June 23, 2024


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Anker Soundcore Spirit X2 – Review 2020

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We like Anker’s Soundcore Spirit Dot 2 earphones, but their biggest problem is that they carry the same $79.99 price as the Soundcore Spirit X2, and there’s little question of which pair provides better value. The Soundcore Spirit X2 true wireless earphones, reviewed here, have a more secure-fitting design and a higher waterproof rating. Sonically, both pairs deliver booming bass, but the Soundcore Spirit X2’s larger drivers also get help from switchable EQ modes. While the bass bonanza they produce isn’t for everyone, there’s no denying this is a strong value for gym-friendly true wireless earbuds. That said, Anker’s better-balanced Soundcore Liberty Air earphones remain our Editors’ Choice, even if they aren’t quite as rugged.


The Soundcore Spirit X2’s earpieces are bulky and armed with earhooks that allow for a super-stabilized fit, but they aren’t going to win any design awards, at least in the aesthetics department. And unfortunately, those who wear glasses, like I do, might find that the earhooks force the temples of your frames to rest atop them, which can make for a less secure fit for your glasses, or even distort your vision—this will truly depend on the frames.

The charging case, while still pocketable, is bulky. It has an LED battery life readout on the front, and a snap-shut cover to protect the USB-C charging port on the back (a USB-C to USB-A charging cable is included).

Anker includes a wide array of eartip and earfin sleeves. There are five total pairs of eartips, in various sizes, and three pairs of earfin sleeves in different sizes and shapes. This is a generous inclusion for any pair of earphones, but for the price, it’s especially impressive.

Each earpiece has a long, rubberized control strip that can be pressed at either end, and the controls are sometimes mirrored, sometimes not. So you have to do some memorizing, but the good news is, between the two earpieces you can control playback, track forward/backward, volume up and down, call management, power, and summon your device’s voice assistant, all depending on which end of the control strip you press, on which ear, and for how long. Like I said, it’ll take a minute to remember everything, but being able to control of all of these parameters is better than not.

Anker Soundcore Spirit X2

You can also switch between EQ modes when holding one end of these control strips down for a second. The modes include Bass Up and Normal, though they should probably be called Lot of Bass and Even More Bass. Without a doubt, we stuck with Normal mode, because it already has abnormally boosted bass. An app with user-adjustable EQ isn’t expected in this price range, but would have been helpful for those who might want a little more brightness, crispness, or midrange in the mix.

The IP68 rating for the earpieces is about as good as it gets for consumer-level products. The 6 means the earpieces are dust-tight—the highest rating for dust ingress. The 8 means the earpieces are waterproof and can withstand immersion past one meter. Of course, Bluetooth signal has trouble underwater, so that’s not terribly useful, but the point is the earpieces can get wet, withstand water pressure, and certainly can handle sweat and rain. This rating is almost unheard of in this price range.

Internally, 12mm drivers deliver a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz, and each earpiece can be used individually. The earphones are compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 and support AAC, AptX, and SBC codecs.

Anker estimates the Soundcore Spirit X2’s battery life to be roughly nine hours, which is quite good for a true wireless pair, with an additional 27 hours stored in the charging case. Your results will vary with your volume levels.


The following observations are with Normal EQ mode enabled, but we’ll say this first: Bass Up mode can work on tracks that have subtle bass content. It can beef up a kick drum, say, in a somewhat pleasing way. But it never sounds natural, and on tracks that have serious bass depth…wow. It’s simply way too much low end, and it ruins the mix’s balance.

On tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the earphones deliver serious thunder, with enough high-frequency presence to match it to a reasonable degree. At moderate levels, the bass sounds full and heavy, and at higher, unwise volumes, the bass doesn’t distort. In Bass Up mode, the earphones sound like a subwoofer that lost its tweeter and woofer but kept playing music anyway.

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Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” a track with far less deep bass in the mix, gives us a better sense of the Soundcore Spirit X2’s general sound signature. The drums on this track are overly thunderous, and don’t quite get the treble presence they need to maintain ideal clarity. The same can be said for Callahan’s baritone vocals, which get added low-mid richness, but less in the way of high-mid clarity. There is brightness here—it sounds like the highest frequencies are boosted—but the high-mids are underrepresented. The acoustic strumming still manages to sound crisp enough, but this is a very bass-forward sound signature, and in both modes, it’s far from accurate.

On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” the kick drum loop receives some, but not quite enough, high-mid presence, so that its attack isn’t as punchy as usual. Instead, the loop’s sustain gets loaded down in extra bass, and the sub-bass synth hits sound truly powerful. The vocals get more highs and high-mids, and often sound like they are doing battle with the bass depth in the mix for your attention. In Bass Up mode, things get even more lopsided.

Orchestral tracks, like the opening scene from John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, get more bass than necessary, but actually sound fairly balanced through the Soundcore Spirit X2. This is perhaps because they’re already naturally bright and crisp, and the lows are more subtle in the recording, so there’s less to boost there. That said, the bass boosting will still be too much for purists.

The mic offers solid intelligibility. Using the Voice Memos app on an iPhone 8, we could understand every word recorded. There was some typical Bluetooth distortion around the edges, but it was less than we often hear, especially for a budget pair. The mic signal was also relatively strong and didn’t sound as distant as some true wireless mics can.


Nearly everything about Anker’s Soundcore Spirit X2 earphones is pretty strong, including a fantastic IP68 rating, an exceptionally secure fit, a full range of on-ear controls, above-average battery life for a true wireless pair, and AptX and AAC support. If what you’re after is gonzo bass that shifts the mix inarguably in favor of the lows, these earphones are a steal. However, if you’re after more accurate true wireless audio in this price range, Anker’s $80 Soundcore Liberty Air earphones are a better bet—the bass is still boosted, but it doesn’t overwhelm the mix to the same degree. Our favorite gym friendly in-ears cost significantly more, but the cable-free $150 JBL UA True Wireless Flash and the $180 Jaybird Vista are both winners.

Anker Soundcore Spirit X2 Specs

Type In-Canal
Wireless Yes
Wire-Free Yes
Phone Controls Yes
Connection Type Bluetooth
Water/Sweat-Resistant Yes
Removable Cable No
Active Noise Cancellation No
Boom Mic No

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