Anker’s new Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro earbuds support high-quality LDAC audio

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Anker’s Soundcore brand is refreshing its flagship true wireless earbuds today with the new $169.99 Liberty 3 Pro. Both the earbuds and their slider-style charging case look similar to the Liberty 2 Pro, though the buds are 30 percent smaller and have an “air pressure relief structure” in their wingtips for added comfort. Anker has made more significant improvements to the features they offer: The new earbuds have active noise cancellation—so much as you’d expect at this price—and the “HearID ANC” system is optimized for efficiency and comfort. Anker says it monitors outside ambient noise by taking into account the pressure inside the ear, so ANC levels automatically adapt to the environment.

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The Liberty 3 Pro’s dual-driver acoustic architecture has been refined, and these earbuds join Sony’s WF-1000XM4s in offering enhanced audio quality thanks to their support for the LDAC codec. There aren’t a lot of wireless earbuds out there that offer LDAC (though the aptX HD is more common), so hopefully, this will be the start of a trend. AAC and SBC codecs are also supported.

The Charging Case Charge features wireless charging, and Anker says the earbuds can hit up to six hours of continuous playback with ANC enabled or eight hours with it. The case stores an additional 24 or 32 hours respectively. Anker says its fast charge capability can give you three hours of playback if you plug and charge the earbuds over USB-C for just 15 minutes.

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Anker will offer the Liberty 3 Pro in four different colors: black, white, silver, gray and purple. They’re rated IPX4 for water and sweat resistance and they have three different transparency modes for when you need some environmental awareness. You can order new buds starting today. Earlier this year, Becca reviewed the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro, which has a more AirPods-esque design and costs $130. As is often the case with Anker, they are a very competitive product for the asking price. But with the Liberty 3 Pro’s price a bit high, Anker will be faced with plenty of worthy options.

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