TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 True Wireless Earbuds Review

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 True Wireless Earbuds Review
9.1

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TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 True Wireless Earbuds Review
TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 True Wireless Earbuds Review
$49.99
aptX support
9-hour battery life

Design

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 true wireless earbuds are smaller than many other earbuds of this style. They seal to the ear canal and passively block outside sounds. The earbuds are very lightweight, making them ideal for wearing for prolonged periods of time.

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 with charging case
TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 with charging case

Performance

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 have great sound quality, but they’re not quite up there with the Apple AirPods. However, at a fraction of the price, I think most people will be happy with the performance of the SoundLiberty 97 earbuds. Mids and highs come through clear and bass is good as these seal to your ear canal. As these are smaller than some similarly designed earbuds, you do need to make sure to push them far enough into your ear for the best sound quality. If your phone supports aptX technology, you’ll be happy to find that the SoundLiberty 97 support it for enhanced audio quality.

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 in ear
TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 in ear

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.

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 with iPhone X
TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 with iPhone X

Features

  • 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.
  • Touch controls: You can play/pause your music by double-tapping either earbud. You can rewind and skip tracks by triple-tapping the left and right earbuds, respectively. You can also adjust the volume by single-tapping the right earbud to increase the volume, or by single-tapping the left earbud to decrease the volume.
  • IPX8 water resistance: These earbuds should survive immersion in water, but remember that the charging case should not be subjected to any liquids.
  • 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.

Battery Life

The earbuds can last up to 9 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 (up to 29 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.

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97
TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97
9.1 Total Score
Great

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 97 have great sound quality and aptX support for music and cVc technology for improved microphone performance on phone calls. They passively block outside sounds, but do not have active noise cancellation technology.

Design and Fit
9.4
Sound Quality
8.6
Features
9.1
Bluetooth Performance
9.0
Battery Life
9.5
PROS
  • aptX support
  • 9-hour battery life
CONS
  • No active noise cancellation
Technically Well
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