Nothing today announced several new things for its line of audio products. First of all, the Nothing Ear (2) now comes in a slick new all-black finish, similar to its predecessor.
Next, the Ear (2) also gets a new advanced equalizer option. Along with the simplified presets and 3-band EQ, there is now an Advanced tab where you can access the new 8-band EQ. More than the EQ itself, it's what you can do with it is impressive as this is easily one of the most elaborate EQ we have seen on a mainstream audio product.
Aside from being able to adjust each of the eight bands, the user can also adjust which frequency each of the eight bands target. You can also adjust the Q factor, which lets you change the shape of the EQ curve and how broadly or narrowly the changes made by adjusting the band are applied across the frequency range.
Once you make your changes, you can save them across multiple custom profiles. You can also share your presets with others. The only criticisms I have about the new advanced EQ is that your volume level drops drastically when using these as opposed to the standard presets or 3-band EQ. Moreover, the advanced EQ is only available on the Ear (2) and the Ear (stick) but not the original Ear (1).
Speaking of the Ear (stick), this model now gets active noise cancellation. You will need to update the firmware and you will be warned this will reduce the battery life. You even get the option to roll back to a previous firmware if you don't want the feature and don't want to lose battery life.
The feature is limited in its effectiveness considering the Ear (stick) are open-ear earbuds. Still, for what it's worth, it does help cut back some of the low frequency hum from things like fans and air conditioners but don't expect it to perform miracles.
Nothing also has a raft of software improvements for the Ear (2). Over the months we have noticed the company steadily release a stream of software updates for these earbuds, which we had criticized in our review for having a variety of issues at launch.
Credit where credit is due, Nothing has since fixed majority of the issues we brought up in our review, many of which were very specific. This is exactly the sort of attitude we want companies to have when dealing with criticism as it ultimately it results in better products for everyone.
the only real reason the equaliser is exists actually is to eliminate undesirable frequency peaks. i mostly use it to smooth out frequency peaks that are mostly hidden in the 1khz to 12khz region. that way i can make almost any headphone sound like a...