV or my family talking,

it sort of ramps itself up.

But once I walk into my
office and it’s very quiet,

it sort of turns itself down.

So that’s something that
I definitely do like,

and that was actually my own
personal favorite version

of ANC with the OnePlus Buds Pro.

Now moving over to the Transparency mode,

the OnePlus Buds Pro have a
decent Transparency mode here.

Unfortunately there is a bit
of an audible noise floor on it

where you hear that
little bit of White noise

hiss kind of a sound.

So, that’s something that
can be heard here with these,

Now, thankfully the
sound of people’s voices

or like your television things like that.

It isn’t overly processed.

It actually has a more of
a natural type of sound.

So that’s actually kind of impressive,

but sadly, that White noise
that I was referring to,

it can be a little bit distracting,

when you have it turned on.

So it sort of led me

to continuously kind of put
them back into off mode,

and not just leave
transparency on at all times.

So now let’s move over
to the sound volume.

So in my personal opinion,

these are getting a 9.5 out of 10,

on my own volume scale,

which is very, very loud.

So for me comfortable listening
comes around 60 to 75%.

So these have plenty of overhead.

If you’re one of those people

that really need to pump up the volume,

these get way more loud
than I need them to get.

So that’s something to keep in mind,

if you’re worried about volume levels

with the OnePlus Buds pro,

it’s not going to be a concern,

they’ve got you covered.

So now let’s move over to
the sound quality itself.

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So the OnePlus buds pro offer a dynamic

and very consumer-friendly sound.

Great bass response, good treble

with a surprising amount of clarity

and width in the sound.

As always, I’m going
to be breaking it down

a little bit further in just a sec.

Including some test
tracks for you to try out

with the OnePlus Buds Pro,

all of the test songs that I use

can be found in my Amazon music playlist.

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a free three month trial

of Amazon music,

along with the LFA test playlist,

hit the link in the description
box right down below.

Amazon has an excellent library of music,

with many of your favorite songs in HD

or ultra HD flac quality.

Better source audio
makes all the difference,

so you should definitely treat yourself.

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and it’s highly appreciated.

Thank you for your time.

So now let’s break down the sound quality.

So first up, let’s talk about the bass.

So these have excellent bass response,

good extension there as well.

They dig deep.

Not only that you also have
strong sub-bass rumbles.

So if you listen to those tracks,

that have that real
low-frequency, you know,

rumble that you can feel
as much as you can hear,

these can definitely bring it.

Now, the OnePlus Buds Pro
are not boomy or bloated,

or anything like that.

There is good control in this bass

and it doesn’t roll
straight through the mids,

like what you will
experience on some earbuds

that are very bass heavy.

Now, when it comes to the
test track that I was using,

it was Kendrick Lamar,
m.A.A.d City ft. MC eiht.

Now the people that have heard that song,

you guys know what I’m talking about.

That is a heavy baseline.

So you definitely want to
add that to your playlist

if you haven’t done so already.

Now, moving over to the mids.

These have a natural sounding mid range,

it’s slightly forward

so it’s definitely not recessed.

And you’re getting very good vocal clarity

and a surprisingly wide soundstage

for a set of true wireless earbuds.

Now I’m not talking about IEM

or Open Back Headphones
type of soundstage.

Don’t get it twisted,

but for a set of Closed
Insurance Wireless Earbuds,

it’s surprisingly wide.

Now the test song that I
was using for the mid range

was Janet Jackson, Any Time, Any Place.

Her smooth vocals and
that sultry voice, man,

that song that is the real deal.

You guys got to check that
out if you haven’t done so.

Add that to your playlist.

Now, moving over to the treble.

The treble itself is a bit
more on the relaxed side.

It’s still bright,

but it’s just not harsh at all.

And it rolls off at the right point.

There’s no sublimes,

there’s no harshness, nothing like that.

But you are still picking up

some pretty decent details here.

Now the test song that I
was using for the treble

was Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

It’s an excellent track

that’s also available on ultra HD flac.

So you can hear all the
different instruments,

as it moves from the piano
to the guitar section,

to just the vocals, excellent overall,

and one of the best songs, period,

for headphone and earbud testing,

in my personal opinion.

So now moving over to any

constructive criticism for OnePlus.

First up,

and most obviously is
going to be the four hours

with noise cancellation turned on.

Now, a lot of earbuds that
are in this price bracket,

are pulling minimum five
to six or seven hours

with noise cancellation turned on.

So that’s something that I think OnePlus

should probably work on a little bit more,

less emphasis on Warp Charge

and that sort of stuff with the case

and improve the battery
life of the buds themselves.

That would be something
that I would love to see.

Secondly, the lack of volume control.

That’s a major missed opportunity
in my personal opinion.

Third, the lack of options
in the control customization.

I think there would have been something

that they could have done easily,

and maybe they just overlooked it

or didn’t think that people would want it.

But I’m here to let them know that

give people the options seriously.

It just, it makes you look good.

Then,

the lack of a graphical
equalizer in the App,

that would have been
something really nice to see.

It’s cool that you’re doing the OnePlus ID

and it does work fairly well.

But, I think it would have been better

to also include a graphic equalizer

so we can get in there
and kind of mess around

with the sound or give
us the ability to modify

that OnePlus ID sound curve,

so that we can kind of maybe adjust it

to our own personal taste.

But I don’t know.

What do you guys think?

I think they should do that.

Now, that brings me to my first question.

Can they compete with some of
the big boys in the mid range?

Simply put, absolutely.

These are packing the sound quality

and noise cancellation strengths

that make them a strong competitor
in the sub-$200 category.

And now, that’s going to lead
me over to my second question.

Are the OnePlus Pro worth
that $150 asking price?

Once again, the answer is going to be yes.

They absolutely deliver on
their promise of performance,

both in sound quality, noise,
cancellation, and comfort.

Now the only drawback I would say,

is the afore mentioned lower battery life.

So hopefully that’s something
they will improve over time,

but that’s going to be up to
you to decide whether or not

that’s enough for you.

So now let’s move over to
the comparison portion.

So in this comparison,

we’re going to be comparing
them to the Edifier NeoBuds Pro,

the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro,

the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro

and the Apple AirPods Pro.

Now interested in any of the other earbuds

that I’m including in this comparison,

I’m going to leave links for them

in the description box down below

and in the cards right
up here on the screen.

So let’s start the rankings.

First up, Ambient Mode.

In first place,

we’ve got the Apple AirPods Pro,

in second place,

we’ve got the Galaxy Buds Pro,

in third place,

we’ve got the Edifier NeoBuds Pro,

fourth place,

the Soundcore Liberty Air
2 Pro and fifth place,

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the OnePlus Buds Pro.

Now Apple takes the win here because

of the prowess of their transparency mode.

It is still class leading to this day.

It is the most natural sounding,

with the lowest noise floor.

So overall it is still the best.

Now, that’s not to say
that the rest of these

don’t have very good transparency

or ambient modes because they do,

but the one from Apple,

it definitely stands out above the rest.

Now, moving over to the
Active Noise Cancellation.

In first place,

you’ve got the Apple AirPods Pro,

in second place,

you’ve got the OnePlus Buds pro,

in third place,

you’ve got the Edifier NeoBuds Pro,

in fourth place,

you’ve got the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro,

and in fifth place,

you’ve got the Soundcore
Liberty Air 2 Pro.

Now, to be clear,

none of these have bad noise cancellation.

They’re all actually excellent

and highly competitive.

The one from the AirPods Pro,

just does a better job

with both low frequency noises

and mid range frequency noises.

So people’s voices, things of that nature.

And it was a very close race

with the OnePlus Buds Pro

and their smart, adaptive ANC.

So that in itself is
something pretty cool,

that almost put them over the top.

Now, moving over to volume itself,

just straight up sound volume.

In first place,

we’ve got the OnePlus Buds Pro,

in second place, we’ve
got the Galaxy Buds Pro,

in third place, the Edifier NeoBuds Pro,

fourth place, the
Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro

and fifth place, the Apple AirPods Pro.

The OnePlus Buds Pro definitely took

the win here because they
are definitely louder

than most of these other earbuds,

very close race with the
Galaxy Buds Pro here.

Now last but not least,

let’s move over to the sound quality.

So for sound quality in first place,

we’ve got the Edifier NeoBuds Pro,

in second place,

we’ve got the OnePlus Buds Pro,

in third place,

the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro,

in fourth place,

the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro,

and in fifth place,

the Apple AirPods Pro.

So the NeoBuds Pro take the win here

over the OnePlus Buds pro,

by giving you a much more rich
and much more dynamic sound.

Now it is a bit of an unfair advantage

because the Edifier NeoBuds Pro

are actually a Dual Driver earbud,

they have a dynamic driver

and a balanced armature
in each of the buds

giving them excellent separation,

deeper bass, richer treble,

and very natural sound
when it needs to be.

So they are not to be
underestimated by any means

and definitely deserve their
competitive flagship status

as one of the best earbuds on the market.

Now, the OnePlus Buds Pro are no slautch,

excellent sound, as I said,
in the sound quality section

with some surprising width to the sound

so very, very warm and very rich sounding,

but to be completely honest,

with any of these earbuds in this list,

for sound quality, you
really can’t go wrong.

But my favorites are
going to be the top three,

Edifier NeoBuds Pro,

OnePlus Buds Pro,

and the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro .

Now, before we move on,

let’s go ahead and do some
microphone quality samples.

And this way you can
hear how they all sound

up against each other and
see which one of these,

is going to work best for you.

Alright.

So here we have the mic quality tests

for the OnePlus Buds Pro.

So testing testing 1, 2, 3,

obviously we’re on indoor environment,

semi quiet in here.

So testing, testing 1, 2, 3.

Alright, so here we have
the microphone quality test

for the Edifier NeoBuds Pro.

So testing testing 1, 2, 3,

obviously once again we’re
in an indoor environment.

Semi quite, so testing, testing 1, 2, 3.

Alright, so here we have
the microphone quality test

for the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro,

So testing testing 1, 2, 3,

obviously we’re indoors once again,

semi quiet environment,

So testing, testing 1, 2, 3.

Alright, so here we have
the call quality test

for the Apple AirPods Pro.

So testing, testing 1, 2, 3,

indoors, semi quiet environment.

This is what you can expect
from the Apple AirPods Pro.

Alright, so here we have
the microphone quality test,

for the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.

So testing testing 1, 2, 3,

once again we’re indoors in
a semi quiet environment.

So, testing testing 1, 2, 3.

All right, so here we
have the OnePlus Buds Pro

in a simulated crowd noise environment,

like a crowded cafe, maybe a busy bar,

something along those lines.

So testing, testing 1, 2, 3.

So here we have the
microphone quality test

for the Edifier NeoBuds Pro,

in a simulated crown noise environment,

similar to a crowded bar

or maybe busy train station,

something along those lines.

So testing, testing 1, 2, 3.

Alright, and here we have
the microphone quality test

for the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro

in a simulated crowd noise environment.

So something like a busy cafe,

or maybe a busy bus stop,

something along those lines.

So testing, testing 1, 2, 3.

All right, so here we
have the call quality test

for the Apple AirPods Pro

in a simulated crowded noisy environment.

So testing, testing 1, 2, 3.

This is what you can expect in
a crowded noisy environment,

from the Apple AirPods Pro.

And here we have the
microphone quality test

for the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

in a simulated crowd noise environment,

almost like a busy bar
or maybe busy restaurant,

something along those lines.

So testing, testing 1, 2, 3.

As always,

you’re going to have to be
the judge of the call quality

down in the comment section.

Now, if you’re interested
in checking out my reviews

of any of the earbuds that I
included in this comparison,

I’m going to leave them in
a playlist right up here.

Or if you want to watch
the video that YouTube

is recommending for you,

I’ll leave that right up here.

With all that said I’m out of here.

Peace.

 


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