True Wireless Earbuds Comparison: Are AirPods Pro Really The Best?
Aadhya Khatri - Jan 22, 2020
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Ever since Apple released the first AirPods, wireless earbuds are flooding to the market.
To help you navigate through all the extra choices, we have compiled this list of the greatest options and a comparison of the advantages and disadvantages.
Razer Hammerhead (Rs. 7,138)
Razer Hammerhead earbuds take after Apple’s AirPods but without the stems and the silicon tips. They are definitely affordable at Rs. 7,138 but the lack of bass is hard to overlook.
It is nice that they can be charged via USB-C cable and the earbuds fit quite comfortably to the ears. The company promises 60ms latency for gaming but there is no major differences in this respect. Users can only tell something noticeable when they play videos.
The earbuds can play for four hours and offer an addition of 12 hours from the charging case.
Soundcore Liberty 2 (Rs. 7,985)
As Anker is known for its quality yet affordable hardware, Soundcore, a subbrand of Anker, follows the same philosophy. Retailed for Rs. 7,985, they have become the standard for wireless earbuds. The term Astria coaxial acoustic architecture might sound fancy but you can understand it as great sounds, which has been proven to be true.
The Soundcore app can help with customizing the sound profile as well as the physical media control. The earbuds’ batteries can offer around eight hours of listening time while the charging case can provide 24 hours more.
The Soundcore Liberty 2 has a good seal while in your ears but you will still notice noises as there is no noise canceling function. Anker said that these earbuds have noise-reducing feature but it works only for phone calls.
Jabra Elite 75t (Rs. 15,999)
Jabra has been producing wireless earbuds for a long time so you can count on their experience. The Jabra Elite 75t is arguably the smallest on this list but the size does not seem to interfere with the fit in the ears.
When it comes to sound quality, you may notice that the earbuds produce too much bass, but the problem can be fixed with the Jabra app.
One of the highlights is the instrument separation, another is the excellent call quality, courtesy of the setup with four microphones, the things you can expect from any Jabra offering.
The earbuds have 7.5 hours of battery life and 28 hours more with the charging case.
Sony WF-1000XM3 (Rs. 16,501)
Sony WF-1000XM3 is the closest to match the AirPods Pro in terms of noise cancellation. Sony seems to care a lot of how the earbuds inside your ears so it offers ear tips of up to six sizes for users to choose from. However, since these tips are heavy, they can lead to fatigue after a while.
The sound quality is top of the game and the equalizer can be used to adjust the sound in the way users want. However, the AirPods Pro still champion over Sony WF-1000XM3 with its Transparency mode, which is better than Sony’s Ambient Noise control. The earbuds have 6 hours of battery life and an extra of 24 hours from the charging case.
AirPods Pro (Rs. 24,900)
The AirPods Pro is Apple’s latest offer and it is also the most expensive wireless earbuds on this list. They are comfortable in the ears and have three sizes of silicon tips. However, the battery life is a little short at 4.5 hours but the charging case can provide up to 24 hours.
The playback control system based on pressing works well but the lack of volume control is a real setback. While the sound quality is good, there is no option for customization with an app.
The H1 chip guarantees a seamless connection to the iPhone and the noise cancellation works really well.
AirPods 2 (Rs. 14,490)
AirPods 2 shares the same performance with the AirPods Pro when it comes to device switching and connectivity but the look is of the original AirPods without any silicon tip. The AirPods 2 is comfortable but the AirPods Pro is better at this.
The noise cancellation is absent on these earbuds but the sound quality is decent for earbuds of this portability.
AirPods are sought after for a reason and the AirPods 2 proves why.
Powerbeats Pro (Rs. 17,200)
Powerbeats Pro also has the H1 chip like AirPods and AirPods Pro, so you can expect a seamless connection and easy device switching. The earhooks work well in keeping the earbuds in place even during the tensest workout sessions.
While there is no active noise cancellation, the good fit brought about by the silicon tips will also work with drowning out the ambient noise.
The sound quality is good but like the AirPods, there is no option for customization. The earbuds themselves can last for nine hours but since there are the extra earhooks, the charging case looks huge.
If you own an Apple device, like an iPhone or an iPad, there is no match for the Airpods Pro in terms of connectivity, sound quality, portability, and support for virtual assistant.
Owners of iPhones can have the matching sound quality and noise cancellation on Sony’s earbuds but the integration benefit will be lost as nothing can work with an Apple device like another Apple device.
If noise cancellation is of no use to you, the AirPods 2 is a decent alternative, given the fact that they are a bit cheaper than the AirPods Pro.
Those who want their earbuds accompanied them during workout and training can consider the Powerbeats Pro for the earhooks.