Oppo’s personal audio lineup in India is largely focused on mid-range and upper-midrange headphones, particularly the popular true wireless form factor. However, recent months have seen the brand tackle the budget segment, which caters to buyers looking for basic levels of reliability in connectivity, sound quality and battery life. Following the Oppo Enco Buds in September, the company’s latest launch is the Oppo Enco M32, an affordable neckband-style wireless headset.
The Oppo Enco M32 costs Rs. 1,799 in India but is currently available for a limited time offer price of Rs. 1,499 right after its launch. This headset focuses on the basics, promising good battery life, a comfortable fit and decent audio quality for the price. Does the Enco M32 live up to expectations? Find out in this review.
Fast charging, IP55 dust and water resistance on the Oppo Enco M32
The Oppo Enco M32 is a typical neckband-style wireless headset when it comes to design, and emphasizes comfort and ease of use with a subtle, unassuming aesthetic. It is available only in black, with a single Oppo logo on the left module of the neckband. As with most helmets of this form factor, the neckband is flexible and can be twisted significantly without much risk of damage. The headphones are also rated IP55 for dust and water resistance.
The plastic module on the right side of the neckband features the USB Type-C port for charging which is protected by a rubber flap, and the playback and volume controls. The headphones extend from the ends of the left and right modules through short cables, and they can be magnetically snapped into place. This magnetic link also controls the power supply of the Oppo Enco M32; separating the earbuds turns the headphones on and putting them together turns them off. The magnetic force is not too strong and the two earbuds separate without much effort, which can cause the headphones to accidentally turn on when stored in a backpack or handbag.
I found the headphones very comfortable to wear, thanks to the fit in the channel. This also provides an acceptable sound insulation seal. There’s a pre-fitted, removable rubber grip inside each earbud that wedges against your inner ear to help keep it in place while you’re wearing the headset. These can be removed for cleaning, which I found to be a pretty good design choice. The glossy finish on the outer parts of the earcups and the reflective silver magnetic area look pretty decent. A total of three pairs of silicone tips are included in the sales package, along with a USB Type-C charging cable. However, you don’t get extra ear grips.
For connectivity, the Oppo Enco M32 uses Bluetooth 5, with support for SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. The headphones have 10mm dynamic drivers and a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz. Other features include fast two-device switching. You can press the volume up and volume down buttons simultaneously for two seconds to quickly switch between the last two paired devices.
The Oppo Enco M32’s battery life is 28 hours per charge, with the company promising up to 20 hours of listening time with 10 minutes of charging. I was able to use the headphones for about 21-22 hours on a single charge at moderate volumes, and found that a 10-minute charge could give the headphones enough power to run for about 14-15 hours. Fully charging the headphones took around 35 minutes with a 10W charger, which is the company’s claimed figure. That’s okay for a neckband-style wireless headset in this price range.
Harmless sound on the Oppo Enco M32
The Oppo Enco M32’s focus is on getting the basics right, and the headset does pretty well in terms of sound quality and performance with voice calls. Bluetooth AAC codec support is useful, and I had no issues with connection stability during my time with the headset.
The sound tuning is bass focused which is a sure way to go for a pair of wireless earphones priced under Rs. 2,000. These earphones can get very loud and I was able to use them comfortably indoors even at 50% volume level. Turning the volume up to around 60% brought out a bit more attack in the sound, and anything higher than that was either unpleasantly loud or tended to reveal a bit of distortion and weakness in the sound.
When listening to Keep It Close by Seven Lions, the track’s low-end growl and growl of the low-end sub-bass was meant to be central to the listening experience, and even the mid-bass ranges tended to stand out and stand out. feel a little more pronounced. It was particularly noticeable in the rhythm and the bassline which form the soul of this dubstep track. Combined with the impressive volume capabilities, this made for an engaging and energetic listening experience.
To put the bass to the test, I played Boom by Tiesto and Sevenn next. Although my first impression was positive, the powerful bass rhythm of this track quickly became tiresome due to a bit of roughness that tended to overpower the rest of the frequency range. This was a recurring factor in my review of these headphones, and it’s something I’ve noticed with other affordable headphones as well.
The bass bias of the Oppo Enco M32 extended and affected the sound of almost every genre of music I’ve listened to, and created a somewhat awkward experience with slower, more subtle and more detailed such as Golden Brown from The Stranglers. . The bass elements stood out even when they weren’t needed, and while some of the finer details of this beautiful track could be heard, it was difficult to decipher much beyond the growling bass. The Enco M32 is best suited for energetic, fast-paced tracks that don’t need too much detail in the mids and highs to sound great.
Connection stability was not an issue with the Oppo Enco M32; I was able to use this headset without any issues at distances of up to 4m from the source device. Call quality was decent indoors, with high volume and a comfortable fit ensuring a good experience even on long calls. Microphone performance was decent indoors, but not as good in noisy outdoor environments.
There are plenty of decent options in the affordable wireless headphones segment, such as the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro, which even feature active noise cancellation. However, if you’re on a slightly tighter budget and just looking for something that meets basic needs, the Oppo Enco M32 might be worth considering.
The sound is punchy and lively, the earbuds provide a comfortable fit, and the battery life is good too. Fast charging is a particularly useful and convenient feature, and getting 14-15 hours of use from just 10 minutes of charging is a strong selling point. Details are lacking in sound and call quality is a bit iffy on the outside, but overall the Enco M32 gets the basics right, which is what you’d expect at this price.
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