AirPods Pro 2023 Review: It's What's Inside that Matters

AirPods Pro 2022
CharacterizationIndex
Size: 3 x 2,2 x 2,4 cm;
The weight:50 grams case;
Processor:H2;
Charger:from an Apple Watch puck, MagSafe or Lightning charger;
Lossless audio support:no
Sensors and features:head tracking with skin sensor, spatial sound, the ability to use headphones as a hearing aid, improved noise reduction and transparency mode;
Bluetooth:5.3
Autonomous work: up to 6 hours on a single charge, up to 30 hours with case;
Price:$249 (US);
Release date:9 September 2022 year.

Design

There are no noticeable differences between the new AirPods pro and the previous model, although the acoustic openings on the edges of the earbuds have been slightly modified.

Can you distinguish airpods pro 2 from the latest XNUMXrd generation AirPods because the pro earbuds have silicone tips on the end to provide a decent in-ear seal, which helps with noise isolation.

The latest pro model now has more of these attachments - along with the small, medium and large attachments that came before, there is an extra small option for a perfect fit. This is good not only for noise cancellation, but also to keep them from falling out of your ears.

Since it's Apple, there's even an earbud matching test in the iPhone software (go to Settings, and if AirPods pro are connected, you'll see them as an item on the first page. Click on ear test (as long as you have headphones in your ears ) and you'll hear a melody, so the software can work if the AirPods fit well.

By the way, setting up AirPods remains as incredibly easy as ever. Just bring the AirPods pro (still in the case) to your iPhone or iPad, for example, open the case, and you will see their image on the screen. You decide to connect them, and you're done.

The biggest design change is in the charging case, which now has a loop on the side that allows you to attach a strap to it. Now there is also a speaker on the underside of the case. No, no, it's not for playing music, that would be funny. The case now includes an Apple U1 chip, which means you can use the Find My app on your iPhone, for example, to find it when you've lost it. The speaker means the case can make sounds to let you know you're near it, like a game of hide and seek that only gadgets can play.

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The case has another change - it has a MagSafe connector, so you can charge your AirPods pro in the case with the same MagSafe charger that works with compatible iPhones. You can also charge them with the Apple Watch charging puck, which is exclusive to the new AirPods pro.

Engraving on AirPods cases is nothing new, but now you can get more personal than ever. Memoji is the name of a cartoon personality that you can create for yourself using your Apple ID. Now you can engrave this on the case. This new feature is also available in previous generations of AirPods cases.

Sound quality

Apple's new H2 chip plays a central role in performance airpods pro 2 - it has twice as many transistors as the previous H1 chip (if you count, the number has increased from 500 million to 1 billion).

So what does this mean in audio terms? It's pretty impressive. For starters, the noise cancellation is noticeably better than the first generation of professional headphones, which was the best in the industry.

Apple claims the new headphones can hold up to twice as much noise as the previous model, in part because the new chip is faster and can run more advanced algorithms. Apple says it's been tuned to work better in environments like coffee shops or busy offices.

In practice, the noise cancellation was good enough to reduce continuous sounds such as train engine noise and, oddly enough, meant I couldn't hear my fingers typing this review.

Then there is personalized spatial sound. First, use the front camera (TrueDepth camera) to give the program a front view of your face, and then images of each side of your face to capture the shape of your ears. It takes less than a minute to complete. The idea is that when you're done, the personalized sound will sound much better than the non-personalized one. Note that you can turn this off at any time, but you will need to go through the setup process again if you want to turn it back on at a later stage. Personalization extends to your other devices, and this feature is also available on AirPods XNUMXrd generation and AirPods max.

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Some other headphones have systems that can change sound quality, although rarely as easily as this one, and here the difference between personalized and non-personalized is certainly noticeable. I can't describe how it would be for you, but for me the higher notes were more articulate and the vocals seemed more alive. If you turn it off again, the music will become flatter. Some notes that seemed less noticeable when personal settings were turned off became sharper and more defined when they were turned on. It's a subtle but effective improvement.

A new control mechanism has appeared for adjusting the playback volume - by swiping the earpiece rod. It's tricky to learn, but effective once you do it.

Adaptive transparency worked well. This is for those situations when you need contact with the real world, maybe for a conversation, but you don't want to turn off the music. It's hard to gauge how much better this is, although some sounds like road drills or sirens seemed to be a tad less horrific, although they certainly still cut through.

It's worth noting that even these new AirPods Pro don't let you play music in lossless quality, but the sound here is amazing nonetheless.

Performance and battery life

The improvement in sound quality is mainly due to the new high-performance H2 chip. Things that AirPods users take for granted, like good call quality, are as good as ever, while using the Find My app to find a case was a breeze.

Better battery life is not something you always hear about an updated gadget. The original AirPods pro lasted four and a half hours with active noise cancellation turned on. Now it's up to six hours in the latest Pro version. This is more than the previous version with noise reduction disabled (five hours). Phone talk time has increased by an hour to four and a half hours, according to Apple. And while the new Personalized Spatial Audio feature cuts listening time to five and a half hours, it's still more than the longest listening time available on the first generation Pro.

These are Apple claims, but real-world testing has shown these numbers to be accurate.

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