Thoughts on the newly announced AirPods pro?

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I was wondering what people thought of the announcement of the new AirPods pros. I was particularly interested in the transparency mode for uses with applications such as Microsoft soundscape.
I know that there are other headphones that do this but, from the description and due to the venting, it should feel more natural.
My ideal is to be able to carry on in general life with AirPods in so I'm connected to my phone but also able to be completely connected with my environment.
Have the aftershockz but do find that they lack in louder environments.
What are your thoughts? Also, do you think the new features are worth the hefty pricetag?




Submitted by Siobhan on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Hi. i have the second gen as i write this in. Personally, I don't know if paying nearly 100 dollars more , ok some with tax over here, is worth it. If Apple somehow let you trade in Airpods to get the later model, I might consider it. Excuse me now while i shower, as the image of putting something in your ear someone else had before is just... Yes, I know logically they would disinfect and whatever else they had to do, but mental picture. Haha. I'd check them out, especially if these don't suddenly stop speak and I have to turn Voice Over back on to get sound. They haven't done this with my phone, though I haven't tested this much.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

They actually come with the wireless charging case so it ends up closer to £50 or $50 difference I think. I've actually had a moment of madness and gone for it as never owned any before. Just got my tracking details through so will have them in the morning. I'll let people know what I think.

Submitted by J.P. on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I obviously haven’t heard them yet, but not impressed. Yes there’s some updates, but nothing special to make me buy.
The 2nd generation was just mediocre. Overpriced and overrated. They better be REAL special to charge that price.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I guess that they are in direct competition with the true wireless Sonys which I believe come in about £20 less. I'll be interested to see if the sound quality is comparable and how well the transparent hearing works.

There is the ease of pairing to remember too so, I guess it's a wait and see. I can understand not upgrading though with what is on the spec sheet.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

If anyone here wants to give me that for Christmas, I will be happy. I ask Bella the cat and she just turn around and rase her tail. I do not want to know what she meant by that. Let me know so I can give you my address. So nice ladies think about it.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I like the idea of the aware mode, but there are plenty of other earbuds out there that do that already. They may not be wireless, but I will sacrifice wearing a wire for savings in the price tag. Also, there are plenty of other truly wireless earbuds out there for well under a hundred dollars that I would be willing to bet sound just as good if not better. Some of them already come with a wireless charging case, and for the Pamu Slide earbuds which I have, can even wirelessly charge your phone if you run low on juice. Maybe if I didn't consider Siri anything but a mild irritant I would be more enthusiastic.

Submitted by J.P. on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In reply to by sockhopsinger

I agree with sockhopsinger. There are many out there for much less and have much better sound. This is an Apple money grab.
The only real benefit of AirPods is the ease of pairing. Just my opinion. I’m happy for anyone who enjoys theirs.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The reviews on sound seem pretty promising. I think the awareness is going to be superior because of the vent design so it will mix in ambient real noise... This is from my understanding.

Who knows. There are cheaper alternatives but there is going to be certain compromises if you are fully baked into the apple pie.

Anyway, it's a wait and see. Hopefully I'll be able to not be over justifying the spend when I come back to you with my views.

My personal view is that transparency is huge for blind users of apple products if you compare it along side apples other offerings.

Submitted by peter on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I will be intrested to see reviews on how well the noise suppression works. Surely it can't be anything as good as the Bose headphones that limit a lot of the background noise by covering your ears, but still, these are a lot less bulky. Could be good for environments with a lot of loud ambient noise. Maybe someone can compare different devices with noise suppression.


Submitted by Reginald George on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

If the microphones give a wide soundstage and you can hear which directions sounds are coming from then it works. Otherwise there’s just not much point. Also in the app or somewhere you need to be able to control the volume of the incoming sound and I’m also concerned that it will be slightly delayed as it is now when you turn on the listening mode in control center.

Submitted by Reginald George on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I still have the first generation AirPods. One fine day I decided to leap into the pool like a dork with them in my ears and almost lost them. I went underwater and they have continued to work fine for the next year. I’m wondering if these metal ones aren’t even going to be as waterproof as the plastic ones even though they never got a rating. I would like to be able to use one airpod in the shower when I’m reading a book and IP ask for is not going to allow that. I don’t think we’re going to see multi device support and battery life improvement until they come out with a new chip for these next year. Still I am intrigued and interesting. The adaptive sound mode should give them really good sound in different environments if the volume and equalization self adjusts and I’m sure they did that right. And I am happy to hear that they are only about $50 more I am sure eventually they will come out with a version without the wireless case. And I want them badly and I will try them out but will probably wait till next year when the next version smooths out some of these issues.

Submitted by Brian Giles on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Ordered a set this morning. I won't get them for a couple weeks since I engraved the case, but can't wait to try them.

I'll be returning the beats solo pros I ordered last week. AirPods Pro check a few more boxes for me at least on paper. Much easier to cary around since these will be my everyday headphones. I'm not expecting too much from the noise cancelling since they're inear buds, but maybe I'll be surprised.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I'd imagine, as they are two separate units with microphones on both that there is a full sound stage. The reviews seem to indicate that it's like not wearing anything at all... anything at all... Anything alll... Ned Flanders...

As for the delay, the processing is done on the AirPods themselves. I'd imagine the issue with live listen is the latency from the phone to the AirPods.

And regarding a comparison to the Bose or Sony over ear NC, they won't be as good due to less coverage for one thing. these are out and about headphones, think the QC 35s and Sony XM3s are for long haul flights.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The other big issue that I forgot to mention is battery time. For that price, I have a hard time stomaching that you can only get about 5 hours at the best-use scenario. I would surely think that getting a full day out of a pair of headphones is not too much to ask. I know I'm knitpicking now, but that's just my opinion.

Submitted by Special K on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I think yes! I liked my Generation 1, though before I had them I figured they were useless. I've always wished I could wear them in airplanes, and have said if they came out with a noise canceling version, I'd get them. I loved my Bose QC20's, but once the headphone jack because a thing of the past, they became a bit inconvenient. These new AirPods seem like just what the doctor ordered for all the flying I do.

Submitted by Devin Prater on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

To those saying there are headphones with better sound, for less money, please give me some ideas. My AirPods Second Generation has defective microphones, so I'm looking for replacements. Yes, I know, I'm the only one with this issue, so others don't have to reply saying that theirs works fine. Great. But I'm tired of paying high prices for headphones that turn out to suck, and I only use the headphones with my phone anyway, so shoot those lower priced, better sounding, noise reducing and awareness-creating headphones my way. Just, no over the ear or in-canal designs, please.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

How do others feel about the battery life?

Do those with the case keep it on them and keep the AirPods in there? My thinking is I'd probably not want to listen to anything for more than four hours anyway, well, aside from audio books. I can see that being annoying on long haul flights but for general use, surely you're always topped up?

It seems that apple will have found the optimum use case scenario, they've shrunk the form factor rather than increasing battery which suggests that is how they think people use such devices.

Also, those with the AirPods, is ambient sound enough to be aware of your surroundings due to the less invasive fit?

Submitted by Diogo Melo on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I just ordered mine today. I was considering updating my AirPods 1 to the 2nd gen when they came out but the new features couldn't justify the investment, specially since I only god the 1st gen last year.
Having more controls , sweat resistance and better sound seemed a good deal to me.
I like Apple's EarPods and AirPods design because I can hear what is around me while walking, and I am very curious to see if transparency mode will allow me the same peace of mind while walking and listening to books or podcasts. Noise suppression was always something I feared for that reason, but since there is Transparency mode, I'll enjoy disconnecting from the world in the gym or in the underground ;)

And yes, I would love them to last a whole day, but for now I have to work chained to the computer...

Mine are scheduled to arrive tomorrow, I'll tell you what I think

Submitted by techluver on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I think I'll wait until black friday. 1. i think/hope that some store will have a deal on them, and 2. I want to see what everyone thinks of them before I end up buying them. I'm sure that within a month there will be reviews on reviews talking about what people think of them.

Submitted by Jeff on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I tried the new Beats, but I was very disappointed. They still sounded like ear buds to me. There didn't seem to be any more bass than with the airPods. Perhaps I wasn't using the correct tips or something and they seemed a bit bulky and awkward to insert in my ears. I'm wondering if the airPods Pro correct some of these issues, especially the audio quality.

I, too, would be interested in hearing about any truly better sounding ear buds -- ones that are good enough for listening to music. When I find ear buds that sound as good as my Bose on-ear bluetooth headphones with the comfort and convenience of my airPods, those are the ones I want.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Tuesday, October 29, 2019


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Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In reply to by sockhopsinger

What about one that is similar. I do not want a headset but just the ear pod like airpod. Something similar to airpod?

Submitted by Mitchell on Thursday, October 31, 2019

I am sad that these came out this year. While I like what they bring, I do feel a bit slighted because I bought the second-gen Airpods earlier in the year, and now there's no reason for me to buy them since I'll be getting hearing aids soon which sound as good as the second-gen Airpods, if not better. and And I'd only use the Airpods in situations where I'd use hearing aids, i.e. outdoors or in other places that aren't my house where I can wear large headphones.
They seem promising for what they are, but I just feel a little annoyed knowing that my 6-month-old Airpods that I spent $bjj on are now sort of not the best thing.

Submitted by Brian Giles on Thursday, October 31, 2019

I demoed the airpods pro at the apple store last night when I went to return the beats solo pros that I'd ordered. I only had a few minutes to play with them, but what I saw seemed like they'll be exactly what I want upgrading from my beats x.

The ANC was good, but obviously nowhere near something like Bose over ear headphones -- different use cases. The transparency seems really cool and I'm starting to think it could actually work well using it while walking, like if you're using a GPS app or aira.

The fit test is crazy! At first I thought why would you need something like that, isn't it easy to figure out what size ear tip you need? Then I tried it, and it told me I needed a bigger tip and it was just kind of neat. Awesome that you don't have to download and open a separate app, which may or may not be accessible to change settings on the airpods pro. A friend was interested in the fit test thing, but doesn't have an iPhone. I hope other headphone companies come up with something similar for people who don't want airpods pro or who are in Android land.

I'm more excited to get mine, but must stick with my lightning earpods for another couple weeks. But that's what I get for adding the free engraving from Apple. lol

What kind? It looks like I need. After using headset for more than 18 years at work, I start to having issues with hearing. I want to make sure I get one that is small and can be use with iPhone.