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Anker, known for its line of iPhone accessories, has a brand called "Soundcore" to sell audio accessories like earbuds. In our latest YouTube video, we checked out the new Soundcore Spirit Dot 2 wire-free earbuds, which are much more affordable than most other wire-free options at $79.



The Spirit Dot 2 earbuds look similar to many other wire-free earbuds on the market with a stemless design, silicone tips that fit in the ears, and small AirWings to keep them secure in the ears. Tips in five sizes ship with the Spirit Dot 2 to make sure everyone can find the best fit possible, with XS, S, M, L, and XL tips to choose from.

The fit is similar to the fit of headphones like the Samsung Galaxy Buds, Jabra Elite, Pixel Buds, and other wire-free earbuds with silicone tips and an in-ear design. When first inserting the earbuds into the ear, you may need to do some adjusting to get them situated properly for the best seal.

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We've found that putting them in the ear and giving them a little twist gives us the most secure fit. Comfort is subjective and will vary for everyone based on ear size and shape, but we found the Spirit Dot 2 to be a bit more uncomfortable than competing products, causing ear fatigue to set in sooner.

For $79, the Spirit Dot 2 earbuds offer impressive sound, especially when it comes to bass levels. The earbuds are described as offering "thumping bass," a claim that seems to be accurate. In fact, there may be too much focus on the lows, overpowering the mids and highs at times and offering a somewhat unbalanced sound profile. Like fit, though, sound preference is subjective so some may prefer the heavy bass. Unfortunately there's no option in the Soundcore app for adjusting the sound.

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The Spirit Dot 2 earbuds support gesture controls. Double tapping on the right earbud will play/pause the music, and double tapping on the left earbud will skip to the next track. A long press on either earbud can bring up Siri if you're using an iPhone. Setup and pairing isn't as simple as something like the AirPods and will require standard Bluetooth device setup in the Settings app of an iPhone.

On a single charge, the Spirit Dot 2 earbuds offer up to five and a half hours of playback time, and the included charging case adds 16 hours of additional playback. The little oblong case charges over USB-C, has LEDs that indicate charge level, and has a quick charge feature that provides an hour of playback time with a 10 minute charge.

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Anker's Soundcore brand designed the Spirit Dot 2 earbuds to be water resistant, and they have an IPX7 water resistance rating. That's fairly high for earbuds, and means they're able to hold up to immersion in water up to a meter in depth for 30 minutes. The earbuds are advertised as having "SweatGuard technology" with an advanced sealing process and coating technology that protects them from moisture.

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All in all, for $79, the Soundcore Spirit Dot 2 earbuds are an affordable wire-free earbud option. They're not as good as the AirPods or AirPods Pro when it comes to comfort or functionality like pairing and device swapping, but they sound decent and offer a ton of bass for those who prefer that kind of sound profile.

Update June 12: Anker's Spirit Dot 2 earphones are now available at Amazon.

Article Link: Testing Anker's $79 Soundcore 'Spirit Dot 2' Wireless Earbuds
 
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GeoStructural

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I will never get used to those gums. The basic AirPods are the best I have tried in terms of comfortability for long-term usage... I am on the market for a new generation since mine are about 2 years old now, but only if they keep the same form factor.
 
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WBRacing

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I had no interest in Apple’s AirPods because of the price, but got something similar to these on amazon for $32, and they’re great.

Likewise. I bought the AP Pros and whilst the sound quality isn't anywhere as good as the cheap Amazon buds, the passthrough functionality was a major plus for me.

Sadly Apple has just ruined that with their latest firmware update, I now keep getting horrendous static/buzzing sounds in the right pod. It's not worth spending more than $79 on buds yet IMO. The technology/software isn't ready yet.
 
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kironin

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Looks like they copied Soundpeats Trueshift2 which are less than $50 and you can get them now on Amazon. I'm enjoying mine.
 
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an-other

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Generally a fan of Anker Products. Soundcore wireless buds are an exception. They do not live up to the IPX7 rating. I used them exclusively for the gym. The first pair failed after a month. Anker was awesome replacing them. The second pair lasted slightly less. Anker was a bit grumpy replacing them. The third pair lasted about the same, and the replacement process was unpleasant. Yes, the third pair failed. I chalked it up to lessons learnt.

Perhaps if you keep them away from moisture you'll be ok.
 
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Shout out to whoever used Red City Radio for the music in their promo images. Super underrated band 🤟
 
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Did I miss how the sound quality and microphones are on calls?

Barring any issues I love my 1st and 2nd gen AirPods, comfort wise, audio is pleasant and surprising good sometimes I’ll be watching a movie with them on and look around because the sound is too real and I think someone is behind me. Lol

that’s one example when they are good.
Not as good as AirPod pros for blocking out external noise.
Another plus for AirPods is the microphone for calls.
AirPods make me want to be on phone calls, or make it so pleasant that I prefer taking calls on them.

I don’t love the loose fit it terms of working out or moving around quickly.

As for these Ankers I’d love to try them.
Before AirPods I used to wear LG over the neck Bluetooth headsets. They were good but their microphones weren’t great, which means I would switch to the phone when a call came in. Not convenient.

I went though a bunch and tried them, cheap $10, $20, $30 Bluetooth headphones. All of them had connectivity issues, and/or audio quality issues.

my current go to are PowerBeats Pro, great microphones, ear hooks, good sound quality, audio control on both ear pieces.

my point is the cheap stuff never really cut it or lasted. So far the investment has paid off. Btw I don’t keep all of these headphones/earphones.

defective stuff got sent back and old AirPods etc gets gifted, sold, traded. I just need one good set. And right now that’s Powerbeats pro for me. Oh yes I also workout with them including inversions.😉
 
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WannaGoMac

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Did I miss how the sound quality and microphones are on calls?

Barring any issues I love my 1st and 2nd gen AirPods, comfort wise, audio is pleasant and surprising good sometimes I’ll be watching a movie with them on and look around because the sound is too real and I think someone is behind me. Lol

that’s one example when they are good.
Not as good as AirPod pros for blocking out external noise.
Another plus for AirPods is the microphone for calls.
AirPods make me want to be on phone calls, or make it so pleasant that I prefer taking calls on them.

I don’t love the loose fit it terms of working out or moving around quickly.

As for these Ankers I’d love to try them.
Before AirPods I used to wear LG over the neck Bluetooth headsets. They were good but their microphones weren’t great, which means I would switch to the phone when a call came in. Not convenient.

I went though a bunch and tried them, cheap $10, $20, $30 Bluetooth headphones. All of them had connectivity issues, and/or audio quality issues.

my current go to are PowerBeats Pro, great microphones, ear hooks, good sound quality, audio control on both ear pieces.

my point is the cheap stuff never really cut it or lasted. So far the investment has paid off. Btw I don’t keep all of these headphones/earphones.

defective stuff got sent back and old AirPods etc gets gifted, sold, traded. I just need one good set. And right now that’s Powerbeats pro for me. Oh yes I also workout with them including inversions.😉

I have a couple of this brand, one is the top of the line LIberty 2 Pro (which has 4 mics) which doesnt have great sound for telephone calls. It's very tinny according to people i speak with, acceptable though. The Anker are no where as good as the Airpod or Airpod Pro mics.
 
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