Product review: Apple Airpods Pro headphones

Everyone who exists as of right now knows who Apple are. Now we’ve established that fact let’s talk about Airpods Pro which will undoubtedly be used both as an actual audio product and an accessory.

So what makes the Pros, Pros? Firstly, and most importantly in my opinion, is the addition of noise cancellation technology that utilise twin microphones to isolate all the noise that ruins your music listening. Noise cancellation is the real big thing right now with every company throwing their hat into the ring, so Apple joining the ranks keeps the Airpods relevant. Another aspect of the noise cancellation is transparency mode that allows you to switch modes and easily hear what’s going on around you, this is perfect for a quick stop to the shop so you can actually hear what the cashier is saying to you.

Another big step up for the pods is comfort. Apple headphones for some inexplicable reason have always been the weirdest designed headphones I have ever seen, and I’m not judging if you’re a fan, but the change from the hair dryer looking original design to the standard “silicon tip” that practically every other headphone has is a big change in the right direction. It may be normalisation but I’ll be darned if it isn’t more comfortable.

Of course they’re wireless and so they need some sort of method of power distribution, and power consumption! Well fear not because with noise cancelling on they can last 4.5 hours and 5 without. Now that may not seem like a lot if you’ve got a heavy day of travelling…..but they also come with a companion travel case that not only looks rather dashing, but also gives you an additional 19 hours of power. That means in total the Airpods Pro can last up to 24 hours if you’ve got the case all charged up.

Speaking of wireless, they easily pair with any of your Apple devices, and are even fully compatible with Siri so you can use the power of your voice to control all sorts of aspects of them. Also if you really want to flex you can connect them via Bluetooth 5.0 to an Android device! Obviously the Siri control won’t work but you’d really be sticking it to the man.

Why do I always talk about sound last? Seems weird I do that whenever it’s an audio product. The Airpods Pro, much like their weird looking brothers, give you an open sound with good spatial awareness whilst also opting for clarity and a neutral tonal balance. That’s a nice amount of pretentious words but when used in a taste test with Mick Gordons “Doom” OST they sounded amazing giving a punchy aggressive rendition that wasn’t overly bassy but was overly tasty.

Why am I telling you this though? If you like Apple products then you’re going to buy them, at least after reading this though you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ve bought something that’s actually good. Give you local Richer Sounds store a call to find out more.

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Author: Hal, Plymouth store

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