SuperEQ Q2 Pro Wireless Earbuds Review
SuperEQ Q2 Pro Wireless Earbuds
|Battery Life:||Noise Cancellation:||Waterproof:||EQ Presets:|
|8 Hrs||Yes (ANC)||IPX5||No|
The SuperEQ Q2 Pro wireless earbuds bring active noise cancellation to a price point that could be regarded as reasonable. The ANC performance is excellent, and because they come in different bud sizes, you can customize them to fit your ear canal size. We felt that the Q2 Pro’s volume was lacking and that a little bit more sound would have been necessary to fully highlight the subtleties in production.
If you are unfamiliar with SuperEQ, they are an OneOdio subsidiary brand. OneOdio’s products are geared toward studio headphones, whereas SuperEQ is more focused on the casual listener.
Although SuperEQ sells a variety of headphones, the SuperEQ Q2 Pro is the company’s only wireless earbud to date. It competes in a market that has grown significantly as a result of the widespread use of mobile devices.
I was interested to see how the Q2 Pro compared to the competition because I had recently reviewed a few earbuds of a similar design. With a price range of $50 to $60, the SuperEQ Q2 Pro is considerably less expensive than products like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, for example.
In addition to earbuds, a charging station, a user manual, and additional bud attachment sizes, the SuperEQ Q2 Pro is packaged in a small, straightforward turquoise box. The addition of different-sized bud attachments was appreciated. These attachments are now being offered by more businesses, and they significantly improve comfort, particularly for people with ear canals of unusual shapes.
The black charging station has a gold SuperEQ logo on top, and its design is fairly conventional. Three LED indicators are located on the front of the charging station to let you know how the earbuds are doing while they are charging and pairing.
The SuperEQ Q2 Pro’s earbuds themselves are accustomed to their design because they adhere to an earbud style that has become well-established in recent years. The gold trim along the top of the buds has aesthetic value because it gives them a slightly upscale appearance. Additionally, each earbud bears the same toned “S” for the SuperEQ brand.
Although the plastic used in the charging case’s design doesn’t feel particularly cheap, it doesn’t have the same solid feel as some of the other charging cases I’ve used. When opening the lid, there is a point where the hinge feels a little slack. This was the one thing that stood out the most. It’s just that there is a tiny gap on each side of the hinge, causing it to move by a few thousandths of a millimeter. This isn’t a big deal and shouldn’t have an impact on the overall quality. Although small, I did notice it when handling it.
Even though the case’s exterior has a matte finish, the interior, where the earbuds are held, is made of glossy material and, like the exterior, is similar to what we’ve come to expect from wireless earbuds. Despite being relatively light, the earbuds don’t feel overly cheap.
A USB-C charging port for the Super EQ Q2 Pro is located in the back of the charging station, which also houses a 370mAh battery.
Opening the case with the earbuds inside and using your mobile device to search for Bluetooth devices is all that is required to pair the earbuds for the first time. The procedure is slightly different if you’ve already paired them, and the manual instructs you to press the button (earbud) for 6 seconds with the case open to pair.
I had some trouble pairing it and couldn’t use the directions to pair it. Instead, I discovered that opening the charging case while my phone was scanning for Bluetooth devices, which I tried a few times, worked. I felt it was important to mention for transparency even though I couldn’t find this topic discussed anywhere else and it might be related to my source device.
It is important to note that after the connections were paired for the initial setup, I had no more problems with them.
I was a little let down by the volume levels when I first started listening to the SuperEQ Q2 Pro. My phone’s volume was already set to its maximum when I went to check that it wasn’t too low. All volume levels for the SuperEQ Q2 Pro earbuds are set by the source device because they lack a volume control feature of their own.
This raised serious concerns for me because, even at maximum volume, outside noise had a significant negative impact on the listening experience. At this point, I made the decision to see if the ANC provided would help to make the experience more audible.
The SuperEQ Q2 Pro’s active noise cancellation surprised me greatly in terms of quality. Recently, I reviewed a number of earbuds with ANC, and I believe the Q2 Pro’s implementation offered more benefits than those of higher-end brands. The absence of almost all external noise—mostly low-droning fan noises—made up for the diminished volume somewhat. I was at least able to hear the full range of audio frequencies without feeling like outside noise was competing with them.
The volume remained lower than I liked, and since there were no online complaints about it, I started to wonder about something more significant. What volume qualifies as loud enough for noise-canceling earbuds? Or is it just a case of the product I was testing having a manufacturing issue?
The Super EQ Q2 Pro may provide sufficient volume for most purposes, but I can see how the volume issue might become more apparent in loudly-populated areas where the ANC might find it difficult to completely block out competing noise, like on public transportation.
If you’re a bit of a bass head who enjoys cranking up EDM, you might feel as though the life of the track is missing. However, this lower volume works just fine for casual listening and works well with softer acoustic-driven songs, which can retain their essence at a lower volume. Without the personality that comes with a little bit more volume, the SuperEQ Q2 Pro offers a sonically wide sound.
The Q2 Pro will work perfectly for casual gamers when we consider how they perform while playing games. There are better options for gaming earbuds if you enjoy competitive first-person shooter games where learning even the slightest hint about the enemy’s location is crucial.
Overall, I was pleased with the sound quality, though I wish there had been a little bit more volume to suit my tastes. These problems are much less likely to bother you if you don’t listen to music at loud volumes.
The SuperEQ Q2 Pro accommodates more ear shapes than many comparable models that only include one size to fit all ears because multiple earpiece adapters are included. To be comfortable, I had to change it out for a smaller size.
The Q2 Pro was comfortable for moderately long periods of time when properly sized, in my opinion. Although I wouldn’t want to wear them for hours on end, I discovered that using them for up to three hours straight was not a problem.
I encountered no problems with the Super EQ Q2 Pro coming loose while exercising or doing housework. This makes the Q2 Pro suitable for use as a workout earbud and can even withstand some light rain when running, along with the IPX5 waterproof rating.
The Q2 Pro’s performance is respectable for an ANC earbud set that costs less than $70. However, this market is extremely competitive, with goods like the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro providing many of the same features at a comparable price.
My experience with these earbuds seemed to be very different from other online reviews, where some had complained about the ANC but where volume was never a problem. The ANC was among the best I’ve ever encountered, in my opinion.
However, the music never felt as though it could reach its full potential due to the insufficient volume levels, losing some of the mixing and mastering elements in the process.