Apple AirPods Pro 2 Wireless Headphone Review Roundup

Apple's AirPods Pro 2 wireless earphones will be delivered to customers starting Friday, September 23, and will be launched in retail stores. Now the first AirPods Pro 2 wireless earphone reviews are out.

Compared with the original AirPods Pro, the AirPods Pro 2 is priced at $249 (1899 yuan from the National Bank) and uses the H2 chip, which has higher audio quality, longer battery life, and up to 2 times the noise reduction effect. Users can control media playback and volume adjustment directly using the touch controls of the headset stem, improved built-in skin-detection sensors to more accurately turn audio playback on or off, and new XS earbud options.

The new AirPods Pro 2 is equipped with an updated charging case, built-in speaker, and U1 chip, which can support Find My through precise positioning, an opening for connecting a lanyard for easy portability, and IPX4-rated waterproof and sweat-resistant performance. In addition to the Lightning connector and MagSafe magnet, the charging case can now be charged with an Apple Watch charger.

Here's a review summary of the AirPods Pro 2:

The Verge's Chris Welch says there's a "substantial" improvement in active noise cancellation:

Apple has made significant gains in active noise cancellation. On average, the company says the new implementation is “at best” twice as effective as the original AirPods Pro. While I lack any scientific measurement tools, this claim seems not unrealistic. At the office, I recently moved my desk and am now sitting near a vent that makes a constant whirring sound. The original AirPods Pro can still hear traces in noise-canceling mode, but when the AirPods Pro 2 are paired it's completely audible Quiet and imperceptible. I can still hear chatting if other people walk directly to my desk, but for the most part, the AirPods Pro 2 gave me plenty of silence. I also observed on the subway Reasonable improvement when commuting, and overall less street noise when traversing Brooklyn on a daily basis.

Chris Welch also noticed an improvement in overall sound quality:

Let's dig into the sound quality. Apple has completely redesigned the amplifiers and drivers in the AirPods Pro, and while these drivers are the same 11mm size as those in the AirPods 3, they sound better and offer the same level of performance that all AirPods have to date. The cleanest and most dynamic output in the world.

Engadget's Billy Steele achieved about 6 hours of battery life:

In my tests, I got 6 hours and 15 minutes with a mix of noise canceling, transparency mode and calls. That’s more than the previous generation (4.5 hours) and on par with most of today’s competitors. Of course, some products once A charge provide over 10 hours, but the average time for noise-canceling products I've tested is about 5 to 7 hours. Longer battery life is always good, but the six or seven hours of Apple's earphones are also more than enough to get you through It's a working day.

Gizmodo's Andrew Liszewski described the touch controls on the new stem:

It was a welcome upgrade, but unfortunately I found the upgrade a bit finicky to use. It took a few swipes occasionally before responding to anything.

As someone who generally hates touching the earbuds while wearing them (it inevitably shifts slightly), I'll probably stick with using Siri voice commands to adjust the volume or skip tracks (Siri does a great job).

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