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Picapau21

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I got my AirPods pro last week and have been testing them over the past few days.

Some background:

Coming from my Jabra 65T's the main thing I wanted to test was the new noise cancellation. The Jabra's have decent sound, are very pocketable, fit my ears really well, have almost instantaneous pairing with the iPhone and a good microphone for calls. Have used them daily for almost 2 years since they were released. The one thing they were missing was any ANC which made them useless for travel (flights, trains etc..), so I was quite excited about the new AirPods. I actually have a pair of original AirPods but barely use them because of the complete lack of isolation and poor fit in my ears.

I have a pair of Bose QC30's which I use exclusively for travelling as they have excellent ANC but are not really pocketable and have the worst microphone for phone calls I have ever used in my life. I also have a pair of on-ear B&O H8's which sound great but have average ANC and are definitely not pocketable and need me to take a bag for daily use.

So onto the ANC test:
I played aircraft noise from YouTube through my surround sound system (Sony amp, Wharfedale Diamond speakers and a Yamaha sub). I slowly increased the volume by one notch till I could just hear the sound.

All done these with my eyes open and closed but most fair test would have been someone else increasing the volume at random intervals.

Results..

B&O H8: Could hear airplane sound at level 5
Bose QC30: Could hear sound at level 10 but pretty low until 15
And the AirPod Pros: Surprisingly almost the same: Could hear sound at level 10 but pretty low until 15

Now what surprised me the most was when I notch the sound up to 25-30. At this point everything becomes a lot more subjective but I actually thought the AirPods Pro cut out more of the sound!! That even surprised me.

I'm looking forward to rtings.com testing these to see what their tests show.

A few general points:

1. if anyone wants to know about the microphone on the AirPods Pro, I have made many phone calls including a conference call whilst walking around the streets of London and no one has complained about either my voice or background noise.

2. I am not commenting on sound quality as this is so subjective and I always find when I cycle through multiple earphones, particularly wireless ones, over a short period of time its actually quite hard to determine sound quality over the change in natural EQ and subtle changes in volume.

3. I am struggling with fit slightly. They fit fine and I have used them in the gym and there was no movement but as per point 2 I am struggling to decide if they sound better with the medium or large buds attached. The medium seem slightly small for me and the large are probably slightly big.

4. Need a bit more time with them but I think they are about to replace both my Jabra's and Bose for general use and travel (I generally only take short haul flights so battery life is not an issue). I will keep the B&O H8's for home use.
 
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Vacheron

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B&Os aren't know for their noise cancelling. They then to work better without noise cancelling. In fact, if you don't need the noise cancelling features, B&O gives you the best audiophile profile.
 

Picapau21

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B&Os aren't know for their noise cancelling. They then to work better without noise cancelling. In fact, if you don't need the noise cancelling features, B&O gives you the best audiophile profile.

Completely agree. I almost always listen to them with noise cancelling off. Also they sound even better when using a cable. Great set of on ear headphones. But really rubbish ANC. As I had them around I thought I might as well add them into the test as a comparison.
 
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Vacheron

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Completely agree. I almost always listen to them with noise cancelling off. Also they sound even better when using a cable. Great set of on ear headphones. But really rubbish ANC. As I had them around I thought I might as well add them into the test as a comparison.
You got it. They actually sound better than any of the others when you turn the ANC off. Beautiful sounding headphones. Then you turn ANC on and suddenly the sound gets pretty thin without much definition.
 
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Duncan-UK

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I've got some Bose in ear NC phones and also over the ear ones. I was expecting the Air Pod Pros to be inferior to the Bose in ear but was very pleasantly surprised. I won't be using the Bose ones again as the APP are so much more portable.
 

Picapau21

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I've got some Bose in ear NC phones and also over the ear ones. I was expecting the Air Pod Pros to be inferior to the Bose in ear but was very pleasantly surprised. I won't be using the Bose ones again as the APP are so much more portable.

This was exactly my experience. Been really impressed with the APP and I haven’t been impressed with a set of wireless ear/headphones in a while as they all seem to have some issue.
 
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