New Apple AirPods Pro have hit the market, with new features that include a customizable fit that forms an exceptional seal for active noise cancellation that blocks out the world so you can focus on what you’re listening to. The stem is 33% shorter than AirPods (2nd Gen) and has a much more robust battery.
apple said they’re more comfortable, sound better, and are more responsive, making it easier to connect to your phone, computer, iPad, and more.
It’s great to read, but how do they really hold up to very real tests? We decided to see if all this innovation and update was for the hype or was it worth the money? Here’s what we found.
AirPods Pro vs The Super Trendy Coffee Shop on a Saturday
If you live in Chicago and you’re single, young, or just trying to look cool, then you know the best place to meet a potential mate, meet friends, or just hang out is Starbucks in Old Town. town. Many call it the Plug in Starbucks.
There is most likely a similar place in your city. This is our testing ground for the exam.
Every Saturday morning the plug in starbucks is full of people, dating, flirting, working and yes, drinking coffee. It’s fun, energetic and very loud. To top it off, Starbucks has a steady stream of groovy music to add to the atmosphere.
It also happens to be the cafe in the same building where my son has a class on Saturdays, so that’s where I write while waiting for him (like I do right now).
Unlike other Saturdays, I didn’t bring my over-ear headphones, but my new AirPods Pro to see how they could stand up to the “vibe.”
While I write and listen Careful clay, I’m able to drown out the “ambience”, thanks to active noise cancellation and spatial audio with dynamic head tracking. That means AirPods Pro sound is placed all around me to create an immersive, three-dimensional listening experience for music.
How does this help me hear my music and not the really bad first date at the table next to me?
It’s about adapting. AirPods Pro seal to your ear canal and prevent external noise from drowning out your music. This preserves sound quality without the interference of hearing masking. Passive isolation paired with effective noise cancellation means you’re less likely to try to crank up the volume to block out those external sounds.
AirPods Pro versus the gym
My Beats stink. It stinks like my kid’s hockey bag! They sound great, but there’s no kind of magic to take the stink out of the ear padding. I recently wore these on a plane, the guy next to me commented on a weird smell.
So they are now relegated to my training helmet. I sweat on them, hit them with Febreze and come back on a hook.
That’s where they could stay.
The AirPods Pro and the MagSafe charging case are both IPX4 water resistant rated – so they’ll withstand everything from rain to heavy workouts and, as a bonus, they don’t stink.
If I’m on the treadmill, exercise bike, or lifting weights, they stay put and the sound is clear. The tapered tips inside conform to the shape of your ear, keeping AirPods Pro secure and with vents to help equalize pressure, it helps eliminate the feeling of someone putting a finger in your ear. They are very comfortable.
When I’m done I can just use a soft cloth to dry them off or a little isopropyl alcohol and use that to loosen anything that might be stuck in the speaker mesh and help keep the stink at bay .
AirPods Pro against my very loud wife on a Zoom call in the next room
The kids are all back in school, but my wife and I are still working remotely (he types as he sits outside on a snowmobile in a shed for some privacy.) We have our own space work that is far from each other, but we can still hear each other in meetings and on calls.
Normally I’m a speaker guy with the door closed. But when she launches into a Zoomit may seem like she is in the same room and it cuts off my own calls.
the AirPods Pro easily sync via bluetooth with my macbook pro, ipad and phone. So I can take Zoom, Teams, Google meetings as well as calls, without having to worry about anything falling or outside noise (Wife) interfering.
the AirPods Pro have two tiny microphones – inside and outside, and they work pretty much the same way all active noise canceling headphones work. The inward-facing microphones measure sound 200 times per second to ensure it produces the correct sound to counter it, giving you clear, nearly obstruction-free audio.
While they won’t completely rid you of the overwhelming ambience of your favorite cafe or a super loud spouse, they do a great job of delivering a personalized immersive experience where new technology lives up to the hype.
Undoubtedly the most important feature of the new version is the active noise cancellation, and these are some of the best noise-cancelling wireless headphones on the market.