My Soundcore Arc review/ comparison to Spirit X

As with all things from Anker and now Soundcore releasing a bunch of audio products we will start to see more and more people posting reviews. I will say that the new soundcore packaging could be better, it could have stuck with the Yellow theme from Zolo, but alas it is the same blue and white as all other products. Now, I didn’t take pictures of me unboxing this nor did I take pictures of all the accessories as it has become standard across the board so anyone who has ever owned any of anker branded headphones knows what’s inside.

Shame on me for not including those, but its mediocre to me as it’s all the same stuff. You get a Soundcore branded semi hard side case, different eartips and earwings to tailor for these to your ears, as well as happy/not happy card and instructions. Basic stuff imo, but where these really shine is in the design and execution of its controls.

Upon first handling these headphones I notice the cord is slightly thicker than the Spirit X headphones, it also uses a “s” style cable management clip. The cord is round instead of flat, and has ridges running parallel to the cord on all sides. The remote control is on the left side as opposed to the right of the Spirit X, and it’s also designed better that allows easier button presses without having to feel for the right button…the center button is elongated while the volume up and down is shaped like a mini lightbulb.

The headphones themselves feature “memory” earhooks that can be tailored to better fit your needs, this is great if your jogging as you can make it so they sit slightly off your head and allows for ambient sound to come in. And, if you choose you can have it adjusted to sit flush against your head instead to help seal out all outside noise.

Sound quality wise, these are decent sounding headphones. They will not win any bass award, because while it is there, it is on the softer side… great for those who do not like bass heavy headphones. Vocal clarity is great, I would say a small step down from the Spirit X when listening to music… but if your listening to a podcast then these win hands down. This makes them great for phone calls, you can hear people on the other end are nice and crisp and they can hear you perfectly fine, some people didn’t even realize I was using a headset/headphones. Thanks to the cVc noise reduction it works great in windy environments too, this was probably the only giveaway I was using these on one phone call.

Battery life is rated at 10 hours, I can attest and say that these lasted ne exactly 9 hours and 38 minutes on full volume. I believe they test these at around 60 to 70% volume so the stated run time would be accurate. These are also ipx5 rates and have a nano waterproof coating on them, to test this I went swimming with them. While they worked and performed flawlessly, make sure to dry them off afterwards. While swimming with them, I noticed if they came out a little in my ear I would hear gurgling and the sound would cut out momentarily. A quick shake to get the water out and they were back to working good, I adjusted the earloop so it fits flush to my head and sealed better. I was only able to go down about 6 inches before I lost bluetooth signal, but the is expected since the signal cannot travel through water. Once out the pool they continued to work as expected.

All in all, for those looking to get a decent pair of headphones and will be using it for calls as well would look no further than these. These are good for music and great for phone calls and podcast without over powering bass and great vocal clarity.

One last thing, I love how thesefit compared to the Spirit X, if you look at the pictures you will notice the X sits flat and isn’t as angled like the arc is, which makes it way more comfortable long term use. That and these are more directed towards the ear then the X which are just slightly angled


Great review. I know what you mean regarding the unboxing pics :joy:

The earhooks sound great. I can see a thin metal rod going through the arm which will keep its shape so should really help with keeping them In place.

The remote looks much better and I like the cable. These ridges should stop it sticking to your neck. All looks great here.

Obviously, sound is most important over all but these things really help.

Omg, yes these did not stick to my neck at all, where the flat cord of the spirit x did. It’s the little things we do not notice u til something better comes along. I just wish I could combine all the differences into one great products, but you can never have it all as there would be no change or advancements if that were the case

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Great review @elmo41683 , nice to see easily differential button’s again and the fit does look secure :ok_hand:

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I left my Spirit X on the bus. Was so annoyed with myself but means I need these now :joy:


Great comparison, @elmo41683… thanks for posting!

Nice comparison pictures and a great review thank you for sharing. I would go for the spirit X personally. I like the ipx rating raised play button on the remote and the Bluetooth 5.0.

Imo BT 5.0 is far from what it can and should be for headphones.
The main differences between Bluetooth 4.2, Bluetooth 5 has:

2x the data rate…pointless for headphones as streaming rate is not the same as data rate.
4x the range…also moot because in order to achieve a longer range you charge ge the data rate and since most headphones can only stream to a certain degree, range is only slightly increased.
8x the broadcast capability, the biggest benefit of 5.0 cannot fully be realized with headphones as it’s mainly recieving and not transmitting.
Battery life is another added bonus, but that’s only if implemented by manufacturer. So realistically 4.2 will perform near identical to 5.0, just minor differences to set it apart.

But I do agree with the Spirit X for its sweatproof design and longer battery life. If only used for music and occasional podcast,otherwise the Arc is better suited for phone calls and podcast.

The remote play button on the spirit x is flush with the other buttons maki g it hard to just grab and select the right button,where as on the Arc, it is also raised but is designed differently from the other two so you literally can grab it and know what button your pressing without having to feel for it.

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More data better sound fidelity am I right?

I was referring to the raised :arrow_forward:symbol on the X or at least that’s what it looks like in the pic but I do agree that the button layout on the arc is preferable. I would like to see raised symbols on all buttons on future models and the Arc button layout.


Excellent review and comparison between the two. Thanks for the pics :slight_smile: The fit on the Arc looks much more comfortable and flush with the ear. I do prefer the slim look of the ear piece and look of the controls on the X though.

Trust me, the contolls are much better on the arc. Currently using them now at work.

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People who have picked up your headphones may be very happy.:joy:

In summary, which product do you prefer?:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

I like them both, just depends on what I’m using them for. If I’m just listening to music it’s the Spirit X hands down, but if I’m listening to podcast and plan to make phone calls then the Arc wins.

But both will get used equally while I’m at work and in the pool.

I am sure they are grrrrrrrr


So, similar to what I experienced with my Spirit X, these seem to sound better and offer offer slightly more bass after having broken them in a bit. I used these all week, except for last night since I was sick, but I did put them through the paces and they have a much warmer sound to them. The vocals are still nice and crisp, but the bass seems to have a bit more added depth to them. Now I wouldn’t hesitate to reccomend either of these headphones as they sound amazing once “broken in”. I will alternate between these two at work from now on, depending which one I have charged at the time.

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I just received Soundcore Spirit (video review coming soon), and now I know exactly what you’re talking about with the remote controls. To me, it’s not that the play button isn’t raised, it’s that it isn’t very tactile, at all. Not a big deal because it still works but quite the difference compared to Anker’s other earphones no doubt.

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I have grown use to using it, but still a chore if I had been using the Arc and then switch to these since the remote is on different sides. Looking forward to your review.

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