Apple announces AirPods Pro with noise reduction from October 30

The new AirPods Pro from Apple protrudes from the regular AirPods in a few ways. They offer active noise cancellation, a pass-through audio function so you can easily hear what is happening around you and customizable earbuds, all improvements over the standard AirPods model.


It is fairly easy to compare the two Apple headphones, but it becomes a bit trickier if you try to choose between other brands. The Beats Powerbeats Pro have the same H1 wireless chip, making them just as easy to pair with an iPhone and responding to hands-free "Hey Siri" commands, which are usually $ 50 cheaper than the new AirPods Pro. Amazon's new Echo Buds offer active noise cancellation (not quite the same as cancellation), but for almost half the cost, they may be the best choice for you. The WF-1000XM3 & # 39; s from Sony have excellent noise reduction and USB-C charging, although their housing is quite messy.

There are many specifications to sort through, from water resistance and general earplugs to the type of cable that comes with each set, and of course the price. We have built a table with a handful of popular options to make your purchase decision a little easier.

AirPods Pro spec comparison

CharacteristicsApple AirPods ProAmazon Echo BudsSony WF-1000XM3Beats Powerbeats ProAirPods (second generation)
CharacteristicsApple AirPods ProAmazon Echo BudsSony WF-1000XM3Beats Powerbeats ProAirPods (second generation)
Active noise reduction / reductionYesYesYesNoNo
Transit / transparency audioYesYesYesNoNo
connectivityBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
Size of earbuds (mm)30.9 x 21.8 x 2422 x 23 x 24Undisclosed55 (width, depth not released)40.5 x 16.5 x 18
Case size (mm)45.2 x 60.6 21.757 x 77 x 29Undisclosed77 (width, depth not released)53.5 x 44.3 x 21.3
Weight of earbuds (g) 104
Case weight (g)45.67079.3Undisclosed40
Battery (earbuds)up to 4.5 hoursmaximum five hoursto eight o'clockuntil nine o'clockmaximum five hours
Battery (case)more than 24 hoursuntil 8 p.m.up to 24 hoursup to 24 hoursmore than 24 hours
Water resistance certificationIPX4IPX4N / AIPX4N / A
Wired chargingLightning connectorMicro USB connectionUSB-C connectionLightning connectorLightning connector
Wireless chargingQi-certified chargersNoNoNoYes (via optional Qi-ready case)
Charging cord includedLightning to USB-CMicro USB to USB-AUSB-C to USB-CLightning to USB-ALightning to USB-A
price$ 249$ 129$ 229$ 249$ 199
Custom chipsApple H1Intel Dual Digital signal processor with inference motorHD noise canceling processor QN1eApple H1Apple H1

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