Oppo’s Enco lineup of true wi-fi earphones has been a comparatively quiet success for the corporate, and has acquired largely constructive suggestions from the group, together with myself. Whereas the premium Enco X2 headset is among the many finest that you could man for round Rs. 10,000 or so, the Enco Air collection is a little more of a hit-or-miss scenario. Whereas the common ‘Air’ variants have not fairly matched as much as the hype, the ‘Professional’ headsets have typically been good picks in the case of options and efficiency for the worth.
Following up on the considerably bizarre Oppo Enco Air 3 (which was launched in early 2023) is the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional. The successor to the Enco Air 2 Professional is significantly costlier at Rs. 4,999, however guarantees massive enhancements within the specs sheet and efficiency to make up for the rise in pricing, together with superior Bluetooth codec help and bamboo-fibre diaphragms for the drivers. Is that this sufficient to assist the Enco Air 3 Professional retain Oppo’s perceptional management of the price range true wi-fi phase in India? Discover out on this evaluation.
Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional design and options
We do not usually see large design modifications in generational updates in the case of true wi-fi earphones, and that is certainly the case with the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional. Aside from minor modifications, the Enco Air 3 Professional largely resembles the Enco Air 2 Professional to the purpose the place it is arduous to inform the 2 aside. The newer earphones can be found in a brand new inexperienced color choice which is not accessible on the Enco Air 2 Professional, although.
The earpieces of the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional have a stem design with rounded out sides throughout, and distinct ‘L’ and ‘R’ indicators reduce into the earpieces for simple visibility. Not like the essential Enco Air earphones which have an outer-ear match and no ANC, the Enco Air ‘Professional’ lineup includes a correct in-canal match, which permits for efficient energetic noise cancellation. The earphones are gentle and cozy, and include a charging cable and three pairs of silicone ear ideas of various sizes within the field.
As earlier than the controls are contact delicate, with frivolously indicated areas close to the highest of every earpiece stem. It is lower than excellent, as a result of the small measurement of the contact space makes it simple to make errors. You possibly can set varied gestures to regulate varied capabilities of playback, noise cancellation, voice assistant, and quantity, with totally different gestures able to being mapped to totally different capabilities.
It is a moderately detailed set with loads of room for customisation, however given the propensity for contact miscues, you would possibly wish to preserve it a bit easy and deactivate sure gestures similar to single-tap solely. Whereas I am not solely towards contact controls, the zone undoubtedly must be greater than what’s on the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional earphones.
The Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional earphones are IP55 rated for mud and water resistance, so you’ll use them for exercises safely, and even in considerably moist situations similar to gentle rain. The charging case of the headset has the Oppo emblem on the entrance, an indicator gentle slightly below the emblem, the USB Sort-C port for charging on the backside, and no pairing button.
You possibly can put the headset into pairing mode with a long-touch gesture on each earpieces on the identical time. Extra options on the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional embrace help for Google Quick Pair, app-based options similar to Oppo Alive Audio (virtualised Spatial encompass sound) and Golden Sound (customised frequency compensation primarily based on the precise listening to of every person).
Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional app and specs
The Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional expectedly options app and have customisation help, however the way it seems and is accessed will depend on the machine you are utilizing. For those who’re on a supported OnePlus or Oppo smartphone, you may see the ‘app’ showing within the Bluetooth settings of the cellphone, making for simple entry that visually matches the person interface utterly. For those who’re utilizing different units, the HeyMelody app affords entry to the total characteristic set on each iOS and Android.
Inside the app and settings, it is potential to entry varied options and customisation choices similar to equaliser presets, ANC ranges and personalisation, allow multi-point connectivity for as much as two units, find the earbuds with a loud noise, and conduct a match take a look at. You can even undergo the method and allow or disable Oppo Alive Audio (spatial encompass sound virtualisation) and Golden Sound (tailor-made sound profile primarily based in your particular listening to traits).
Multi-point connectivity labored effectively on an iPhone and Android machine concurrently. Bluetooth codec choice maxed out on each units and pleasantly allowed LDAC help on the Android smartphone, in contrast to on many different comparable headsets which restrict the codec to AAC when connecting two units concurrently. Connectivity was steady on the entire even with this enabled.
Notably, the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional makes use of a bamboo fibre diaphragm for the drivers, in contrast to the sometimes metallic diaphragms used on most earphones. The headset has 12.4mm dynamic drivers, a frequency response vary of 20-40,000Hz, and a sensitivity score of 107dB. For connectivity, the earphones use Bluetooth 5.3, with help for the SBC, AAC, and LDAC Bluetooth codecs.
Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional efficiency and battery life
Whereas Oppo’s price range lineup has sometimes been machine agnostic by way of efficiency, the Enco Air 3 Professional takes a giant step in setting itself up as made for sure units. Help for the LDAC Bluetooth codec is pretty extensive throughout Android units, and this ensures a significantly totally different sound high quality expertise when utilizing the earphones with an Android smartphone. Though the sound is not dangerous with the AAC codec (on iOS), there’s an audible distinction right here.
The Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional’s bamboo fibre drivers are touted as a significant factor in enhancing the sound high quality on the earphones, however I did not actually understand this as being the explanation for the development in efficiency. Sound high quality with the AAC codec and software program enhancements switched off appeared largely on par with what I’ve heard on similarly-priced true wi-fi headsets.
As an alternative, all of it comes right down to the software program implementations, for my part; LDAC Bluetooth codec help and the Golden Sound customised profile appeared to make a extra notable distinction in enhancing the sound high quality, as in comparison with the competitors. Certainly, there aren’t too many choices with LDAC help at below Rs. 5,000, so the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional stands out on this regard.
Coming to the sound high quality and efficiency itself, the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional makes use of its software program tips and codec help to ship a fairly balanced and detailed sound that’s admittedly uncommon within the price range area for true wi-fi earphones. Competing merchandise sometimes use an affordable degree of tuning alone to make a compelling pitch (heavy bass and the like), making Oppo’s method a bit extra distinctive.
The element ranges come on account of the clearly superior bandwidth dealing with capabilities of the superior Bluetooth codec, mixed with a somewhat good soundstage that gives a good quantity of spatial virtualisation. Listening to Dua Lipa’s Dance the Night time with the LDAC Bluetooth codec in operation, the sound felt spacious and gratifying, by no means pushing too arduous even at excessive volumes. As an alternative, the sound was encouraging, nearly as if it was getting me to attempt to select the weather.
This cheerful disco-inspired monitor from Barbie sounded neither too aggressive, nor to ahead, as an alternative placing the correct stability between drive and luxury. The lows did not hit too arduous, however this was solely a very good factor in a phase that’s dominated by earphones that include sometimes punchy and attacking bass.
A lot of this element is helped alongside by the Golden Sound enhancement, which conducts a listening take a look at to tailor the sound for particular listening to traits of the wearer. As soon as accomplished, the sound modifications a bit with the profile enabled; it sounded a good bit extra luxurious and open-feeling when enabled, and I normally stored it on after that.
Switching as much as the slower however extra hard-hitting Am I Dreaming by Metro Boomin’ from the Spider-Man: Throughout the Spider-Verse soundtrack, the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional was in a position to adapt and ship a bit extra rumble when wanted. Nevertheless, it additionally highlighted the very audible U-shaped sonic signature, with the mid-range significantly decrease in response than the lows and highs.
Talking of the highs, the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional appears to push these frequencies a bit an excessive amount of. I did not have a tendency to note it a lot at low volumes, however the sharpness was a bit tiresome at excessive quantity ranges. This largely will depend on what you are listening to — Dance the Night time revealed this, whereas Am I Dreaming did not fairly sound as harsh due to the monitor’s nature.
Energetic noise cancellation on the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional is pretty fundamental, and appropriate primarily for indoor use to cancel out fundamental family sounds and make listening only a bit simpler. It is helped alongside by moderately efficient noise isolation by means of the in-canal match, and customisable ANC modes additionally assist in optimising the efficiency for particular settings. I discovered the gentle mode to be essentially the most balanced and efficient indoors; the opposite modes did not notably assist in noisy out of doors eventualities.
Name high quality is first rate indoors and passable outdoor, however I did not discover the voice and microphone high quality ok to wish to use the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional for very lengthy calls or on-line conferences.
Battery life is suitable sufficient for a headset on this value phase; I received round 4 hours of listening on the earpieces and slightly over three fees from the case, when utilizing ANC and the LDAC Bluetooth codec, with the amount at across the 50-60 % degree. This translated to a complete run time of round 17-18 hours of listening per cost cycle — not distinctive, however not too dangerous both.
Oppo is among the many finest within the price range true wi-fi phase proper now, and the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional largely lives as much as the fame created by the model’s big selection of inexpensive TWS merchandise. That stated, at Rs. 4,999, it is a good bit costlier than earlier merchandise on this phase, and solely nearly classifies as a price range product primarily based on affordable definitions and value segmentation. The efficiency and options on supply do justify the pricing, so it is value a suggestion.
When you do get a good bit extra on the Oppo Enco Air 3 Professional than what competing merchandise supply for the worth, I would not go so far as to name it revolutionary or distinctive. Nonetheless, it is simply my decide for the most effective pair of true wi-fi earphones for Rs. 5,000, though I might be extra inclined to recommend choices such because the Oppo Enco Air 2 Professional and OnePlus Nord Buds 2, which provide a bit extra bang on your buck.