Oppo is one of the biggest smart phone manufacturers in the world and the company has a lot of Android phones under its portfolio. But what you might not know, is that the brand used to be a legend in the audio segment back in the day and would sell anything from a pair of planar magnetic earphones to high performance high end tags.
Now, that division closed a while ago but the company is pouring back into the audio segment and recently launched these Oppo Enco M31 earphones and this sounds so good that i stopped using my Samsung U Flex which costs 1.5k more than this. I’m already spoiling the ending for this review but I would still recommend that you read through this entire review to understand why these Oppo Enco M31 earphones are actually good and where exactly do this struggle when it comes to the competition.
Now for future references if you ever feel that an OEM’s cutting costs in the design department then do link them back to this Oppo Enco M31 review because these earphones are proof that you can design a good-looking pair of earphones with limited budget.
Now don’t let their all black a little generic aesthetic fool you. The Oppo Enco M31 looks superb and you can easily find traces of elegance all over its design. Be it the supply placed Oppo logo or the glossy trim for the buttons, now if you want the maximum style points then definitely go for the green color with the golden accents. It could be a product shorts but that earphone and that combination looks great.
Okay I’d also like to point out that the Oppo Enco M31 is as sturdy as it is beautiful and the wires that connect into these ear pieces are actually quite thick and I’m sure that they’ll stand the test of the time.Now the neck band in itself feels extremely solid and thanks to its flexible design you can easily store it in your pockets and the pair also comes with IPX 5 rating which means that you can work out with the Oppo Enco M31 in your ears.
Now compared to the OnePlus bullets Z, I feel that personally the Oppo Enco M31 Wireless looks better but design is a subjective entity so instead of dwelling on that, let me tell you why objectively the design of the Oppo enco m31 is superior to that of the oneplus bullets wireless Z.
Now firstly the ear tips of the m31 offer a snug in your fit and the earpieces don’t put root outwards like they do on the Oneplus Bullets Z Wireless, meaning you can comfortably sleep with the M31 still in your ears. Now secondly the weight, now I know that the bullet Z is all light weight but the M31 ones are even lighter in comparison and it’s just 22 grams. The only time i realized i was wearing the ear phones was when they ran out of juice which happened quite frequently, but more on that later.
Now the buttons offer fantastic tactility too and after using the headset for a while I could just change the music or variate the volume level by feel, by speaking of which you do get a volume rocker and a multi-function button with the Oppo Enco M31.
You can long press on the volume rocker to go forward or backward on a song and double tap on the multifunction button to enable the base mode. Now a single tap on the multifunction key plays or pauses a track and much like competing earphones you can turn the M31 on or off by snapping the magnetic buds together. Now I will agree that the oneplus Z’s multifunction button that lets you quickly switch between two different connected devices is a godsend but that is a small price to pay when you factor in the Oppo enco M31′ sound quality so let’s talk about that.
SOUND QUALITY & BATTERY LIFE
Before I talk about the M31 sound quality allow me to run some numbers by you. So the M31 comes with a 9.2 mm Dynamic Driver inside each ear piece and the earphones connect to compatible devices or Bluetooth version 5.0 plus, since these are Huayra certified the M31 can operate across a frequency spectrum of 20 Hertz to 40 kilohertz.
To make the most of my quality tracks the M31 also offers support for LDAC Codec. Now support for LDAC alone makes this earphone a much better buy over the oneplus bullets z in my opinion but the sound signature is much more refined too.
Now first of all the M31 is the only bluetooth earphone under rupees 2000 to 3000, which honestly can give audiophiles on a budget immense satisfaction when listening to music. Now Oppo has tuned this earphone incredibly well and it offers a really balanced sound signature which makes it exceptional for analytical listening.
By that I mean that the sound signature is exactly the opposite of what you get with the oneplus bullets z. So while the bullets offer a thumping bass which overshadows the mids and mocks up the highs the Oppo enco m31 let you listen to the song as is. So if the song is of the EDM genre you will be greeted by tight concise beats with just the right amount of slam.
Now a good example of the same is the song risk by singer fkj, where in the entity of the song you will love the amazing vocals of the singer but at the same time when the chorus comes along you will feel the intensity of the beat drop and the instrument separation on the M31 is fantastic too.Now when listening to For Aisha by MEMBA you will be surprised by how cleanly the M31 desolves the details in the instruments in the chorus and the faintest tab of the tabla is audible through the ear phones.
Now another instance of the M31’s brilliance is showcased in some nights by fun which I don’t have to tell you is a very chaotic soundtrack and here you will be able to listen to the pull ups and the hammer downs of the electric guitar just as clearly as you would be able to listen to thumping drums or needs vocals now same goes for the highs and rock songs sounded sparkly and energetic without fatigue in my ears either, a combination that’s very hard to find by the way.
See every time I get a pair of earphones for review I always make it a point to revisit mr. Brightside by the killers and the m31 are among the handful of sub 5000 rupees earphones which actually do justice to it the strums from the guitar sound great but the crispness in the sound the cymbal makes is what sold me on the pair’s ability to deliver crystal-clear highs.
The best part is that if you feel like you need more bass then you can get more bass by simply double tapping this button and these earphones would essentially then start sounding like the oneplus bullets Z. It really screws of the sound signature and I’m not the biggest fan of it but the bass mode essentially makes these sounds similar to the Bullets Z.
Now surely there must be some caviar some hidden terms and conditions which Oppo isn’t telling us about right? I mean how do Bluetooth earphones that cost so less sound so good well that’s because they have really average battery life in fact with the LDAC enabled and listening to your earphones at about 60 percent volume you’d be lucky if you touch the six-hour mark so yeah battery life on the M31 is not great and it’s not the strong suit.
Connectivity wise the M31 offers a rock-solid Bluetooth connection which really never faulted but don’t expect them to offer you latency free experience while gaming. Now for that, oneplus bullets z are still the better option as they do offer a latency free gaming experience, well at least sort off. Especially if you pair it with oneplus phone, playing the game in fanatic mode.
Now you will still want a pair wire earphones for that but yeah the bullets wireless z definitely offer lesser latency when compared to the Oppo Enco M31 and the microphone is really good for taking voice calls or so i was told whenever i ask my friend on the other line.
So for its asking price of Rs.1,999 the Oppo Enco M31 is an absolute steal. Honestly I can go on and on about how good this earphone sound and for the price that rarely ever happens. In fact the last time i was trying a budget oriented wireless earphone most when I tried the Google pixel buds type-c and since then I have auditioned a ton of different ear phones both wired and wireless so let me be absolutely clear the Oppo Enco M31 sound phenomenal.
No they do not offer the best battery life and if you want that, then you can either opt for Realme Buds Wireless or the OnePlus Bullets Z. But for the price if you want the best possible sounding Bluetooth earphone then look no further than the Oppo Enco M31. That wraps up my full review of the Oppo Enco M31 earphones. Do let me know in the comments below which one would you prefer to buy, would you buy the OnePlus Bullets Z or would you buy the Oppo Enco M31. If you liked this review you can also check the iPhone SE 2020 review.