- Feb 1, 2009
This is the same conclusion I came up with as well. I plan on keeping them over the Sony’s however. My reason is I need a solid and reliable earphone for work purposes. The Sony sound great but Sony really needs to tighten things up with the firmware. I doubt they will. They like to save that for newer models. I had issues of it not always answering the phone and constant reconnect issues where I would have to sometimes put them back in their case and take back out to get them to connect. Not a big deal for around the house but a pain to deal with at work. If the pros perform like the originals, and they seems to so far, I shouldn’t have many issues. And the transparency is the best of any others I have tried.Cancelled my Amazon order and decided to go to the Apple Store to pick up the AirPods Pro instead. Naturally, I compared them to my Sony, with mixed results.
- AirPods Pro are more comfortable.
- Call quality is far better.
- Great iOS integration with always on Siri.
- Mid-range bump, so vocals cut through the mix nicely.
- Great connection strength to iPhone. Walking around the house was a breeze. Maintained connection in locations where my other TWS' typically start to get choppy.
- Effective ANC.
- Very pocketable.
- ANC is a little better on the Sony. A/B test near a fairly loud oscillating fan I use and the Sony nearly blocked all the noise, while the AirPod Pros were at about 80%.
- Vents on the AirPods Pro seem to let in upper mid to high frequency noise that the ANC can't deal with. Does well with low frequency droning noises, but it seems the lack of physical isolation hurts overall noise attenuation.
- Sound is a bit raspy. It's as if there's a thin raspy haze overlaying the sound.
- Overall, I think the Sony sound better, quite a bit better, actually and simply sound richer, fuller, and image better.
Ultimately, if they were a little cheaper, I would keep them, but for $249 ($270 with tax), they are not a keeper for me.