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The Cool New Apple Airpods Pro: The Number 1 Best Audio Seller
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- Active noise cancellation for immersive sound
- Transparency mode for hearing and connecting with the world around you
- Three sizes of soft, tapered silicone tips for a customizable fit
- Sweat and water-resistant
- Adaptive EQ automatically tunes the music to the shape of your ear
- Easy setup for all your Apple devices
- Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”
- The Wireless Charging Case delivers more than 24 hours of battery life
The Apple AirPods Pro has a new design, new features, and a new price tag, but it’s still unmistakably AirPods. While the original model caught a lot of (deserved) flak for not sealing the ear canal, these Apple earbuds not only seal the ear but also provide active noise canceling. On paper, the AirPods Pro is light-years ahead of the old ones simply by this fact alone. But is it worth the cash?
When you first start using the AirPods Pro, you’ll want to find the right size ear tip to use, because the rest of your experience hinges on it. If the ear tips are too big they’ll be painful, and if they’re too small then they’ll likely fall out. Once you’ve installed the correct ear tip size, they’ll fit securely in your ear canal. After you pair the AirPods Pro with your phone, you should be able to jump right into music listening without futzing with too many settings. Like any other Apple product, the product’s ethos is to be something that “just works.”
To that end, there are a few features that the AirPods Pro adopted to make them more useful than your garden variety true wireless earbuds. For example, transparency mode allows you to pump in surrounding sounds so you don’t miss your stop, or you can join in a conversation without skipping a beat. You can easily enter transparency mode by long-pressing the stem which is now actually functional instead of unsightly (though still a little ugly, let’s be honest). A single squeeze on the stem will pause or play music, a double squeeze will skip to the next song, and a triple squeeze will skip to the next song. Additionally, there’s even an ear tip fit test that you can do to ensure that they’re in your ear correctly. To do this you have to go into Bluetooth settings, and then tap on the small “i” icon next to the AirPods. From there, you get a few more options if you’re on iOS such as the ability to rename them, control whether you want active noise canceling on or off, customize the function of tap and hold on each earbud, and do the ear tip fit test. This will test whether you should use a different set of ear tips or whether the active noise canceling is working properly.
If you want AirPods—or have an iPhone—the AirPods Pro are the only AirPods we’d recommend picking up for several reasons. Not only will they sound significantly better than the original ones, but they offer more in the way of features and useful accessories too. Sure, they’re $50 more than the latest AirPods with wireless charging, but you get a lot for that extra cash.