The Chinese-American company xFyro got noticed a couple of years ago thanks to Indiegogo crowdfunded Aria TWS earphones. And now it has released the xFyro ANC Pro model, which has come to our review. The new headset has its own AI, responsible for noise reduction, the manufacturer assures you of excellent sound quality and powerful bass. Believe it or not, even Ne-Yo wants us to buy the model!
Below you will find out whether they are worth the money and how they compare to the other, similar models.
Specifications of xFyro ANC Pro
- Type: TWS, intrachannel
- Drivers: dynamic, 7 mm, graphene
- Bluetooth version: 5.0
- Bluetooth profiles: HFP, A2DP, AVRCP
- Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC
- Bluetooth range: up to 10 meters
- Charging port: USB Type-C
- Headphones operation time: 8 hours without ANC, 10 hours with ANC
- Charging case: 100 h with no noise reduction
- Headphone and case charging time: 2 hours – completely, 15 minutes – completely
- Headphone weight: 5 g
- Headphone protection: IPX5
Positioning and price of xFyro ANC Pro
The xFyro ANC Pro is advertised as a premium segment model, but with an affordable price tag. On the official website of the company, they allegedly cost $250, but now they are sold at a discount for $125. The price is the biggest disadvantage of these earphones, because for less money and with the same opportunities there are a huge number of competitors: the Tronsmart Apollo Air+, the Huawei FreeBuds 4i and the Realme Buds Air Pro, and for the same amount, or a little more, you can even buy the OPPO Enco X, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, the Huawei FreeBuds Pro or the Airpods Pro.
What’s in the box
The modest gray box contains the xFyro ANC Pro wireless earphones themselves, a short USB A to USB C charging cable, documentation and a set of three replaceable eartips.
Design, materials, build quality and layout of elements
The case and body of the xFyro ANC Pro is black matte, with a rough texture, which means that it looks as cheap as possible. The case has the shape of a trapezoid with smoother and rounded corners. The model looks like it should cost $30-50. Glossy plastic is only inside the case, where the buds lay.
During the tests, the case was not scratched and this is a miracle, because such matte plastic always suffers in the end.
On the front of the case there is a reset button, as well as a light indicator of the battery status. At the bottom there’s a USB C charging port.
The design of the earphones is similar to the Airpods Pro – an in-ear form factor plus long “legs” with charging contacts from below, three microphones and touch control. Inside are 7-mm graphene drivers.
The buds are protected from moisture according to IPX5 standard. This means that they will survive rain, sweat and splashes, but they cannot be completely dipped in liquid.
The build quality of the case is so-so, the lid is not strong, but it squeaks. The earphones sit securely in the case and do not shake.
xFyro ANC Pro ergonomics
The xFyro ANC Pro case is large and bulky. It fits in a pocket of men’s jeans, but with difficulty. As usual, it won’t fit women’s pockets at all.
The case lid opens easily and closes with one hand. The buds fit well in the ear, but not perfect. No matter what size of the tips I use.
But if you use them in everyday life, the xFyro ANC Pro sit securely. Use the “legs” to adjust them, because if you touch the main part, you can accidentally turn on one of the functions, make it louder or quieter.
The company’s website says that the xFyro ANC Pro are so light you practically forget about them, but this was hardly the case when I tested them.
Connection and controls of xFyro ANC Pro
The xFyro ANC Pro TWS earbuds can be easily connected to your smartphone. The first time you pair it, you need to open the case cover and the model will appear in the list of available devices. Then just take out the earphones so that they are automatically connected to the right device.
If you want, you can only use one earphone, for example, for conversations. Then you just need to take it out of the case and leave the second one. When you need to use both at once, return one to its place and get two at once. If it doesn’t work, just insert both of them into the case, press the front button on the case for 10 seconds, and then connect them to the device again.
- Touching for two seconds of the right earphone turns active noise control or switches to the Ambient mode.
- Four touches of the left earphone turn on/off the game mode
- Two taps on the left or right earphone take/end the call
- Long tapping of the left or right earphone rejects the call
- A long touch of the left earphone calls a voice assistant
- One touch of the left earphone makes the sound quieter
- One touch of the right earphone makes the sound louder
- Double tap on the left or right earphone turns on music or pauses the track
- Three taps on the left earphone switches to the previous song, and three taps on the right switches to the next one.
The xFyro ANC Pro support active noise control (ANC) mode enabled or Ambient mode, when the earphones catch ambient sounds on microphones and transmit them to the speaker so that the user can hear both music and the world around them.
The xFyro ANC Pro has a 30 dB intelligent noise control system that cleverly cuts off more than 6,000 noises while still transmitting important loud signals. For example, a siren, a beep of a car, etc. That is, something that can be important to a person or dangerous.
In fact, I didn’t notice any difference with ANC in other models. In Ambient mode you can hear both music and the environment in a ratio of about 60 to 40.
The model has Game Mode, which reduces signal delay to 90 ms. This figure is not impressive, competitors can be faster, but it’s still a good enough result.
The xFyro ANC Pro does not have its own app, which is another disadvantage.
Sound and microphone
The xFyro ANC Pro are positioned as TWS earphones with excellent sound and bass. Sady though, that’s not exactly what I got.
The overall sound quality is average. The buds transmit music well, they have approximately equal frequencies, the sound is clear and pleasant. Good enough for $50-70, not $125. Although it is clear that the lion’s share of the price tag went to active noise control and an impressive battery, but these are earbuds, so the sound is still above everything else.
They’re also quiet, you can listen to them at the maximum volume. Often I tried to make the sound louder, but I couldn’t. Maybe I’ve gone deaf, but there were no such problems with other models.
But the microphones are good. They provide detailed voice transmission, and the voice is loud and clear. But there’s no protection against wind, so it’s still better to talk indoors.
The xFyro ANC Pro holds the signal well even during abrupt movements. The buds do not lose connection at a distance of 15 meters (with declared 10 meters) and easily “punch” through pair of supporting walls. No interference was noticed near the power lines as well.
Battery life and charging
The declared battery life of the xFyro ANC Pro is up to 100 hours with a bundled case. The manufacturer assures that with active noise reduction on one charge, they will work up to 8 hours, and without it up to 10 hours. The case promises another 90 hours.
In fact, I used them with the ANC turned on for 6.5-7 hours at almost full volume, then again charged five times from the case and it still had power left. This means that the declared figures are close to reality. There’s a quick charging from the case. The earphones charge completely in it in 15 minutes, and it itself via USB C in two hours.
The xFyro ANC Pro cost a premium but look cheap. They have good ANC tech and the Ambient mode, as well as great battery life.
The design of the model is as simple as possible, which makes the earphones look much cheaper than they cost. The case is made of ordinary matte plastic, which will scratch in the first couple of weeks after purchase. The sound is adequate, but not still not good enough, since it lacks bass and overall volume. You’ll also need third-party equalizers, because the model does not have its own app.
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