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The Oppo Enco M32 may have only given the neck straps one reason. And for brands like Realme, Dizo, Boat and Noise, the message is loud and clear – and that is the relevance of a design language, even in the age of TWS earphones.

The device, which hits stores later this week, will be available in the wireless earbuds below the price range of Rs.2,000. And this neckband-style device brings really promising features to a segment where the point is to excite the competition.

One such feature is toggling between two devices, which enables a user to switch between two connected devices. For example, let’s say you’re listening to music on your smartphone and need to switch to the laptop for a Zoom meeting. It just takes a few taps and you’re in without disconnecting and reconnecting.

During testing, it was confirmed that the device provides around 18 to 20 hours of playback on a 10 minute charge and fully charges in 35 to 45 minutes (however we used a 44W charger).

Oppo Enco M32 review | TechRadar

Prices and availability

The Oppo Enco M32 earbuds are available for 1,799 rupees. Early risers can buy the headphones for 1,499 rupees according to the introductory offer announced by Oppo. The headphones will go on sale for the first time through Amazon India starting January 10th. The only problem we had was the monochrome option Oppo developed and it’s too black. Since the target audience for the device is the youth, we expected that Oppo would bring the earbuds out in at least a few more colors.

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Photo credit: Future / Rudra Raghuwanshi

Before we get started, we think it’s appropriate to mention that you can expect so much from a neckband earbud in terms of design language. And the design of the Oppo Enco M32 is no exception. They look like any other comparable product but have some sleeker lines. The neck band is made of rubber with matte plastic modules on both sides. The black glossy earphones go well with the overall design.

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They weigh around 33 grams, which means they can be taken with you all day and just as easily removed. The Oppo branding can be seen on the right module of the earbuds. On the inside of the right module there are volume and multifunction buttons, along with the LED display and the USB Type-C charging port.

Oppo offers three different sizes of earbuds to choose from, which is very convenient as we have found that the wrong size can cause the earbud to slip deep into the ear or get stuck halfway, resulting in a loss of sound quality .

The earphones have an IP55 certification for dust and water resistance, making them a suitable companion in the gym, as you don’t have to worry about sweating.

Audio performance

Photo credit: Future / Rudra Raghuwanshi

The Oppo Enco M32 has good audio performance, but it could be better, but with a few parts missing. For starters, the lack of LDAC codec support, which can deliver a high quality music experience over Bluetooth, means that the earbuds lack detailed musical notes.

Oppo passed the bass mode test with flying colors as the device’s 10mm dynamic drivers deliver enhanced bass response. The earbuds can be said to provide an amplified bass experience, but audiophiles will not like this as the amplified bass in some cases ruins the vocals.

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After playing more than two to three dozen songs at a time, we found that the Enco M32 earphones performed satisfactorily when listening to a variety of genres including Bollywood, rap, pop, and EDM.

We repeat, however, that the bass approach can be a distraction for audiophiles who prefer sharper tones. The lack of a companion app for playing with the settings and the lack of a function to toggle bass modes are also a shame.

The earphones perfectly cover the ear cavity and suppress most outside noise. We tested the device at different volume levels and found that most outside noise is suppressed at a volume above 55%. Of course, if you want songs to make you fall asleep, then the noise of the neighbors’ kitchen cannot let it.

The headphone microphone provides clear audio output at the end of the receiver. The situation is different, however, if disturbances such as wind or a loud noise occur at your side. You may need to turn up the volume every time you’re outside.

In conclusion, we’d say the Oppo Enco M32 doesn’t disappoint and is a great addition to any curated list of earbuds under Rs.2,000.

Battery life

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The battery life of the Oppo Enco M32 earbuds is undoubtedly a huge USP. These earbuds have a battery life of 28 hours when fully charged. The caveat here is that it doesn’t even take them much time to fully refuel.

During testing, we found that the earbuds had around 26 hours of playtime, including a dozen calls, nearly ten device changes, and non-stop music. The average volume from the earphones was between 55 and 70 percent. The playback time offered by Oppo lets the Enco M32 beat the competition.

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Oppo Enco M32 earbuds support fast charging with a Type-C port. We ran a test by charging it for 10 minutes and found the device to work between 15 and 19 hours when the volume was between 50 and 60%. An 18W charger took about 55 minutes to fully charge. With a 44W charger, the time was cut by almost 17 to 18 minutes.

Should you buy Oppo Enco M32 neckband headphones?

Photo credit: Future / Rudra Raghwanshi

Buy them when …

Battery life is a top priority

Most headphones, which are available for under Rs 3,000, offer 16 to 20 hours of battery life. This is where the Oppo Enco M32 rocks. Once fully charged, they offer 28 hours of battery life and take relatively less time to reach 100 percent.

You enjoy the first approach to the bass

The latest trends have shown that much of the Indian public prefers bass-heavy performance, with the exception of audiophiles, of course. Then the Oppo Enco M32 earbuds are the best for you.

Minimalist design speaks to you

The Oppo Enco M32 earphones have a minimalist design and are lightweight. This makes them look elegant and comfortable to wear at the same time.

Don’t buy them, though

You are an audiophile

Being an audiophile isn’t that easy as the majority around you love a bass-heavy music experience. If you’re an audiophile then the Oppo Enco M32 is not for you as the bass tends to eat up the vocals in some scenarios, which can be completely disappointing.

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