AirPods Pro

Apple has renewed the AirPods Pro. It did so at the same event in which the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8, SE and Ultra arrived, although the updating of the headphones has taken much longer than that of their phones or watches. The original AirPods Pro were released in 2019, and have since established themselves as the benchmark in the noise-canceling market. Now, three years later, the second generation of the AirPods Pro land this Friday in Spain with the ambition of improve one of the most solid products of the Californian company.

[Así fue la presentación Far Out de Apple, al minuto]

After a first contact at the Apple Park in Cupertino, at EL ESPAÑOL – Omicrono we have been able to spend the last few weeks with them to analyze in detail where the improvements are and if they really raise the level compared to the first generation of headphones.

The new AirPods Pro that go on sale this Friday have risen in price, like almost all the rest of the Apple catalog due to the current economic situation. Now they cost 299 eurosa price with which they are propped up in the high range and before what it is possible to wonder if they are really worth it and how much they have improved.

let there be silence

If the Noise Cancellation It is one of the features that has become most popular among the vast majority of wireless headphones because of the original AirPods Pro. They were not the first, there the credit goes to Sony and its WF-1000xM3, but the power that Apple has to shake up the market is unique.

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Now, Apple has improved the ability to isolate us from the world and plunge us into a bubble where the only thing that exists is us and the music. No matter how noisy the environment around us is. I have tried it in the newsroom, in a cafeteria, in the heart of Madrid… in noisy environments where decibels make concentration difficult and they deliver what they promise. You activate the noise cancellation and you forget about the outside.

It is at a considerably higher level than its predecessor. Apple assures that it is double that of the previous generation, the truth is that the jump between generations is noticeable. Now with the Apple Watch we can see how much noise from the outside the AirPods Pro avoid us and in my case I have come to experience up to 30 decibels less. Crazy.

They get it thanks to the new h2 chip, which unlocks new computational audio algorithms that were previously impossible to apply on such a small device. East brain it is further combined with the new low distortion drivers, acoustic vent channel and microphone to really enhance the feeling of isolating yourself in challenging environments.

For this system to work as it should, a good fit of the cushion in the ear is essential. That’s why AirPods Pro now have four sizes of eartips and maintain the size measurement system in the iPhone.

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AirPods Pro

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However, almost more striking than the improvement in noise cancellation is the leap forward that the transparency mode. If we want to continue with the headphones on but know what is happening in our environment, it will be enough to activate the transparency mode. Thanks to the H2, the AirPods Pro are capable of performing 48,000 processing cycles per second to dynamically adjust ambient noise to our ears.

This system is not only designed to let through the sound that interests us from the outside and adjust strong disturbances such as sirens or car engines, but also eliminates that micro-delay that we can notice when we speak with headphones of this type on. It’s a very subtle thing, but when we talk with transparency on, it feels like we’re not wearing headphones, we perceive our own voice betteris something you have to try to notice the difference with the competition.

And how do they sound?

Active noise cancellation may be the claim, but the real reason to use them continuously is its sound quality. Although its design resembles the previous generation, there are subtle external and profound internal changes.

They now feature new low distortion drivers, amplifiers, transducers and air channels, which combined with the potential of the H2 produce a more varied, rich sound, with more nuances and much more consistent at any volume and at all frequencies. The bass is now deeper than ever and the clarity that it achieves makes it possible to better perceive the difference between the voice and the different instruments.

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AirPods Pro

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The leap in quality when it comes to playing music, series or movies is remarkable. Now more than ever it seems that we are in the center of what we are playing. An experience that is taken a step further with the technology of spatial Audio, increasingly present among artists and creators.

The sound is increasingly immersive, with more nuances to appreciate and more details to offer the user. That’s why with iOS 16, users with any model of AirPods Pro, AirPods 3rd generation, or AirPods Max will be able to set spatial audio specifically for their head and ears. It’s a extremely simple process which is done in less than a minute.

AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro

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This spatial audio experience doesn’t just stop at content, head tracking to locate sound too works with group FaceTime callswith which the feeling is that people surround us and are in our same room.

Designed for usability

The design changes in the new AirPods Pro are subtle. At first glance they are not appreciated, but they are. The management of the air intake has changed, which allows to improve the sound, however, the biggest change that we are going to notice is a best way to interact with them.

If until now the only thing we could do was pinch or press and hold the indentation of the pin to play the music or activate the cancellation, now we can slide your finger to increase or decrease the volume. When doing so we have a slight sound response that indicates that the order is responding correctly. No more asking Siri to turn the volume up or down.

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AirPods Pro

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On the other hand, the case has also been redesigned. Now it has a small hole on the side to put a strap on it, as well as a speaker on the bottom to be able to use it in the same way as an AirTag. From the search application we can make them sound still closed and locate them through precision search.

Another novelty of the case is that now it is not only compatible with MagSafe charging, but if we have an Apple Watch we can also charge it through the watch charging stand Something especially useful on trips when the iPhone is charging at the same time.

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AirPods Pro

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Regarding the battery, autonomy has grown. Now we can have about 6 hours of continuous listening with noise cancellation activated on a single charge, and up to 30 hours with the case. It supposes like six hours of additional autonomy with respect to the previous generation.

Do I buy them?

The new AirPods Pro are better than the generation in all aspects. Apple has thus achieved something extremely complex, raising the level of a product that was already round and that, despite the passing of the years, continued to perform to be among the best on the market. Now, they revalidate the throne.

Its sound performance is spectacular, with much greater nuances and depths than the previous generation. The transparency mode allows you to wear them all day, positions that you can have conversations with them without being annoying. And the noise cancellation is better than ever, that feeling of putting them in the ears and isolating ourselves from everything It has improved to limits that did not seem possible.

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AirPods Pro

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The cherry on top of the enhanced AirPods Pro experience comes from the Apple ecosystem. Its integration into the brand’s equipment seems like magic, so if you have any of them, it is the best thing to understand with your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Mac. With all of them at the same time. Something that only Apple knows how to manage that well.

Despite their 299 euros, they are a more than recommended purchase, perhaps not for someone who has first-generation AirPods Pro with little use. But whoever is looking to make the leap in sound quality and noise cancellation will have one of their best allies in the AirPods Pro. It is perhaps Apple’s best product.

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Source: Elespanol

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J. A. Allen

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