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Dial in on the CMF Buds Pro 2

CMF brings a fun factor to audio controls on the case.

Published onJuly 8, 2024

cmf by nothing buds pro 2 in case
  • CMF by Nothing unveils the Buds Pro 2 wireless earbuds.
  • The new model features a dual-driver system with improved ANC and battery life.
  • A fidget-friendly Smart Dial on the case offers various control options.

CMF by Nothing, a subsidiary of, you guessed it, Nothing, has announced its latest wireless earbuds, the Buds Pro 2. The new model introduces several features that aim to enhance audio quality and offer an engaging, tactile user experience.

The Buds Pro 2 employs a dual-driver system consisting of an 11mm driver and a 6mm tweeter. According to CMF, this configuration is designed to produce clear treble and bass across a frequency range of 20 Hz to 40 kHz. The earbuds support Hi-Res Audio and LDAC and also offer Spatial Audio. After listening to a few songs out of the box, I was initially impressed by their full and natural sound, but I’m eager to see what our complete testing reveals.

A notable design element is the inclusion of a Smart Dial on the charging case. This dial doubles as a button, allowing users to adjust volume, manage playback, and control noise cancelation. You can also reassign the click-and-turn functions through the Nothing X app.

cmf by nothing buds pro 2 smart dial
The clicky dial is very satisfying to use.

The dial itself has a pleasing knurled texture, providing a satisfying grip. Rotating it with your fingers produces a crisp, audible click reminiscent of a ratchet mechanism. Pressing it down with your thumb yields a softer, more subtle click. I had to briefly turn off the control functions because I couldn’t stop playing with them. If nothing else, the case doubles as a fun fidget toy for when you are bored.

The Buds Pro 2 features Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation, which CMF asserts can provide up to 50 dB of noise reduction – 5 dB more than the previous Buds Pro. It also has an Adaptive mode that automatically adjusts the ANC to your environment. For voice calls, the Buds Pro 2 is equipped with six microphones and utilizes Nothing’s Clear Voice Technology 2.0. This feature uses an algorithm refined on numerous noise models to isolate ambient sounds during calls.

Battery life is also said to have improved to 43 hours of playback from the previous Bud Pro’s 39 hours.

cmf by nothing buds pro 2 with box
The CMF Buds 2 Pro are shaping up to be a contender for budget-friendly earbuds

The CMF Buds Pro 2 are available for pre-order today from starting at $59 USD, which is a little over half the price of the budget-friendly Nothing Ear (a) earbuds. Stay tuned for our full review.

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