Foreword: We strongly advise you to check out the full Realme Buds Air 2 Neo test to properly approach the “very short” Buds Air 2 test. Being the two models relatively close, this brief test focuses mainly on the differences to be aware of.
The Realme Buds Air 2 are distinguished from the Buds Air 2 at first glance by their “branch” design. This big difference has no impact on the overall build quality, which is quite correct, nor on the accessories provided. Handling the case with one hand is always a dangerous exercise, especially since the earphones become even more firmly magnetized in their case once stored inside.
On the other hand, the wearing experience obviously differs a bit from its “Neo” cousins, for the better by the way: the earphones are more discreet in the hollow of the ear (which is not really surprising given that the part in contact is more compact) and therefore less subject to the small problems of too marked support that we had observed. Although not completely forgotten, the Buds Air 2 provide pleasant sensations of comfort, even during relatively long sessions of use.
No big changes are expected in terms of the user experience, which is generally correct, especially with Android devices: except for the presence of a wear sensor in each earphone, which allows you to take advantage of an automatic pause/resume of playback (can be disabled in the companion mobile application) and active noise reduction when using the headphones (not deactivated), the Realme Buds Air 2 are similar to their “Neo” version. On the other hand, the autonomy per charge of the headphones does not exceed 4 h 20 min / 5 h depending on whether the RBA is activated or not. That said, the carrying case provides an additional four refills.
Another important point: the hands-free kit offers a very high reception and call quality, which allows you to make calls in unfavorable noise conditions (on a moderately noisy street) without having to repeat yourself or speak too loudly to do so. understood by your interlocutor.
In terms of listening experience, Realme Buds Air 2 and Air 2 Neo generally share the same base, but they also differ here on some points that tip the scales in favor of the former. In fact, the Buds Air 2 are doing a little better and can therefore offer quite correct performance: the restitution is a little more balanced, readable, a little more airy and, above all, a little less exhausting. However, the sound signature of these true wireless earphones is colorful with a punchy, even sharp appearance and a clearly emphasized sound presence that will again require you to stay tuned at listening volume on pain of rapid listening fatigue. .
Frequency response measurement (Balanced mode in black, Bass boost in orange, Bright in blue) | ©Digital
Frequency response measurement (balanced mode in black, bass boost in orange, bright in blue), harmonic distortion ratio measurement, square wave measurement at 50 and 500 Hz, impulse response measurement (low latency mode in purple)
The precision of the sound reproduction is correct, the bass is always a bit soft and the second part of the spectrum gets confused when there is a lot of information to transcribe (many instruments, pieces rich in harmonics). A slightly more extensive and detailed response in the higher frequencies would also have allowed the soundstage to be a bit less compact.
Like the Buds Air 2 Neo, the Buds Air 2 only provides very low passive isolation. So turning on active noise reduction is essential if you want to isolate yourself as much as possible from certain noise sources, and this is a bit more convincing on this model too. The proposed attenuation is not fundamentally more important and is still quite light, in particular to erase vocals. However, it is less capricious than the one offered by the Buds Air 2 Neo (no specific performance problems, apart from the still significant sensitivity to breathing caused by the wind).
Homogeneous sound reproduction, well balanced first part of the spectrum.
Very good quality hands-free kit.
Sound signature that would have benefited from being softer and less timid in the extreme highs.
Improved sound accuracy.
Very low passive isolation/very ineffective active noise reduction on vocals.
No volume control.
There is no headphone support in the iOS app (and therefore very limited features).
How does the rating work?
Without being a big surprise, the Realme Buds Air 2 bring a slightly more accomplished and controlled experience than their Buds 2 Air Neo brothers, which positions them as a model to consider if you want to invest as little as possible in headphones. true-wireless. However, other somewhat more expensive references can be a more interesting investment thanks to a more solid quality/price ratio, and this for all users, not just Android users.
- Manufacturing and accessories
- comfort and support
- user experience
- active noise reduction
- PI Certification
- Free hands