Soundcore’s magnificent Liberty 3 Pro is one of the best wireless earbuds I’ve used in the past few years. Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro comes with a 4 pair of additional tips, Bluetooth 5.2, Active Noise Cancellation, transparency mode, IPX4 ratings, 6 microphone and SBC, AAC, LDAC support. They’re also very good, and at $170 are one of the best-sounding true wireless earbuds under $200.
Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro: Design & Comfort
If we discuss its design, the Liberty 3 Pro case is shape like a pile. Which slides along the top that opens to reveal an awkward placement. You are force to rotate the earbuds before inserting them. They stay so flat that you need to hold the tip of the rubber wing to remove them until you have little fingers. Like all soundcore earbuds, these come with enough silicone ears & wingtips to satisfy even the most beautiful of the ear canals. This enhances the unboxing experience, as the anchor ensures that you feel good about your purchase.
Plus, it’s not my favorite, especially since it’s bigger than I want it to be. Anchor has corrected the flaws in its previous product design. Which was still bigger and more clumsy, so that’s at least something.
However, unlike the previous one, this time the port is not cover by a rubber gasket. The top of the case includes USB Type-C or Qi wireless charging.
The case tops up via USB-C or Qi wireless charging, and thankfully the port isn’t covered by a rubber gasket this time. I have used this case for a long time. So according to my suggest, if it is a little smaller in size, it will be more comfortable.
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You can also adjust the controls, which is helpful as there are so many options and plenty of variety to access them: single, double or triple tapes, as well as touch-and-hold, can be adjusted independently for both ears. , Makes it easy to pause a track with a range of gestures, increase the volume, enable transparency, or add a Google Assistant.
An IPX4 rating for water resistance means they should have no problem surviving even a very sweaty workout or a rainy run.
Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro: Sound quality
Anker has confirmed that the special feature of these earbuds is its dual-driver design. One is dedicated to bass and mids and the other, a small dynamic driver, focus on simplifying heights. It is a powerful combination that I fell in love with its previous generation and it’s just as effective here.
Liberty 3 Pro also introduces active sound cancellation in the Soundcore repository. And it’s appreciable, especially once you change it to your liking. Anker designed the ANC to be environmentally friendly, measuring ambient noise using its external microphones and setting the severity accordingly. Normally it works very well, but even with significant background noise the ANC algorithms are not good enough to compete with the likes of Sony’s WF-1000XM4s and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds.
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In a nutshell, this is one of the best-sounding TWEs I’ve experience. Which produces a generous amount of sub-bass which ensures that even the most dynamic songs are reproduce as closely as possible in a set of closed over-ear headphones. The bass isn’t overwhelming, but the large coaxial drivers produce accurate and rich low-ends that most earbuds can’t come close to rebuilding. There’s also a fairly large sound stage for a pair of wireless earbuds, due to the large drivers, and I appreciate the extra split between instruments when listening to tracks like Marvin Gay’s I Heard Through the Grapevine.
Liberty 3 Pro has LDAC support, which is missing in its predecessor. I’m not a big fan of LDAC in general because its increased bandwidth usage often leads to cut-outs and other inconsistent behaviors – Bluetooth will become Bluetooth – but I haven’t experienced any such issues with these ‘buds’. To better compete with Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Music HD and others, Spotify will immediately add its own hi-fi tires, which will greatly benefit true wireless earbuds that support high-quality codecs. That said, the lack of support for any of Qualcomm’s codecs – no aptX or aptX dynamic here – is a bit disappointing, as AAC is the only other option.
Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro: Battery
Talking about the battery life, earbuds with ANC off get about seven hours per charge, which is not particularly remarkable. But since I would rather to keep it on, I’m glad the drop – up to six hours per earbud – is more than acceptable. Additionally, given the extra 18 to 24 hour uptime of the case depending on usage. I rarely wanted battery life during my testing, especially since the case supports wireless charging. Which making it easy to place on a nearby pad at my office desk when not in use.
Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro: Connectivity
In terms of connectivity, the most promising feature is its Bluetooth Multipoint support.The earbuds connect quickly and reliably to two devices. Moreover, the earbuds also come with a pretty-good-but-not-great transparency mode. Which uses the external microphones to pump in sound from the outside. I’d recommend avoiding this feature altogether during conversations. Though, because unlike a pair of smaller earbuds, you’re not going to trick anyone into thinking your ears are unencumbered. These are pretty honking specimens, despite coming in 20% or so smaller than their predecessors.
In terms of call quality and microphone, the Liberty 3 Pro is medium-of-the-road: good, but not great. I made a dozen or so calls with ‘buds’ in my time and no one complained about my voice clarity or background noise suppression (or lack thereof). In actual testing, my voice snippets are recorded in a quiet room while earbuds were attached to my MacBook Pro. The Liberty 3 Pros were significantly less clear than the AirPods Pro and Jabra Elite 7 Pro, but better than the Liberty Air 2 Pro. Similarly, earbuds perform worse than Apple and Jabra earbuds. When recording next to a running fan, which actually tests the capabilities of the background voice suppression algorithm.
The “Soundcore” application is the control center; This offers the Liberty 3 Pro’s convenient performance – which doesn’t mean they won’t work without the app. It’s just that they work better with the app!
First of all, all the necessary information like connection status, battery life and firmware version are display here. The latter can also be quickly and easily updated by the app.
In addition, the controls can be broadly adjusted to suit the individual. As standard, volume, track forward / back, play / stop, and special functions (voice assistant, transparency mode, and voice cancellation) can be reliably controlled by various tapping gestures on the left or right touch surface. But that’s just the beginning.
Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro: Conclusion?
Yes. The Soundcore Liberty 3 Pros are my favorite wireless earbuds right now, and it’s no small feat. They look great out of the box, but can be tweak for superb sound with simple tools built into an excellent app. They fit nicely, and the fullness of the ear tip and wing size ensure a comfortable fit even in the shape of almost the most inconvenient ear canal. ANC is as effective as Transparency mode – although neither is industry-leading. And Anchor has a consistent track record of updating its earbuds with new features and bug fixes.
At $ 170 – and with repeated sales many times fewer anchors are sure to advertise heavily. Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro manages to compete a hundred dollars more diligently with earbuds. In particular, I think this should force people – you, me, anyone – to re-evaluate Sony’s $280 asking price for WF-1000XM4s. Arguably better earbuds two ways, but not 60% more expensive.
Buy them if …
- Your priority is sound quality
- You like to change your experience
- You have hard ear canals to please
Don’t buy them if …
- You want your earbuds to disappear
- You want to work with your buds
- And also you hate touch controls