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Powerbeats Pro - Totally Wireless Earphones

Rating:
5/5,
  • Overview
    High-performance workout earphones
    Powerbeats Pro will revolutionise the way you work out. Built for elite athletes, these totally wireless earphones have no wires to hold you back. The adjustable, secure-fit earhooks are customisable with multiple ear-tip options for extended comfort and are made to stay in place, no matter how hard you go. These lightweight earphones are built for performance with a reinforced design for sweat and water resistance, so you can take your workouts to the next level. With up to 9 hours of listening time in each earbud and powerful, balanced sound, you’ll always have your music to motivate you.

    Sound like a pro
    We listened to real athletes with the aim of designing wireless earphones that matched their toughest workouts — and we heard over and over that sound was their top priority. Powerbeats Pro boast powerful, balanced audio thanks to an entirely redesigned acoustic package that delivers pure sound reproduction, enhanced clarity and improved dynamic range. Because great sound starts with proper fit, these earphones were also crafted with a focus on ergonomic comfort to give you the best listening experience possible.

    Play both sides or just one at a time
    Left, right or both, enjoy ultimate control over your audio. Each earbud has full volume and track controls so you don’t need your iPhone or other device to adjust your music. Auto Play/Pause sensors know when the earbuds are in your ear, jumpstarting your workouts as soon as you’re ready to go. And with voice-assistant capability on a variety of compatible devices, you can stay in the zone.

    Power. Play.
    Long hours of training? Marathons? Bring it. Each earbud has up to 9 hours of listening time so you can keep your music going. With the charging case, you’ll get more than 24 hours of combined playback. If you’re in need of extra juice, 5-minute Fast Fuel charging gives 1.5 hours of playback when the battery is low.1 To further conserve battery life, Auto On/Off sensors detect when earbuds are idle and automatically enter sleep mode. When you’re ready to use them again, simply put them back in your ears and you’ll be off and running. Now, you can spend less time worrying about charging and more time charging forward.

    Just ask Siri.
    Talking to your favourite personal assistant is easier than ever. Simply say “Hey Siri” for voice-activated assistance without having to reach for your iPhone.2 Powered by the new Apple H1 headphone chip, Powerbeats Pro deliver a faster and more stable wireless connection to your devices.3

    Wireless that works
    Powerbeats Pro are ready to go when you are. With Class 1 Bluetooth technology, these wireless earphones offer extended range and fewer dropouts so they stay connected as you keep moving. Each earbud connects independently to your device for better connectivity and freedom of use for music and phone calls. A voice accelerometer and multiple microphones target your voice and filter out external noise. They instantly set up — just open the case and hold near your iPhone — and then automatically connect to your Apple Watch, iPad or Mac.4

    Highlights
    Totally wireless high-performance earphones

    Up to nine hours of listening time (more than 24 hours with the charging case)

    Adjustable, secure-fit earhooks for lightweight comfort and stability

    Reinforced design for sweat and water resistance during tough workouts

    Volume and track controls on each earbud, voice capability and Auto Play/Pause

    Powerful, balanced sound with dynamic range and noise isolation

    Hey Siri hands-free voice control2 and improved connection speed3 via the Apple H1 headphone chip

    Earbuds connect independently via Class 1 Bluetooth, for extended range and fewer dropouts

    With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives 1.5 hours of playback when battery is low1

    Enhanced phone call performance and call handling from either earbud

    What’s in the Box
    Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless earphones

    Charging case

    Ear tips with four size options

    Lightning to USB-A charging cable

    Quick start guide

    Warranty card

    Tech Specs
    Other Features: Bluetooth, Wireless

    Form factor: Ear hook, In-ear

    Connections: Bluetooth, Wireless

    Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium Ion

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Recent Reviews

  1. Medikill
    Excellent Gym/Running headphones
    Written by Medikill
    Published Sep 20, 2019
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Bass
    Sound
    Ease of Use (apple users)
    Battery Life
    Cons - Isolation - Final E tips solve this
    Noise bleed - Final E tips solve this
    Preamble:
    Bought these brand new with my own money. Have used these regularly for running, gym weight sessions and taekwondo.

    Comparators
    Jaybirds X3

    Source
    Apple watch 4
    Iphone X

    Tracks
    Bass response: Drake MIA, Ed Sheeran South of Boarder
    Mid response: Ed Sheeran South of the boarder, Toto Africa, Sam smith How do you sleep
    Treble response: sam smith How do you sleep, Dj snake You know you like it
    General work out trakcs (EDM, Rap (eminem Kamikaze, rap god), Mix of Jay Z (Niggas in paris, empire state fo mind)

    Packaging
    Odd choice by apple here. Seems like they were trying to cut costs.
    The included tips are not that great

    Build
    Good.
    They are robust and can take a knock and fall and be completely fine

    Fit
    Really good fit.
    The ear hooks are good at keeping them stable and in your ears
    Symbio W and Final Audio E tips work really well to get a better seal (go a size up)
    Comply foams also work well
    Tips impact the sound signature to a decent degree, silicones (exagerate the highs slightly) and foams diminishes it
    UPDATE: After further comparison to my girlfriends Jabra 65t and using the Final E tips, the isolation is no longer a problem. It is reducing atleast ~15 - 25db.

    Form Factor + Semantics
    one of the best truely wireless options
    battery life on these things is incredible, i can do 2hr sessions 5 times a week and not need to recharge the case.
    Only bad thing is the shallow fit, they bleed noise and don't isolate well
    The buttons work very well, volume rockers on both sides is very convinent
    The play, pause, skip, rewind and siri buttom works well (sometimes can lag, but nothing major)
    An annoying caveat, music pauses automatically when you remove them which is a bit annoying.

    Sound

    Take this section with a grain of salt. As after all, they are not intended to be audiophile eargasm inducing headphones.

    These are tuned to be fun and energetic sounding, which is ideal for working out, not for critical listening. If someone does a FR it'll be U shaped, with boosted bass and slightly boosted treble.
    • Bass: With the stigma surrounding beats, i was really expecting the bass to be bloated and over bearing. But boy was i wrong. The bass is tight and well controlled. Fast decay with good amount of punch. Perfect for a work out. Only caveat is, having the turn up the volume very loud to acheive a good bass slam. Comparing against the X3, the powerbeats (suprisingly) has a cleaner and tighter bass. The X3 sounds bloated and muddy by compaison. I need to reiterate, the bass on these is really well done.
    • Mids: Decent, vocals sound nice, albeit sounding a bit distant.
    • Treble: Nicely done, has a good amount of detail. No harshness or silibance at all.
    • Stage: For a bluetooth work out set, decent.
    • Instrument seperation: I think the Z7m2 does really well here. It is able to seperate instruments very very well.
    • Isolation: Bad, they do not isolate well at all. This is due to the shallow fit and as such i would recommend going up a tip size to achieve the best seal.
    • To really bring out the sound, it needs to cranked up, which when workign out is fine, but i wouldn't recommend listening to these on high volumes while stationary (hearing damage), i think the movement generated whilst working out offsets the amplitude of the sound.
    Summary
    They are easily an upgrade from my previous jaybird X3. i think they are one of best options of working out. Interestingly, the issue with low volume can be sorted by using tidal. But only bad thing due to Apple being assholes, tidal can't be used on the apple watch, only apple music can be. The ease of syncing and ease of use (for apple users) packaged with the decent sound signature, make these a very compellnig contender.

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