That day, I would have done better to break my leg.
The tone being set, let’s get to the heart of the matter.
Bought this Friday, I hasten to unpack them and connect them to my iPhone.
Having never had AirPods, I find that the installation is going wonderfully, we recognize the Apple key and their simplicity in connecting these AirPods. In 30 seconds it’s done, here I am playing in the menus, listening to music, testing the ANC,…
By comparing the ANC of these Airpods Pro 2 to that of my Sony XM2, I am satisfied and even surprised that such small headphones manage to filter out ambient noise so much. We are not at the level of filtration of the XM2 (5 years these headphones anyway), but we are very very close, and above all, we are in the presence of headphones much less intrusive than the XM2, the in-ear certainly not allowing not filter out as much passively as the over-ears that the XM2s are, ANC must certainly have more to do with the Airpods than the XM2s.
The Transparency mode of the AirPods Pro 2 greatly surpasses that of the Sony, we hear very clearly what the people around us are saying. Where the Sonys allow you to switch to transparency mode by simply placing your hand on the right earphone, for the Airpods Pro 2, you will have to do it either by tapping on one of the earphones or directly in the application. Not really a concern for me.
The Airpods Pro 2 also offer an adaptive transparency mode, just like what the Sony XM2 already offered. Here too Apple is above Sony. But once again we are talking about devices with a difference of 5 years, still happy.
The possibility of finding your AirPods Pro 2 will undoubtedly be useful to some, for me it remains very gadget. Considering the price of these headphones, I don’t think I’ll lose sight of them for a moment!
But then you will tell me, everything seems to be fantastic, why talk about bone fracture at the beginning of this article?
Because it’s after several hours of use that you begin to realize that behind all this glittery pink mist, much more murky things are happening.
Indeed, once the joys of use on my iPhone, I decided to get to the heart of the matter and test the features of automatic switching between Apple devices. There, it’s not Peru, it works when it wants to, or when you have switched to your phone to take a call, once finished, the headphones do not automatically switch to the previous device.
Suffice to say that you will wake up the world when you restart your video on your Macbook or iPad and your Airpods Pro 2 will still be connected to your iPhone. In short, not a fan of this technology. I find that, even if limited to two devices, Sony and its XM4 or even Microsoft and its Xbox headphones do much better. The point to Apple’s advantage would be in the case of a switch between more than 2 devices, but here we are entering into somewhat extreme cases.
And finally, THE big downside of these Airpods Pro 2, instability and untimely disconnections.
I noticed on my MacBook and iPhone that these Airpods Pro 2 had an annoying tendency to pause movies or music completely randomly. Even removing the “ear detection” mode does nothing.
In fact, even by removing ALL detection or automatic switch modes, we are still at the same point. The film or the music pauses, you have to restart play mode, and there, either it starts working for a little while (but don’t be reassured, it will pause again at some point) , or you completely lose the sound (play/pause/play, nothing to do, you will have no sound at all) while your AirPods Pro 2 will be clearly indicated as “connected”. Only solution, cut and put back the bluetooth, which can then cause a connection of your Airpods Pro 2 to another device (the famous automatic switch mode if it is activated), forcing you in addition to be careful that these are reconnected to the device you want to use.
After some research, I realized that for the past few days, I’m not the only one complaining about this erratic behavior, there are a lot of testimonials on Mac Rumors.
When you know that these Airpods Pro 2 still cost half of a baby’s kidney (estimated at more or less 300€), and that this disconnection problem is immediately detectable after a few minutes of use, one wonders what Apple pays for its validation and regression testing services.
I’m going to try to get a refund, but it’s a safe bet that I’ll be given some kind of hygiene clause preventing the resumption of in-ear type items, when this is clearly a problem. of design that requires putting these overpriced peripherals under a power hammer.
Personally, I went back to my Sony XM2s, and I’m frankly disgusted with Apple.
In short, you have been warned.