The Oppo Enco X was one of our favourite TWS from last year. Our snobby audiophile Deputy Editor uses them as his pocket-friendly daily driver which says a lot about the quality of the product but even if you’re not aware of the refined taste of this fine gentleman, we’re here to break down why the Oppo Enco X2 has a lot to live up to and it smashes our expectations. Especially when you consider the ₹10,999 price point. Which frankly feels like a steal for the audio quality and features that the Enco X2 packs.
Oppo Enco X2 review
AirPods killer for a killer price
The Oppo Enco X2 don’t mess with the tried and tested shape of the buds. It’s a lightweight construction with an Apple AirPods-like stalk which sits in your ear without any issues. The stalk helps the buds stay in place and also offers functional benefits which are far superior to even Apple’s givings. We’ll get to that in a bit, for now though, the very first thing you should do with the Enco X2 is to plonk them in your ear and listen to music.
Just a few seconds into Them Changes by Thundercat and the Oppo Enco X2 simply floor the Apple AirPods Pro when it comes to bass. It’s tight and punchy. The bassline with all its rhythmic changes sounds fuller and has more texture. It’s easy to notice how well the Enco X2 handle bass without sounding too heavy or congested like all of the other TWS at this price.
It’s also quite confident in the midrange as well. The engaging vocals in Take My Breath by The Weeknd are detailed with fantastic clarity and controlled treble. It never gets too fatiguing even when listening to the whole electric guitar section mid-way through the Up All Night song by The War on Drugs.
The passive seal from the silicone tips is great too. At times you won’t even need to use the ANC simply because these fit into most ear shapes and sizes perfectly. For times when you want to block out the wind noise and chatty folks around you, the Oppo Enco X2 is on par if not better than all of the best TWS in the market right now. Sony’s WF-1000XM4 might have slightly better ANC but those cost twice as much.
From the Editor’s desk
We can get our hands dirty with the LHDC hi-res wireless codec or the Dynaudio team tuning the drivers, but the truth is in the pudding and the Enco X2 really is a sweet dish. The coaxial driver manages to massage a lot of information from your tracks without sounding clinical or thin. The rhythmic abilities for its price point are genuinely impressive and the Enco X2 slams the competition even from a segment or two above when it comes to dynamics. - Nishant Padhiar
The Oppo Enco X2 doesn’t win our hearts by sound quality alone. There are some really great features here that bring meaningful quality to the Oppo Enco X2. Firstly, the HeyMelody app which lets you tweak all the functions of the Enco X2 is available on Android and iOS. So no matter which smartphone you’re rocking, the Oppo Enco X2 will run and have the same functions and features across all smartphone ecosystems.
There’s also a touch-sensitive panel on the stalk (or stem) which faces the front when you wear the buds. Aside from regular touch controls, you also get swipe up and down controls to change the volume. It can be a bit fiddly if you use only one finger to touch the bud. We found that the best way to change volume was to use your thumb as support for the stem and then use your index finger to scroll up or down. This doesn't fiddle with the fit and keeps the buds housed in your lugs correctly.
You can also connect two devices at the same time and the Oppo will switch between the two. We tried it with our Apple iPhone 12 Pro and Apple iPad Mini and the outcome was monkey-easy. It always worked without any hiccups for us. Picking up calls from your smartphone while watching a movie on the iPad is just as easy as it was doing it with Apple AirPods. The voice quality from the microphone is not the best when compared to Apple and Sony. The AirPods Pro have a much clearer and more natural-sounding voice quality from the microphone. Whereas the Oppo make your voice sound a bit distant and tinny. The Oppo Enco X2 also support Dolby Binaural Recording which captures audio and positions them accordingly but it only works with Oppo Find X5 and Pro smartphones which we didn’t have at the time of reviewing. It has Bluetooth 5.2 and a 94ms audio latency in Game Mode.
The EQ control in the app lets you only switch between set audio profiles from Dynaudio. Ideally, we’d complain here about the lack of a proper EQ controller but the Dynaudio calibration is so good that you’re better off listening to the EQ set by the professionals from Dynaudio.
The Oppo Enco X2 live up to the refinement in terms of audio quality set by its predecessor. The Enco X2 is just a fantastic-sounding TWS for the price. It’ll be hard to find a better deal than this and it packs all the niceties that are useful and relevant in a 2022 TWS. Wireless charging? Yes, Qi-certified. Fast wired charging? That’s here too. IP54 water and dust resistance? Yup. The anti-bacterial coating on the tips? It’s here to keep it clean as a whistle. Strong ANC? Throw your money quick. Fantastic audio quality? Should we repeat ourselves?
The point is, we had no qualms with the Oppo Enco X2. This is our favourite TWS around ₹10K. And I personally might switch to them from my AirPods Pro.
Fantastic audio quality and genuinely useful features that round off a complete TWS package. It can even rival headphones above its pay grade so don’t miss this one.