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SoundLiberty 88 & 92 True Wireless Stereo Earbuds Review

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SoundLiberty 88 TWS Earbuds (left) - SoundLiberty 92 TWS Earbuds (right)

SoundLiberty 88 TWS Earbuds (left) - SoundLiberty 92 TWS Earbuds (right)

TaoTronics SoundLiberty Headphones Double Up on Quality

The SoundLiberty 88 & 92 True Wireless Earbuds are an AirPods & Galaxy Buds alternative that feature smart touch controls, Bluetooth 5.0, IPX8 waterproofing, and a magnetic battery case.

Each item is no more than $50 after discounts, which is considerably cheaper than top brands.

In addition the buds use high fidelity drivers to produce smooth, audio for clear trebles, mids, and deep bass. The 88's have extra features like auto ear detect and smart noise reduction that can block out extraneous sounds.

Unfortunately neither earbuds have ANC but they do have some form of passive noise cancellation. However without ANC they can last as long as 25-30 hours with the charging case at about 5 hours per charge.

The battery cases are fairly slim; the 88's case has 4 LED indicators with 2 side indicators for when the earbuds are charging and the 92's case has a single LED indicator and slightly better 30 hour battery life.

I've previously reviewed another SoundLiberty product and each delivered on sound quality, features, and durability. These are terrific headphones for budget-tight consumers and are worth checking out.

Please continue reading if you'd like a more detailed perspective on each pair.

SoundLiberty Product Information

ModelBH088BH092

Name

TaoTronics True Wireless Stereo Earbuds

TaoTronics True Wireless Stereo Earbuds

Price

$59.99 w/$10 off coupon

$39.99 w/10% off coupon

Color

Black

Black

Bluetooth

5.0

5.0

Audio Codec

SBC, AAC

SBC, AAC

Waterproofing

IPX8

IPX8

Battery Life

25hrs total w/case - 5hrs single charge

30hrs total w/case - 5hrs single charge

Single/Twin Mode

Yes

Yes

Active Noise Cancelling (ANC)

No

No

Smart Touch Controls

Yes - music/calls

Yes - music/calls

Auto Ear Detect

Yes

No

Smart Noise Reduction

Yes - cuts noise over 50dB retains 98% of voice w/200-3000Hz frequencies

No

Sound Tech

10mm High Fidelity Dynamic Drivers (deep bass, natural mids, clear treble)

13mm PU Drivers for Hi-Fi Audio

USB-C Charging Case

Yes - 4 LED Indicators w/2 side indicators for earbuds

Yes - single LED indicator for charging

Dimensions (case)

4.57 x 4.45 x 1.69"

2.2 x 1.97 x 0.98"

What's Included

TWS Earbuds - USB-C Charging Cable (A to C) - User Guide - Quick Start Guide

TWS Earbuds - USB-C Charging Cable (A to C) - User Guide - Quick Start Guide

SoundLiberty 92 True Wireless Earbuds Review

Despite being the cheaper of the two, the 92's still pack a punch when it comes to audio quality and consumer friendly features.

My favorite feature is the smart touch controls, which are about as responsive as you can get with budget earbuds. A few taps is all you need to control your music, incoming/outgoing calls, and voice assistant.

The next thing I appreciated was the nearly instantaneous single/dual mode switching. Unlike previous earbuds, you can easily use one or two earbuds without having to unpair and pair the buds again.

You simply take one or two buds out of the case and plug them into your ears to use. If you only want to use one, place the other bud back in the case and you're set.

Other notable characteristics include IPX8 waterproofing, which is fantastic for intense workouts, Bluetooth 5.0 for long range connectivity, and the USB-C case itself. The case is very petite and can easily slip into your pocket without worry.

Which Features Need Improvement

Not everything is great; you'll be sacrificing some notable highlights for the lower price including a lack of active noise cancellation, lesser grade bass and trebles, and no wireless charging for the case.

There were also no custom ear tips included, which was odd as every TWS headphones that I've tested had them.

Beyond that I felt the 30hr battery life with 5hrs per charge limit was okay but could've been better; at least give me a couple more hours per charge if you're not going to have ANC.

I'll also place the style and look of the buds in the neutral category. I prefer the more compact tips of the Galaxy Buds but at least the stems on the 92's don't appear distracting.

Overall these are a formidable pair of headphones that are more economical than the 88's and other headphones from Sony, Apple, Google, and Samsung.

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SoundLiberty 88 Smart Noise Reduction Earbuds Review

Very few things distinguish the 88's from the 92's but they're very important differences.

The biggest distinctions include:

  • Larger battery case with 4 LED indicators and 2 side LED indicators when earbuds are charging
  • Smart noise reduction tech which cuts ambient noise over 50dB and retains 98% of your voice over 200-3000Hz frequencies (improves call quality)
  • 10mm high fidelity drivers that amp up bass, natural mids, and trebles
  • 25hr total battery life with case vs 30hrs with the 92's
  • Auto ear detect which stops music when an earbud is removed and resumes when both earbuds are placed in ear excluding single mode

The biggest inclusions are the auto ear detect and smart noise reduction tech, which make the user experience that much more rewarding. For those two reasons alone I would select these earbuds over the 92's though you'll still be fine with either.

I personally prefer the other battery case because it's considerably smaller and more appealing to look at even though it lacks the LED indicators of the other case. The battery life is also slightly better on the other earbuds though it's not a significant difference.

The audio and call quality is very similar though I did notice slightly less interference with the 88's, and my Spotify tracks sounded a bit fuller though the contrasts were very minor.

If you're looking for an inexpensive wireless headphone experience that tags on a couple more features and greater volume, then the SoundLiberty 88 TWS Earbuds are the way to go.

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SoundLiberty 88 & 92 TWS Headphones: Final Review

All three SoundLiberty TWS headphones that I've tested thus far have exceeded my expectations when it comes to price, quality, features, and user friendliness.

The TaoTronics brand has been around for a long time and if they keep producing like this, then they'll easily be a top contender in the wireless headphone space.

I give the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 88 & 92 TWS Headphones 4.8 out of 5 stars.

You won't get much better quality for less than $50, and it's amazing how the brand continues to pack premium features without inflating the price. I thought the smart touch controls were excellent, the sound quality was very good, and the waterproofing was superb.

My only dings were for the lack of the ANC, which I'm a big stickler for, and the lack of custom ear tips on either headphone pair.

I won't deduct points for the absence of incredible sound because that's just not realistic with $30 to $50 headphones, and I could care less about the case not being able to wirelessly charge.

In the end these are another solid set of TWS headphones that I would absolutely recommend to those looking for a cheaper alternative. They work really well with calling and music playback and they're stylish enough to make you forget that they're not $300 headphones.

The SoundLiberty 88 and 92 TWS Earbuds are excellent low-cost headphones that will surprise audiophiles and turn the rest of us into wireless headphone enthusiasts.

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