You have to admit, just like the smartphone market, that true wireless stereo headphones are overdriven as well.
Having tried a few of several different brands, it’s hard for me to really find any major differences or decisive offers between each. Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of many products on the market, and this time I had the opportunity to see if the new Oppo Enco X could hold them a candle.
Cute and compact
First of all, we have to look at its appearance, of course. It’s similar to the design of the popular Airpods Pro, which I’m not particularly averse to.
It fits my ears well for the most part, but I noticed something peculiar for me. All wireless headphones with a rod tend to end up straining my ear canals and causing a slight, dull ache. I experienced this with the Studio one too much.
But since the Enco X headphones actually only weigh 4.8g each, I’d say that’s more of a problem for me.
The case itself is very compact and easy to slip into pockets, and its design makes it convenient to open with one hand, which I always appreciate.
In terms of the functionality of the rods, I found that controlling the volume by sliding my finger up or down was something new that I had never experienced before.
Although easy to use, I felt this method was unrefined, as the rods didn’t seem to respond as easily or precisely to my gestures. In the end, it was much easier to just toggle the volume on my device itself.
The Enco X would pair the best with an Oppo phone of course, but Android users can choose to have similar control over the headphones through an app called HeyMelody.
The Enco X control options are as follows:
- Press twice – play / pause, previous or next;
- Triple tap – voice assistant;
- Slide control – volume or track change;
- Touch and hold (1 second) – transparency and noise cancellation;
- Long press and hold (3 seconds with a beep) – change device.
Via HeyMelody, I could also easily update the software on the headphones and see the battery levels of each earbud and the case.
One thing this app lacks is the ability to control the equalizer or customize your musical routines, features that a person who regularly uses wireless headphones would now expect.
Exceptional audio performance
The audio quality of the Enco X was what impressed me the most. To be honest I expected below average quality, although my prejudices were unwarranted as I have never tried a single Oppo audio product.
One of the things that interests me the most about headphones is their bass quality. The Enco X got a pass in this department with its ability to deliver fairly rich bass notes.
At the same time, its treble quality does not sound metallic or sharp. The only thing I noticed was that when there was too much going on in a song, the high and low notes become less distinct, leading to a slightly “muddy” sound.
The noise cancellation on these was pretty good, and there was definitely a difference with it on and off. I’m the type who prefers to have it always on, which means sacrificing battery life.
That being said, I would still have a good few hours of non-stop music before I had to put the headphones back in their case.
Overall, the Enco X made for a very enjoyable audio experience, and this is something I would definitely return. Compact, simple in design but packed with audio quality, this is a good set that would serve well and make a nice gift.
Taking a look at some of Oppo’s other wireless headphones, they’ve had prices ranging from RM369 to RM499, but the Enco X is on the high end with a price tag of RM699.
For the quality it offers I can’t really dispute the price, but if it is made to choose between the Enco X and the slightly older one Samsung Galaxy Buds + (RM599), I would choose the latter as it also works well.
The only real problem for me would be its incompatibility with Apple products. It connects quickly to my Samsung Galaxy S20 and A72, but my iPhone 6s was totally unable to detect it for some reason. To add, Apple users would have virtually no control over earphone controls, which is what consumers now expect.
|Excellent audio quality for treble and bass||Volume control on the stems seems less refined|
|Compact case and decently comfortable headphones||No full control over headphone controls via proper app|
|Good noise cancellation||Poor compatibility with Apple products|
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