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The big thing right now is True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds. Recently I’ve been using the SuperEQ Q2 Pro active noise-canceling TWS earbuds. During the past few days, I’ve barely taken them off. This has led to a few chargings and some aggravations as well.
These earbuds were sent to us by our friends over at SuperEQ for an honest review, and today I finally make our verdict– Are they worth it? Below I’ll go over the Q2s and my experience with them and let you decide if they are worth your hard-earned money.
Opening the Box
Unassuming as it is, the box has its little charm to it. The earbuds are displayed over a solid cyan backdrop with their S logos prominently displayed on the lid. Below them is text proclaiming that inside, are in fact, the Q2 Pro Hybrid Active Noise-Canceling Wireless Earbuds.
Along the sides is other relevant information like compliancy and special features. On the bottom of the box, SuperEQ lists the specs for the Q2 Pro, which reads as follows:
- Driver Diameter:12mm
- Bluetooth Version: 5.2
- Play Time: 11 Hrs(ANC OFF)
- Play Time: 8 Hrs(ANC ON)
- Charging Time: 2 Hrs
- Charging Case Extends Playtime: 40 Hrs(ANC OFF)
- Charging Case Extends Playtime: 28 Hrs(ANC ON)
- Input Port: USB-C
- Battery Capacity: 270mAh
A little coaxing is required to open the telescoping box. Boxes like these tend to barely fit together and are very snug making them hard to open at times. But once open, you’ll find a matte black charging case that houses the earbuds within.
Under the retainer that holds the case is the user manual, a 10” USB-C charging cable, a baggie with two optional sizes of ear tips. These are good for people with smaller ear canals, but I found that the preinstalled ‘medium’ size worked best for me.
Thanks to its pictures and easy-to-understand instructions, the user manual is simple to follow. This made the pairing process effortless, and I was up and running in no time.
I was glad SuperEQ used USB-C charging technology with the Q2 Pros. USB-C provides faster charging and is reversible, so you don’t have to worry about which way you plug the cable in. I wish it was a little longer, though.
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I was wearing the SuperEQ Q2 Pro earbuds as I sit here writing this review article, and I must say, they aren’t too bad. But, the first thing I notice is how they are nowhere near as loud as I would like. When I am listening to music, I like it loud, and the volume level of these earbuds is woefully under my listening volume preference.
Along with loud music, I like bass, and not just “bass” but BASS. I was disappointed with the amount of bass coming from the SuperEQ Q2 Pro earbuds. While it’s there, it feels more like an approximation of bass than anything else.
Now, I didn’t expect my eardrums to be walloped by deep intense bass using a pair of earbuds, but I would have liked just a little bit more than what these have to offer.
The highs are pretty mellow, which is nice because nothing ruins a good listening experience as thoroughly as harsh treble piercing your eardrums. This also helps reduce sibilance, which is a big deal for me. Sibilance is a harsh noise that sometimes accompanies S sounds.
Not everyone is susceptible to its sting, but for me, I can’t stand it. Even though I was able to notice a very slight sibilance, it didn’t give me much trouble. Probably because I couldn’t crank up the volume as high as I usually would.
Overall, I’d say the SuperEQ Q2 Pros sound a little washed out. Everything is muddy and unpronounced. For the price of these earbuds, I expected the audio quality to be a bit more refined and enunciated. But at least they’re comfortable and sound decent overall.
I was impressed with the Active Noise-Canceling (ANC), though. With a total of four microphones–two in each earbud–the SuperEQ Q2 Pros can actively listen to the world around you and block out the hustle and bustle of daily life.
The ANC technology built-in to the SuperEQ Q2 Pros detect soundwaves coming in from the outside and invert those waves and feed them back into your ears, effectively canceling out up to 90% of the ambient noise around you.
This worked so well during my testing that I have concluded that it can be downright dangerous in certain situations. For example, I decided to try out the ANC while riding our lawnmower. And I could barely hear it at all. If they can block out my loud Husqvarna lawn tractor, then they could potentially block out sounds that would alert me to danger.
Due to the impressive noise-canceling, I can’t recommend anyone use the feature while walking down a busy sidewalk. You may not be able to hear any warnings before something bad happens. Situational awareness is important, so only use this feature when it’s safe to do so.
Additionally, the transparency feature is also very good. Using the same microphones, the Q2’s transparency mode listens to and feeds the outside sounds in through the speakers so you can hear the world around you without taking out the earbuds.
This comes in handy in places like the busy sidewalk we mentioned earlier and while conversating with someone nearby.
Not only do these microphones listen to ambient sounds, but they can also be used for phone calls. During my testing, I used them to conversate with friends on Discord and took a few calls, and they were able to hear me without issue.
My voice came through clearly and consistently. However, it lacked all bass and sounded tinny. It was like listening to someone on a walkie-talkie or HAM radio, just without the static.
Comfort & Quality
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The matte black charging case is simple yet attractive. On the lid is the muted-gold SuperEQ Logo and on the bottom is the model number and compliancy information. Additionally, on the front are three small LEDs to indicate charge and connection status.
The whole ensemble is sturdy and made of high-quality plastics. I even dropped it a couple of times onto our tile flooring by accident, and it didn’t even leave a scratch.
When you open the case, you are presented with the earbuds resting in their receptacles with their gold S logos facing you, reminiscent of the box’s cover. Each earbud is matte black except on the backplate, which is glossy black and has a golden ring encircling the S emblazoned there.
Each earbud is labeled R and L to ensure they are worn properly. Additionally, two brass plates line up with the brass pins in the charging receptacle. So all you have to do is drop them into their respective holsters, and they will charge automatically, as long as the case is charged, that is.
Being lightweight helps the awkward design of the earbuds. SuperEQ decided not to follow Apple with their Airpod design as many others have. Instead of a stem, the SuperEQ Q2s have a somewhat teardrop shape and stick out of your ear a little, rather than hang down from it.
They look pretty good all-in-all but have a slightly bulky look to them. Despite their somewhat beefy appearance, the SuperEQ Q2 Pros are pretty comfortable, and I barely notice them in my ears.
Something else worth noting is the Q2s can be a little awkward to remove due to the bulbous design. I ended up dropping them several times throughout my testing when taking them out of my ears. Maybe it’s a design flaw, maybe I am just clumsy, but they seem a little slippery.
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With one-step paring, it’s effortless to connect to the Q2s. All you have to do is open the case and wait for the lights to turn blue. Then you will be able to pair them with your phone or other devices. In addition, once paired for the first time, the earbuds will automatically connect to your device as soon as you open the charging case.
I was surprised by the clarity of the microphone. The SuperEQ Q2 Pros use CVC (Clear Voice Capture) technology to ensure the person on the other end can hear you clearly. This blocks out background noise quite effectively. The mics did not pick up things like vehicle traffic and wind during my testing, only my voice.
Further, the SuperEQ Q2 Pros are touch-sensitive, just touch and hold the circled S on the back to change between ANC and transparency modes. Besides that, you can skip tracks forward and back by tapping the right and left and right earbuds respectfully. And tap three times to activate your phone’s virtual assistant.
Admittedly, I had some trouble with the touch feature not doing what I wanted at times. If I listened to music while using Discord and tried to pause the music using a single tap, the earbuds would totally disconnect all audio.
Weirdly enough, I would still be able to control the music with the Q2s, but it would play out of my phone instead of the earbuds. When this happened, I had to go into my Bluetooth settings on my phone and forget the Q2s before they would pair and work like normal.
I am not exactly sure what was going on there, but it was pretty annoying. I use Discord almost constantly to stay in touch with friends and family from all over the world, and not having complete control of my audio was a frustrating experience. Enough so that I ended up forgoing the Q2s for such activities.
Lastly, the SuperEQ Q2 Pros are backed by a 24 months limited warranty. Two years is a respectable amount of time for electronics, especially heavily used electronics like earbuds.
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Are The SuperEQ Q2 Pro Earbuds Worth It?
If I had paid for these earbuds, I would be content but not thrilled. Listed on the SuperEQ website for $59.99USD, the SuperEQ Q2 Pro earbuds are a good deal as far as noise-canceling TWS earbuds go. But have very little else going for them.
I have paid less for better overall audio quality from other companies that make wireless earbuds–such as Skullcandy or Blackweb’s neckband earbuds. Which are budget-friendly options, albeit not TWS or ANC. If either of those matters to you when looking for earbuds, these will probably do the trick.
If you feel like giving the Q2 Pro earbuds a shot, SuperEQ currently runs a buy 1 get 1 free promotion on their website which essentially drops the price to $30 per each. And that, in my opinion, is a really good deal.
In the end, the SuperEQ Q2 Pro earbuds are decent. They are made of high-quality materials and produce adequate sound, but I wish they were louder. With ANC turned on, I was able to hear the music very clearly and consistently, which helped lessen our angst, but again, not as loud as I would have liked.
I also was unimpressed with the bass, or lack thereof. It’s extremely muted and muddy and makes some of my favorite songs lose all life. For you fellow bass heads out there that are all about that bass, the SuperEQ Q2 Pros have almost none to speak of.
The only thing we were genuinely impressed with was the active noise-canceling. Sure, the ANC and transparency modes are nice and work well, but the audio quality isn’t there. While clean and crisp sounds flow out of these earbuds, I miss the bass of my other headphones and even our Skullcandy’s.
I am legitimately on the fence here. On the one hand, the SuperEQ Q2 Pro earbuds are affordable for TWS earbuds and very comfortable. But on the other hand, all life to the music being played is lost. The touch features are finicky, and the microphone output is just meh.
Our final verdict is the SuperEQ Q2 Pro ANC earbuds are OK. Their audio isn’t anything special but does an excellent job with their active noise-canceling. If you’re curious to try a pair of TWS ANC earbuds but don’t want to break the bank, then the SuperEQ Q2 Pros would be a decent introductory into the tech, especially with the BOGO deal currently going on.