EarFun Air Pro 2 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling ANC Earphones$79.99 (w/ 15% off at the time of this writing)
The EarFun Air Pro 2 offers several improvements over the original, like better ANC and wireless charging, but unfortunately, it also has minor fit issues along with some harshness in the mids.
Ever since I was introduced to EarFun via a company representative back in 2020, I’ve been very impressed by their offerings. Every TWS earbud they release seems to be a good value, with solid build quality and impressive sound quality for a decent price.
This was never more true than when their EarFun Air Pro landed on my desk. They had a cool look, a smooth balanced sound that seemed tailor-made for audiophiles, plus decent ANC for the money. Not to mention they were amongst the most comfortable earbuds I had ever worn.
Now I have the sequel to that excellent set of TWS earbuds, the $79 EarFun Air Pro 2. It has a refreshed design and a few new features (BT 5.2, Volume Control, Wireless Charging) for about the same price as the original. It once again aims to provide a no-compromise Apple AirPods Pro alternative for less than half the price.
So does the EarFun Air Pro 2 really work as a cheap substitute for either the Apple AirPods Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro? Is it a worthy replacement to the already exceptional EarFun Air Pro? Read on to find out!
Disclaimer: The review unit I have on hand is provided by EarFun. No input has been given regarding the content contained in this evaluation. The review unit doesn’t have to be returned.
Bluetooth version V5.2
Bluetooth transmitter power <6dBm
Bluetooth profile A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Codec AAC, SBC
Maximum working range 15m(without obstacles)
Battery capacity 45mAh x 2(earbuds); 500mAh(charging case)
Charging time 1 hour(for earbuds); 2hours(for charging case via USB-C);
3.5 hours(for charging case via wireless charger)
ANC OFF – Up to 7 hours, Totally 34 hours with the charging case;
(varies by volume level and audio content)
ANC ON – Up to 6 hours, Totally 30 hours with the charging case;
(varies by volume level and audio content)
I found the original EarFun Air Pro to be an excellent product when I reviewed it a while back, and to be honest, I still don’t think it has much competition under $100. But now we have the sequel, so let’s see what it’s all about.
The first thing I noticed upon taking the charging case out of the box, was a slight reduction in size compared to the original Air Pro. As someone who carries my earbuds in my pocket, a smaller case is always welcome.
It’s still about a 1/3 bigger than the Samsung or Apple buds I usually carry, but it’s still small enough to fit in your jeans pocket without issue. The Pro 2’s case now charges wirelessly, something the case from the older Earfun Air Pro didn’t do.
All in all, the charging case seems to be pretty sturdy, although the door seems to be a little weaker than I’ve seen on the competition (as well as the original Air Pro). A hard drop on concrete may cause an issue.
As far as the earpieces are concerned, EarFun Air Pro 2 is yet another true wireless earbud that borrows ergonomic design cues from the Apple AirPods Pro, and that’s for good reason. Overall, how they sit in your ear just works from a comfort/stability standpoint, as the earpieces just lightly settle in with a slight twist.
Because of this, comfort is good for the most part, similar to the original EarFun Air Pro. The Air Pro 2 is in some ways more comfortable than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, which you need to press deep into the ear for stability.
That said, the Air Pro 2 is a little fussier than the first Air Pro when it comes to getting a proper seal. Since it doesn’t have a long nozzle to set the ear tip in place like the original model, It relies on the actual ear tip to make the seal.
That means using a set of tips that fits you the best is immensely important because it greatly affects both noise-canceling and sound quality. If you don’t get the right fit, these earbuds can end up sounding too bright and lean, plus the ANC will not work as well as it is capable of.
The Air Pro 2 comes with 6 sets of ear tips, 3 “A” sets, and 3 “B” sets. The A and B tips are shaped a little differently, with one type being a little more pointed and deeper than the other. Please make sure you try the various tips in the package if you feel like you don’t get a good seal with the pre-installed set.
I have read some Amazon reviews where people have complained about the different tips, as they had trouble finding one that fits correctly. I personally was able to get a decent seal, but I had to move up to the large “A” tip to do so.
I didn’t have such issues with the original Air Pro, as the pre-installed tips worked for me right off the bat. This is definitely an area where the first version is better than the sequel.
The Air Pro 2 goes into pairing mode as soon as they are removed from the case, and the jump from Bluetooth 5.0 in the first model to 5.2 in the new means pairing is almost instant, and the connection is very stable. BT 5.2 also allows for decent battery life (6 hours playback with ANC, 7 without) even though the batteries are smaller on the new model.
It’s interesting that the original Air Pro was rated for an extra hour of playback due to larger batteries in the earpieces.
Similar to the original Air Pro, the Air Pro 2 has 10mm drivers inside of each earpiece, but this time they are coated with Titanium for additional rigidity and therefore musical accuracy. The new model also has 3 mics per side, with two mics for ANC, and a third for voice pick up.
Those 3 mics feed into the Air Pro 2’s new and improved ANC system called QuietSmart™ 2.0, which promises a 40dB reduction in noise reduction compared to the 38db reduction in the original Air Pro.
In my testing, both at home and during a recent flight to NYC, I discovered QuietSmart™ 2.0 is distinctly stronger than the ANC on Air Pro 1, which I A-B tested with the new model. The old model was good in this regard, but the new model is markedly better.
The Air Pro 2’s ANC still doesn’t compete with some of the better ANC TWS earbuds like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro or Apple AirPods Pro, but it does a much better job of blocking low-frequency environmental noise than the first Air Pro, and it also works better with high-frequency noises like voices, especially when you use the tips that have the best seal for your ears.
That said, it doesn’t have quite the same level of high-frequency noise cancellation provided by the Apple or Samsung mentioned above. When I used them on the plane, they cut a lot more of the loud engine noise than the Earfun buds. I think the Air Pro 2 is great for use in the office or on a train, but just ok for a flight.
As far as Call Quality is concerned, the Air Pro 2 also shows noticeable improvement over the original, which was good in its own right. When I made calls, people on the other end said I was crystal clear, and I felt the same regarding the voice quality coming through the earphones. EarFun did an excellent job here.
I should also mention that the Ambient mode, which is also part of the QuietSmart™ 2.0 system, sounds a lot more natural on the Air Pro 2 than the Ambient mode on the original model. It did a great job of picking up outside noise without sounding too “noisy” like some other TWS earphones.
Other notable features of the Air Pro 2 include IPX5 water resistance which means it can withstand heavy splashes, in-ear infrared detection so the music pauses automatically when the buds are removed from your ear, and starts again when replaced.
The Air Pro 2 also has more responsive touch control this time around, where taps used for play/pause control or track skipping are more readily picked up, and unlike many TWS earbuds, you can also control volume up/down via touch.
The control scheme (i.e. taps needed to control functions), does take a little getting used to, but it’s comprehensive, and lets you do a lot without touching your phone.
One other thing I should note is that Ear Fun doesn’t offer a companion app with the Air Pro 2 like some of the competition. That means firmware upgrades may be more difficult, and you won’t have any added features like EQ or remote control of the buds from your phone.
An upgrade in sound quality over the original Air Pro is a major selling point of the Air Pro 2, and with the new Titanium-coated driver, EarFun has made good on that promise in some aspects.
According to EarFun, the Air Pro 2’s sonic focus “is to create a true-to-life sound that manages authenticity and tonal balance to genres across the spectrum.
They also say to “Expect big sound with clear, well-separated mids, articulate treble, and spacious but well-defined lows.”
As stated, the Air Pro 2 has much better detail and separation than its predecessor, providing a crisper treble, a rich open midrange, plus well-defined lows as stated in the marketing materials.
The balanced tuning is very similar to the original Air Pro, which is good, but I do have an issue with the upper mids, which can be a little harsh during certain tracks. This can be managed with tip rolling, but I found this also brings down the mids as a whole, which reduces their clarity a bit.
Along with the hardness in the upper mids, I also found the instrumental timbre to be a little metallic. When comparing them to my go-to TWS earbuds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, the Samsung buds sounded just a little more natural thru the mids and treble.
That said, the EarFun earphones provided a little more richness on the bottom end. The Buds Pro can be a little lean there. They also sounded a little more open than the Buds Pro. Keep in mind the Samsung buds retail for more than double the Air Pro 2, so it’s remarkable that they can compete sound quality-wise.
When listening to one of my Favorite albums, Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged”, the Air Pro 2 did do a decent job of separating out the different parts of the audioband and spreading out the performers across the soundstage.
The strings were rich and full of micro-detail plus the vocals were harmonious, but on the other hand, the guitar was also a little spicy for my taste, which made it somewhat distracting.
At the end of the day, while there is definitely more detail, presence, and richness in the new Air Pro, some like myself, may prefer the smoothness of the older model. However, if you like a little extra sparkle up top, the Air Pro 2 has an audiophile sound profile that is uncommon at its price point, and it will have some refinement that’s hard to get for $70.
The Wrap Up
While the EarFun Air Pro 2 has several improvements over the original, including stronger ANC, a wireless charging case, more responsive controls, and a more refined treble, It also has some issues to think about. Those would be in the area of fit, where the ear tips will take some getting used to, and in the sound department, where the somewhat harsh midrange will not be for everyone.
With its affordable $79 price tag, there’s enough good stuff here to give it a limited recommendation as a budget AirPods Pro or Galaxy Buds Pro alternative, but if you’re sensitive to peaks in the upper midrange, you may want to pick up the first Air Pro, which we still think is a great choice.
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I’m an audio writer who started as a young audio salesman/consumer electronics professional back in the late 90s. That’s where I discovered the magic of 2-Channel sound. My hunger for great sound has led me on a delightful music quest that continues today.