AirPods Pro vs AirPods 2 vs Amazon Echo Buds vs Sony 1000X M3 price and features

Just as long rumored, Apple stepped in the wonderful world of true wireless noise cancellation with the new AirPods Pro buds that are on top of that water resistant, so brace yourselves for people on the treadmill next to you not hearing what you are shouting at them.

We kid, as the AidPods Pro do include a transparency feature that lets a bit of the surrounding noise in, just as any self-respecting isolation headphones should, so that you can survive in traffic for longer than the next crossroad. How did we get here?

AirPods Pro vs AirPods 2 price and features

Well, a number of parts for the current upgraded AirPods 2 edition have been contracted for production well into 2020, said analysts, suggesting that Apple doesn't plan to replace its spring chicken with the AirPods Pro. Thus, the current AirPods with wireless charging case, always-on Siri, and H1 processor, may be sold alongside the fall model that adds water-resistance and a noise-cancelling option to the mix.

That could only mean one thing – higher price for the AirPods Pro model which sports a different design given that its main added value is the noise cancellation feature. This turns out to indeed be the case, and, while we were expecting the Pro to be priced above the current AirPods + Wireless Charging Case = $199 bundle, and yet below the $250 that Apple wants for its PowerBeats Pro and their whopping 9 hours of listening time, Apple went for the jugular.

AirPods Pro vs Amazon Echo Buds vs Sony 1000XM3 price and specs

Yes, the new AirPods Pro don't cost $230 as Sony's direct WF-1000XM3 competitors, but Apple is rather pricing them directly as much as the PowerBeats Pro, even though they last less on a charge than Sony's noise-cancelling champ. What gives? 

Well, let's break down the specs and features of the new AirPods Pro against the current AirPods 2 and Sony's excellent 1000XM3 to see why Apple thinks it can get away with $250 (or 280 EUR), near-monopoly notwithstanding. 

We are throwing in Amazon's faux-cancellation Echo Buds as they are proving a very popular budget alternative. They offer Bose's Noise Reduction technology to boot which doesn't completely tune out the ambient noise but is better than earphones that simply try to isolate the sounds physically like the Galaxy Buds. 

Unfortunately, Bose, the creator of this market niche, is keeping a next generation proprietary noise-cancellation tech for its own mysterious Earbuds 700 that are to appear in 2020 and be on top of the noise-cancelling pile.

As you can see, Sony's somewhat clumsily named WF-1000XM3 are still the better option if you are looking for a true wireless bud set with active noise cancellation to tune out that droning jet sound on long haul flights. 

They last more on a charge, but the AirPods Pro are more resistant to your sweat and tears while you work out, while Amazon's Echo Buds and its faux-cancellation are a decent option, too. Which ones would you get?

Which true wireless ANC buds would you get?

The Apple AirPods Pro
The Sony WF-1000XM3
The Amazon Echo Buds



1. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Actually name means WF-1000X mark III , I think there was no mark II ...

2. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

" resistant to your sweat and tears". Curious to know how tears would reach the device.

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1539; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

When you unbox the headphones and weep: "What a hell did I just buy?". It's funny anyways that ANC on in-ears, 75% of noise isolation is passive.

7. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

LOL ....

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Or when it's 2 years old and it's battery life is just 2 hours

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lay back on the bed, floor, grass, or bench. Do that while laughing, crying, or sometimes even yawning. It’s unlikely, but not impossible. Sometimes pain will generate tears, even though one isn’t crying. I have a full upper torso tattoo, to back up that fact.

9. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Immediately after you realize you lost 250$ to Apple's customer milking scheme that begun with the removal of the "outdated" headphone jack :)

8. michaelny2001

Posts: 340; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

maybe the sony but i'll wait for the new Bose with ANC. that will be the one to beat. i currently have the sony wf-1000x and they're ok, 3 charges of 3 hours each. more like 2.5 hours but they sound ok not much bass but the Bose will be the ones to beat. i think the Bose 700. next year

10. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

You have echo buds and no Galaxy buds? You lost me.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Because Galaxy Buds lack Active Noise Cancellation/Active Noise Reduction The Galaxy Buds 2 will probably have ANC

11. shawman

Posts: 78; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

None of the above. All of them are too expensive. I got Galaxy buds free with S10 and it works well. otherwise I would buy one of chinese bluetooth IEM with Qualcomm APTx chipset. They are quite decent quality with very good battery life. I got Tronsmart Spunky Beat for $25 for my wife it works well. It has IPx5 as well.

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