Apple AirPods Pro Review

In this article we’re looking at the most famous TWS in the world: The $ 249 Apple AirPods Pro. Hype or serious audiophile sound? We’ll find out today.

 

 

Disclaimer: The Apple AirPods Pro were bought by myself to do this review. Apple is not linked to Headfonia in any way.

About Apple

Unless you stayed inside a cave for the last thirty years, you must be accustomed to Apple Inc. The products of this mega-company – valued at more than $1 Trillion USD – are sold worldwide and Apple, together with Coca-Cola, remains one of the most recognizable brands in the world. And, even if we normally do not review Apple products at Headfonia, the new AirPods Pro has been on the list for quite some time.

 

Sold for just under 280€/$, they are the top of the line of Apple AirPods earphones range which holds no less than… 90% of the TWS world sales! So, whatever we’ll say in this review, people will keep buying AirPods. The real question is : as an audiophile, should you buy it too? Time to find out.

The AirPods Series

As usual, let’s check Apple’s line-up first, to see where the new AirPods Pro ends up.

AirPods 1

Apple AirPods 1 were launched at the end of 2016, just before Christmas. And in the beginning people were a bit… skeptical. “It looks like a toothbrush…”, “You can’t jog with them, they may and will fall on every turn…”, “179€ for this? Who would be dumb enough to buy that…” And, to be honest, I was one of those guys. Yet, history proved me wrong, by far.

In just a few months, the AirPods became more than an earphone, or an Apple TWS. Teenagers crave for them as it shows that you are using an Apple device, which is cool in most parts of the world (or isn’t it ?). At the end of 2017, Apple sold around 17 million AirPods. Twice that amount in 2018…

Inside, Apple kept the same dynamic driver previously found in the classic EarPods. What they added was a full Bluetooth SOC to ensure the connection between each side and the phone. As usual, there is no real information regarding the chip inside, Apple being Apple, but the W1 chip supports Bluetooth 4.2, AAC streaming and beamforming for the microphone.

How does it sound? Like the EarPods, but wireless, so not audiophile-grade…

AirPods 2

After two years, Apple released the AirPods 2. If the sound was the same (bouuh), the brand optimized its best-seller by providing some neat features. First and foremost, the second generation supports wireless charging: just put the carry case on a Qi charger and it’s good to go.

In the same way, the AirPods 2 gives you a whole day of listening. As usual, you’ll have to put the earphones in the box and they’ll instantly charge, Apple advertising 3h of continuous listening, for a quick 15 minutes charge. The W1 chip was replaced by the H1 which is compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 and embeds a faster CPU, for better communication and stronger signal.

Price? Still the same, 179€
Sound? Still the same, still lacking (in my opinion).
Sales? Still the same, stellar

AirPods Pro

The AirPods Pro are the most recent and top of the line model of the brand. It shares the same Apple H1 chip found in the AirPods 2 with some new features. Noise-cancelling, better sound thanks to “adaptive equalizing” and a whole new proprietary dynamic driver.

New design, new system and new price. Higher of course: 279€/$. This can be a lot for classic consumers but this isn’t a big deal in the audiophile world (look at this Luxury&Precision DAP), but, is it worth it?

I won’t say more since those Airpods Pro are the purpose of this review. So, let’s check them out!

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A nerdy guy with a passion for audio and gadgets, he likes to combine his DAC and his swiss knife. Even after more than 10 years of experience, Nanotechnos still collects all gear he gets, even his first MPMAN MP3 player. He likes spreadsheets, technical specs and all this amazing(ly boring) numbers. But most of all, he loves music: electro, classical, dubstep, Debussy : the daily playlist.

    6 Comments

    • Reply March 5, 2020

      Jonathan

      Nice Review!
      I am currently using AIRPod 2 and is fully satisfied with its sound quality and the most important easy placement inside the ear. I was looking to upgrade to Airpod Pro but now thinking to wait for the next release as my Airpod 2 is still working fine.

    • Reply March 5, 2020

      Joshua Chew

      Is there a review for the Momentum TW coming anytime soon?

    • Reply March 5, 2020

      ohm

      Hey guys, I have a pair, too, and love it. I think the original AirPods sounds better, but the connection quality, and isolation/NC is so cool. Great job Nano.

    • Reply March 5, 2020

      MhtLion

      Nice review. I love mine! I’m sure there are many others that sound better. I honestly think $30 wired Apple EarPods actually sound better. But, AirPods Pro is just so convenient. I do wish Apple will improve the sounds just a tad bit on the next version.

    • Reply March 5, 2020

      Darwin

      Apple has been shipping an 18 watt adapter with iPhones for almost a year.

    • Reply March 6, 2020

      bb

      I have to chime in – these suck (Airpods are great! but not these) – STOP THE HYPE – fit is terrible both in ear and trying to get them in and out of the case, tips included do not fit all, battery life is terrible, sound quality subpar, form factor far worse that the regular Airpods (which rock!)! The BEST TWS are Creative Outlier Gold. Bar none! The only thing that Apple has “right” is the open ventilation that would be good to have others solve as well but it probably has to go with NC…

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