Realme’s audio range in India now largely consists of true wireless earphones, but the company has some interesting options beyond that, including wired and wireless earphones and even portable speakers. The recently launched Realme Buds Wireless 2, which I am 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 premium standards, while keeping the price firmly in the budget range.
2,299 in India, priced at Rs. realme buds wireless 2 is the successor of realme buds wireless pro Launched in late 2020. With support for active noise cancellation and the LDAC Bluetooth codec, the Buds Wireless 2 is one of the best wireless headsets you can buy under Rs. 2,500 now. Will it be my top pick in this price segment? Find out in this review.
realme buds wireless 2. ANC and LDAC support
The neckband styling isn’t new for Realme, and neither is the idea of such a full-blown, feature-packed headset. The Realme Buds Wireless 2 is the successor to the Buds Wireless Pro, and it has the same status and appeal; Thanks to active noise cancellation and support for the LDAC Advanced Bluetooth codec, it’s meant to be a headset for discerning users.
When it comes to design, the Realme Buds Wireless 2 follows an idea that has been tried and tested by Realme as well as the personal audio industry in general. The headset has a flexible neckband with modules on both ends, and cables that run from there to the earpiece. I found these cables maybe a few centimeters too long; They often rubbed my face with normal use, which was a bit annoying.
I got the Black and Yellow color variants – Realme’s signature color combination – but you can get the Plain Gray variant as well. The color and style make the Buds Wireless 2 similar to the Buds Wireless Pro, but with small differences. For example, the outer edges of the earpieces have an interesting reflective pattern that makes them appear translucent, which sounds quite nice.
The Realme Buds Wireless 2 headset has magnetic power controls – snapping the backs of the earpieces together turns the headset off magnetically, and separating them turns it on. There are also controls on the right side of the neckband for controlling volume, playback, answering calls, and 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 88ms low-latency mode, Bluetooth 5 and Google Fast Pair support with support for LDAC, AAC, and SBC Bluetooth codecs. The earphones feature 13.6mm dynamic drivers, and are said to be tuned in collaboration with popular electronic music duo The Chainsmokers.
The headset is rated IPX5 for water resistance. It works with the excellent Realme Link app which allows control over ANC and Transparency Mode, Gaming Mode and Equalizer Settings. Three pairs of silicone ear tips and a USB Type-C charging cable are included in the box.
The battery life of the Realme Buds Wireless 2 is the same as that of the Buds Wireless Pro, but it’s far less than the company claims, which is likely under its very specific usage conditions. With the LDAC codec operating, ANC active most of the time, and moderate volume levels, I was able to get just over 9 hours of listening time on the headset. This is quite low for a neckband-style headset, even considering the features offered on the Realme Buds Wireless 2.
realme buds wireless 2. Good sound on, functional active noise cancellation
Advanced Bluetooth codec support goes a long way in determining how a pair of wireless headphones or earphones will sound, and Sony’s LDAC codec is widely considered the best right now. It is widely supported on Android devices, and many audio makers use it to good effect.
Realme itself implemented LDAC on the Buds Wireless Pro, so it should come as no surprise that the Buds Wireless 2 also gets it. I am using realme buds wireless 2 a. done with OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition For this review, in operation of the LDAC codec. I listened to audio tracks on Apple Music, took calls, and even used the headset while watching some videos on the device.
Realme has collaborated with electronic music duo The Chainsmokers for the Buds Wireless 2, and its bass-heavy sound signature suggests the motive behind it. The earphones are suitable for electronic music with tight bass and clean sound. Starting at Closer by The Chainsmokers, the punch and drive in the bass was immediately apparent, audibly stronger than in the rest of the frequency range.
That said, there was still a fair amount of detail, plenty of brightness in the highs, and fair response to vocals. Halsey’s vocals sounded particularly sharp, and even managed to power through the strong beats and low-end attack. Throughout this track, the Realme Buds Wireless 2 offered a lot of detail while maintaining the low-end biased sound.
The attack in the bass was even more firm and powerful, listening to the fast-paced house classic Fade Into Darkness (Albin Myers Remix) by Avicii. At no time did it feel sloppy or awkward in relation to the rest of the response range. Bass-happy listeners will love how loud and punchy the sound is on the Realme Buds Wireless 2, and the loud volume and drive are loud enough to drown out just about anything in the background, even if you turn off active noise cancellation. However, this aggressiveness in the bass can cause listener fatigue at high volumes.
The active noise cancellation on the Realme Buds Wireless 2 isn’t exceptional, but it does make enough of a difference to justify its presence as a feature. Notably, it didn’t seem to affect the sound quality when working, unlike the Realme Buds Wireless Pro, and the amount of ambient sound I was able to hear was slightly reduced. Although not as effective as I’d like, the ANC on the Buds Wireless 2 makes listening to music as well as dialogue in video a little easier.
There’s also environmental noise cancellation for better audio on calls, and call quality on the headset itself is good. Connection stability wasn’t an issue for the most part at distances up to about 3m between the headphones and the smartphone. The adaptive bitrate of LDAC allowed for stable audio streaming without buffering issues.
Like many products from Realme, the Buds Wireless 2 is value-driven and a lot gets it right. Impressive specifications and features, app support and a pleasant bass-driven sonic signature make this easily the best pair of wireless earphones you can buy under Rs. 2,500 in India right now. Many people may find the neckband style a bit outdated, and battery life is average, but the benefits outweigh the drawbacks here.
There are not many capable options in this segment right now, but you can also consider oneplus bullet wireless z, or more affordable models from brands like Dizo and Blaupunkt, or true wireless options like realme buds Q2, However, due to the active noise cancellation and good sound, the Realme Buds Wireless 2 is well worth the investment.