Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Nov 11, 2020 at 11:49 am
Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless Picture
7.4
Neutral Sound
8.1
Commute/Travel
8.4
Sports/Fitness
7.3
Office
5.6
Wireless Gaming
5.5
Wired Gaming
6.4
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Apple AirPods Pro are a welcome upgrade of the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. Their in-ear fit makes them much more stable, and they've significantly improved their audio delivery, though some may find this design less comfortable. Their active noise cancelling feature also works very well and makes them well-suited for commuting or wearing at work. While they're smaller than the previous models thanks to their shorter stems, they offer longer battery life and have an easier-to-use touch control scheme. Overall, they're better headphones than the previous Apple models and are much more versatile for everyday use.

Our Verdict

7.4 Neutral Sound

The Apple AirPods Pro are decent for neutral sound. Their sound is much better-balanced than previous models and their frequency response consistency is outstanding too. While they slightly struggle to deliver thump and rumble, they still provide quite a bit more bass than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 due to their in-ear design.

Pros
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
  • Premium, well-built design.
Cons
  • Poor customization options, especially on Android.
  • Bad passive soundstage.
8.1 Commute/Travel

The Apple AirPods Pro are great for commuting. These small and portable in-ears have a comfortable fit and an excellent ANC feature that helps to cut down the rumble of bus and plane engines. Even though their battery lasts over five hours on a single charge, their carrying case offers five additional charges if you need more battery.

Pros
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
  • Excellent ANC performance.
  • Premium, well-built design.
Cons
  • Poor customization options, especially on Android.
8.4 Sports/Fitness

The Apple AirPods Pro are great for sports. While they don't have stability fins, they shouldn't fall out of your ears during a run or workout. They're also small, lightweight, and have an IPX4 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for that. They also have an excellent ANC feature that helps to cut down ambient noise at the gym.

Pros
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
  • Excellent ANC performance.
  • Premium, well-built design.
Cons
  • Poor customization options, especially on Android.
7.3 Office

The Apple AirPods Pro are decent for office use. They're quite comfortable and block out a good amount of ambient chatter around you. They're very lightweight and comfortable, meaning you should be able to wear them for a full workday without feeling too fatigued. Unfortunately, their battery won't quite last a full day of work, and they take a bit longer than previous models to fully charge, meaning you may need to take a break from your music while they charge.

Pros
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
  • Excellent ANC performance.
  • Premium, well-built design.
Cons
  • Poor customization options, especially on Android.
  • No NFC or multi-device pairing.
  • Mediocre controls.
5.6 Wireless Gaming

The Apple AirPods Pro aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They're Bluetooth-only, so they aren't compatible with Xbox One or PS4. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency will likely be too high for gaming.

5.5 Wired Gaming

The Apple AirPods Pro are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired.

6.4 Phone Calls

The Apple AirPods Pro are alright for phone calls. Unfortunately, their integrated mic does a sub-par job of capturing your voice, so it sounds thin and muffled. While the mic does a better job noise handling, it can still be difficult for the person on the other end of the line to hear you clearly if you're in a moderately noisy environment. That said, these headphones have an excellent ANC feature, so you're able to focus on your call.

Pros
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
  • Excellent ANC performance.
  • Premium, well-built design.
Cons
  • Poor customization options, especially on Android.
  • Disappointing mic recording quality.
  • Mic has mediocre noise handling.
  • 7.4 Neutral Sound
  • 8.1 Commute/Travel
  • 8.4 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.3 Office
  • 5.6 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.5 Wired Gaming
  • 6.4 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jun 29, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Updated Mar 08, 2021: We've retested and updated 'Virtual Soundstage'.
  3. Updated Nov 11, 2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  4. Updated Feb 05, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  5. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  6. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Apple AirPods Pro are just as sleek and minimalist as earlier models. The stems are now shorter, while the white silicone tips give them a premium look and feel.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.01 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Apple AirPods Pro are quite comfortable for in-ear headphones. They come with three sizes of silicone tips and don't enter too deep into the ear canal. They're very lightweight and put no pressure on your ears, meaning they're barely noticeable.

6.2
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
iOS
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Apple AirPods Pro's controls are mediocre. Instead of physical buttons, they have an indented 'force sensor' on each stem. Pressing the sensor doesn't provide any tactile feedback, but the earbuds do play a sound when a command is registered. The controls are straightforward: one tap to play/pause or to answer phone calls, two taps to skip a track forward, and three taps to skip a track backward. If you hold down the controls, it activates the ANC or Siri depending on how you configure your settings. However, it can be difficult to get the long press to work. On the upside, all the controls also work on Android devices including ANC, although you can't configure them to other virtual assistants.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 °C

Like most in-ear headphones, the Apple AirPods Pro don't trap heat inside your ears, which makes them a suitable option for sports. You won’t notice a difference in temperature when wearing them and won’t sweat more than usual.

9.6
Design
Portability
L 1.2" (3.0 cm)
W 0.9" (2.3 cm)
H 0.9" (2.3 cm)
Volume 1.00 in³ (16.39 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

Lightweight and smaller than previous models, the Apple AirPods Pro are very portable. Their case should also fit into most pockets.

9.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 1.8" (4.6 cm)
W 2.4" (6.1 cm)
H 0.9" (2.3 cm)
Volume 3.60 in³ (58.99 cm³)

Their case is outstanding. It's extremely small and portable, measuring only slightly larger than previous models. Like the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, it supports Qi wireless charging as well as charges via its Lightning port. It should protect the headphones well against minor falls and scratches, but not against water damage.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Apple AirPods Pro have a great build quality. They're made from high-quality plastic and should be able to survive a couple of accidental drops without too much damage. Unlike the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, these headphones are also rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.

8.0
Design
Stability

These headphones have great stability. While they don't have stability fins, they shouldn't move or fall out of your ears during moderate physical exercise like running.

Design
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Design
Headshots 2
Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Apple AirPods Pro headphones
  • Charging case
  • USB-C-to-Lightning cable
  • 3x tip size options
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-2.57 dB
Treble Amount
-1.83 dB

The Apple AirPods Pro have a fairly neutral sound profile, suitable for a variety of audio content. While they struggle a bit more to produce thump and rumble, they lack less bass than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, which have an open-back design.

9.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.14 dB

The Apple AirPods Pro's frequency response consistency is outstanding. Assuming you achieve a proper fit with the included tips, you should experience the same sound reproduction every time you use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.96 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
49.67 Hz
Low-Bass
-3.57 dB
Mid-Bass
-1.63 dB
High-Bass
0.36 dB

The Apple AirPods Pro's bass accuracy is excellent. Thanks to their closed-back design, they don't have low-bass issues like the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017 and Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. However, the response is still a bit under our target curve, meaning some people may feel like they're a bit light on the low-bass.

8.5
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.04 dB
Low-Mid
2.84 dB
Mid-Mid
0.9 dB
High-Mid
0.35 dB

The Apple AirPods Pro have amazing mid accuracy. The reproduction of vocals and lead instruments is fairly well-balanced, although a bit over our target, especially in the low-mid range. This may sound a bit cluttered and forward, but most people likely won't notice this.

8.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.06 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.37 dB
Low-Treble
-1.01 dB
High-Treble
-2.39 dB

The Apple AirPods Pro have excellent treble accuracy. While it's somewhat underemphasized across the range, it's still quite even. Vocals and lead instruments may sound slightly less present or detailed, though. Sibilants like S and T sounds are a bit dull too.

8.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
0.85 dB
Dips
0.71 dB

These headphones have an excellent peaks and dips performance that's fairly flat and even. There's a small peak in the low-mids, which slightly clutters vocals and lead instruments. There's also a small dip between the low to mid-treble, which dulls sibilants but this shouldn't be too noticeable to most listeners.

8.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.12
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.86
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
2.11
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.38

The Apple AirPods Pro's stereo imaging is great. The group delay graph shows it's under the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and treble reproduction. The L/R drivers of our unit are also well-matched in frequency, and phase response, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects and instruments (like voices and footsteps) in the stereo image. While there's a slight mismatch in amplitude, but most people wouldn't notice it with real-life content as it's very minor. Note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

0.9
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
1.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.1

The Apple AirPods Pro have a bad passive soundstage, which is to be expected from in-ears. One important factor for creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is the activation of the outer ear by different resonances. Since in-ears bypass the outer ear altogether, their soundstage is perceived as being small and enclosed in your head. If you prefer a slightly more spacious in-ear experience, try out the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless, which feature a semi-open design.

2.9
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
On/Off
Virtual Surround
Spatial Audio

Update 03/08/2021: Thanks to a firmware update, these headphones now have a spatial audio feature. We have updated this box to better reflect this change.

The Apple AirPods Pro have a spatial audio feature but it's only available on iOS/iPadOS 14 or later. You can turn this feature on and off by going into your iPhone's Bluetooth settings. Turning this feature on also turns on head tracking, which reorients the virtual soundstage to follow your head movements. However, we don't currently test these features.

8.2
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.214
WHD @ 100
0.078

The Apple AirPods Pro's weighted harmonic distortion performance is great. This results in a clean and pure audio reproduction, and the bump in the treble range shouldn't be audible for most people. There's also no big jump under heavier loads, which is good.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
2B584
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings we used to test these headphones and our results are only valid using this configuration.

Isolation
8.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-23.01 dB
Bass
-19.56 dB
Mid
-21.82 dB
Treble
-27.8 dB

Update 01/10/2020: After updating to Firmware 2C45, we retested the headphones and our results showed a fairly significant drop in isolation performance, primarily in the bass range. This means that with ANC turned on, these headphones won't do nearly as good a job blocking out the low engine rumbles of planes or buses as they did before this update. This review reflects these changes.

The noise isolation of these headphones is excellent. They perform similarly to the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless in the bass range and do a great job isolating the low rumble of bus or plane engines, which makes them good for commuting. Their mid-range performance is also great, making them excellent for blocking out ambient chatter. Their weakest isolation performance is in the treble range, though this is the least important for most situations and they still do a decent job. That said, if you're looking for an even better noise isolating performance, check out the Apple AirPods Max Wireless.

It should be noted that there are reports of the ANC performing differently after the 2B588 firmware update. However, we didn't get noticeable test differences. Apple may have tweaked the ANC, but not enough to noticeably impact the overall performance.

8.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
32.59 dB

Their leakage performance is very good, and much better than previous models due to their in-ear design. They leak the most sound in the treble range, meaning the leaking sounds thin. It's unlikely that these headphones should bother those around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

The Apple AirPods Pro have an integrated Bluetooth microphone.

5.0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
630.82 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.63 dB
HFE
7,896.12 Hz
Weighted THD
248.68
Gain
7.31 dB

The recording quality of the Apple AirPods Pro's microphone is disappointing. Speech recorded sounds very thin, muffled, and distorted, though you should still be able to make out what's being said.

6.4
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
16.18 dB
Noise Gate
No
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
5.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The noise handling of the Apple AirPods Pro's microphone is mediocre. It struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise, even in moderately noisy environments. You shouldn't have a problem in a quieter space like at home though.

Active Features
6.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
5.3 hrs
Additional Charges
5.0
Total Battery Life
31.8 hrs
Charge Time
1.1 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port Lightning

The Apple AirPods Pro have an alright battery performance. They last over five hours on a single charge with their ANC on, which isn't as long as that of the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless. Luckily, their carrying case offers five additional charges if you need it. They charge very quickly too and they're even advertised to give you three to four hours of continuous playback on a half-hour charge. They even come with a standby mode that activates when they detect that they aren't in your ears to conserve battery life. If you're looking for truly wireless headphones with even longer continuous battery life, consider the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless.

5.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name iOS Interface
iOS Yes
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

The Apple AirPods Pro don't really have a companion app, just a settings screen on iOS devices. They have slightly more customization options than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, with ANC and transparency mode toggle, and the ability to change long-press on each earbud to either ANC control or Siri activation. The app also allows you to do a Fit Tip Test to help find which size tips give the best fit, though we had mixed results from this. There are no customization options for Android devices. However, if you do prefer having a bit of customization, check out the Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless and their 3-band EQ or the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless with their 20 available presets.

Connectivity
6.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0+H1 chip
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
171.00 ft (52.12 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
188 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
49 ms
Android Latency
86 ms

The Apple AirPods Pro have alright Bluetooth compatibility. They use the H1 chip for Apple devices which helps with pairing, connection strength, and latency. Unfortunately, our testing dongle doesn't support Bluetooth 5.0 or interact with the H1 chip so you may experience better overall performance when paired to an Apple device. If you want more gaming-oriented truly wireless headphones for non-iOS devices, check out the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These truly wireless earbuds are Bluetooth-only.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These headphones can't be used wired, which is expected with truly wireless headphones. They charge via the included USB-C to Lightning cable, but don't include a charging power brick.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones are Bluetooth-only and aren't compatible with Xbox One.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
Lightning

Their charging case is very premium-feeling and is rather small considering its battery capacity. It charges via Apple's Lightning port or any wireless Qi charging pad.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Apple AirPods Pro are decent truly wireless earbuds that look and feel premium as well as an excellent ANC feature. Their sound reproduction may not be as good as some similarly-priced options from competitors, but they're a big improvement over the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. We suggest taking a look at our recommendations for the best truly wireless earbuds, the best noise cancelling earbuds, and the best wireless earbuds for iPhone.

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless have different strengths and you may prefer one over the other depending on your usage. The Apple headphones are more comfortable and have a better performing ANC feature. However, the Bose are slightly better-balanced, their ANC is still great in comparison, and their integrated mic has a better recording quality. The Bose also have a better companion app and a lower latency on iOS and Android, although some apps compensate for latency differently.

Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are slightly better in-ears than the Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless. While both headphones are equally comfortable and well-built, the Apple have a more stable fit. Although we don't currently test for it, they also have a virtual soundstage feature, a significantly better noise isolation performance, and have an H1 chip for seamless pairing with Apple devices. However, the Jabra can be paired with up to two devices at a time, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help adjust their sound to your liking.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless offer similar performance to the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless but have much better ANC. Both have a neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, but the Sony have a longer battery life and are more customizable, especially as their companion app offers a full graphic EQ on both Android and iOS. The Apple, on the other hand, are more comfortable in the ear and feel significantly more stable.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless

 The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless have different strengths and depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other. The Apple have a more stable fit, a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and a virtual soundstage feature. They're also more compact and portable, so they're easier to take with you on the go. However, the Sony are over-ears with a more comfortable fit. Their ANC system does a significantly better job of blocking out background noise, and they have longer total battery life. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ and presets to help adjust their sound to your liking, and you can use them passively if you run out of battery life.

Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and the Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either. The Bose are better for sports since they come with a few differently-sized stability fins and block out much less ambient sound, which is nice if you want to stay aware of your surroundings while you exercise. On the other hand, the Apple are equipped with a great ANC feature and have a longer continuous battery life as well as a case that holds a greater number of extra charges. Also, some listeners may prefer their more neutral sound profile.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless. The Apple feel better-built, have a more neutral sound profile, and their ANC feature can reduce even more ambient noise around you. They also have longer total battery life. However, the Samsung have EQ presets as well as two ANC levels via their companion app.

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless. While they're equally comfortable, the Apple have a more stable fit, a slightly longer overall battery life, and their sound profile is more neutral out-of-the-box. The Apple's ANC does a better job of reducing ambient noise too. That said, the Jabra have a much better control scheme, a better microphone, and a customizable sound profile. 

Apple AirPods Max Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and the Apple AirPods Max Wireless have different strengths and depending on your preferences, you may prefer one over the other. The AirPods Pro are truly wireless in-ears that are more comfortable, portable, and stable. Their carrying case also holds around five charges, giving you a total battery life of over 30 hours. However, the AirPods Max are over-ear headphones with an even more powerful noise cancelling feature. Their integrated microphone performs better, and they have a continuous battery life of over 21 hours, which is longer than the over five hours provided by their truly wireless counterpart.

Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless are both very well-rounded truly wireless earbuds that each have their strengths and weaknesses. The Apple have an impressive active noise cancelling feature that makes them great for commuting and a very neutral, versatile sound profile. While the Jabra have quite a bit of bass by default, you can customize the way they sound with their companion app. They also have a more durable design for sports, better microphone quality, and longer continuous battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are both very decent pairs of truly wireless headphones. The Apple have slightly easier-to-use controls, a more premium-feeling case, much better isolation performances thanks to their ANC feature, a slightly longer overall battery life, and are easier to pair to Apple devices. On the other hand, the Samsung have a more accurate out-of-the-box sound profile, a significantly longer single-charge battery life, a better app for both iOS and Android that offers EQ presets, and are easier to pair with compatible Samsung devices.

Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless

The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless have better sound reproduction than the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. The Beats also have a better control scheme, great battery life, and a more sports-friendly ear-hook design. On the other hand, the Apple feel a bit more premium, have significantly better noise isolation thanks to their ANC, and a much smaller and more portable design that still feels just as stable in the ear.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are two very different headphones. Some may prefer the comfort of over-ears while some would prefer the portability of a truly wireless design. When it comes to noise isolation, both are great, but the Sony are better in this regard thanks to their amazing ANC feature. On the other hand, the Apple are more neutral-sounding and are noticeably more stable and breathable, which is great for sports.

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. The Apple have an excellent ANC feature that blocks ambient noise, and their case is noticeably smaller and more portable. The Bose are bigger, have an earbud design, and aren't quite closed-backs, meaning you can monitor your surroundings, which is great for outdoor runners. The SoundSport also sound a bit more neutral with a more accurate bass performance.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. The Apple are in-ears that are easier to take with you on the go. They have a more comfortable and stable fit, a better noise isolation performance, and a longer total battery life. However, some users may prefer the Beats' on-ear design.

Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, better-built, and stable. They also have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, better battery performance, and can isolate more noise. However, the Anker have a graphic EQ and presets to help customize their sound profile.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better overall in-ear headphones than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. The Apple are more comfortable, have a better-balanced and more neutral sound profile, and their ANC is more effective at reducing background noise. Their battery life is also longer, and their charging case provides two additional charges over that of the Sennheiser. However, the Sennheiser have a slightly better performing microphone.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are two great products, but for different uses. The Bose's over-ear design is more comfortable and the ANC blocks more ambient noise. On the other hand, the Apple are more portable and better for sports thanks to their better stability and breathability performances.

Apple EarPods

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are significantly better earphones than the Apple EarPods. The EarPods have an open-back earbud design that delivers very little bass and isolates hardly any noise. This can actually be a good thing if you like to listen to podcasts while running outdoors, but if you prefer a better-balanced sound for listening to music, and need to block out external noise, the Pro are the way to go.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better for mixed usage than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless. The Apple in-ears are more comfortable, feel sturdier, provide a more consistent and neutral listening experience, and have a superior ANC system. However, the Samsung have a far more comprehensive companion app, generate a more spacious and open listening experience, and provide much lower wireless latency. They also last longer off of a single charge, though the Apple have a longer total battery life, with twice the number of extra charges in their carrying case.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable and also feature an excellent ANC feature that blocks ambient noise. They're also more stable for sports and have a more neutral out-of-the-box sound profile.  The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless look a bit more high-end and barely leak any noise at high volume. They also have volume control, which the Apple lack.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless

While both sound very well-balanced and isolate a lot of noise, the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless will be better truly wireless earbuds for most people than the Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless. While the Jabra have more customization options on both Android and iOS, the Apple are more comfortable, and their ANC helps them isolate even more noise in the bass range, which is important when commuting.

Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are slightly better truly wireless in-ears than the Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, feel better built, have a much smaller case, and have a better noise isolation performance, thanks to their ANC. On the other hand, the Amazon have access to a 3-band graphic EQ and charge quicker.

Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and the Plantronics Voyager 5200 are designed for different uses. The Voyager 5200 is a mono Bluetooth headset that isn't meant for listening to music, while the Apple are truly wireless headphones designed for listening to music. The microphone on the Voyager does a much better job at handling noise, and the app gives you a ton of customization options for phone calls. On the other hand, the Apple come with a charging case, and two earbuds so you can listen to stereo music. Their sound profile is also much better-balanced for music.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are similar truly wireless in-ears to the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, have a better case, feel better-built, and have ANC. On the other hand, the Anker have better controls, a more bass-heavy sound profile, and a better-dedicated app.

Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better wireless headphones than the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless. The Apple are slightly more comfortable, have better controls, and feel better-built. Their sound profile is better balanced and neutral while their active noise cancelling helps to block out noise around you. Although they have less continuous battery life than the Anker, they have five additional charges in their carrying case compared to Anker's three. However, the Anker have a better companion app that lets you customize their sound.

Sennheiser CX 400BT True Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are significantly better headphones than the Sennheiser CX 400BT True Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable and stable, have a better-balanced sound profile, and have an outstanding noise isolation performance thanks to their ANC feature. Their battery performance is better too and they have an H1 chip so it's easy to pair with different Apple devices. However, the Sennheiser have a better performing integrated mic and their companion app offers a lot more customization features.

Skullcandy Indy ANC True Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better than the Skullcandy Indy ANC True Wireless. The Apple are better-built, more comfortable, and they have a more stable fit. Also, their sound profile is more neutral and balanced, and they have better noise isolation. However, if you prefer a bass-heavy sound, you may like the Skullcandy instead.

OnePlus Buds Z Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better than the OnePlus Buds Z Truly Wireless. The Apple are better-built and more stable, and they have better noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature. Also, they have a more neutral sound profile, though some listeners may prefer the OnePlus' bass-heavy sound profile.

Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Apple have a more stable fit, a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC can block out a lot more ambient noise. However, the Sony have a more customizable sound profile thanks to their companion app's graphic EQ and presets and longer continuous battery life.

Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are much better than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Pro's sound profile is much more balanced, especially in the bass range, and their in-ear design and ANC provide significantly better noise isolation. The Pro also have an easier-to-use control scheme and feel much more stable in the ear. On the other hand, the non-intrusive fit of the AirPods 2 may be more comfortable for some people, and they charge much quicker.

EarFun Air Pro True Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless have different strengths, and which you may prefer depends on your needs. The Apple have a more premium build quality and a more comfortable, stable fit. Their ANC feature does a better job of blocking mid-range noise like background conversations, and they have an H1 chip for easier, seamless pairing with Apple devices. However, they lack low bass. The EarFun have a more thumpy sound, which some listeners may prefer. The EarFun's battery also lasts much longer on a single charge and they're better for phone calls, thanks to their better microphone performance.

Beats Studio Buds True Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Beats Studio Buds True Wireless. The Apple are better-built, have a more stable in-ear fit, and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. Their ANC also does a significantly better job of blocking out ambient noise around you, and they offer a better battery performance. They have an H1 chip, so you can seamlessly pair them with other devices in your Apple ecosystem.

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro. The Apple are better-built and have a more comfortable as well as stable in-ear fit. They also have a more neutral sound profile, and their active noise cancelling does a better job of isolating noise around you. However, the Razer have a better-performing integrated mic, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets.

JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the Apple are better-built, more stable, and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. They also have a better performing ANC, an H1 chip to make it easier to pair with other Apple devices, and higher total battery life. However, the JBL have a companion app that offers a parametric EQ and presets so that you can customize their sound profile.

JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are slightly better headphones for mixed usage than the JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless. The Apple have a better noise isolation performance and a more stable fit. However, the JBL are a bit better for neutral sound, as they have a better-balanced sound profile and more sound customization features.

Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better than the Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless. The Apple have a more intuitive control scheme, better build quality, a more effective ANC system, and a standby mode to conserve power. Meanwhile, the Anker have a companion app with a broader range of customization features, superior microphone noise handling capability, and a longer continuous and total battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless are similarly performing earbuds to the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. Their sound profile is very similar, though they are much more consistent among different users. The Samsung offer Android users a lot of customization options, including EQ presets, while the Apple have very minimal customization overall. The Samsung's battery life is also significantly better. The Apple, on the other hand, offer ANC which gives you much better noise isolation. They also provide seamless pairing for Apple users thanks to their H1 chip.

Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless

If you can afford them, the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, feel much more premium, and have ANC to help block ambient noises. On the other hand, the Anker have a similarly well-balanced sound profile and offer good overall value if you don't want to pay the premium price for the Apple.

TOZO NC2 Truly Wireless

The Apple Airpods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the TOZO NC2 Truly Wireless. The Apple have a more neutral sound profile, deliver sound more consistently, and have an excellent ANC feature. They also have a more stable fit and a better build quality. On the other hand, the TOZO give you almost twice the battery life from a single charge, and they have a sound profile that adds extra rumble and thump to mixes, which some users may prefer.

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless in-ears than the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79. The Apple are more comfortable, look and feel more premium, pair much easier to Apple devices, and have a slightly better-balanced sound profile with less bass. They also have active noise cancelling (ANC) which helps them block out significantly more background noise. On the other hand, the SoundLiberty 79 have a slightly longer single-charge battery life and may represent better value overall for some people.

TOZO T6 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, feel more premium, better-built, stable in the ear, have a more accurate and neutral sound profile, much better noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature, and a longer overall battery life. On the other hand, the TOZO are rated IPX8 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this.

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless

The AirPods Pro Truly WIreless are better truly wireless headphones than the Skullcandy Dime Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, feel better-built, have an active noise cancelling (ANC) which does an excellent job of blocking out noise around you and have a better battery performance. They also have an H1 chip so that you can seamlessly pair them with Apple devices. However, the Skullcandy's mic has a better recording quality.

Google Pixel Buds 2020 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are much better truly wireless in-ears than the Google Pixel Buds 2020 Truly Wireless. The Apple block significantly more background noise, thanks in part to their excellent ANC feature. They also have a slightly better-balanced sound profile with a bit more bass. On the other hand, the Google last longer off a single charge, and have an easier-to-use control scheme.

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless in-ears than the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless. The Apple are much more comfortable, feel more premium, and have a much better-balanced sound profile. On the other hand, the listening experience is slightly more consistent among users with the Razer, and with gaming mode enabled, their latency is lower on non-iOS devices.

Bang & Olufsen E8 3.0 True Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better, more versatile Bluetooth earbuds than the Bang & Olufsen E8 3.0 True Wireless. The Apple have a more balanced treble reproduction, an excellent active noise cancelling (ANC) feature, and a more comfortable design. The Bang & Olufsen last longer on a single charge, and they leak less sound but feel less fully-featured overall.

Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Apple have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC can block out more ambient noise. They also have more additional charges in their carrying case, and their H1 chip allows you to connect them to your Apple devices. However, the Jaybird are more customizable as their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets.

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better overall than the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless. The Apple AirPods are more comfortable, better-built, have a better-balanced sound profile, and have longer overall battery life. Their ANC system also blocks out more ambient noise in the mid-range, though the TaoTronics do a better job of filtering out bass-range ambient noise like the rumble of bus engines. The TaoTronics also have lower audio latency on mobile devices and have a more comprehensive control scheme.

JLab Audio JBuds Air ANC Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the JLab Audio JBuds Air ANC Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable and feel better-built as well as stable. They also have a more neutral sound profile and their ANC can isolate more noise. However, the JLab have a better performing integrated mic as well as battery performance. They also have lower latency on iOS, although they don't have an H1 chip.

Amazon Echo Buds Gen 2 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better for most purposes than the Amazon Echo Buds Gen 2 Truly Wireless. The Apple have a better build quality and come with a more compact case that holds a greater number of extra charges. They also have a significantly better noise isolation performance. The Amazon are more customizable since they have a graphic EQ in their companion app. Their integrated mic also has a much better recording quality.

JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better in-ears for most uses than the JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Apple have a more stable fit, their ANC can block out significantly more ambient noise around you, and they have longer total battery life. Their H1 chip also allows you to seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices. The JBL have a more customizable sound, thanks to their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. 

Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better all-around headphones than the Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless. The Apple headphones have a more comfortable and stable fit, better build quality, a more neutral sound profile, and far superior noise isolation capability.  However, the Skullcandy are far more affordable and have lower wireless latency on Android devices.

JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are much better truly wireless headphones than the JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless. The Apple are much more comfortable, have better controls, look and feel much more premium, feel more stable thanks to their in-ear fit, have a much more accurate and balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, isolate way better thanks to their ANC, have a better battery life, and have some customization options available on Apple devices. On the other hand, the JBL are available in a wide range of colors and have a better microphone.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS True Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the JBL Live Free NC+ TWS True Wireless. While both have a comfortable fit, the Apple are better-built, their ANC can block out more ambient noise, and they have higher total battery life. They also have an H1 chip for seamlessly pairing them with your Apple devices. However, the JBL's companion app allows you to tweak their sound with a parametric EQ or presets.

JBL LIVE 300TWS Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are slightly better truly wireless in-ears than the JBL LIVE 300TWS Truly WIreless. The Apple look a lot more premium, feel a bit more durable, last longer off a single charge, and hold more charges in their case. They block much more background noise thanks to their ANC feature, and their sound profile isn't quite as bass-heavy, though they don't have a companion app for EQ options like the JBL. The JBL also have a better microphone and may represent better value to some people.

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 95 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better wireless headphones than the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 95 Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, stable, and have a better build quality. Their sound profile is better-balanced too and they have an excellent active noise cancelling feature that helps reduce ambient noise around you. They also have an H1 chip so that you can seamlessly pair with Apple devices and their carrying case also holds five additional charges.

Nura NuraLoop Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are much better Bluetooth in-ears than the Nura NuraLoop Wireless. The Apple are a lot more comfortable, have a slightly more accurate default sound profile, and have a much more portable truly wireless design. On the other hand, the NuraLoop's app offers a unique automatic EQ that creates a personalized listening experience. The Nura also have better ANC that does an excellent job at blocking out background noise, and they last a lot longer off a single charge.

AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction

The AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are very different headphones. While the Apple are more traditional truly wireless in-ears, the AfterShokz use bone conduction to create sound and don't actually go inside your ears. The AfterShokz are a good choice if you want to be able to hear your music but still stay aware of your surroundings. Meanwhile, the Apple have a great ANC feature and are excellent for blocking out background sound.

Monster Clarity 101 AirLinks Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better Bluetooth in-ears than the Monster Clarity 101 AirLinks Truly Wireless. The AirPods Pro are more comfortable for most people, have an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature to help block out more noise, and a much better-balanced sound profile. The Clarity 101 AirLinks still isolate a decent amount of noise passively, though, and the lack of ANC helps give them a couple of extra hours of battery life too, but their dark sound profile can be a deal-breaker.

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are more versatile than the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Truly Wireless. The Apple headphones have a noise-canceling feature that enables them to block out significantly more background noise. They also have a more stable fit and longer total battery life, courtesy of a charging case that supplies roughly five additional charges. However, the EPOS have a broader range of customization features and offer lower latency on most devices over Bluetooth. Their mic also offers superior recording quality and noise handling capability.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017

The Astro A40 TR + MixAmp Pro 2017 and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are very different headphones that are both great for their intended purposes. The Astro are comfortable wired headphones for low-latency gaming, while the Apple have a more portable, casual design with great active noise cancelling for everyday use.

Microsoft Surface Earbuds Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are significantly better truly wireless headphones than the Microsoft Surface Earbuds Truly Wireless. The Apple headphones are much more comfortable, look and feel more premium, and hold way more charges in their case. They block out drastically more background noise than the Microsoft thanks to their excellent ANC feature, and their sound profile is also much better balanced. On the other hand, the Microsoft don't have an in-ear fit that enters deep into the ear canal, which some people may prefer. Their companion app also allows you to customize the way the headphones sound via a graphic EQ or presets, which the Apple in-ears lack.

Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless. The Apple feel much more premium, have a smaller and more portable case, and feel practically just as stable, despite not having an ear-hook design. The Apple also have a much more accurate sound profile, ANC for significantly better noise isolation, and their case features wireless charging. On the other hand, the Mpow have a much better battery life and may represent better value for people just looking for a pair of wireless headphones to take to the gym.

Boltune BT-BH024 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better overall headphones than the Boltune BT-BH024 Truly Wireless. The Apple come with an ANC feature, so they do a better job isolating background noise. They're also more comfortable, have a more stable in-ear fit, and their control scheme is easier to use. They have a more neutral and better-balanced sound profile than the Boltune, too. That being said, the Boltune boast a longer battery life.

Cowin Apex Elite Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Cowin Apex Elite Truly Wireless. The Apple are better-built, more stable, and have a more balanced sound profile. Also, their ANC feature performs much better than the Cowin's. That said, the Cowin's mic has a better recording quality.

Mpow X5 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better than the Mpow X5 Truly Wireless. The AirPods are better-built, more stable in the ear, have a much more neutral sound profile, have a superior ANC feature, and have a charging case that supplies roughly five additional charges compared to the Mpow's two. On the other hand, the Mpow last longer on a single charge, leak less audio, and offer superior mic recording quality.

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