The Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless are decent truly wireless in-ear headphones. Their sound profile is fairly well-balanced and should be suitable for most genres of music. They also use Bose's active noise reduction (ANR) technology to help block out the noise of engine rumbles and background chatter, though most of this is done passively and the ANR only helps marginally. Their case is a bit on the bulkier side, but it provides a total of 32 hours of battery life, which is excellent.
The Echo Buds are decent for mixed usage. These truly wireless in-ears should be decently comfortable for most people and have a well-built and portable design that makes them easy to take with you everywhere. While their case is a bit larger than some other truly wireless headphones, it provides a total of 32 hours of battery life, which is impressive. The headphones have a decently well-balanced sound profile suitable for most genres of music and are even stable enough for using while working out.
The Echo Buds are alright for neutral sound listening. While their sound profile is somewhat well-balanced, drums and bass guitars may lack a bit of kick. The treble range is also fairly inaccurate with some peaks and dips which may cause harsh and piercing sibilants (S and T sounds). Like all in-ears, they also don't have an open soundstage due to their design. On the upside, the Echo app has a 3-band graphic EQ to give you a bit of customization over their sound profile.
These headphones are great for commuting or travel. Like all truly wireless headphones, they're very small and portable, though their case is a bit on the bigger side. Their noise isolation performance is excellent, thanks to their active noise reduction (ANR) technology, so you won't hear the bus engine or background chatter during your daily commutes. They're fairly comfortable for in-ears, and those who don't mind headphones going into their ear canal should have no problem wearing them for extended periods.
The Echo Buds are great for sports. Even without their included stability fins attached, they stay in the ear well. When you attach the stability fins, however, they're even more stable and should stay in your ear even during fairly strenuous workouts. The earbuds themselves are quite small and portable, and even though their case is a bit bulky, they should still fit in most pockets or bags. The headphones are also rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this.
The Echo Buds are decent for office use. Most people should find them decently comfortable, though those who don't like the fit of in-ears may not be able to wear them for longer periods. Their noise isolation performance is excellent, and they will do an effective job at blocking out noisy coworkers. Unfortunately, a single charge will only get you about 5 hours of battery life, meaning you'll have to take a short break mid-day to charge your headphones.
These headphones are not recommended for wireless gaming. Since they're Bluetooth-only, they aren't compatible with Xbox One or PS4. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, they have extremely high latency, which makes them a bad choice for gaming.
The Echo Buds are Bluetooth-only and cannot be used wired.
The Echo Buds are mediocre for phone calls. Like most Bluetooth headphones, the microphone produces a muffled-sounding recording which lacks detail. They also have unremarkable noise handling, and the person on the other end won't hear you well in even moderately noisy environments.
The Echo Buds are very small truly wireless in-ear headphones that don't protrude much out of the ear. They look sleek with an all-black design that's a mix of matte and glossy plastic. The back of each earbud is glossy and houses their touch-sensitive controls.
The Echo Buds are decently comfortable for truly wireless in-ear headphones. They're lightweight and aren't too bulky, so they don't put too much pressure on the inside of your ear. Unfortunately, they enter the ear canal pretty deep, and those who don't like the fit of in-ears likely will find these uncomfortable. On the upside, they come with three different tip sizes, as well as three sizes of stability fins to help you get a comfortable and secure fit. If you want a pair of truly wireless headphones that are much more comfortable, check out the Google Pixel Buds 2020 Truly Wireless.
The Echo Buds' touch-sensitive controls are mediocre. The controls are all customizable through the Amazon Alexa app, which is nice, but they only allow for a double-tap and a long press on each ear, so you can't set many commands. Unfortunately, there's no option for volume control; you can set the four touch controls to play/pause, skip track forward or back, ANR or passthrough control, microphone mute, and your choice of Alexa or Google Assistant. The app is compatible with both Android and iOS. If you want headphones with better controls, the TOZO NC2 Truly Wireless are truly wireless in-ears that have volume controls.
Like most in-ear headphones, the Echo Buds are small and don't trap much heat inside the ears, making them a good option for sports as you shouldn't sweat more than usual while wearing them.
These truly wireless in-ear headphones are very small and can easily be tossed into a pocket or bag. Unfortunately, their case is a bit on the larger side and may be too large to fit in some pockets, especially if you wear tighter pants.
The Echo Buds' charging case is larger than a lot of other truly wireless headphones. While it should fit in most pant pockets, those who wear tighter pants may have a tougher time. Luckily, the larger case size is likely since it holds five additional charges, which is very good.
Note: Some people have mentioned having issues charging the earbuds in the case when the stability fins are attached, though we didn't notice this while testing our unit.
These headphones are made out of dense plastic and feel quite well-built and solid. They should be able to withstand a few accidental drops or bumps without sustaining too much damage and are even rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. The case feels decently well-made as well, with a solid-feeling hinge that shouldn't cause any problems. Since it's a charging case, you shouldn't get it wet, but it should be able to handle a few drops without getting damaged.
The Echo Buds are stable in-ear headphones that are a good option for most sports. They don't move much in the ear and even come with optional stability fins which makes them feel even more stable. These headphones should have no problem keeping up with you during even fairly strenuous workouts.
The Echo Buds have a decently well-balanced sound profile that should lend itself to a wide variety of music genres. It's worth noting that the IR sensor on these headphones didn't recognize our dummy head properly, which may explain the slight variation in low-bass from the right earbud. Overall, these headphones will sound fairly neutral, though they may lack a bit of kick from bass guitar and drums.
Due to the IR sensor not recognizing our test rig, we were only able to test these headphones once, and therefore were unable to test their frequency response consistency.
The Echo Buds' bass accuracy is great. While they're slightly overemphasized in the low and mid-bass ranges, they're flat with no peaks or dips. There's a dip in high-bass, however, which may make the bass sound thin. The uneven result from the right earbud in low-bass is likely due to testing difficulties.
The Echo Buds' mid accuracy is excellent. They remain mostly flat throughout almost the entire range, meaning that leads and vocals should sound present and well-balanced.
The Echo Buds' treble accuracy is alright. They have a slight overemphasis in low-treble and some noticeable peaks and dips in the mid-treble and high-treble ranges. This means that cymbals and sibilants (S and T sounds) may sound harsh and piercing.
The Echo Buds' peaks and dips performance is okay. While they're fairly well-balanced overall, the large peak in mid-treble makes some higher frequency sounds like cymbals and sibilants (S and T sounds) harsh and piercing. The small dip in high-bass may also dampen the bass sounds produced by instruments.
The Echo Buds' imaging is great. The group delay is below the audibility threshold, and the slight variance in low-bass is likely due to our testing difficulties and won't be audible to most people. The L/R drivers of our unit were also well-matched and didn't produce any gaps in the stereo image. Note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.
Like most in-ear headphones, the Echo Buds' soundstage is terrible. This is because activating the resonances of the pinna (outer-ear) is one of the key factors in creating a speaker-like and out-of-head soundstage, and the design of in-ears bypasses the pinna completely. Also, because of their closed-back design, their soundstage will be less open than that of open-back headphones.
The Echo Buds' weight harmonic distortion is decent. While most frequencies fall just within acceptable limits, the peak in mid-treble may cause those frequencies to sound harsh and impure. There's also no big jump under heavier loads, which is great.
Update 05/28/2021: Due to user error, we reported the wrong codec. We tested these headphones using SBC codec as the Amazon Echo Buds don't support aptX. We have updated our review to reflect this change.
These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid in this configuration.
Update 06/01/2021: We originally reported that these headphones have active noise cancelling (ANC). However, they use Bose's active noise reduction (ANR) technology. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of information available regarding the differences between both technologies. It's been reported that the Amazon Echo Buds' ANR performance target is set by Amazon and not Bose. Bose's ANC technology is also exclusive to their own products. That said, we still consider ANR as noise cancelling technology, but have updated our text to make this distinction more clear. The scoring of this test and our results haven't changed.
The Amazon Echo Buds' noise isolation is excellent. These headphones have Bose's active noise reduction (ANR) technology, and while this helps block out a bit of extra noise in the bass range (where engine rumbles sit). It's worth noting that these headphones block most ambient noise passively, even without ANR turned on. Overall, however, they block a good amount in all frequency ranges, making them a good choice for commuting or using at the office.
The Echo Buds' leakage performance is outstanding. They leak almost no sound, so you don't have to worry about bothering other people with what you're listening to. However, blasting your music in very quiet environments like a library still isn't recommended.
The Echo Buds' microphone's recording quality is disappointing. Speech recorded or transmitted with this microphone will sound muffled and lacking in detail.
Like most Bluetooth headphones, the Echo Buds' microphone's noise handling is mediocre. While the person on the other end of the line will hear you clearly in quiet environments, they'll likely have a harder time in loud environments, like a busy street or subway station. Take a look at the Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless if you want truly wireless headphones with a mic that better isolates your voice from background noise.
The Echo Buds' battery is decent. They get just over 5 hours of battery life off a single charge, which is decent for truly wireless headphones, but means they won't last a full work day without needing a recharge. Luckily, their case provides 5 additional charges, which is very good. They advertise being able to get 2 hours of playtime from a 15-minute charge, meaning if you take a small break, they should last you the rest of the day. They also auto-pause when removed from your ears, which should help conserve battery life, though unfortunately this cannot be turned off.
The Echo Buds' dedicated app is good. It allows you to customize the headphones' control scheme, adjust the amount of passthrough, and even gives you access to a basic 3-band graphic EQ. The app works for both Android and iOS and also has a tip fit test to help you find the right size silicone tip.
Like all truly wireless headphones, the Echo Buds are Bluetooth-only. Unfortunately, they don't support NFC or multi-device pairing, so you'll have to reconnect them when you switch between devices. Their latency is also very high at almost half a second, which will likely cause an audio sync issue when watching videos. They don't have another mode like that of the JLab Audio JBuds Air ANC Truly Wireless that can lower their latency either.
These headphones are Bluetooth-only.
The headphones are Bluetooth-only and can't be used wired. They come with a 3.3-foot micro-USB cable for charging their case.
The Echo Buds are Bluetooth-only and aren't compatible with PS4. They will connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs, though we don't recommend them for gaming due to their very high latency.
The Echo Buds are Bluetooth-only and aren't compatible with Xbox One.
The Echo Buds have a charging case that provides an additional five charges. It charges via micro-USB and, like all truly wireless headphones, has no other inputs.
The Echo Buds are truly wireless headphones with an impressive 32-hour total battery life. They use Bose's active noise reduction (ANR) technology to do an excellent overall job of blocking out background noise. However, most of this is done passively. We suggest taking a look at our recommendations for the best truly wireless earbuds, the best wireless earbuds, and the best noise cancelling earbuds and in-ears.
The Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are both decent truly wireless in-ear headphones. The Jabra are more comfortable, feel slightly better built, have better controls, a better microphone, and a longer single-charge battery life. On the other hand, the Amazon isolate much more background noise, and their case provides more charges, giving them a longer overall battery life.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are slightly better truly wireless in-ears than the Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, feel better built, have a much smaller case, and have a better noise isolation performance, thanks to their ANC. On the other hand, the Amazon have access to a 3-band graphic EQ and charge quicker.
The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are similar truly wireless in-ears to the Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless. The Sony have a better app, feel slightly better built, have a better-balanced sound profile, and last longer off a single charge. The Amazon, on the other hand, feel much more stable in the ear, have a longer overall battery life, and isolate ambient sounds much better.
The Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless and the Amazon Echo Buds Gen 2 Truly Wireless have different strengths, so you may prefer either, depending on your needs. The first generation Echo Buds have a significantly better noise isolation performance. Their case also holds roughly five extra charges, while the Gen 2's case only holds two. On the other hand, the Gen 2's case is more compact and charges with a USB-C connection instead of micro-USB. The earbuds are also smaller and more comfortable. The Gen 2's integrated mic has a much better recording quality as well.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are marginally better truly wireless in-ears than the Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless. The Samsung are more comfortable, have a more accurate and balanced out-of-the-box sound profile, a better microphone, and a much longer single-charge battery life. On the other hand, the Amazon isolate background sound much better thanks to their active noise reduction (ANR) feature and have a better app that includes a graphic EQ to customize your sound profile.
The Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the JLab Audio JBuds Air ANC Truly Wireless. The Amazon are more stable, have a more neutral sound profile, and comes with a companion app that offers a graphic EQ. Their active noise reducing (ANRC) technology can reduce more noise too. However, the JLab have better controls and their integrated mic offers better performance overall too. They also have lower latency when using their Movie Mode.
The Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless are slightly more versatile than the Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless. The Amazon buds have more consistent audio reproduction, a more effective noise isolation performance, a standby mode to preserve power. They also leak less audio. However, the Anker have a comfier fit, a fuller-featured companion app, lower Bluetooth audio latency, significantly better battery life, and superior microphone performance.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless are similar to the Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless for mixed usage. The Samsung are more comfortable, have a more accurate sound profile, and last longer off a single charge. On the other hand, the Amazon have active noise reduction technology, better controls, and more than double the total battery life, they also charge much quicker.