Soundcore has quickly become one of our favorite smartphone accessory brands. Anker’s audio sub-brand has yet to disappoint with its headphones, earbuds, or portable speakers. Our friends at Audio Outlet let us test out the latest offering, the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro, and let’s find out if it holds up to standard in our full review.
I’ve been a big fan of the Liberty Pro series of earbuds, and the new generation three will be very familiar if you’ve seen the previous ones. You’ll find a similar oval, “bullet” style design with silicone stabilization loops. It’s tried and true for Liberty Pro earbuds and I love that Anker has kept that design language consistent.
Internally, the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro earbuds are powered by proprietary ACAA dual coaxial drivers that are tuned by 20 Grammy-award winning artists. You also get active noise cancellation, multi-point Bluetooth connection, and IPX4 waterproofing.
On the outer shell of each Liberty 3 Pro earpiece there’s a touch area to control multiple playback functions. These can be customized to your liking in the Soundcore app, but all are basic volume and track manipulation.
The defaults are fairly common. A double-tap of the left or right earbud will pause the Liberty 3 Pro playback or restart a track. A single tab on the left will lower the volume and the same one on the right will increase the output level.
Out of the box, a long press for two seconds will activate the various active noise cancellation profiles. It runs between full ANC and what Soundcore is calling Transparency Mode. Transparency still provides low-level noise cancellation but doesn’t filter out other sounds. This makes it ideal for those in cubicle settings who want background audio but still need to listen to a coworker.
I personally don’t use this setting much and changed this long press in the Soundcore app. I’d much rather leave this option to my favorite voice assistant. To me, having Google Assistant ready to go with just a brief press is more useful day-to-day.
The Soundcore knocks the audio quality out of the park on the Liberty 3 Pro. This has been true for all generations of this lineup and holds fast here. You will be hard pressed to find better audio on wireless earbuds in my opinion.
The sound is simply well balanced and rich. You get the full highs and mids with the occasional punch of bass like you’d expect from any high-end offering. Anker takes pride in the input of its Grammy artists and you can tell it’s not just an advertising gimmick with the Liberty 3 Pro headphones.
Phone calls are equally great. I put through several cell calls and VOIP sessions with no problems. Both sides of the line were able to communicate without any drop or breakup.
You have to think about battery life when living a truly wireless audio experience. Again, the Soundcore is well above the trend average of about four hours for devices like this, with a full eight hours of playback per charge.
Add this to the portable case can do a full charge three times and you end up with 32 hours of total playback from the outlet. This is exceptional for this price point and form factor.
When you need to plug in, you can get three hours of recharge in just 15 minutes with USB-C Quick Charge. You can also charge via Qi wireless charging, which is always a plus in Allen’s household.
Soundcore adds another premium winner to its lineup with the Liberty 3 Pro earbuds. With great sound, great battery life, and a reasonable price, you can’t go wrong.
The Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro earbuds can be yours on both Amazon and Soundcore’s website for $179. These awesome earbuds come in four colors: Midnight Black, Dusk Purple, Fog Gray, and Frost White.