TaoTronics SoundLiberty 95 True Wireless Earbuds Review
The thing I like most about TaoTronics’ latest line of SoundLiberty earbuds are the fact that they have an “open air” design similar to the original AirPods. These fit my ears well and allow me to hear things around me, such as my co-workers while at work or traffic while I’m outside. They do not “seal” to your ear canal like many earbuds.
The stem on the SoundLiberty 95 is a little thicker than you’ll find on the Apple AirPods, but the earbuds are still very lightweight and I often forget I’m wearing them.
Like the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 and 88, the SoundLiberty 95 have great sound quality which is just a hair under the quality of the Apple AirPods. However, at a fraction of the price, I think most people will be more than satisfied with the performance of the SoundLiberty 95 earbuds.Mids and highs come through clear and bass is adequate. If your phone supports aptX technology, you’ll be happy to find that the SoundLiberty 95 support it.
The Bluetooth connection was also very stable for me, allowing me to walk to another room in the house while my phone was in another. Like most truly wireless earbuds (AirPods included), there are occasional blips between the left and right earbuds, but it is very infrequent and doesn’t distract from my enjoyment of the music.
- aptX Codec Support: If your phone supports this high quality codec, you’ll happy to know that these earbuds support it as well. The earbuds also support the high quality AAC codec for iPhone users.
- cVc 8.0 Noise Cancellation for the Mics: This earbuds do not have Active Noise Cancellation for blocking outside noises when listening, but for phone calls, the microphones can help filter out background sounds and focus on your voice thanks to the cVc 8.0 technology. Below is a sample recording comparing the SoundLiberty 92 (with no noise cancellation) and SoundLiberty 95 (with noise cancellation). You can hear that the background sound of the fan is eliminated with the SoundLiberty 95.
- Touch controls: You can play/pause your music by double-tapping the right earbud. You can rewind and skip tracks by tripple-tapping the left and right earbuds, respectively. Unfortunately, the volume cannot be controlled by tapping the earbuds (you’ll need to use your phone’s volume controls).
- Splash-proof: These earbuds don’t have a formal IP water-resistance rating, but the earbuds do have a nano-coating to help resist light splashes and sweat.
- Single earbud use: While not as seamless as with the Apple AirPods, you can leave one earbud in the charging case and manually pair the active earbud to your phone. By default, your phone will pair to the left earbud, but you can manually pair the right earbud if you prefer.
- USB-C charging port: I’m happy to see that TaoTronics has ditched Micro USB in favor of the more modern USB-C standard.
The earbuds can last up to 7 hours before needing to be returned to the charging case. The charging case provides up to 3 additional charges, giving you more than a day’s worth (28 hours total) of listening time before the case needs to be recharged.
The case can be recharged with a USB-C cable, but does not support wireless Qi charging.
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 95 have great sound quality and aptX support for music and cVc technology for improved microphone performance on phone calls. The open design allows you to hear what is going on around you.
- aptX support
- Open design for awareness
- 7-hour battery life
- No volume controls
- No auto-pause when an earbud is removed