The Anker SoundBuds Sport are decent in-ear headphones with a stable wireless design. They maintain their position during physical activities, like running, and are surprisingly good at blocking ambient noise. Unfortunately, they have poor sound quality, which could be a deal breaker for some.
- Good passive noise isolation.
- Stable fit.
- Minimal leakage.
- Poor, uneven audio reproduction.
- In-ear fit is uncomfortable for some.
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The Anker SoundBuds decent-looking sports headphones that offer an incredibly stable fit. They're wireless and don't slip out of your ears even while running and jumping, which makes them ideal to use in a gym. However, the in-ear fit could get uncomfortable for some, and their audio control scheme is cramped and slightly frustrating to use.
The Anker SoundBuds have a typical in-ear fit that may not be comfortable for everyone. They offer a variety of tips to improve comfort and a better fit, but if the in-ear design causes you discomfort, then these headphones will most likely do the same.
Button layout and functionality are average at best. These headphones offer call/music, track-skipping, and volume controls but the corresponding buttons have dual functionality and are cramped on the earbuds. They also feel a little flat and don't have good tactile feedback, which is disappointing
The SoundBuds are designed to be used during sports and physical activity. They successfully maintain their position even while running or jumping and are ideal for use at the gym. They also offer a few stability tips that help improve their in-ear fit, and the wireless design ensures that they will rarely get hooked on something and be pulled out of your ears.
These headphones are incredibly portable. The in-ear buds are not much larger than typical in-ear buds for a wireless design. They also fold up into a very compact format. They can be easily stored and carried in a pocket, purse or bag.
Build quality is decent. The earbuds are sufficiently dense and lightweight, to not get damaged by a couple falls. The linking audio cable is also rubberized. They're well-built in-ear headphones, but the exposed audio cable could get damaged through regular wear and tear, and could be a little thicker. Also, the earbuds will crack under moderate-to-heavy physical stress because of their mostly plastic build.
The Anker SoundBuds Sport are a sub-par sounding pair of closed-back in-ear headphones. They have a poor bass, and a mediocre mid-range, but a good treble. Additionally, their bass lacks sub-bass and is very boomy sounding, their mid-range is cluttered and muddy, and their treble is uneven. Also, like almost all closed-back headphones, they lack an open and spacious soundstage.
The Anker sound buds isolate listeners surprisingly well. They do not have any active cancellation yet they block a lot of ambient noise with the seal of their in-ear fit. They fair well in loud environments and can handle the level of ambient noise of a regular commute or a gym. They also barely leak any sound and won't disturb the people around you even at high volumes.
Good isolation, and considering that the isolation is provided passively, the results are quite impressive. In low-bass and bass, they consistently provide a minimum of 8dB of isolation which, is more than what a lot of active noise cancelling headphones are capable of. Although they lose their effectiveness between 120Hz and 350Hz, the amount of isolation they provide above 350Hz is the most we have measured so far.
Excellent leakage. These in-ears are one of the quietest headphones we have measured. There is virtually no sound leaking below 1KHz and above 5KHz, and the amount of leakage that does happen between 1KHz-5KHz is barely noticeable.
- 100% SpNR
The SoundBuds Sport have a relatively short battery life. It should be enough power for a workout session at the gym but won't be ideal if you plan on using them throughout the day. On the upside, they charge quickly and have a relatively fast wireless connection but a somewhat short wireless range.
The SoundBuds have a below-average wireless range. They won't be ideal if you have a big house or work in a large office with a lot of walls as their range is barely stable beyond 25ft. This is probably due to the very small size of the ear buds limiting the space available for a more powerful Bluetooth receiver. They're also not the easiest to pair and they don't offer NFC.
The SoundBuds Sport have a below average battery life. They only have last about 3 hours when playing audio continuously. However, on the upside, they charge pretty fast and can also continue streaming audio when plugged into to a power outlet which could be practical if you're at your desk at the office. Unfortunately, the short battery life and lack of power saving features makes the overall battery performance subpar.
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In the box
- Anker SoundBuds Sport Headphones
- Earbud tips (x2 sizes)
- Stability tips (x2 sizes)
- USB charging cable
- Carrying pouch