Here we are folks the culmination of multiple product redesigns and enhancements to bring you the best in ear truly wireless headphones. First we started with the Zolo Liberty and Liberty+, then came the Liberty Lite, Liberty Air, and multiple revised versions of these headphones and now we Have the Liberty Neo’s.
This review is focused on the Liberty Neo which I received as part of the We Love Testing Special edition Program.
Since I had the very first Wireless earbuds from Zolo I always thought the box was a waste of space, boy was I surprised when I got the Liberty Neo because not only is the box half of what the Liberty+ is but they also cut down on all that plastic packaging that was inside the box too.
Inside the box we are presented with a new metallic color cased that is also glossy. The earbuds and all its accessories as well are neatly packed into tiny baggies that are recyclable. Here you can get an idea of the size of these headphones, which are remarkably smaller than I had expected as well.
Fit and Comfort
Now lets get right to the nity gritty, I can write all day about these headphones and compare them to the Liberty+ and the Soundcore Liberty Air, But each of these headphones have a specific purpose and thats to please the user who owns them with good sound quality and a great fit.
The Liberty Neo’s have, imo, the Best fit out of all the “True” wireless headphonesThat Anker/Soundcore/Zolo, not only are they extremely lightweight but they also hold the best when moving about or exercising rigorously. These come with grip fit sleeves to help hold them in your ear as needed, but right out of the box I found that they held remarkably well without it. I did however install the smallest sized grip fit sleeve just for that added protection.
Now I am not an audiophile nor do I claim to be one, I like what I like and thats going to be subjective as we all hear things differently. For me the Neo actually sounds BETTER than the liberty air and I thought those sounded amazing. But I feel these sound better because they have more Bass and this is due to higher oscillation of the drivers using graphene technology…whatever they say or claim can actually be heard in how they play and reproduce the sound. From Rap to rock and classical music I was able to hear the highs and lows, but I will admit the kids seem to get muddled in the bass and the highs can be shrill at times. But my phones soundstage is adjusted to my liking so I don’t get the high shrills or the muddled bass, what I do get is a decent representation of the overall sound stage. The bass isn’t too punchy or overpowering like Beats headphones and the highs are not as shrill as say the Bob Marley collection headphones, but thats also like comparing apples to oranges in that each headphone is geared to a user for a specific purpose and need.
Soundcore claims a 3.5 hour battery life when using these at moderate volume levels. I personally found that while it can last that long, it generally won’t make it past 3 hours unless you consistently turn the volume down over time.
Well if your like me, that is just unacceptable, and doesn’t work for me as I wear these at work and need them to last at least 7 to 8 hours. So what I do is wear just 1 earbud at a time while I’m working, this can get me to around 7 hours of use out of 1 earbud because its not having to send and maintain the signal between the two earbuds.
Here is the kicker that many will love to hear, you can pair each earbud independently from one another, and if you are using a phone that has Bluetooth 5.0 you can enable dual Audio and pair each earbud to the phone separately and use them at the same time…doing this will allow your earbuds to last roughly 6 to 7 hours as opposed to just the 3 when the earbuds are paired together. You also have the case which has a built in 600mAh battery which will get you up to 12 additional hours of use…this of course is based on their method, but in reality if you use the earbuds as I do 1 at a time the case will generally last you a whole week before needing to be charged.
So to sum this all up Yes I would without a doubt recommend the Soundcore Liberty Neo. They have great sound, good amount of bass, and if you utilize them the way I have mentioned both independently or independently together with dual audio you can drastically increase your time in use. The case is sleek and can easily fit in your pocket and go unnoticed and the same can be said for the earbuds with how lightweight they are. I often drove home from work with them still in my ears because i forgot them in and they are just that comfortable.
Here are some comparison photos between the Liberty+, Liberty Air, and Soundcore Neo