Motorola has been quietly putting on audio gear for a while now or at least letting other companies use its name to do that અને and next is the Motorola Moto Buds-S ANC. This pair of true wireless earbuds brings Active Noise Canceling (ANC), Transparency Mode, Virtual Assistant support and more, all without using the app.
- Connection is stable
- IPX5 rating
- Full mono listening
Extremely quiet bass output
Poor noise cancelling
- USB Cable
- User Guide
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Design and comfort
The adjustment of the buds is very easy and comfortable. TheMoto Buds-S ANC come with a three eartips option. Such as a small, medium, and large ones. However, even using the largest ear tip size, these earbuds routinely feel on the verge of falling out of my ears. The earbuds are IPX5 rated. So at least you won’t have to worry if you’re wearing them out in the rain or in pool.
The earbuds themselves seem to be well-built, each weighing 6g. The stem makes it easy to accidentally move or adjust the touch-sensitive Motorola logo on each bud without moving, but it’s still on the long side – I constantly have trouble holding it to my ear when taking off the face mask.
As a visual standpoint, the Motorola Moto Buds-S ANC looks like it could be basically any other pair of true wireless earbuds. Plastic earbuds have long stems and rubber tips that slot into the top of a rectangular plastic charging case. It’s all very standard.
Furthermore, the Motorola Moto Buds-S ANC is fairly easy to use. There’s no app, so you get what you see and ear controls are pretty standard. You can listen in mono by placing the earbuds you don’t want to use in the charging case – it works a little weird with the in-ear detection feature, and you have to switch back to stereo listening, as some controls are attached to certain earbuds, But it still works. However, with a range of tapes, you can control playback, turn on ANC or transparency mode, activate your phone’s virtual assistant, and more.
Here’s how to do it all:
|Play/pause||Single tap left or right button|
|Power On||Hold left or right button 2s|
|Power Off||Hold left or right button 6s|
|Skip forward||Double tap right button|
|Skip back||Triple tap right button|
|ANC/Transparency toggle||Double tap left button|
|Virtual Assistant||Hold right button 2s|
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The Motorola Moto Buds-S ANC has a beautiful by-the-number microphone for a pair of true wireless earbuds. It will work for a quick call, and your voice is quite clear, but don’t expect anything that comes close to recording quality or anything at the level of most gaming headsets. The microphone works well with environmental noise, but it is also not exceptional in this regard.
Moreover, the Motorola Moto Buds-S ANC shows a frequency response that is far from the curve of our home. Also, the bass is essentially absent, and midrange sounds up to 1000Hz are emphasized. In general, this can be explained by the exceptionally poor fit for our acoustic test fixtures, although in this case, our listening experiences reflect the chart. High frequencies are present, yet most of us miss the target. Additionally, there are very few rescue operations like this, and most equalizer apps won’t even come close to overcoming this situation.
Lows, mids, and highs
Audio output like the Moto Buds-S ANC offers is poor for most types of music. By listening to electronic music such as Weapon of Choice through Fatboy Slim. You can instinctively see yourself turning the sound all the way up and even listening to a bass remote enough. Something you’ll regret if a mistaken record scratch pushes you into the eardrum a second time.
However, Motorola Moto Buds-S ANC Noise Cancelling Performance is bad in a word. Part of this attenuation is based on the fact that it is difficult to achieve a proper seal in both ears. But even when it is sufficient, the ANC is not. Don’t expect too much when you turn on this feature. you’ll notice an ever-so-slight dip in sound when it turns on. And also you’ll probably forget to turn it on right away.
The ANC doesn’t stop me from increasing the volume too much (more on that in a few), and it doesn’t do me any favors when I want to prevent people wearing masks on the bus. In short, not all the things you want ANC for will help.
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Motorola Moto Buds-S ANC uses Bluetooth 5.0 to connect to the device of your choice. It supports AAC and SBC audio codecs, which means Apple users will have access to a reliably high-quality option, but Android users can better offer with the standard option.
Moto Buds-S ANC does not support Bluetooth multipoint. Its lack of application means that firmware updates will almost certainly not come with new features.
Motorola claims that the Moto Buds-S ANC can last up to 6 hours on a single charge, in this case with an additional 12 hours of charging capacity. In our test, we found that it lasts 8 hours, 18 minutes on a single charge with ANC at a constant output of ~ 75dB (SPL). If you stop canceling the sound, you will probably get even better performance than that.
The charging case supports wireless charging with any Qi-compatible charging pad as well as wired charging via the USB-C port at the bottom. There is no fast charging, but according to Motorola, the case takes only two hours to fully charge.
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Actually, the Motorola Moto Buds-S ANC is an attractive product. It’s a straightforward pair of true wireless earbuds with ANC, mono listening, proper battery life and a suite of on-ear controls — everything without the need for an app. In practice, this is a very frustrating thing – the ANC is not good, nor is the audio output. The lack of a high-quality audio codec that Android users can trust is also a discrepancy, although it seems unlikely that anyone would benefit from it.
For 149.99 USD, you can do a lot better. This is especially true because the Moto Buds-S ANC is not going to get any better – the lack of an app and the firmware updates it will bring means that you get what you see.
Frequently asked questions about the Motorola Moto Buds-S ANC
What should you get instead of the Motorola Moto Buds-S ANC?
Lots of great options for 200 USD instead of the Motorola Moto Buds-S ANC. Moreover, if you’re not ready to break that $ 150 USD mark, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 regularly runs for less than that, bringing excellent ANC, excellent software support, and very good sound. It also offers a more secure fit.
Likewise, the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless delivers excellent sound and offers the right sound cancellation. Furthermore, it also supports aptX and AAC, so there’s a little something for everyone. At $ 179 USD, it’s a little higher than the Moto Buds, but the ANC-less Sennheiser CX True Wireless is otherwise similar and runs at $ 50 USD less.
Is Bluetooth dangerous?
No, Bluetooth is not dangerous. You can read our detailed article on Bluetooth and its safety here.
How do I reset the Moto Buds S ANC?
To factory reset your Moto Buds-S ANC, you must:
- Turn off both buds
- Hold both touch panels for 5 seconds.
- The indicator will alternate red and blue.
- Press the touch panels four times in quick succession.
How to verify if noise cancellation actually works?
- Use the NC headphones for around 2-5 minutes, listening to music in noisy environment
- Switch the NC function off
- The difference is immediately noticeable (background noises etc.)
What to do if a Bluetooth device discovers the left/right earpiece separately? (earpieces disconnected from each other)
- On your Bluetooth device (e.g. Smartphone), go to the Bluetooth menu and remove the headset from the device list.
- Turn off the Bluetooth function of your Bluetooth device.
- Place the headphones in the charger.
- Connect external power. It may not work without it.
- Both earpieces flash white. Press and hold the function button on both earpieces for 4 seconds, until the earpieces flash white twice.
- Turn on both earpieces, if they are not paired with each other there will be blue LED blinking and Bluetooth device will see every earpiece separately.
- Press the function button on the left earpiece twice.
- Press the function button on the right earpiece twice.
- The Earpieces should now be pairing with each other -> There will be voice command: “Left channel”, “Right channel”. On the left earpiece, there will be a blue and white led blinking.
- If not successful, start again from point 5
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