AirPods Pro versus AirPods Pro 2: our video blind test

Apple has launched the second generation of its AirPods Pro. The differences compared to the first version are marked. But not everyone seems to be sensitive to it, according to the results of our blind test.

In September, Apple didn’t just launch a new line of iPhones. The Cupertino company also announced a new generation of its AirPods Pro, the high-end wireless headphones in its catalog. And we love them.

Three years separate AirPods Pro of the AirPods Pro 2. Unlike other market players, the multinational does not want to renew its audio products too regularly. Therefore, the differences are notable between the two generations: behind an almost similar design, the AirPods Pro 2 do everything better – whether in terms of listening quality, functionality and noise reduction. It’s really day and night.

To better understand what’s new, we organized a blind test. And the results are… amazing.

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Our video blind test that compares AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2

For our blind test, we asked four editorial staff to act as guinea pigs. Some are perfectly connoisseurs of the products (hello Nicolas Lellouche), while others know nothing of the technical sheet of the AirPods Pro. To judge the experience, both in terms of noise reduction and listening quality, the participants each chose a song they know well.

Apple AirPods Pro 2 // Source: Louise Audry for Numerama
Apple AirPods Pro 2 // Source: Louise Audry for Numerama

Strangely, of the four people surveyed, two observed a real evolution between the two models. Two lessons can be drawn from this:

  • The first AirPods Pro remain, even today, excellent headphones, capable of satisfying a maximum of people (they are at 215 € on Amazon);
  • Active noise reduction and listening quality remain very subjective criteria, which depend on individual sensitivity.

Nevertheless, we will always recommend the AirPods Pro of 2022.

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