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Apple AirPods Pro: What separates the Apple amongst Oranges?

by Praveen Kamath November 01, 2019 3 min read

Apple AirPods Pro: What separates the Apple amongst Oranges?

The AirPods Pro offer noise cancellation, water resistance, Adaptive EQ and wider soundstage.

They boast several new features but they also have an uncanny resemblance to the Pokémon Bellsprout, a Blow dryer and Pingu - The adorable toon making them the talk of the town. 

AirPods Pro are the newest, hottest Apple accessory right now and for good reason. Despite the fact they cost more than a Meze 99 Classics or most smartphones out there, they're the first Apple earbuds to feature active noise cancellation (ANC) which is a good thing meaning when you put them on, you don’t have to listen to people saying you’ve wasted a lot of money.

Brand agnostics can easily give this further read a miss. Apple fanboys, this one’s for you!

What's different this time around?

#1: A real ‘Pro’ at noise cancellation

Probably the most noticeable difference is that the AirPods Pro actually use active noise cancellation rather than relying only on passive noise reduction from the eartips. The level of noise cancellation on the Pro can be customized, and can even be set to Transparency Mode to allow you to hear what’s happening around you without taking off the headphones. There are basically no drawbacks to having it.

#2: The Sleek gym-buddy you’ve always wanted

If you’re planning on taking your Apple earbuds to the gym, you should probably pick up the more expensive AirPods Pro as they’re water-resistant IPX4 –  Sweat and water-resistant compared to the non-water-resistant AirPods.

Now, that doesn’t mean you should take your new high-end AirPods Pro in the pool with you. If you’re looking for something you can take into the pool with you, you'll need a pair of waterproof earbuds. 

#3: The AirPods Pro have custom eartips and a pressure valve to regulate in-ear pressure

In terms of finding the right fit, the AirPods Pro will offer more customization than the one-size-fits-all Apple AirPods: Inside the box you’ll find a number of eartips and if you’re not sure which to use, Apple will even help you find the correct fit with a quick audio test and can tailor the sound to suit your ear structure.

It’s a small perk of the Pro series of headphones, but one worth considering, especially if you’re sensitive to pressure build-up.

#4: An Adaptive EQ 

Also inside the buds themselves are internal microphones that can measure volume. These are absolutely crucial for effective noise cancellation but, as an added bonus, can also be used for features like Adaptive EQ that optimizes sound quality for your physiology. 

#5: Wider Soundstage and a slight improvement in clarity 

While you won’t find a massive difference in audio performance between the two AirPods, many folks have noticed a slightly wider soundstage (how clearly you can hear individual instruments) and a slight uptick in overall clarity when using the AirPods Pro. That’s likely because the AirPods Pro have a slightly larger frequency range and a slightly larger chamber that allows for the sound to expand more. 

#6: Shorter and stouter than the AirPods 

OK, so this is really more of an aesthetic difference than a functional one, but the AirPods Pro are a bit shorter and stouter than the regular AirPods: The iconic tips of the headphones don’t reach as far down your ear with the Pro, but they will cover up more of your ear due to their larger housing. 

Both have a sort of futuristic look to them, however, which some find unappealing.

Which ones should you buy?
If you’re bothered by outside noises while at work or while you’re commuting, need water-resistance for the gym or are sensitive to pressure build-up in your ears, it’s probably worth paying a bit more for the Apple AirPods Pro. 

Apple AirPods Pro will be available on Pre-Order on Headphone Zone starting 2nd November, 2019. They're expected to retail at a price of ₹24,990 and shipping can be expected by mid-November. 

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