Apple AirPods Pro Review




For the nit-pickers and nerdy ones here, I’m giving the specs and technical sheets. For all the others, you can just go to the next page to see how the AirPods Pro performs.

SIP and H1 Chip

Unlike your classic audio brand, Apple is not keen to display what’s inside their products.

What we know is that iFixit gave them a 0/10 repair score. Hurray! The only inner view you’ll get is found on the Apple website, or on iFixit where they give you a super cool 360 X-Ray view of the product.

From this, you have two options :

– you can yell at Apple, for making such a complicated, unbearably awful to open earphone,
– or you can be amazed, to see how much technology they fitted inside those cheap-looking white ears

The driver is a dynamic one, paired with a microphone to adjust the level and frequencies automatically while you listen to your music. All those calculations are made by the H1 chip, which gives the “ultra-efficient wide-range amplifier” all the right pieces of information to ensure “pure, clear music” and the best battery life.

Truth be told if I don’t think Apple gave the AirPods Pro a better driver than the one we have in our classic IEMs, the power of the DSP may be able to compensate for that. Again, we are talking about real-time adaptive sound correction, which is a prowess even with higher-end models.

Noise Cancelling and Transparency mode

As I told you, the Noise Cancelling produced by the AirPods Pro is nothing short of amazing, but there are more options.

If the Transparency mode is not a novelty, my old Bragi Dash already had this option back in the time, it’s still a cool option to have. Basically, once you activate the option, you’ll hear everyone outside as if you were not wearing your AirPods. It’s as good as the noise-canceling option and I’m sure some of you will keep the ears in all day long, thanks to that option.

Like the Noise-Cancelling, the Transparency mode makes use of the powerful SOC to check, 200 times per second, if all is well. The dual-microphone does a superb job, and this is the best transparency experience I tried up to this day, again. No Larsen, no high-pitched sounds, just an open sound with my music in the background.

Damn you Apple, it’s so good that I feel bad now !

Full specs

– Type : True Wireless IEM
– Style : Dynamic Driver + Noise-Cancelling x2
– Drivers : Proprietary large excursion transducer (unknown)
– Socket : Bluetooth 5.0
– Battery Life : 24 hours (with the case) – 4,5h per charge
– Shell : plastic
– Frequency response Range : NA
– Impedance : NA
– Sensitivity : NA
– Microphone : dual beamforming mics
– Price : $279 / 279€

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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.


  • Reply March 5, 2020


    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


    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


    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


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

  • Reply March 6, 2020


    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…

  • Reply November 28, 2020


    Apple product are amazing, i am using some apple product like iPhone and laptop. and love it

  • Reply November 28, 2020


    love the sound of airpods…. good review

  • Reply December 15, 2020


    Very nice article. Specially the sound of airpods are super.

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