- Balanced sound
- High-definition sound
- Long-lasting, fast-charging battery
- Comfortable, Snug fit
- Poor Base
- FX sounds while gaming is terrible
- Volume is okayish but the mids and highs are mushy
OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 Headphones: A Complete Review
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 Wireless Headphones support Bluetooth 5 and the aptX HD codec. The new wireless headphones come with three separate drivers. In the design and form factor, only minor changes have occurred.
Last year, the Chinese electronics maker released its first OnePlus Bullets Wireless headphones with OnePlus 6. A year later, we got their successors, OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2. At $111, the new headphones are a step forward compared with the first Bullets Wireless in design, specifications, and battery life. We had the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the new OnePlus wireless headset launched, along with the new OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. That’s what we think about these headphones.
Design OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2
Since, at an early stage, it was assumed that the pair of wireless headphones would be the next audio product of OnePlus, the Bullets Wireless 2 have the same design with a neckband and wires as their predecessors. In many ways, the new headset resembles the first Bullets Wireless wireless system, with minor changes to the design of the headphones.
Now, they are a little wider and no longer have wingtips that helped fix the first model’s kidneys in your ears. The earmolds’ rods are slightly longer on the new headphones, and the earbuds themselves seem a little lighter and more comfortable to wear.
The design is a combination of metal and plastic, and the outer side of each liner is magnetic. This means that two headphones can be attached when the headset is not used to prevent wires’ tangling.
As before, the magnetic clip serves as a power switch for the headset, turning it on when two headphones are disconnected and turning it off when it is touched again. You can also read: Huawei FreeBuds Studio Review: A Musical Renaissance
Controls & Scope of Delivery OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2
The neckband and controls remain the same as in the first Bullets Wireless. The power/pairing button, indicator, and USB Type-C port, for charging the headset are on the left side. The short cable from the neck strap to the left earbud has a built-in three-button remote control for volume and playback control and a built-in microphone.
The package includes three silicone earmolds, a rubber case, and a short USB Type-C to USB-A cable. The carrying case is the same as the first Bullets Wireless headphones, and it is still too small to fit a headset.
By chance, we often disconnected the magnetic clips, trying to insert the headphones into the case, which led to automatic, reconnecting the device to our smartphone.
Key Features Changes for OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2
Although the design changes are small, there are big differences in the new headphones’ specifications sheet. These headphones support Bluetooth 5 for connecting, with support for the aptX and aptX HD Bluetooth codecs. They have a frequency response range of 20-20 000 Hz. You can also read: Realme Buds Q fully wireless headset review
The biggest change is the driver technology used. Bullets Wireless 2 is a triple-driver hybrid headset. Each earphone has two balanced drivers – anchors for working with medium and high frequencies and one dynamic driver for low frequencies. All this makes Bullets Wireless 2 very accurate at this price.
OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 supports the Warp Charge standard. We were able to fully charge the headphones in less than 20 minutes using a standard charger, and 10 minutes of charging provided up to 10 hours of use. We were able to get more than 12 hours of battery life when fully charged, which is an excellent result of wireless headphones.
We really liked the OnePlus Bullets Wireless for their detailed mid-range and pronounced bass. However, OnePlus decided to significantly improve the sound quality using Bullets Wireless 2, using a completely different setting, with three drivers, instead of one dynamic driver, on their predecessors. Of course, we found that the sound quality improved significantly.
We used the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, paired with the OnePlus 6T, for most of our review and tested the MacBook Air’s sound quality. We used Spotify, as well as high-resolution audio files, for our review.
Use with OnePlus 6T
OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, by default, uses the aptX HD Bluetooth codec when used with the OnePlus 6T, which provides the best sound experience for this headset. Three drivers give these headphones a detailed sound signature, with a wide soundstage that sounds clear and sharp.
Although the bass was not as sharp as in the first Bullets Wireless, it remained tense and calculated. We felt a significant difference in sound quality in the medium and high ranges. Balanced armature drivers process these segments of the frequency range.
While the low frequencies sounded exactly as we expected from a decent pair of budget wireless headphones, the medium and high frequencies were significantly cleaner and clearer.
Use with MacBook Air
When used with a MacBook Air (which used the SBC Bluetooth codec), there was a certain difference in sound quality, showing how much the aptX Bluetooth codec was very different. The highs and averages were still decent, but the lows showed deterioration due to the codec’s lower quality.
OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, like their predecessors, does an excellent job with voice calls. We could hear the person at the other end of the call, and our own voice was also perfectly audible. The redesigned headphone design helped solve sound leakage that arose with us with the first Bullets Wireless headphones, and this headset provides excellent passive noise isolation, even with standard, silicone earbuds.
Summary: Should you buy OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2?
We rated OnePlus Bullets Wireless as one of the best, inexpensive wireless headsets you can buy, and Bullets Wireless 2 is a decent option that once again confirms our positive opinion.
The price is about $149, slightly higher than their predecessors, although as before, they are worth investing in, as we believe. Even at this price, there are very few flaws in this pair of headphones. Wireless, with a hybrid triple installation, provides an excellent combination of functions and sound quality. Whether you own the OnePlus smartphone or not, Bullets Wireless 2 is a great pair of wireless headphones for use with any smartphone or computer.
However, if you’re looking for more powerful bass, options like the Powerbeats 3 might be more suitable than the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2.
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