Personal audio equipment is becoming a necessity in our day to day lives but for those who care for our audio experience, it is rather expensive to buy earbuds/ headphones with Active Noise Cancelling. There now may be potential options from SonicGear in the form of the Airphone ANC 2000 and 3000. Both of them are loaded with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 and ANC to reduce environmental noises with up to 24 hours of playback time! How does it sound though?
Both SonicGear Airphone ANC 2000 and 3000 have the same hardware specifications. They share the same 40mm drivers that have an impedance of 32 ohms. Both of them feature a foldable design that makes it easy to carry in a bag while travelling. The difference is that the Airphone ANC3000 had a swivel cup for a more comfortable fit. Build quality is decent as expected for Airphone series.
For the Airphone ANC3000, it has 2 colours to choose from – white grey and white gold, while the Airphone ANC2000 is only available in black.
Fit, Comfort & Isolation
Both fit well thanks to the adjustable headband and soft large thick soft pads. ANC3000 does better in terms of comfort with rotatable ear cups and well-cushioned headband. As for sound isolation, it is average for over-the-ear headphones. It is also able to block some environment noises but it’s better to not expect too much.
Its Bluetooth 5.0 wireless range is wide. Both SonicGear Airphone ANC 2000 and 3000 perform very well in this department. It can easily operate from up to 7m even with obstacles. ANC3000 is better with an extra 1m range with both of them virtually in-sync for video and audio and there is AUX cable option for non-Bluetooth devices. By the way, you still can activate noise cancellation in this mode so long as it has battery power left.
How is the active noise cancellation performance? Well, they perform well for budget ANC headphones. The ANC can filter out about 30% to 50% ambient sound. But because they are budget ANC headphones, don’t expect it to cancel out other voices as ANC works best on cancelling ambient sounds.
As for battery life, it can play up to 24 hours with ANC off. And up to 15 hours with ANC turned on. Quite impressive for a 400 mAh battery that only takes 3 hours to fully charge. As for microphone performance, it is decent and the person on the other side can hear me clearly if in a quiet enough place. Warrants good use for answering short phone calls.
Sound quality-wise, both of them sound the same to me. Bright sound signature is what you get when ANC is turned off and the EQ gravitates toward bass when ANC is turned on. Overall, they sound decent. Both treble and bass are well balanced but I kinda wished the output could be a bit louder.
SonicGear Airphone ANC 2000 and 3000 are nice budget ANC headphones. It is able to filter some ambient sounds and has a long battery life with wide wireless range. But unless you are using it for the ANC features, sound quality-wise you may be better off looking at other options.