Nothing Ear (2) Review: Is It Worth The Price?
How’s it going, fellow audiophiles? I’m stoked to give you an in-depth look at the highly anticipated Nothing Ear (2) earbuds.
So, do you remember Nothing Ear (1) wireless earbuds? They hit the market with a bang last year, wooing audiophiles with their pocket-friendly price tag of Rs 5,999 (although the price later went up to Rs 7000). Now, brace yourself for the latest offering from Nothing- the Ear (2), priced at Rs 9,999.
These earbuds boasting a rather unique transparent design are touted to be the epitome of luxury and class, promising to pack a punch with their advanced features. But, before we dive into the juicy details of Ear (1), I have a bone to pick with the makers of Nothing. So, let’s put our thinking caps on and explore the world of Nothing Ear 2, shall we?
Nothing Ear (2) vs Nothing Ear (1) Design Changes
Let’s begin our the Nothing Ear (2) review – the latest and greatest earbuds on the block! At first glance, you might not notice a huge difference in the design compared to its predecessor, the Ear (1). But take a closer look, and you’ll see that the case has undergone some pretty nifty changes, including a more compact frame and a smaller dimple on the top. Plus, the hinge now boasts a sleek metal build that’s sure to hold up over time. And speaking of durability, the white plastic now has a simpler, more polished look that’s less prone to scratches.
As for the Nothing Ear (2) wireless earbud themselves, they might look almost identical, apart from the new branding, but there are a few subtle tweaks that make a big difference. For one thing, they’re ever so slightly lighter, but still comfy as ever – I could wear these babies for hours on end with no discomfort. The mic position has also been moved to the case for better sound quality, which is a nice touch. And let’s not forget about the all-important IP rating – the Ear (1) had splash resistance (IPX4), but the Ear (2)s take it up a notch with an IP 54 rating which means they’re also resistant to dust. Hello, beach days and outdoor workouts!
All in all, the Ear (2)s might not look like a radical departure from the Ear (1)s, but don’t be fooled – these earbuds are packed with thoughtful design touches that make them stand out from the crowd.
Nothing Ear (2) Brings You New Pinch Controls
Say goodbye to touch controls and hello to pinch controls with Nothing Ear (2)! The Nothing Ear (1) had impressive touch controls on the earbuds that worked like a charm, but Nothing Ear (2) takes it up a notch with its pinch controls.
The Ear (2) boasts four sensors that make controlling your music experience an absolute breeze. A single pinch pauses and plays music with a satisfying click sound to confirm the action. A double pinch change tracks effortlessly, while a double pinch and hold adjusts the volume. Need to change your noise cancellation mode? It’s as easy as a pinch and hold.
Overall, the controls work flawlessly, although it’s worth noting that there wasn’t much need to improve on the already amazing controls of the Ear (1). Pairing the earbuds is simple too, with Google Fast Pair support for Android phones and Microsoft Swift Pair support for Windows. Plus, Nothing Ear (2) has wear detection, allowing you to remove the earbuds and have your music automatically paused, then resumed when you put them back on
Enjoy a seamless, hands-free music experience with Nothing Ear (2) pinch controls!
Experience The Most Stable Dual Connection With Your Nothing Ear (2) Earbuds
One of the coolest new features in the Nothing Ear (2) earbuds is the dual connection capability without compromising audio quality. This means you can pair both your phone and PC at the same time. Imagine you’re streaming a video on your computer, and then your phone rings.
With these earbuds, you can easily answer a phone call and start chatting without any fuss. And when you’re ready to switch back to your computer, the earbuds intelligently and seamlessly make the switch for you. It’s like having a personal assistant in your ears!
But it’s not just about convenience. The Nothing Ear (2) earbuds also come with a low lag mode, perfect for gamers. When you use the game mode on your Nothing Phone (1), the earphones automatically switch to low lag mode, ensuring a smooth, seamless gaming experience. And there are no latency issues to worry about!
Another nifty feature of these earbuds is “Find My Buds.” It’s always annoying when you misplace your earbuds, but with this feature, you can easily locate them using your phone. So no more tearing apart your house in a frantic search for your beloved earbuds!
All in all, the Nothing Ear (2) earbuds are not just chic and stylish, they’re also packed with impressive features that add value to your everyday life. Whether you’re on a Zoom call or battling it out in your favorite game, you can trust that these earbuds will deliver a top-notch audio experience.
How’s The Nothing Ear (2) Sound Quality?
Let’s move on to the juicy stuff, my friends: sound quality. Now, the Ear (2) boasts the same powerful 11.6mm drivers as its predecessor, but with an all-new dual chamber design that results in crystal-clear sound and a meatier diaphragm for that added oomph. To top it off, it’s also high-res audio certified and supports the coveted LHDC 50 codec. And let me tell you, as someone who had nothing but love for the Ear (1), I came into this expecting big things. And boy, did I get them.
The Ear (2) just oozes sophistication and refinement in its sound signature; songs that sounded great on the Ear (1) now sound downright spectacular. Clarity is off the charts, and the bass is punchier than ever (not as good as Samsung Galaxy Buds or OnePlus Buds Pro but definitely comparable). And don’t get me started on the max volume – it’s a complete game-changer.
The only downside is that sound leakage has increased a tad, but that’s a minor caveat compared to the overall aural bliss these beauties provide. And rest assured, even at max volume, there’s nary a hint of distortion to be found.
Nothing X App
Plus, I really like what you could do with the Nothing X Android app. You can choose from these different sound signatures in the equalizer settings, there’s balanced, more bass, more treble voice, or you can set things to custom this handy. And I absolutely love the Haptic feedback you get when changing these levels.
I mean, we generally don’t talk a lot about these companion apps, but the Nothing X app is actually very well-designed. The animations are smooth, the Haptics, like I said, are really fun and I enjoy using this app.
Personalized Sound Profile
Now let’s dive into the exciting new feature of the Nothing X App – the personalized sound profile for your ears! This is seriously awesome, guys!
First things first, the app takes you through an ear tip fit test to ensure that the ear tips fit snugly and create a proper seal. Then comes the hearing test, where you get to choose which frequency points you want to hear or not hear. Yes, it takes a bit of time, but trust me, it’s totally worth it!
With Nothing, you get a unique hearing ID that’s personalized just for you. This means that your audio experience with your Bluetooth earbuds becomes more immersive, and you’ll catch every little detail, even at lower volumes. And let me tell you, this is not a gimmick, folks!
When I created my sound profile, I was blown away by how much richer and more detailed the audio became. So, trust me, and give it a try! You won’t regret it!
So, let’s talk about Nothing Ear (2)’s Hi-Res Audio feature. As you already know, this little gadget is certified for high-res audio, and boy does it deliver!
We decided to test it out by playing some LHDC tracks on it, and let me tell you, the clarity was out of this world! Of course, it’s important to note that your phone must have the LHDC Corey feature for this to work. Nonetheless, we were blown away by the sound quality! Nothing Ear (2) is definitely a must-have for any music lover out there!
Active Noise Cancellation of Nothing Ear (2)
Now let’s move to ANC. I gotta say, I wasn’t wowed by the active noise cancelling capabilities of the Nothing Ear (1), but the Ear (2) has definitely upped its game. The ANC on these bad boys is just more effective, you know what I mean? It’s like you’re in your own little world with the noise-cancellation turned on. I wouldn’t say they’re the absolute best earbuds for ANC out there, but they’re definitely a step up from their predecessor.
Plus, you get more ANC modes to choose from, including the new adaptive ANC feature which actually adjusts to the ambient noise around you. And let’s not forget about the sound quality – it’s just so darn good. There’s even a personalized ANC feature, which you can set up to your liking, although for me personally, I didn’t notice a huge difference.
All in all, Nothing Ear (2) ANC definitely gets a thumbs up from me.
The mics – the tiny pieces of tech that help you take calls and talk to digital assistants – haven’t seen a lot of updates in the latest version. There are still three of them, but they’ve moved around a bit.
In our experience, the Ear (2) mics are pretty similar to the ones in the Ear (1) – which is good news for anyone who liked the first version’s mic performance. Indoors, you’re in great shape. Outdoors, things are still pretty decent. As for battery life, there’s some give-and-take.
The keys battery has taken a bit of a hit – dropping from a beefy 570 MH to a more modest 485 MH. Meanwhile, the earbuds’ battery has seen a small uptick – going from 31 MH to 33 MH.
Battery & Charging
Okay, so here’s the deal with the battery life on these Nothing Ear (2) earphones. According to the brand, you’re supposed to get 6 hours of use out of them with the ANC off and up to a total of 36 hours with the case. But here’s the thing – when I actually use them with the noise cancellation cranked up or in transparency mode, with the volume turned up pretty high, I still managed to get about 4 hours of battery life out of them. Not too shabby, right? In fact, I actually got more than 4 hours a few times, which is pretty close to what Nothing claims.
When it comes to charging, the Ear (2) earphones do have fast charging support. If you’re short on time, just 10 minutes of charging with ANC off will give you a whopping 10 hours of playback time! And if you prefer to go wireless, you’ll be happy to know that wireless charging is supported too.
The CON of Nothing Ear (2)
Now, there is a bit of a downside to these buds that I should mention. You see, the case itself is a bit prone to scratches. Even though it looks like Nothing tried to make some improvements in this area, our Ear (2) case already has a few dings and scratches. Honestly, it’s starting to make me a little nervous that it’s going to end up looking like our beat-up Ear (1) case before too long.
So here’s my final verdict: the Nothing Ear (2) is a serious upgrade from the previous model. I mean, first of all, the design still looks futuristic and cool with its transparent casing. But the real game-changer is the improved sound quality and active noise cancellation (ANC).
The earbuds also come with handy features like dual connection and personalized sound profiles, which can make your listening experience feel tailored to your preferences. Plus, the battery life is on par with many other true wireless earbuds out there. And let’s not forget about the Nothing X app – it’s actually pretty fun to use!
Overall, I’ve been really impressed with these earbuds and would definitely recommend them to my friends. But hey, that’s just my opinion. What do you guys think of the Nothing Ear (2)? Let me know in the comments below!
Written by Johnathan Abram