The Edifier TWS330 NB True Wireless Stereo Earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation appear to have taken inspiration for their design from apples AirPods Pro. The design of the charging case and the earbuds themselves are quite reminiscent – though they are in a glossy black. The charging case has a USB-c socket for charging which is great for compatibility. The case charges up quickly. It doesn’t support Qi charging though, but pretty much everything I use has to charge over USB-C now so I’m never far away from a cable with power. The glossy black plastic is a fingerprint magnet. The earbuds battery life is more than the 2 hours I have been using them at a time; the charging case has recharged them.
Edifier includes 5 different size tips, and they are the soft style that I prefer for comfort to the hard rubber style. They are smoothly finished and quiet thing; they do have a rigid core Sadly I couldn’t get a good fit from any of them the middle tips that come fitted were best but they didn’t stay in my ears when walking let alone working out. Though for the latter that might be a good thing as the instructions warn off-putting wet earbuds in the charging case.
The sound with or without the noise cancelling is very similar. The ANC works fine on cancelling the sounds around my desk like the fan keeping me cool. If I switch the noise reduction on in the app the fan is absent from my noise; even at obnoxious speeds. Out and about the fit causes some issues; I can hear traffic. If I were sat on a plane I think they would do a decent job at removing the thrum.
The Edifier app makes controlling the touch functions of the earbuds very flexible; you can set functions for double and triple taps on either side. The app also lets you toggle noise reduction and ambient sound modes on and off. The ambient mode also lets you adjust the outside volume.
Edifier TWS330 NB True Wireless Stereo Earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation Review
Listening to music through the earbuds reveals the limits of their price. Playing music back it isn’t as cohesive as the earbuds I normally wear. Those cost 7x the price so I would hope that is the case. The biggest difference is that the bass sounds separated from the rest of the music; which makes it come over a little heavy.
Playing some dance music from Avicii it sounds better which led me down a genre test, and these headphones work quite well for rock and dance music where the bass gap doesn’t seem so pronounced. That said for the price they do sound fine and the ANC enabled you to keep the overall musical tone.
The microphones should be called out as they are very good; people were happy when I used them to make calls, and I found taking voice memos with them resulted in clear sounding memos.
Overall these are a nice alternative to pricier headphones. The ANC is as good as that on my Bose in earbuds at my desk – with 2 fans trying to mimic a plane; though out and about having them slide out of my ears all the time doesn’t help; the Bose headphones do a better job with more city noises even when the Edifier headphones are nicely seated.
As a package they work very well; musically they are good enough; unless you want super heavy bass. The microphones are especially good – better than the ones in my B&W headphones. The app makes it easy to configure the tap actions so you can get ambient noise on if you are in a shop via a couple of taps; or summon Siri. It’s a shame the app doesn’t have some EQ to try and dial in a sound that suits.
Overall, the Edifier TWS330 NB True Wireless Stereo Earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation are a very polished pair of earbuds.