Cleer Ally Plus II Review Rating
The Cleer Ally Plus II are an excellent alternative to premium-priced ANC earbuds
Overall - 90%
- Excellent sound quality with a slight bass emphasis
- Superb battery
- aptX Adaptive
- Some may prefer a more neutral sound
- Basic app
Noise-cancelling performance is impressive, they can’t quite compete with over the head options or more expensive in-ear options from the likes of Sony, but overall the ANC is excellent.
Using my standard airplane cabin noise video on YouTube, there is a significant drop off on the low end and mid-range of the engine home. Switching between ANC on and off I would say there is a perceived difference of about 50% in the sound. This difference then means I can play music with little to no noticeable sound in the background vs an annoying hum.
These earbuds are rated 11 hrs of battery life ANC off or up to 10 hours of playback with ANC on when fully charged. This is above and beyond any requirement, I could possibly have, few earbuds compete, and I am not aware of any that have 10 hours with ANC on.
These also have wireless charging making it extremely convenient to place the case on top of a charging matt on my desk.
Price and Alternatives
The Cleer Ally Plus II are priced at £129.95 from hifiheadphones.co.uk, which I think is well priced.
The older Cleer Ally Plus are £99.98 if you go for the Warm Grey colour.
I’d say the Huawei Freebuds Pro are the best similarly priced earphones I have personally used. They have been good enough that I have continued to use them since my review. However, they lack an IP rating and have a poor battery in comparison.
The previous generation Sony WF-1000XM3 have dropped down to quite an affordable price of £144. I’d say these are worth it if you specifically want high performance from the ANC, however, they lack an IP rating and have a lower battery life
I have been impressed with the Cleer Ally Plus II, they suit my personal preferences well, and I have found myself opting to use these over the Jabra Elite 85t more often than not recently.
Sound quality is good, and this benefits from the EQ customisations within the Cleer app. The app itself is a little basic and lacks the features of the big brand name counterparts, but it does the job it needs to.
These offer a reasonably good level of ANC, especially when factoring in the price. If you want class-leading performance, you will have to fork out a lot more on something like the Sony
At £129.99, I think these are well priced, with a very high specification for the money you pay.