airpods 2 and other bluetooth 5 headphones: what about voice over latency

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Can someone tell me if there is a difference between the airpods 2 and other bluetooth 5 headphones when using voice over aspecially for the latency of voice over?




Submitted by Ishkabibble on Saturday, August 1, 2020

I have used both AirPods and other Bluetooth 5 earbuds with VoiceOver. Trust me, the difference is massive. The AirPods have close to no latency but other earbuds have about a third of a second latency which is torturous. Hope this helps.

Submitted by Yvonnezed on Sunday, August 2, 2020

I don't know. I'm using a set of the latest Aftershokz and find it pretty good. Not that I've used the latest Airpods for comparison.

In general I think Bluetooth 5 is a big improvement, but I don't know whether it depends on brand.

Submitted by Daniel Angus MacDonald on Sunday, August 2, 2020

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Submitted by Sophie on Saturday, August 29, 2020

Because of the Apple-specific chip, airpods or beats have less latency. Not just for voiceover, but generally the advantage of the Apple-specific chip is that it communicates with the device faster.

Submitted by a king in the north on Sunday, August 30, 2020

In reply to by Sophie

This is not really an apple specific thing. Its simply that each headphone has its own individual bluetooth chip, unlike in the past. This does reduce latency, but not by much.

Submitted by a king in the north on Sunday, August 30, 2020

Bluetooth 5, by itself, brings no improvements to bluetooth audio at all. Performance will heavily depend on the individual bluetooth implementation by the manufacture, with some being better than others. The technology to look out for in this space is really LE audio, a new bluetooth technology set to ship this year or the next.