If you"re in the market for a new pair of wireless earbuds and you also happen khổng lồ own an iPhone or iPad, chances are the apple AirPods 2, AirPods Pro, & AirPods Pro 2 (2022) are on your radar. But how bởi vì they stack up, both in terms of performance and price? Read on as we pit the AirPods 2 against the AirPods Pro...

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The táo khuyết AirPods Pro sit above Apple"s second-generation AirPods. They"re pricier but they vày boast a new design, active noise-cancelling tech và some unique features. The question is, are they worth buying over the standard AirPods? Should you consider the AirPods 3 or perhaps even the new AirPods Pro 2 (2022)?

Below you"ll find a comprehensive comparison khổng lồ help you make the right choice at the checkout. We"ve even sought out today"s cheapest AirPods deals...

Apple AirPods 2 vs AirPods Pro: price

The táo bị cắn AirPods Pro sit above Apple"s second-generation AirPods. They"re priced at £249 ($249, AU$399), so demand quite a premium over the £159 ($159, AU$249) AirPods 2, but they vì chưng boast an active noise-cancellation và some quality features.

Both models debuted in 2019 (although a new version of the AirPods Pro launched in 2021 with a new MagSafe charging case).


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The apple AirPods 2 don"t have any khung of noise-cancelling tech – you"ll have lớn rely on noise isolation from the buds themselves.

The AirPods Pro address that. They feature (extremely effective) active noise cancellation that is continuously adjusted 200 times per second. Noises such as the thrum of a train are more or less completely eradicated, while less predictable sounds such as office chatter are reduced to lớn a whisper.The Pro buds also boast a "Transparency" mode, which comes in handy when cycling or jogging as it allows sound in from the outside world.

Impressive, but if noise-cancelling is your biggest concern, you might want to shortlist the 2021 Sony WF-1000XM4 (£250, $280, AU$280). Their noise-cancelling is among the best at this price, which makes it among the best available from any true wireless earbuds.

You could also consider waiting for the AirPods Pro 2, which are rumoured lớn feature improved noise-cancelling.

*Winner: táo bị cắn dở AirPods Pro*

Apple AirPods 2 vs AirPods Pro: battery life

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The 2nd ren AirPods (2019) deliver up to five hours battery life, with another 19 hours added by the charging case. It"s a decent performance but táo is tipped lớn give the upcoming AirPods 3 a significant battery boost.

The AirPods Pros claim a little less than the AirPods 2 – 4.5 hours – plus 19 hours from the charging case. (To get the maximum battery life out of the AirPods Pro, you"ll need to disable noise-cancelling.)

Both buds have similarly-sized wireless charging cases, which are compatible with Qi-based wireless charging mats. The Pros come with the wireless charging case as standard, whereas the 2nd generation AirPods are available with the standard charging case (£159/$159) or a wireless charging case (£199/$199).

If either pair runs out of charge, five minutes back in the case will give you another hour of listening.

*Winner: táo AirPods*

Apple AirPods 2 vs AirPods Pro: design & fit

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In theory, the standard AirPods should fit any ear thanks khổng lồ Apple"s "universal fit". In reality, that"s not always the case, and there"s no way to adjust the fit if they vị feel a bit loose.

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The AirPods Pro offer a much more customisable fit, with silicone tips in a range of sizes. And if you’re not sure which to use, táo khuyết will help you find the correct fit thanks to lớn the built-in "Ear Tip Fit Test" which you can run once the headphones are in place.

While the noise-cancelling AirPods Pro are designed to fit snugly, they also feature tiny air vents to lớn reduce that pressurised feeling that you often get from in-ear noise-cancelling headphones. It"s a welcome addition if you"re sensitive to that kind of thing.

Planning on taking your apple earbuds to lớn the gym? The AirPods Pros are far better suited lớn sporty adventures too – they"re IPX4 sweat- và water-resistant (standard AirPods offer no water resistance).

*Winner táo apple AirPods Pro*

Apple AirPods 2 vs AirPods Pro: connectivity

Thanks to a combination of Apple"s splendid H1 chip và Bluetooth 5.0, both the AirPods and AirPods Pro offer flawless wireless performance và supremely quick pairing.

We haven"t experienced dropouts with either and find Apple"s automatic pairing (insert an earphone và it instantly connects lớn your phone) lớn be predictably quick & responsive.

*Winner: Draw*

Apple AirPods 2 vs AirPods Pro: controls

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Both the táo AirPods 2 và AirPods Pro can be controlled with the power of your voice – Apple"s H1 chip enables the buds to lớn act upon any “hey Siri” voice commands.

What"s more, both models have cảm biến controls– albeit in a slightly different form.

The AirPods are touch-sensitive; touch once to lớn play or answer a phone call, cảm ứng twice to lớn skip a song, and so on. The AirPods Pro have a small ridge on each stem which you squeeze to switch noise-canceling modes, skip tracks, pause music & answer calls.

*Winner: Draw*

Apple AirPods 2 vs AirPods Pro: sound quality

Apple"s second generation AirPods brought extra loudness và a touch more sonic sophistication lớn proceedings. As with most hãng apple products, sound is clean, neutral và nicely balanced. Lượt thích the pricer Pros, the standard AirPods don"t have a ton of bass, but if you lượt thích sparkling vocals, they"re great pound-for-pound performers.

As for the Pros, there"s no artificial boosting of bass or treble enhancement. The midrange is where the AirPods Pros really shine, with plenty of texture & detail, with no hint of brightness. They sound richer and fuller than the AirPods 2 và dig out a bit more detail. We did find the Pros performed slightly better with the noise-cancelling switched off, though.

Overall, the Pros are the best-performing AirPods we"ve heard to lớn date, but they"re not quite able khổng lồ match the sound chất lượng of either the 2019 Sony WF-1000XM3 or the 2021 Sony WF-1000XM4, both which are some of the best-sounding wireless earbuds we"ve heard.