Seven Colors of Music: Edifier NeoBuds S Review - TWS Earbuds with ANC and Hybrid Drivers

By: Anry Sergeev | 07.10.2022, 13:09
Seven Colors of Music: Edifier NeoBuds S Review - TWS Earbuds with ANC and Hybrid Drivers

Edifier, a brand known for its affordable and great-sounding audio products, has done it again with the Edifier NeoBuds S. These true wireless earphones boast Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), hybrid drivers, and a 7-colored LED indicator, making them a fine choice for those who want the best of both worlds in terms of sound quality and features. The Edifier NeoBuds S also support ultra low latency (ULL) for mobile gaming, making them a great option for gamers who are looking for a high-quality audio experience. With so much to offer, the Edifier NeoBuds S are sure to be a hit with Edifier fans and newcomers alike.


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Edifier NeoBuds S are hybrid TWS headphones with dynamic drivers and complemented by Knowles balanced armature. Headphones are equipped with Snapdragon Sound and Qualcomm aptX Voice technologies, ANC noise reduction system up to -42 dB, dust and water resistance with IP54 protection rating. NeoBuds S can provide up to 25 hours of playback when combined with a charging case. Through the Edifier Connect app, you can personalize sound profiles, equalizer and other settings, as well as customize the 7-color LED indicator according to your preferences.
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5 Reasons to Buy Edifier NeoBuds S

  • The Powerful Combination of Hybrid Dynamic and Balanced Armature Drivers
  • -42dB Noise Cancellation with Ambient Sound Mode
  • Hi-Res audio standards (24bit/96kHz), Snapdragon Sound and Qualcomm aptX Adaptive support
  • Ultra Low Latency support for mobile gaming
  • 7-Colored LED Indicator managed by the Edifier Connect app for customization 

3 Reasons Not to Buy Edifier NeoBuds S

  • You plan to listen to music in Hi-Res and without loss
  • Earphones are not comfortable for you
  • You think that Colored LED Indicator or (and) ULL is excessive for you

What is in the Box

The packaging breaks the uniformity of TWS earphones: in addition to the charging case and USB cable (Type-C, of course), it includes a soft carrying case and seven (instead of the standard three) options of rubber ear cushions - XXS/XS/S/S/M/L/XL/XXL. Moreover, they all differ in color (why the hell didn't anyone think of this before? because now it's so easy to pair them up even if they suddenly fell apart).

Appearance

The Edifier NeoBuds S are available in black and have a modern, streamlined look. The earphones are constructed of plastic and feature a matte finish. 

The charging case is made of durable material that's stain-resistant and leaves no fingerprint marks. It has a smooth, natural feel to it, with the metallic surface adding distinction and movement. The indicator bar can light seven different colours (including red), which may be modified via the Edifier Connect App.

The charging case is made of durable material that's stain-resistant and leaves no fingerprint marks. It has a smooth, natural feel to it, with the metallic surface adding distinction and movement. The indicator bar can light seven different colours (including red), which may be modified via the Edifier Connect App.

Edifier Connect

With Edifier Connect App, you can personalize settings, access more functions and create a better experience with your earbuds. You can now manage your music, phone calls, and even customize the LED on your earbuds with just a few taps.

Hybrid Drivers Technology: Explanation

The goal of hybrid  earbuds is to create a sound with the best qualities from both dynamic and balanced armature drivers. The term "hybrid" was created as an example describing this technology, which combines two different types or technologies in order to produce beautiful sound. The balanced armature driver is typically found in higher-end earbuds and is known for its durability and exceptional sound quality. 

The Neobuds S Earbuds boast a hybrid driver with a Knowles balanced armature and 10 mm neodymium dynamic drivers. Knowles is a world leader in the manufacture of balanced armature speakers. These highly specialized elements, originally developed for critical applications such as hearing aids and other high-end equipment. As such, they offer improved fidelity over traditional dynamic ones because they are smaller but provide more power with less power consumption, making them ideal for any type of audio device you might use at home or at work.

The tiny tongue is balanced between two magnets, and the movement of this balance is transferred to the aluminum diaphragm for clarity of sound. They are free of unwanted resonances in the audio range, making them excellent earphones. With a hybrid earphone, you can enjoy the benefits of both balanced armature drivers and dynamic speakers. This configuration will provide clear highs without sacrificing bass or mid-range sounds.

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Hybrid Dynamic and Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers. Source: edifier.com

Edifier NeoBuds S in Use

I paired my new purchase to the iPhone and had a play. Wow! The sound was amazing – I could hear little details in it that before, when using other TWS-buds, weren’t clear at all due their poor quality speakers not doing what they should do which is let you know if someone calls or messages while playing music through them without any interruptions from other noises around us like phones ringing etc. The bass response also works pretty damn good; there's plenty of punchiness with each hit whether its an electric guitar part during garage band sessions.

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Noise Cancellation

The world is a noisy place and sometimes we just need to concentrate on our own thoughts. That's why NeoBuds S has an active noise cancellation technology that will let you enjoy your music or podcasts without being interrupted by outside sounds! The level of reduction can reach up -42 dB, making it perfect for those who want some peace and quiet when they're trying really hard at work (or school).

Ambient Noise Mode

This may sound like a crazy idea, but have you ever tried listening to your music with the volume down? It's really hard because we are typically used of having everything around us be louder than anything else. This includes other people talking or traffic noise in addition all sorts of environmental sounds such as birds chirping outside our window while someone is cooking lunch next door! If this has happened before then I'm sorry but there isn't much that can happen again since turning these things off completely would make life too dull for most people — thankfully though ambient mode helps solve both problems by letting listeners hear their surroundings without detracting from whatever song/metal mix podcast.

25-Hour Playtime (Actually, no) with Fast Charging

The manufacturer promises up to 25 hours of Edifier NeoBuds S earphones runtime with a charging case. In fact, we are talking about "greenhouse" conditions with noise cancellation turned off. Then the power (according to the specifications) should be enough for 6 hours. Another 19 hours of work should be provided by the charging case (3 full charges plus). In practice, with active noise cancellation and maximum volume, the charge was enough for 4 hours of operation. And three more times you could charge the earphones using the case. But even 10 minutes on a full charge in fast charging mode means 1 hour of music out of your earbuds before another charge is needed.

Ultra Low Latency for the Best Gaming Experience

Edifier's new NeoBuds S headphones were designed for gamers with ultra-low latency (manufacturer claims 89 ms). This means you won't miss a good sound due to connection lag or other distractions. But it's worth remembering that reduced latency comes at a price - sound quality suffers. However, during the game fuse, the lack of delay is more important than the quality of explosion and shooting sounds.

IP54 Dust and Water Protection

The Edifier NeoBuds S earbuds are ideal for a variety of activities, from working out to running. They are IP54 rated, making them resistant to dirt and water. The IP54 rating means that the device is protected against dust and water splashes, but allows limited penetration from all sides.

Edifier NeoBuds S Specifications
Dimension 10x10x6 mm
Weight 80 g
IP Rating IP54
Driver Knowles Balanced Armature Driver + 10mm Dynamic Driver
Frequency Response 20Hz~40KHz
Sound Pressure Level 92±3dB SPL (A)
Impedance 24Ω
Microphones 6 (3 on each earbud)
Microphone Sensitivity -36dB±3dB
Bluetooth V 5.2, SBC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX adaptive, Snapdragon sound
Battery Capacity 55mAh (earbuds) / 500mAh (charging case)
Fully Charged 1h (earbuds) / 1h (charging case)
Playtime ANC On: 5.5h(earbuds) + 16h(charging case)
ANC Off: 6h(earbuds) + 19h(charging case)

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  • Hybrid Dynamic and Balanced Armature Drivers
  • -42dB Noise Cancellation with Ambient Sound Mode
  • Hi-Res audio standards (24bit/96kHz)
  • Ultra Low Latency support for mobile gaming
  • 7-Colored LED Indicator managed bythe Edifier Connect app
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5 Things to Know about Edifier Neobuds S Earbuds

  • They are TWS earbuds (in-ear design)
  • They have Hybrid Armature Drivers: Hybrid Dynamic and Balanced Armature Drivers
  • Most of powerful sound technologies: ANC, aptX Adaptive, Ambient Sound Mode and so on are supported
  • Great for gamers for Ultra Low Latency support
  • Convenient option with 7-Colored customization by LED Indicator and rubber ear cushions

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