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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These headphones are very stable. Unlike the Tranya T10 Truly Wireless and Skullcandy Dime True 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.
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.
These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when listening using these settings.
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.
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.
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 have an integrated microphone in the earbuds.
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.
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.
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 like an auto-off timer, unlike the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless. Their case should provide around four additional full charges.
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 don't have a dedicated companion app, so you can't make any changes to their settings or sound profile.
Update 12/16/2021: These headphones were updated to Test Bench 1.5 and their latency values have changed. Our new test bench uses an average of three measurements instead of one. As a result, we have updated our text to better reflect test bench 1.5 measurements.
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. While their latency is fairly high on PC, we measured low latency while watching YouTube videos on Android and iOS devices. It's worth noting that apps seem to compensate for latency, so your mileage may vary in real-life usage.
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are Bluetooth-only headphones.
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.
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 are Bluetooth-only and therefore aren't compatible with the Xbox One.
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.
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.
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 on PCs as well as Android and iOS devices. 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.
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless and TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless each have their own strengths, so one may suit you better than the other depending on your preferences. The 79 have a more stable fit, a better-balanced sound profile, and a longer continuous battery life. Meanwhile, the 94 block out way more ambient noise thanks to their ANC system, leak less audio, exhibit lower audio latency on PC as well as mobile devices, and have a superior overall control scheme. They're also equipped with an auto-off timer to turn the headphones off when not in use.
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless are better headphones than the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 95 Truly Wireless. The SoundLiberty 79 are more comfortable, stable, and have a better-balanced sound profile. They're able to isolate more ambient noise around you and have four additional charges in their carrying case.
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 TaoTronics have a slightly longer single-charge battery life and may represent better value overall for some people.
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.
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless are slightly more versatile overall than the SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless. The TaoTronics block out more ambient noise, have substantially better microphone recording quality, and last much longer off of a single charge. Their sound profile is also a little better-balanced. However, the SoundPeats have a sturdier-feeling charging case and leak less audio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless and the Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset are wireless earbuds designed for very different uses. While the TaoTronics are truly wireless in-ears with a well-balanced sound profile designed for listening to music, the Plantronics is a mono Bluetooth headset for making phone calls while in the office or driving. Since the TaoTronics 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.