The first Soul Emotion was launched in 2018. It was an entry level model with basic functions and a simple objective to offer inexpensive true wireless earbuds. The Emotion 2 is released a year later in 2019, carrying similar design DNA of glossy lightweight plastic. In Singapore, the Soul Emotion 2 retails at S$129.90, but the Official Lazada Mall is offering promotion as low as S$59.90, an absolute steal.
The retail box is compact, with a plastic rear and a window to show the earbuds. There are additional eartips and a charging cable, plus a quick start guide to bring you up to speed. There is a single LED on the charging case. Each flash indicates a quarter of battery life, so 4 blinks means the case has full battery. The earbuds can last about 4.5 hours with each charge, while the case deliver another 13.5 hours play time, giving a total 18 hours.
Pairing and connecting to device is a breeze, thanks to auto-pairing feature. As long as no device is connected, the earbud will enter pairing mode. From your device Bluetooth setting page, scan and connect the Soul Emotion 2. Operating the earbuds is by touch: tap once to play-pause, tap twice to skip next track, tap 3 times to activate Siri or Google Assistant. To reset the earbuds, follow the instructions on the YouTube video here.
Quite often, consumers associate product quality with the design, manufacturing material, and price. The Emotion 2 supports SBC and AAC Bluetooth codec, admittedly has a budget feel, but after testing the audio quality, I thought the sound quality is very pleasant and enjoyable. What SOUL did was that the treble remains clear and sparkling but not overwhelmingly forward. You get to enjoy the clarity and vocal transience and percussion precision without too pushy. Similarly, the bass is natural, sub-bass is adequately felt, giving sonic room for the midrange to reach to the ears despite lacking the fullness. As a whole, the earbuds can be enjoyed at loud volumes without feeling fatigue or noisy. Sound staging is close and wide, with some instrumentation coming slightly from behind my ears. For people who prefers more energy in the vocals, the SOUL Emotion 2 may not reach to you that intently. Overall noise isolation is great, so be mindful of what’s going on around you when using it on the roads. Audio lag from YouTube is almost non-existent, but gaming, like all TWS, is laggy.
The weakest function in the Emotion 2 is the mic quality, which sound quite muffled and lack fidelity. Cupping the hands around the face improves clarity and directs sound waves from the mouth to the mic.
To conclude, the SOUL Emotion 2 delivers awesome value especially at an online offer price of just S$59.90. It offers an easy-listening, balanced sound with clarity, details and lows. I would recommend to everyone with a budget but likes a bit of everything but not too domineering in any particular frequency.
For more product information, visit the official website here.