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SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Nov 26, 2020 at 09:49 am
SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
6.8
Neutral Sound
7.1
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
5.0
Wireless Gaming
5.0
Wired Gaming
5.7
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are budget-friendly truly wireless headphones. They're sturdily built and fairly comfortable, with a stable in-ear fit that should stay in place even during intense workouts. Their bass-heavy sound profile is best-suited for genres like EDM or hip-hop, but it shouldn't overwhelm more delicate mixes. Unfortunately, they have very short battery life and do a middling job of reducing background noise. They also don't have any sort of sound customization options. Still, they're a good option if you're looking for basic truly wireless headphones that can be worn day-to-day or to the gym.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are okay for mixed usage. Their short continuous battery life and sub-par bass-range ambient noise isolation performance lessen their suitability for long commutes or trips. That said, they're very portable and reasonably comfortable to wear for extended periods. They're stable enough for sports and have a bass-heavy, but not overwhelming, sound profile that should suit different kinds of content. Unfortunately, their integrated microphone delivers poor recording quality and struggles to isolate your voice from background noise.

Pros
  • Sturdy, lightweight design.
  • Fairly low latency on mobile devices.
Cons
  • Short continuous battery life.
  • No sound customization options.
6.8 Neutral Sound

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are alright for neutral sound. They deliver audio very consistently and have a slightly overemphasized bass response that adds warmth and body to some mixes without completely muddying vocals or lead instruments. Their decently well-balanced treble range should yield clear and detailed vocals and lead instruments, but some listeners may find sibilants to be alternatively dull and piercing. Unfortunately, they don't have any customization features to adjust their sound profile and have a very closed-off soundstage.

Pros
  • Consistent audio delivery.
Cons
  • No sound customization options.
7.1 Commute/Travel

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are a decent choice for commuting and traveling. They're small enough to be tossed in a pocket or a bag, and they have decently low latency on mobile devices if you want to stream videos on your way into the office or to class. That said, they do a terrible job of filtering out sounds like the rumble of bus or plane engines, and you may need to put them back in their case to recharge during longer trips.

Pros
  • Sturdy, lightweight design.
  • Fairly low latency on mobile devices.
Cons
  • Short continuous battery life.
  • Barely reduce bass-range ambient noise.
8.1 Sports/Fitness

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are a great option for sports and fitness. They have a sturdy, lightweight design that should stay in place even during intense workouts as well as a fairly complete control scheme that should let you make a myriad of adjustments while you're on the go. They're even rated IPX7 for water resistance, though we don't currently test this.

Pros
  • Stable fit.
  • Sturdy, lightweight design.
Cons
  • Short continuous battery life.
6.4 Office

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are passable for office use. Their in-ear fit is decently comfortable and allows very little audio to escape, so you can listen to your music at high volumes without fear of disrupting nearby coworkers. Despite their poor noise isolation performance in the bass range, they do a decent job of filtering out background chatter from people nearby. Unfortunately, their continuous battery life of under four hours may not last you throughout a day at work without a recharge in their case.

Pros
  • Fairly low latency on mobile devices.
Cons
  • Short continuous battery life.
5.0 Wireless Gaming

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 aren't suitable for wireless gaming due to their high audio latency with Bluetooth-enabled PCs and incompatibility with Xbox One or PS4 consoles.

5.0 Wired Gaming

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired.

5.7 Phone Calls

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are middling for phone calls. Their integrated microphone makes your voice sound thin and muffled. It also struggles to isolate it from even moderate background noise, so people on the other end of the line may struggle to understand what you're saying if you're in a crowded spot. Their sub-par noise isolation capability, particularly in the bass range, may also result in you being unable to follow what's being said if you're on a bus or passing by a construction zone.

Pros
  • Consistent audio delivery.
Cons
  • Barely reduce bass-range ambient noise.
  • Poor mic recording quality.
  • Middling microphone recording quality.
  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Neutral Sound
  • 7.1 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.4 Office
  • 5.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.0 Wired Gaming
  • 5.7 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 look very similar to their predecessor, the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless. They protrude a little less from the ears and have a new stylized manufacturer logo, but their all-black color scheme is unchanged. Overall, they don't stand out nearly as much as other truly wireless earbuds, such as the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless, which come in a variety of vibrant color schemes.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are decently comfortable. They're very lightweight, and their ear tips don't enter your ear canal too deeply. They come with an assortment of differently-sized stability wings, which should help ensure a secure fit for most users. Unfortunately, using their controls forces the buds deeper into your ears, which can be somewhat uncomfortable.

6.4
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 have a passable physical control scheme. It's an improvement on that of the older SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless due to the addition of volume controls. Clicking once on either bud pauses and plays media or answers and ends calls. A double-tap on the right or left bud turns the volume up and down, respectively. A long hold of the right bud skips tracks forward while a long hold of the left one skips to the previous track. A long hold of either bud cancels incoming calls. Finally, a triple-tap on either unit activates your phone's voice assistant. While this control scheme offers quite a bit of functionality, the multi-function button isn't especially clicky, and there are no audio cues to inform you when you've made an input.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.4 "
W 1.3 "
H 1.0 "
Volume 1.7 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most truly wireless headphones, these in-ears are exceptionally portable. They can easily be tossed in a pocket or a bag. Their case isn't too big, but it's slightly larger than the older SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless' charging case.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.8 "
W 1.5 "
H 1.3 "
Volume 5.3 Cu. Inches

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 have a good charging case. It's larger than the one that came with the original SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless, but it does have a lid, a status light indicator on the case's rear, as well as four LED lights to indicate the amount of charge left inside. Unfortunately, this case doesn't support wireless charging.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are well-built. They have a fairly sturdy-feeling plastic construction, with dense plastic buds and a charging case that feels like it should endure a couple of drops and bumps. The buds are rated IPX7 for water resistance, though we don't currently test that.

8.0
Design
Stability

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are very stable headphones. Once you find the right-sized ear tips and stability fins, you should be able to do some fairly vigorous workouts without worrying about having them fall out.

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In The Box

  • SoundPeats TrueFree 2 truly wireless headphones
  • 3x Ear tips
  • 4x Stability fins
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Charging case
  • Quick start guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.58 db
Treble Amount
0.67 db

These in-ears have a bass-heavy sound profile. Their overemphasized bass range should suit genres like EDM or hip-hop, but it's not overwhelming to the point where it muddies vocals or lead instrumentals. They have a better-balanced treble range than the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless, which should yield detailed vocals and lead instruments as well as decently reproduced sibilants. However, some listeners may find high notes to be a little piercing and painful.

8.8
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.24 dB

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 have excellent frequency response consistency. Aside from a bit of variance in the mid-treble range, sound should be delivered the same way every time you wear the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.1 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
15.2 Hz
Low-Bass
2.96 dB
Mid-Bass
5.33 dB
High-Bass
3.6 dB

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 have decent bass accuracy. The mid and high-bass ranges are overemphasized, which adds warmth and body to most tracks but it can also generate a bit of boominess.

8.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.7 dB
Low-Mid
-0.03 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.41 dB
High-Mid
-0.0 dB

These headphones have excellent mid accuracy. The range is mostly flat, which should result in full-bodied, clear vocals and lead instruments, mostly free of muddiness or harshness. However, a slight dip in the mid-mid range can slightly nudge these notes toward the back of the mix.

7.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.52 dB
Low-Treble
-0.17 dB
Mid-Treble
3.3 dB
High-Treble
0.47 dB

These in-ears have decent treble accuracy. While the low-treble range is quite flat and even, their uneven mid-treble range can cause sibilants to sound alternatively dull and piercing.

7.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.8 db
Dips
1.28 db

The peaks and dips performance of the SoundPeats TrueFree 2 is satisfactory. An extended bump across the bass range generates some boominess. The dip in the mid-mids can push vocals and lead instruments toward the back of the mix. A small drop in the low-treble range can slightly dull the finer details of some vocals and lead instruments. The dip and adjacent spike in the mid-treble range can cause sibilants to sound alternatively lispy and piercing.

8.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.26
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.51
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.51
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.44

The stereo imaging performance of these headphones is amazing. Their weighted group delay falls almost entirely beneath the treble range, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers are also well-matched in regards to amplitude, frequency, and phase response, so objects like voices and footsteps should be accurately placed in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our test unit, and your experience may vary.

1.1
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
4.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.9

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 have a terrible passive soundstage, which is normal for in-ear headphones due to their lack of interaction with the outer ear. Sound is likely to be perceived as coming from the inside of your head rather than speakers placed around you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.228
WHD @ 100
0.243

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of the SoundPeats TrueFree 2 is decent. There's some distortion across most of the bass-range and part of the mid-range at high volumes, not to mention a more noticeable spike at mid-treble frequencies. However, the rest of the frequency spectrum falls within good limits, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the SoundPeats TrueFree 2. Our results are only valid in this configuration.

Isolation
5.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-14.79 dB
Bass
-2.95 dB
Mid
-13.44 dB
Treble
-28.95 dB

These in-ears have sub-par noise isolation performance. They do an awful job of filtering out background noise in the bass range, such as the rumble of bus or plane engines. Thankfully, they block out a decent amount of mid-range ambient noise, like the chatter of people nearby, and are quite effective when it comes to dealing with high-pitched background noise, so you shouldn't hear the hum of a nearby AC unit.

9.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
26.1 dB

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 have outstanding audio leakage performance. Leaking audio falls beneath the noise floor of an average office, so you should be able to listen to your music at high volumes without having to worry about disrupting people nearby.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 have an integrated microphone.

5.1
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
320.0 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.71 dB
HFE
1810.19 Hz
Weighted THD
1.012
Gain
-2.29 dB

The integrated mic delivers a poor recording quality. Your voice may sound thin and muffled to those on the other end of the line, though it should also sound somewhat natural.

5.8
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
8.97 dB

The integrated mic does a sub-par job of isolating speech from background noise. People on the other end of the line may have serious trouble understanding you if you call from an even moderately noisy environment, like a busy street.

Active Features
5.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
3.6 hrs
Additional Charges
4.0
Total Battery Life
18 hrs
Charge Time
1.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2's battery performance is middling. They fall slightly short of their advertised battery life of four hours, so they aren't likely to last you a full day on a single charge. Thankfully, they have a standby mode to preserve battery life when not in use, and their case supplies roughly four additional charges. They take under an hour and a half to recharge, which disappointing considering alternatives like the Tranya T10 Truly Wireless have much better battery life while taking just as much time to recharge.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

These headphones don't have a companion app.

Connectivity
6.8
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
212 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
323 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
106 ms
Android Latency
153 ms

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 have alright Bluetooth compatibility. They support Bluetooth 5.0, but no NFC or multi-device paring, which may be a little annoying if you want to stream music from your phone while remaining connected to your computer. While their latency on PC is very high, they perform fairly well in this respect with mobile Android and iOS devices, which is good if you intended to watch videos or movies while wearing them. That said, devices and apps compensate differently to latency, so your real-world experience can vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are Bluetooth-only.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These headphones don't support any sort of wired connection. They come with a USB-C cable to charge their case.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 offer full audio and mic compatibility with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is too high for gaming. They aren't compatible with PS4 consoles.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

These in-ears can't connect to Xbox One consoles.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 come with a charging case that supplies roughly four additional charges. It doesn't have any inputs other than a USB-C port for recharging.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are only available in one color scheme: 'Black'. You can see its label here.

If someone comes across a different variant of these headphones, let us know in the discussions so that we can update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 are the updated version of the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless, with a similarly compact, sturdy design and bass-heavy sound profile. They improve on their predecessor with a better control scheme and lower audio latency on mobile devices, but they don't block out as much ambient noise as the older model. Unfortunately, they also have a very short battery life, and their integrated microphone is middling overall. If you're looking for alternatives, take a look at our recommendations of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $50, the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $100, and the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless improve on the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless in a couple of ways, but with a few drawbacks. The newer TrueFree 2 have a more complete control scheme with volume controls as well as a sturdier charging case with a lid. They also have a slightly better-balanced sound profile and have lower wireless latency on mobile devices. That said, the original TrueFree block out more ambient noise. Both headphones have short continuous battery life and sub-par microphone performance.

ENACFIRE E60 Truly Wireless

The ENACFIRE E60 Truly Wireless are more versatile than the SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless. The ENACFIRE have a comfier fit, an easier-to-use control scheme, and block out far more ambient noise. They have much longer continuous battery life and come with a case that supplies a total of roughly 40 hours of playback time. However, unlike the SoundPeats, they don't have a standby mode. The SoundPeats also have a slightly more stable fit.

Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless are slightly more versatile than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The SoundPeats have a more stable fit, a better control scheme, and a more consistently delivered, better-balanced sound profile. They also block out more ambient noise and leak less audio. Meanwhile, the AirPods' open-back enclosure generates a more immersive, expansive soundstage, and they're also more comfortable and better-built. They also last a little longer on a single charge and have a superior integrated microphone.

Mpow M30 Truly Wireless

The Mpow M30 Truly Wireless are better overall than the SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless. The Mpow have a more comfortable fit, more consistent audio delivery, superior noise isolation capability, and a better overall integrated microphone. They also last a little longer off of a single charge. Meanwhile, the SoundPeats have lower wireless latency on mobile devices and are equipped with a standby mode to prolong their battery life when not in use.

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