AirPods 2 or Powerbeats Pro?

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AirPods 2 or Powerbeats Pro?

  1. AirPods 2

  2. Powerbeats Pro

  3. Neither

  1. Boardiesboi, Apr 4, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019

    Boardiesboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2013
    Sydney Australia
    I have a pair of first gen AirPods and looking to upgrade. Was just gonna get the AirPods 2 but now I’m undecided between this and the Powerbeats Pro.

    The 9 hr usage time and sweat resistant aspects tempt me. But the case looks massive and won’t fit in my jeans pockets. I’ve also read that the Powerbeats 3 were prone to breakdown and not sweat resistant at all.

    For those who are still on the fence, which one are you gonna get and why?

    Some comparison articles:
  2. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    Why or?

    I think both products compliment each other nicely. I'm in for both.
  3. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    PowerBeats 3 feature 2 Drivers one handles booming bass, and the other highs and mids.
    PowerBeats 4 feature just 1 driver and will sound much worse than PowerBeats 3

    Price. $99 or less on Amazon PowerBeats 3
    Price. $250 on PowerBeats 4

    I just don’t think saying Hi Siri is worth $150 More.
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Why? FYI, Apple doesn’t sell the first GEN AirPods anymore. In retrospect, it wouldn’t make sense not to opt for the second GEN AirPods, considering they’re the same price at $159.00, unless some could find a decent discount on the first GEN AirPods, the second Gen AirPods are improved in almost every way.
  5. kryten3000 macrumors 6502


    Apr 7, 2010
    Ecuador (Cotopaxi)
    I am going for the Powerbeats Pro. I want all the features of the second generation AirPods, but I don’t like that they won’t stay secure in my ears. Additionally, I like that the Powerbeats Pro fit directly in my ear canal and have noise isolation.
  6. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    Wow, where did you see the PB4 has only 1 driver?
  7. JTBing macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2015
    Honestly, I'm getting pretty excited about the Powerbeats Pro. They have all the features of Airpods that I love (sad about no wireless charging though) plus being less obtrusive, more muted colors, better sweat resistance, better sound quality, and much improved battery life. Comes at a premium, of course, but it looks like it might be worth it.
  8. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    none of those.

    Airpods dont really fit my ear and they don't provide a seal so the sound is horrible. I usually ride the subway in NYC and fly a lot.... and airpods don't do well in noisy environments

    I tried a pair of Powerbeats a while back and having to put the loop over my ear each time I put them on and took them off annoyed me to no end. Sound was decent and they provided more of a seal.

    Then I found the perfect headphones for my uses - The Jabra Elite 65t.... These provide a nice seal, noise isolation, they stay in my ear no matter how hard I am working out, they sound great, you have the option to let in outside noise if you need it, nice app to change the sound signature, they look great and feel like high quality, the case is a nice size (slightly thicker than airpods case) I get about 15 hours total which is good enough for me to go a whole week without having to charge them.

    Good luck with your decision.
  9. cakebytheocean macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2017

    I think both excel in different use cases. I've gotten airpods 2 and will be getting the pros when they come out.
  10. dgreening macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    At first I was thinking I wouldn't do this but the more I read about them I am leaning towards having both.
  11. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    They are like way lighter and the press release mentioned one driver not dual drivers.

    For $250 bucks And No LDAC and aptX HD support and only one driver. My PowerBeats 3 will literally outperform the PowerBeats Pro they are literally and sonically a downgrade.

    Best earbuds I’ve ever had PowerBeats 3 deep bass and nice mids and highs thank I part to their dual drivers.
    Best headphones I’ve had Sony 1000XM3 just amazing noise canceling.
  12. dgreening macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    I have seen this same conclusion about the PowerBeats a couple of times, based on PowerBeats only having a single driver. I just don't think that will be the case or at least hoping it will not be. I believe technology is moving forward and just because it has 1 driver doesn't mean it is less of a product. Beats have always had the great sound and I am guessing they will be the same. This is only my opinion and I could be totally wrong but I will hold out until I hear them myself.
  13. JTBing macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2015
    How do you know that the new driver isn't superior? That seems like a nonsensical assumption.
  14. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
  15. dotzero123 macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2018
    Philadelphia Suburbs
    Airpods.. mainly because I need to hear ambient noise. Otherwise might've been both.
  16. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    1 Driver won’t sorry can not be better than 2 dedicated drivers. And not worth $150 more, for 1 less driver.

    PowerBeats 3 dual drivers, get a pair before they are off market.
  17. Vdovin macrumors member


    Mar 1, 2019
    I don’t really understand the difference between 1 driver and duel driver can someone explain please?
  18. torana355 macrumors 68040

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    What you are saying is not a fact, you are just making things up. A single driver headphone can in fact outperform a dual driver setup, there are many variables that contribute to sound quality besides the number of drivers.
  19. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    OP, I believe the PB's case will be 3" x 3". It looks massive up against the tiny AirPods case, but in reality I don't think it will be all that bad. To put it in perspective, a post-it note is the same size. Now the PB case will be thick, so if you wear skinny jeans, then yes, it might not fit in your front pocket comfortably. But I suspect in reality this case will be just fine for most of us to put in our front pockets.

    I've been using PB3's for 14 months now. I've had zero issues with them. Keep in mind I use them for about 3 hours a day and for 1.5 hours I'm working out hard in them. I should say that my beats are not drenched in sweat the entire time. I lift weights and do intensive cardio at the end of my workout. So really I'm just drenched for about 15 mins a day while wearing them. In this usage I have had zero issues with my PB's being effected in any way with my sweat. Also keep in mind that Apple is really good about handling any issues you may have with your PB's. I'd rather deal with their reps in store versus Best Buy, etc.

    The only thing I personally like about the AirPods 2 are the tiny case (not a huge deal for me in terms of real world usage, just think it's awesome) and wireless charging (boy do I wish the PB Pro's had this). For my personal use, the Pro's win in every other manner. (Sound quality, noise isolation, secure fit, battery life, sweat resistance.)
    --- Post Merged, Apr 6, 2019 ---
    LOL. What? CNET has had hands on time with them and said they sounded noticeably better than PB 3's. I believe TechCrunch said the same thing.
  20. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Based on the fact the AirPod 2 are falling out of my ears, unlike gen1, I am leaning toward PBpros. I just wish the PBp had a better color selection.
  21. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    I think if you plan on traveling with ear buds then the Powerbeats take the edge because of the noise isolation. They sound like they will be adequate in almost any use case.

    I think AirPods+Over the ear noise cancelling if money is no object. But if you can only get 1 pair then it looks like the power beats are great.
  22. JTBing macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2015
    I'm afraid that you don't know what you're talking about. Every review says that these sound better.
  23. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    Right now I have AirPods gen 1 and beats studio 3.

    Airpods for me are limited to gym and walking around in stores and such. They are useless on planes. Studio 3 for work and travel.

    If I were starting all over and didn’t have any headphones. I’d start with Powerbeats pro.
  24. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    It depends on your usage. If you're going to work out with them a lot, Powerbeats seem better. But for casual listening, Airpods seem more comfortable and convenient.

    Costco had Airpods 1 for $129 if you're willing to buy the first gen.

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