Edifier TWS NB2 Pro Review — a few small but significant upgrades
The Edifier TWS NB2 Pro adds support for the AAC codec, fast charging, a new spatial audio mode to the already impressive Edifier TWS NB2. There are also newer composite drivers which might improve the sound. For around the same price as the Edifier TWS NB2, what's not to like?
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+ Nice premium looking packaging
+ Case feels good in hand with leather-like finish
+ Unique looking earbuds
+ Gaming mode is actually low latency
+ Good sound with punchy bass
+ Comfortable enough to wear for long hours
+ Excellent battery life even with ANC
+ Amazing bang for buck
- Edifier Connect app could use an EQ
- Bass can be a tad overpowering, albeit fixable via EQ/switching to Spatial Audio
The Edifier TWS NB2 came with pretty much everything you can ask for from a pair of TWS earphones. There’s ANC, there’s a game mode to lower the latency and also excellent battery life to keep good tunes in your ears all day. But what if you want something even better? That’s what the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro is here for.
The packaging of the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro is very similar to the Edifier TWS NB2, except that there are now more features mentioned, including Quick Charge and AAC codec support. More specifications and features are detailed on the back of the box. Oh and as we got the Black version, the packaging also showcases the black color option instead of the beige-ish white we got with our Edifier TWS NB2.
We also get the same faux leather finish here, but it’s black here. It’s a really cool touch for Edifier to go with a more unique unboxing experience, versus the standard hardpaper boxes you usually get your earphones in. This here really drives the premium ambitions of the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro home.
The Edifier TWS NB2 Pro is coddled by a foam block to prevent any damage during shipping, while the upper half of the box houses a little folder for the other accessories that comes with the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro.
A nice fabric pouch, two pairs of replacement tips, a USB-C charging cable and some of the usual documentation arrive in the box along with the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro. As I found with the Edifier TWS NB2, the pouch here is a bit too big for the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro. Many more premium earphones don’t even come with pouches so this is still better than nothing.
If you have seen our review of the Edifier TWS NB2, you will probably notice that the design of the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro is exactly the same. And you wouldn’t be wrong. As you have seen with the packaging, we received the black version of the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro, and the case touts a similar black leather-like finish. It’s not a soft finish, as it is just hard plastic with the leather-like pattern imprinted into it.
The case opens up like a clamshell with minimal effort, thanks to a little lip on the front edge of the case. Inside, there’s a single button here as well as a tiny LED that indicates the pairing status as well as whether the earbuds are properly positioned for charging. There isn’t much issue with getting them to charge properly though, as there’s a magnet that holds them just in the right position for the pogo pins to make contact.
It might just be me, but the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro’s black and silver earpieces do look better than the beige and silver gray finish of the Edifier TWS NB2 we previously reviewed. The same bulbous golf-tee design is carried over to the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro, and I guess that’s fine because it’s really quite comfy for me.
Edifier TWS NB2 Pro Specifications
|Drivers||10mm dynamic drivers, composite diaphragm|
|Frequency Response||20 Hz – 20,000 Hz|
|Headphone Type||True wireless, in-ear|
|Connection||Bluetooth 5.0, AAC|
|Noise-cancelling||Hybrid ANC for playback
Noise reduction for calls
Up to 7 hours playback (ANC on)
Up to 9 hours playback (ANC off)
3x Full Charge (Up to 32 hours total)
5.5g x 2
41g (without earpieces)
First time pairing is easy, with it immediately looking for a device to pair with as soon as you open it up. If you need to pair with another device, all you need to do is press the button on the case to start up the pairing mode.
The nice thing about the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro is that you can use either side individually after you have paired them, without having to pair them separately. Once again, I don’t enjoy it, but if you want to use the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro as a Bluetooth handsfree of sorts, it can do just that.
Everything that was present in the Edifier TWS NB2 is present here, and that includes the gaming mode. The gaming mode is supposed to reduce latency but it doesn’t exactly lower it far enough to match a wired experience. It does exhibit less latency than most regular wireless TWS earphones though, so I guess Edifier still deserves kudos for that.
Unlike their more affordable offerings, the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro supports the Edifier Connect app. You can play around with quite a few settings here, and one addition I noticed was the new Spatial Audio mode that is actually quite nice. More on that later.
The Edifier TWS NB2 Pro’s sound profile is quite similar to the Edifier TWS NB2, but I did note that there’s a bit more clarity above the punchy bass that was a bit overbearing on the non-Pro model. Switching over to the Game mode does further amps up the boominess of the lower frequencies for more impactful gaming experience, and it seems that the loss of clarity by switching to the Game Mode isn’t as noticeable here with the Pro version.
It seems that Edifier’s addition of the Spatial Audio mode is for more than just a more enjoyable movie-watching experience too. This mode amps up the mids that are quite laidback in the standard mode, making for a more balanced sound and a wider-feeling soundstage. The actual soundstage isn’t particularly wide though. It is still very bass-centric, but now the mids are more present for better representation of vocals.
Overall, it is a noticeably better sounding pair of earphones as compared to its non-Pro sibling. I am not sure if this is down to the AAC support or the newer 10mm composite drivers, but I do enjoy the sound of the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro more than the non-Pro version.
Onto the noise cancellation. Similar to the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro, the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro goes for a hybrid ANC approach that involves microphones under the ear tips as well to monitor how well of a job it is doing. The Edifier TWS NB2 Pro is supposed to be slightly more effective than its non-Pro brethren at blocking out noise, but in practice the difference is quite unnoticeable, as I found the Edifier TWS NB2 to do a good enough job already.
The Ambient Mode also provides for an adjustable level depending on how much of the outside noise you want to let in. For some reason, raising the volume of the ambient feedback doesn’t exactly amplify the sounds around you, but rather seems to only increase the amount of white noise that gets picked up. It also doesn’t exactly scale with the volume of your audio, which means that you can’t exactly hear that well, unless you lower the volume of your music, for better or worse.
The Edifier TWS NB2 Pro’s design will work well with just about anyone who has average ears. After you stuff the eartips into your ear canals, the bulbous portion will rest in your ears, which allows them to be quite stable in your ears. I didn’t feel the need to frequently readjust the earphones’ position in my ears even when moving around, so that’s nice.
For controls, the single button in the case allows you to pair the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro with a long press, which will cause the LED indicator to flash green and white rapidly. This is only necessary if you have previously paired the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro to a device. Meanwhile the earpieces have different controls for each side, so here goes:
|2x tap: Switch Normal Mode / ANC Mode / Ambient Mode
3x tap: Switch Standard/Spatial Audio/Gaming Mode
|2x tap: Pause / Play / answer & end calls
3x tap: Next song
The Edifier Connect app also gives you the option to change the options in the event you forget. The tap sensitivity settings can also be adjusted so that you can have less erroneous touches. The default was working fine for me though, which isn’t particularly unexpected as Edifier only assigned double taps instead of single taps.
The Edifier TWS NB2 Pro’s battery life is surprisingly better than its non-Pro brethren, despite both being rated the same by Edifier. I managed eight hours with ANC on which is pretty amazing. That’s really plenty for most flights, unless you include the time that you are stuck at the airport. Turning on ambient mode drops the battery life to 7 hours, while turning off ANC entirely extends the battery life to 10 hours.
The earpieces have their battery life indicated in the Edifier Connect app and also in Android’s Bluetooth settings, while for the case you will have to check out the little LED beside the USB-C charging port. It is quite easily missed, and I wish Edifier had put the battery status LED in the case rather than behind it. I have ended up with insufficient charge on the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro a few times by now, because I didn’t know that the case was out of juice.
There’s also fast charging now, that will allow you to use the earphones for two hours with just 15 minutes of charging, but I never found the need to use it.
While I have been comparing the two, it seems that the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro replaces the non-Pro version in Edifier Malaysia’s lineup. The Edifier TWS NB2 Pro is available at the same RM339 too, which means it is essentially a free upgrade, as long as you haven’t bought the Edifier TWS NB2. Even if you already have the Edifier TWS NB2, the TWS NB2 Pro might be worth considering if you think you will appreciate the improved sound quality.
I would definitely suggest the Edifier TWS NB2 Pro for users who are getting their first pair of ANC earphones. Or for those who plan on some casual mobile gaming wirelessly. I do like it more than the non-Pro version, and I think it will finally replace my Edifier TWS5, something which I felt the Edifier TWS NB2 was not up to task for.
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