So, recently, OPPO launched the 2nd generation of the high-end Enco X TWS series – the OPPO Enco X2. Introduced as the second generation of TWS headphones in collaboration with Dynaudio, let’s find out how it performs against competitors and see what’s special about the Enco X2.
Rocking a tall, wide box wearing the silver shirt, which obviously means it’s sleek and full of style, lifting the front cover and you can see the entire TWS unit with the box sitting on top.
Removing the large white cutout on the top and bottom compartment reveals the instruction manual enclosed in a black cardboard box, the extra tips for different ear sizes, and the charging cable.
Since the case is rather large but flatter than most TWS, it’s actually quite comfortable to hold due to the egg-shaped design, but the shiny surface would be fatal to OCDs as this kind of coating always ends up with scratches. micro-scratches and sometimes fingerprints that are noticeable if you shine enough light on it. But few people have the time or the intention to do so, so it will be fine.
On the other hand, the hinge is also quite balanced in terms of holding force and the amount needed to open it, as I can easily do it with one hand, even if I have to do it at an angle and a gesture individuals. Looking on the bright side means it won’t open by accident.
As a side-tip headphone user, the Enco X2’s headphone design is right at home. Slipping them into my ear canals causes no discomfort due to their fully rounded body and they fit the default ear tip size perfectly. Just change it up if you feel too hollow or stuffy.
Let’s take a detour to the software part of things because it’s much more interesting in my opinion.
For starters, removing the headphones automatically launches the Google Fast Pair service which automatically associates the TWS – the Enco X2 in particular – with the primary Gmail account your smartphone is currently using. Just press Connect to complete the wizard and it’s done in about 5 seconds.
Like other brands, OPPO also has its own audio related app for TWS and such which is HeyMelody. Launching the app with the Enco X2 connected brings you to this home screen filled with various functions and features and we will go through them bit by bit.
Alright, so the Enco X2 is advertised as using a new ultra-wide-frequency ANC setup to block out a greater range of unwanted ambient sound. Testing it even in Max mode I can say that even in a busy restaurant the ANC is still a bit lacking in my opinion but compared to past iterations of this technology the sound quality and profile is still maintained without any drastic change and that surprised me a lot.
In general, the implementation of ultra-wide frequency ANC might have made the Enco X2 stronger in the “jack of all trades” aspect but for the “master of one” good enough but not the best.
Of course there are two other profiles which are Off and Transparency and I have found that the latter affects sound quality the most as it has to constantly feed external audio signals to give you awareness. You’ll probably only need to use this if you need to be aware of your surroundings and not really worry about your 44100KHz FLAC music being destroyed.
Another highlight of the Enco X2 is the partnership with Dynaudio and this is where the work of the sound engineer comes in the form of 3 profiles – Real, Simple & Clear and Punchy.
The easiest and most obvious way to feel the difference is that Punchy literally adds extra punch to the music and gets your eardrums rolling and bouncing. As for Simple & Clear, it works the other way around than Punchy which reduces the impact and boosts the mids and highs a bit.
Finally, Real is selected by default and it’s very hard to notice if there’s an additional setting, but the overall clarity is definitely a bit better, especially compared to some of the wired headphones in the house and I’m really impressed with the Enco X2.
As a first user, I trusted the Golden Sound feature and gave it a try. OPPO’s implementation of customizing a sound profile for you involves measuring your ability to hear different frequencies at different amplitudes.
All I get here are just beeps and boops and when done for left and right ear you will get a profile and you can apply it to get a “boost”.
However, the funny thing is that when I listen to music, I often have the impression of coming from in head, and it’s hard to tell if they have “direction”. Yet after applying the Golden Sound profile, all the songs immediately feel like they’re “in the foreground”, like they’re popping out of my forehead or something.
I wouldn’t say it’s a bad thing, but this feature is very subjective and I may not get used to “real sounds”.
Swipe to the middle tab and there are the earphone controls where you can mix everything from pressure to side swipe and change their usual controls to suit your needs. There are things like changing tracks and calling Google Assistant, so if the duplicated functions aren’t your thing, feel free to hit that tab and shake it all up.
Well, you can’t run away from the nature of the wireless connection and for anything that works over radio waves, there’s bound to be some delay. So by default there is around 528ms of time interval between transmissions while enabling game mode which reduces signal stability a bit reduces the number to 404ms (not found?!).
So definitely usable in music listening and video binge sessions.
Conclusion – Is it worth it?
So, is the OPPO Enco X2 TWS worth your hard-earned cash? Well, I’d say that’s a yes, but only if you’re not budget constrained. At RM799, you’re better off with a pair of wireless over-ear headphones.
Butif you absolutely hate or are totally uncomfortable with those bulky earbuds and have no problem blowing a cool eight cents just for a pair of TWS, this might be the best fit for your needs.
The most impressive part is achieving decent sound quality with ANC on, although it may be lacking in any situation.
However, since the feature set is extended by the HeyMelody app and you get a bit of the customization game for yourself, which I consider an important part in terms of software support, the Enco X2 does a good job and gets a thumbs up from me personally.
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