Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro
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- ACAA 2.0: Our exclusive coaxial dual driver technology delivers high and low frequency sound directly to your ear without interference. Its wide soundstage is detailed and spacious, bass has a deep punch, mids are luscious, and treble sparkles.
- Personalized Noise Cancelling: Standard noise cancelling only adjusts noise based on data. HearID ANC analyzes your ears and level of in-ear pressure to create a tailored profile that optimizes noise reduction and reduces external sound to suit your ears.
- Fusion Comfort Fit: Liberty 3 Pro’s earbuds have a triple-point ergonomic shape and built-in ear pressure relief for all-day comfort. 4 sizes of liquid silicone ear tips and flexible ear wings ensure you get a strong seal and secure grip.
- Up to 32 Hours of Playtime: Enjoy up to 8 hours of music from a single charge, plus get 3 full charges from the compact charging case to extend the playtime even further. Recharge the case via USB-C cable or wireless charger
SPECIFICATIONS of Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro
- Brand: Soundcore
- Battery Life: 7 hours (ANC off), 6 hours (ANC on), 5 hours (LDAC enabled)
- Bluetooth: 5.2
- Additional Tips: Yes, 4 pairs (S, M, L, XL)
- Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Mono Listening: Yes, independent listening (ANC/transparency, too)
- IP rating: IPX4
- Codec support: SBC, AAC, LDAC
- Wireless charging: Yes
- Microphones: 6 microphones
- Multipoint support: Yes (2 devices)
DESIGN, COMFORT AND BATTERY LIFE
The Liberty 3 Pro is another model in Soundcore’s extensive wireless earphone lineup that punches above its weight in presentation. The ‘L3P’ has a slick, matte pebble-like charging case with glossy accents – whether you’re buying the black, white, or light blue one. It’s thin enough to slide into a jeans pocket and looks neat, with three LED lights on the front to indicate the remaining battery and a USB-C connector at the back. Like the Liberty 2 Pro and Liberty Air 2 Pro, you slide the lid open – it all feels sturdy and even luxurious.
The earbuds design is a continuation of the Liberty 2 Pro, meaning a big part of the earbuds sticks out of your ears and is held in place by the rubber ear-tip and a rubber wing you put behind the back flap of your ears. The earbud is much lighter than before, and from the glossy finish to the rosé gold-coated nozzle, it looks ‘premium’. The IPX4 splashproof-rating should ensure it survives a light rain when you’re commuting or running with them, but a higher waterproof rating would have come in handy.
While Soundcore’s manual and free app do everything to ensure you get the right fit, ergonomics leave something to be desired. It can be a bit clumsy to get the earbuds out of the case and in again, and it requires a bit of fiddling to align the rubber ear wing with the rest of the earphones. Besides, the ear tips sometimes turn inside out when you take the earpieces out of your ears.
Battery life on the L3P is rock solid, delivering around 6 hours of playtime with ANC on, and up to 8 hours with the function turned off. The charging case can recharge the earphones up to four times fully before needing new power via USB-C or wireless charging.
CONTROLS AND CONNECTIVITY
Out of the box, the controls of the Liberty 3 Pro are pretty basic.
Double-tap L or R to play/ pause music
Hold L or R to cycle between ANC on, Transparency mode (and ANC off, if you opt for this from the app)
You can add controls to a single-tap and triple-tap with the free Soundcore app, making it easy to add skipping and return tracks and change volume from the earbuds. Every action is confirmed by different beeps, although the ANC on/ off ones could have been clearer. Most importantly: the L3P responds very well to your touch. It’s convenient to use, whichever control setup you choose.
You can add and change controls from the app The app shows to which devices you’re connected The LDAC codec and multi-point don’t work together
One of the best value-for-money features of the Liberty 3 Pro is its multipoint connectivity, meaning these earbuds can connect to two devices simultaneously. You can listen to music on your laptop, but when you receive a call, the L3P will switch the sound to your phone automatically. When the call ends, and you resume playback on your laptop, it will switch back just as easily. It’s a rarity on affordable wireless earphones and works very well.
Standard connectivity is solid on the Soundcore too. Apart from rare hiccups in the sound, the Bluetooth connection holds strongly up to 9-10 meters away from your device. It’s possible to always switch between listening to one or two earbuds, and music playback automatically pauses when you take an earbud out – and resumes when you put it back in your ears.
CALLING AND WATCHING MOVIES
Watching videos is a breeze with the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro. Synchronization between audio and video is flawless on iPhone and Android. Both with the standard-setting or LADC codec-setting activated from the app, there is still a slight delay in sound effects when you’re playing games, as you can hear shots in Fortnite a bit later than you see them on screen.
The Liberty 3 Pro handles phone and video calls very well, like Microsoft Teams or Zoom meetings. Your voice sounds full and loud, and has enough clarity to rise about sounds around you. Darker sounds around you are reduced well or left out of the call entirely, but sudden brighter sounds like accelerating scooters and wind noise can still come through – although they’re toned-down enough. Your voice still sounds louder and clearer than those sounds around you.
Addition: the L3P needs a firmware update for laptop with older Bluetooth chips. On the MacBook early 2015 test model, audio is out of sync with videos, and the sound output drops entirely after ending a Google Meet or other video conferencing session. With Soundcores reputation on app and firmware updates, this problem hopefully doesn’t last too long. Please share your laptop/ desktop experience in the comments.
SOUNDCORE LIFE P3 APP QUALITY
The free Soundcore app can be downloaded for iPhone and Android and offers a tons of features, while it’s still easy to operate. The list of options is near endless:
Update the firmware of the buds
Customize and add controls (see Controls part)
Switch between ANC on, Transparency mode, ANC off and activate a ‘Reduce wind noise’ option
Choose between with ANC functions you want to switch on the earbuds themselves
Setup HearID ANC which lets you choose between adaptive ANC or manual ANC settings (see ANC part)
Do a Fit Test to see if you have a good seal with the ear tips
Do a Hear ID Hearing test to adjust the sound to your hearing (see sound quality part
Despite all the options, the app is easy to operate The Hear ID Test can optimize your sound There’s another Hear ID Test for the noise cancelling
Switch between regular sound quality or LDAC codec (see sound quality part) (ANDROID ONLY!)
Choose between 20 sound equalizers
See and remove the currently connected devices
Activate or deactivate wearing detection – automatic pause/play when putting in and out earbuds
Activate or deactivate prompt tones for controls and wearing detection
Select automatic Power Off time when not playing any music
Read the Quick Start guide
The L3P lets you bath in-app options, and it’s fun to check them out and play with them. At the same time, the app is so logical, that it doesn’t overwhelm you with options. Soundcore is reknown for updating both the app and the earbuds, making the app not only a useful addition to these earbuds – but a vital part.
ANC NOISE CANCELLING TEST OF LIBERTY 3 PRO
While the Soundcore app gives you the option to set up and select adaptive noise cancelling optimized for your ear canals, you probably don’t need it to get the most out of the solid ANC active noise cancelling the Liberty 3 Pro delivers.
ANC quality: Even without touching an option from the app, the ANC active noise cancellation on the Liberty 3 Pro is effective. It filters out many noises from your surroundings. Especially constant and darker noises are heavily reduced, with sounds like dishwashers, fans, and electronic buzzes mostly or completely gone. Brighter sound effects, like wind rustling and some traffic noise, still come through, but the result a white noise that’s neatly evened out. If you want, you can weaken the ANC from the app or adjust it manually – but why would you?
Transparency mode quality: The Transparency mode, meant to put through traffic noises and/or chatter on moments you need it, fails to impress. It emphasizes brighter sounds around you, so you can hear where some cars are moving from, but the effect isn’t strong enough to rise above even moderate music playback volume.
Wind noise reduction: With the option to turn ANC off from the app or the earbuds, and to switch a Wind noise reduction switch, the Liberty 3 Pro does an outstanding job of leaving out wind noise while you’re using the ANC mode. Even in the Transparency mode, wind noise doesn’t overtake the music.
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