- Great noise isolation
- Comfortable and sleek design
- Great audio quality
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Click button and simple remote system
- No “find my buds” feature
- Do not fit smaller ears well
- Not workout earbuds
- Sporadic issues with the connection between the earbuds
The Sol Republic Amps Air 2 have great sound quality and an amazing bluetooth range. While we don’t recommend these for working out, they’re one of our favorites when it comes to everyday-carry earbuds.
The Amps hit the nail on the head with the design. They’re tiny, (but not so tiny that we’re afraid we’d lose one), they’re soft, and they’re very sleek looking. We love the feel of the soft-touch plastic, which is much nicer feeling than the hard plastic that we’re used to with many other true wireless headphones on the market, like the Samsung Gear Icon X. The Amps have a twist lock feature, so you put them in your ears and then twist them horizontally to lock them into place. The Sol Republic logo should lay flat when done properly.
They fit perfectly in the ears of most of our guys on the team, but tended to pop out of the smaller ears of the ladies on our team. For those the Amps fit, they were comfortable and didn’t strain or fatigue our ears after long periods of use.
Now, we wouldn’t recommend these earbuds for workouts or aerobic activity. Although they are water and sweat resistant, they don’t have an ear hook to really hold them into place. They should be fine for some weight lifting here and there, but we noticed during rigorous activity that they tended to pop out.
They’re more suitable for wearing around the office or at home, where you can take a second to adjust them if need be. If you’re really looking for a pair of headphones to use in the gym everyday or during your CrossFit workouts, check out the Jaybird Run or Bose SoundSport Free.
Sound Isolation & Fit
Because of the twist lock technology on the Amps, your ear canal is almost completely sealed off, giving you unparalleled noise cancellation. We’re very impressed, but remember that sometimes you don’t want complete noise isolation, or you’d want a headphone with an ambient aware setting like the Jabra Elite 65T.
Another reason why we don’t recommend these for working out—you might want to be able to hear cars or trains or what not while you’re outside. These are perfect, though, for when you’re working in the office or on a plane and really just want to tune everything out.
Track Management & Controls
The Amps have just one button on them, which sport the Sol Republic logo. You press the button in order to operate the earbuds, and we really like the good tactile feedback of the click from the button. We also love the simplicity of this remote system. In our opinion, it’s the best way to go with true wireless earbuds. Just click once (on either ear bud) to pause or play music, or to answer any calls. Click the button twice to engage Siri or Google Assistant.
This keeps things simple and easy, but it also means you can’t adjust the volume or do any track management (like skipping songs) with just the earbuds, but again, we like it better that way. Just keep in mind you will have to use your phone for those things, so keep it nearby.
The audio quality is the best feature about the Amps. It’s crisp and clear audio with great depth. We do wish we could adjust the bass level through the app because it is quite deep and powerful, but we honestly think the Amps have the best audio quality of any true wireless earbuds we’ve tested (and we’ve tested a lot).
Battery Life & Bluetooth
The Amps use Bluetooth 5.0, and we’re a big fan. It works great. No matter where we went in the office, we never had any signal interference. We could go over 100 feet and still have a stable connection. With the interbud connection, it would sometimes take a couple seconds to catch up if we were switching from music to calls and back, but nothing that bothered us too much. Overall, we’d put the bluetooth connection on par with the Apple AirPods, they’re that good.
As for battery life, it’s about 3-4 hours on a single charge. What we’re more impressed with is the charge case, which has 2,200 mAh hours and 15 complete charges of the earbuds before you need to juice it up again. So while the earbuds themselves have a limited charge range, every time you put them back in the case they’re going to get charged up again and you probably won’t have to charge the case itself for a couple of weeks at a time because of its 45 hour battery life.
On top of that, the case is also a power bank, so you can charge your other electronics with it, as well. Keep in mind if you use the case to charge your smartphone, you’re going to have less power to charge to earbuds, but we still think it’s some great battery life.
When the Sol Republic Amp Air 2s first came out, they were around $180, but we’ve recently seen them for around $130. They’re priced to compete with the Apple AirPods, so their price will probably hover a little below or a little above their price. They also offer individually sold earbuds in case you lose one. Be sure to check out our deals page for current discount codes.
Sol Republic Amps Air 2 Review: Conclusion
We’re very impressed with these earbuds. They’re not completely perfect, and we wouldn’t use them for our regular workout earbuds because of their ear stability and complete sound isolation. You can find us using them as our everyday headphones for just about everything else, though, because the Bluetooth 5.0 connection, the sound quality, the battery life, and the sleek and simple design are great.