Improved sound quality, new tweaks

The first reviews of the AirPods Pro 2 are here. Ahead of pre-orders arriving to buyers on Friday, these early reviews give our first in-depth look at the AirPods Pro 2 audio upgrades, the new MagSafe Charging case design, Find My options and more.

To CNETApple has improved the Active Noise Canceling function, while also emphasizing the bass better:

You can definitely hear the improvements to both noise reduction and sound. In terms of sound, you get better clarity, more bass punch with better definition and just more depth and dynamic sound. The sound just has a little more girth and dimensionality. I compared a few tracks I always use when testing, like Spoon’s Knock Knock Knock, and you can really tell a difference in the bass performance. The earphones use Adaptive EQ, which uses an inward-facing microphone to monitor the sound entering your ears, and the H2 chip, which optimizes the sound you’re listening to on the fly (there are no manual EQ settings). The chip’s increased computing power helps it process and optimize a wider range of frequencies, especially the high ones.

PCMag was impressed with the Adaptive Transparency feature, which is an upgrade from Transparency Mode.

But another option is to use the headphones as active, semi-transparent earplugs for a concert. Adaptive mode lowers the volume intelligently; it keeps the fundamental timbre and envelope of the sound intact while bringing everything above 85dB back to that level. As a result, you hear music pretty much as you would without them, and you can avoid potential hearing damage. (…) Compared to the Bose version of this feature – ActiveSense Aware – Apple’s version sounds far more natural. You can easily hear when Bose’s Aware mode adjusts for loud sounds, and at high decibel levels it doesn’t behave much differently than regular ANC mode.

When talking about comfort, BGR says AirPods Pro 2 are just as comfortable as the previous generation — for better or worse, of course:

Wearing the second generation AirPods Pro earphones is exactly the same as wearing the original AirPods Pro – which is a good thing. I find them to be among the more comfortable earphones out there, and keeping the same shape means they remain as comfortable as before. They also sit pretty well in your ears – and I even run with them from time to time with no problems. New for AirPods Pro are a pair of extra small ear tips. I didn’t need these and didn’t test them – but their inclusion can help ensure the earphones fit well in different ear shapes.

Tom’s guide praising the new volume button, which was a feature missing from all previous AirPods models:

One problem the original AirPods Pro had that wasn’t talked about often was the inability to change the volume of the earbuds. If you wanted to change the volume, you had to either ask Siri nicely or pull your phone out of your pocket to change it yourself.

That’s not a problem with AirPods Pro (2nd generation), which have improved touch controls that support swiping up and down on the stems to raise or lower the volume. In addition to the volume controls, you can tap the earbuds once to play or pause music, skip or rewind tracks with two or three taps, respectively, and hold to switch to active noise cancellation.

AirPods Pro 2

Digital trends highlights the new case for AirPods Pro 2 with Find My options, but complains about the lack of a lanyard in the product box:

Speaking of which, I have to say two quick things: First, the precision tracking via Apple’s “Find My” feature enabled by the U1 chip is fantastic, as is the built-in speaker. Just getting a confirmation tone for wireless charging is worth the upgrade. But second – really Apple, you put a lanyard loop on this thing but couldn’t give us an actual lanyard in the box?

Reviewers are also talking about the new XS ear tip – although some complain that Apple should include an XL ear tip as well. Overall, reviewers seem impressed with these new wireless earbuds. While not much has changed on the outside, Apple has done a good job of changing the inside.

AirPods Pro 2 review and hands-on videos

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