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TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed May 13, 2020 at 08:35 am
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7.1
Mixed Usage
7.3
Neutral Sound
7.4
Commute/Travel
8.2
Sports/Fitness
6.6
Office
5.4
Wireless Gaming
5.3
Wired Gaming
6.6
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are a surprisingly decent pair of truly wireless headphones for their price. While they're fairly standard truly wireless in-ears, they provide good value overall thanks to their well-balanced sound profile, well-built design, and decently comfortable fit. With their stability fins on they feel very stable in the ear, though unfortunately, the fins can sometimes prevent contact with the case's charging pins, so you may think they're charging when they aren't. While their 5.7-hour battery life is better than most true wireless headphones at this price point, it's much shorter than the 8 hours TaoTronics advertises.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are decent overall headphones. They have a surprisingly well-balanced sound profile that has a bit of extra punch and thump without being overpowering. While their 5.7-hour battery life is decent for truly wireless headphones, it falls short of the advertised 8 hours. They're a great choice for the gym thanks to their stable fit and IPX7 rating. They may not be the best choice for travel or office use as you'll likely have to stop to charge them, and they don't block much background noise. Their high latency and mediocre overall mic performance also make them a poor choice for gaming.

Pros
  • Well-balanced and versatile sound profile.
  • Quite well-built and durable.
  • Good price-to-performance ratio.
  • Decently comfortable and very stable fit.
Cons
  • No dedicated companion app or EQ settings.
  • Touch-sensitive controls aren't the most intuitive.
  • Battery falls short of advertised life.
  • Charging can be finicky with stability fins installed.
7.3 Neutral Sound

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are decent headphones for neutral sound listening. Their sound profile is quite well-balanced, though there's a fair amount of extra bass that adds extra punch and thump to your music. Like most closed-back in-ears, they don't have a wide or open soundstage and sound is perceived as being inside your head. On the bright side, they're remarkably consistent between various users and reseats, and their weighted harmonic distortion performance is very good.

7.4 Commute/Travel

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are a decent option for commuting or travel. While they should be comfortable enough for most people to wear for extended periods, their 5.7-hour battery life means you may need to take a break to charge them during a long flight. Like with most truly wireless headphones, they're very portable and easy to toss into a bag or pocket, but unfortunately, they don't block much background noise, especially the low rumble of bus or plane engines.

8.2 Sports/Fitness

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are excellent headphones for sports. With their stability fins installed, they feel very stable and should stay in place even during more strenuous workouts. They have a long line-of-sight range, so you don't need to have your phone directly on you at all times, and they're rated IPX7 for water and sweat resistance, though we don't test for this. Unfortunately, with their stability fins on, it can be a bit finicky to charge them in their case, and you may think they're charging when they aren't.

6.6 Office

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are only okay for office use. They're decently comfortable, so you should be able to wear them for extended periods without them causing fatigue or discomfort. Unfortunately, their 5.7-hour battery means you'll likely have to take a break to charge them, and it takes nearly two hours for a full charge. They also don't block out too much background noise, though they can block out a good amount of background chatter and AC or fan noises provided you get a proper fit and seal.

5.4 Wireless Gaming

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are Bluetooth-only headphones that aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with PS4 or Xbox One and while they'll work on Bluetooth-enabled PCs or mobile devices, their latency is likely too high for any competitive gaming. On the bright side, their microphone's recording quality is decent, especially for Bluetooth headphones, and your voice sounds fairly natural and detailed.

5.3 Wired Gaming

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired.

6.6 Phone Calls

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are only alright for phone calls. Their integrated mic makes it easy to quickly answer calls while on-the-go and your voice sounds fairly natural and detailed. Unfortunately, their noise handling is sub-par, and your voice gets easily lost in even moderately noisy environments.

  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Neutral Sound
  • 7.4 Commute/Travel
  • 8.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 5.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Calls

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are fairly standard looking all-black truly wireless earbuds. Their touch-sensitive surface is covered in a matte black finish that looks somewhat premium. While the tips of each earbuds are advertised as being silver, our units' looks much more gold. Unfortunately, the glossy gold plastic makes the headphones look fairly cheap.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are decently comfortable for in-ear headphones. The earbuds themselves are small and lightweight, reducing the amount of pressure they put on the inside of the ear. They also don't enter the ear canal as deep as some other options. For a more comfortable option, check out the Mpow M30 Truly Wireless.

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 control scheme on the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 is mediocre. Their touch-sensitive controls aren't very intuitive, and it takes a while to get used to the various commands. While the headphones give you an audible beeping sound when you activate a command, there isn't a voice prompt, so it can be difficult to know what commands you enter. They offer volume control on the earbuds, which is nice, but you have to press individually for each volume increment, which is bothersome.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.5 "
W 1.0 "
H 1.0 "
Volume 1.5 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most truly wireless earbuds, the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are very portable. The earbuds themselves stick together with a fairly strong magnet, so you can toss them into a pocket and not worry about accidentally losing one.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.6 "
W 1.6 "
H 1.1 "
Volume 4.6 Cu. Inches

The case for these headphones is decent. It's not too bulky and has four indicator lights to tell you the battery level and when the earbuds are charging. Unfortunately, when the optional stability fins are installed on the earbuds, it can be difficult to ensure a proper connection with the charging pins on the case, resulting in your earbuds not charging though it appears they're fully charged.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of these headphones is good. Both the case and the earbuds themselves are made of dense, good quality plastic, and feel fairly durable. The headphones are rated IPX7 for water and sweat resistance, though this isn't something we test for.

8.0
Design
Stability

These headphones are very stable. Unlike the Tranya T10 Truly Wireless, they come with optional stability fins, which helps them stay in place even during more strenuous workouts. Unfortunately, they only come with one size of stability fin, unlike some other headphones like the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, which come with three size options.

Design
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In The Box

  • TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 headphones
  • Charging case
  • 3x tip options
  • 1x stability fin
  • 1x sleeve
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.91 db
Treble Amount
-0.83 db

The sound profile of the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 is quite well-balanced and they're suitable for a wide range of genres and content. They have a bit of extra bass, which adds some extra thump and punch to bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop but isn't too overpowering for rock or country.

9.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.03 dB

The frequency response consistency of these headphones is outstanding. Provided you achieve a proper fit using the included tips, the treble and bass response should be the same every time you use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.8
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.11 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
5.23 dB
Mid-Bass
3.25 dB
High-Bass
1.28 dB

The bass accuracy of the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 is very good. The entire range is fairly well-balanced and flat, with low-bass being the most overemphasized, providing a fair amount of rumble and thump that's felt rather than heard. The mid-range is also overemphasized, though not as much, providing a bit of extra body and punch. Overall, the bass adds extra thump without being too overpowering or boomy.

8.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.52 dB
Low-Mid
0.02 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.82 dB
High-Mid
-1.16 dB

The mid accuracy of these headphones is excellent. Almost the entire range is well-balanced and flat, ensuring that present leads and vocals aren't muddy or harsh.

8.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.51 dB
Low-Treble
-1.48 dB
Mid-Treble
-0.89 dB
High-Treble
-2.54 dB

The treble accuracy of these headphones is great. While some parts of the range are unevenly emphasized, all ranges fall within good limits, and sibilants (S and T sounds) don't sound harsh or piercing. Some frequencies may sound slightly dull or lifeless, though it's likely most people won't notice this.

8.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
0.84 db
Dips
0.78 db

The peaks and dips performance of these headphones is excellent. There's a slight dip in mid-treble followed by a large peak which may make some frequencies appear to be dull, while others are slightly piercing. Overall, it likely won't be too noticeable to most people.

9.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.15
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.3
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.75
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.68

The imaging of these headphones is superb. The GD graph shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit are exceptionally matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects and instruments (like voices and footsteps) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

1.1
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.6

Like most in-ears, the soundstage of these headphones is poor. This is because in-ears bypass the pinna (outer ear), and don't interact with it. Activating the resonances of the pinna is one of the key factors in creating a speaker-like and out-of-head soundstage. Also, because of their closed-back design, their soundstage tends to be less open than that of open-back headphones.

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.

7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.200
WHD @ 100
0.128

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of these headphones is very good. They distort a bit more in the higher frequencies, but this likely won't be noticeable to most people.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when listening using these settings.

Isolation
6.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-17.43 dB
Bass
-5.73 dB
Mid
-18.56 dB
Treble
-29.31 dB

The noise isolation performance of these headphones is okay. Provided you achieve a proper fit with the included tips, they do a good job at blocking out background chatter and high-frequency sounds like fans or AC units. Unfortunately, they don't help much as blocking the low rumble of bus or plane engines, but they do a better job isolating noise than the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 Truly Wireless.

8.6
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
29.53 dB

The leakage performance of the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 is excellent. The leaked audio is below to noise floor of an average office, so you should be able to listen to your music fairly loudly without bothering coworkers around you.

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

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 have an integrated microphone in the earbuds.

7.2
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
265.23 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.94 dB
HFE
7240.77 Hz
Weighted THD
1.506
Gain
14.38 dB

The recording quality of the microphone is decent and performs better than most Bluetooth microphones that we've tested such as the FIIL T1X True Wireless. When on a call, your voice sounds fairly natural and understandable but lacks a bit of detail.

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

The noise handling of the microphone on the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 is inadequate. Like with most Bluetooth headphones with an integrated mic, your voice gets lost even in moderately noisy environments.

Active Features
6.0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
5.7 hrs
Additional Charges
4.0
Total Battery Life
28.5 hrs
Charge Time
1.8 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The battery performance of these headphones is mediocre. They last 5.7 hours off a single charge, which isn't bad for a pair of truly wireless headphones but falls short of their advertised 8-hour battery life. They also take nearly two hours to charge, which is fairly long, and they don't have any power-saving features. Their case should provide around four additional full charges.

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

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 don't have a dedicated companion app, so you can't make any changes to their settings or sound profile.

Connectivity
6.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
303 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
377 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
288 ms
Android Latency
84 ms

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds. Unfortunately, they don't support NFC or multi-device pairing for easy connections to your devices. Their line of sight range is among the highest we've tested, though this will fluctuate dramatically depending on your environment. While their latency is fairly high on PC and iOS, we measured low latency while watching YouTube videos on Android. It's worth noting that apps seem to compensate for latency, so your mileage may vary in real-life usage.

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

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are Bluetooth-only headphones.

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

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired. They come with a very short 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 TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 can be used via Bluetooth on Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but aren't compatible with the PS4. Due to their high latency, they aren't recommended for gaming.

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

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are Bluetooth-only and therefore aren't compatible with the Xbox One.

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 charging case for these headphones should give you around four additional charges, though we don't test for this directly. It's charged via USB-C but doesn't have any additional inputs or features, like wireless charging.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are decent truly wireless headphones that provide good value overall. They have longer battery life and better-balanced sound profile than most other options in the same price point and feel surprisingly solid and well-built. Also check out our recommendations for the best truly wireless headphones, the best wireless headphones under $100, and the best Bluetooth earbuds under $50.

Mpow M30 Truly Wireless

The Mpow M30 Truly Wireless and the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless are both very similar, but the TaoTronics have a small edge. They have a more accurate and better-balanced sound profile while offering more battery life per charge. They also have a noticeably lower latency with Android devices, which is nice to have. On the other hand, the Mpow have a fit that blocks out a bit more ambient noise, are slightly more comfortable and their case is a bit better-built.

Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless and the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless are both decent truly wireless in-ears. The TaoTronics have better controls, a better-balanced sound profile, and a better microphone. On the other hand, the Anker have a longer overall battery life, leak less audio, isolate more background noise, and come with more sizes of optional tips.

FIIL T1X True Wireless

The FIIL T1X True Wireless are better truly wireless in-ears for commuting and traveling than the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless. The FIIL are more comfortable, they're able to isolate noise better, and their continuous battery life is longer. Their battery also charges quicker, their integrated mic is better at noise handling, and their companion app offers 15 different EQ presets. However, the TaoTronics have a more neutral sound profile and their integrated mic has a better recording quality.

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 Truly Wireless

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless are better, more versatile headphones than the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 Truly Wireless. While the 92 have a sound profile that lacks sub-bass, the 79 have a better-balanced, more neutral sound profile with an extra punch in the bass range, making them more suitable for a wide variety of music genres. The 79 perform more consistently, too. The 79 have a more comfortable and more stable fit, and they have a much better noise isolation performance.

SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless. The TaoTronics have a more robust control scheme, a better-balanced and less dark sound profile, and a better case, as the one on the TrueFree doesn't have a lid. The mic on the TaoTronics also performs much better, and their 5.7-hour battery life is much longer than the 3.3 hours with the SoundPeats. On the other hand, the SoundPeats isolate much more background noise and leak even less audio.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are slightly better truly wireless headphones than the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless. The Anker have a better charging case that feels more premium, a longer single-charge battery life, and a dedicated companion app with a ton of EQ presets and a graphic EQ. They also isolate much more background noise passively and leak less audio. On the other hand, the TaoTronics have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box and a better microphone. The TaoTronics may also represent a better overall value for some people.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless in-ears than the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79. The Apple are more comfortable, look and feel more premium, pair much easier to Apple devices, and have a slightly better-balanced sound profile with less bass. They also have active noise cancelling (ANC) which helps them block out significantly more background noise. On the other hand, the SoundLiberty 79 have a slightly longer single-charge battery life and may represent better value overall for some people.

Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless and TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless have different strengths. The Anker are well-suited for the daily commute and working in the office, since they’re better at blocking out ambient noise, leak less audio, and have a longer battery life. The TaoTronics are better for sports and fitness, since they offer a more secure fit and have a control scheme that’s easier to use when you’re on the move.

Mpow X3 Truly Wireless

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless and the Mpow X3 Truly Wireless are both similarly performing in-ears. The TaoTronics have a more thumpy sound that some users may prefer, they can isolate more noise, and they leak less sound. However, the Mpow are more comfortable, have better controls, and their carrying case is better designed. Their integrated mic also does a better job of noise handling and while their total battery life is a bit shorter than the TaoTronics, there's a standby mode to help you conserve your battery life.

Raycon E55 Truly Wireless

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless are much better truly wireless headphones than the Raycon E55 Truly Wireless. The TaoTronics have a much better-balanced sound profile, feel more durable, have a better microphone, and last longer off a single charge. On the other hand, the Raycon have a better charging case, as the TaoTronics' case can be a bit finicky when you have the optional stability fins installed, causing the headphones to not charge when you think they are.

Tranya T10 Truly Wireless

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Tranya T10 Truly Wireless. The TaoTronics come with stability fins, which make them more stable. Their default sound profile is a bit bass-heavy, but ultimately more balanced and neutral and than Tranya's V-shaped sound. The TaoTronics' microphone has a better recording quality. While their continuous battery life is shorter than the Tranya, their portable charging case offers around one extra charge, too.

Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless and the Plantronics Voyager Legened Bluetooth Headset are wireless earbuds designed for very different uses. While the SoundLiberty 79 are truly wireless in-ears with a well-balanced sound profile designed for listening to music, the Voyager Legend is a mono Bluetooth headset for making phone calls while in the office, or driving. Since the SoundLiberty has a built-in microphone, it can be used for phone calls as well, but isn't designed for this, and the microphone on the Voyager performs much better.

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