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Airpods Pro 2
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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Apple Airpods Pro 2 are more versatile if you require wireless convenience and features like active noise cancelling, low latency mode for gaming and video, and an integrated microphone for calls. They're also sweatproof, optimized for Apple devices, and come with a wireless charging case for extended battery life, making them excellent for exercise and travel. The Etymotic ER4XR, on the other hand, delivers better noise isolation and reportedly superior sound quality for music listening, but their lack of a microphone and wireless capabilities, along with lower comfort scores, may limit their use during activities like exercising or frequent calls and meetings. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple Airpods Pro 2
  • Good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Very good for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Etymotic ER4XR
  • Very good for music

Key differences

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Music

7.0
Airpods Pro 2
ER4XR
8.0
The Etymotic ER4XR is very good for music, while the Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good.

Gaming

8.4
Airpods Pro 2
ER4XR
6.2
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is very good for gaming, while the Etymotic ER4XR is only fair.

Phone Calls

7.8
Airpods Pro 2
ER4XR
4.7
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good for phone calls, while the Etymotic ER4XR is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.8
Airpods Pro 2
ER4XR
7.3
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Etymotic ER4XR is good.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Airpods Pro 2
ER4XR
N/A
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has 6 hours of battery life. The Etymotic ER4XR does not have a battery.

Cost

$190
Airpods Pro 2
ER4XR
$281
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The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has a price of $190 and the Etymotic ER4XR costs $281.
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Key similarities

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TV and Video

7.8
Airpods Pro 2
ER4XR
7.4
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 and Etymotic ER4XR are both good for TV and video.

Noise Reduction

9.1
Airpods Pro 2
ER4XR
9.1
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 and Etymotic ER4XR are both excellent for noise reduction.

Build Quality

9.0
Airpods Pro 2
ER4XR
9.0
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 and Etymotic ER4XR both have excellent build quality.

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How the Apple Airpods Pro 2 and the Etymotic ER4XR compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple Airpods Pro 2Etymotic ER4XR
Apple Airpods Pro 2Etymotic ER4XR

GENERAL

Price
$190
$281
Brand
AppleEtymotic
Release Date
September 1, 2022June 1, 2016
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.1/108/10
Phone Calls Score
7.8/104.8/10
Gaming Score
8.4/106.3/10
TV and Video Score
7.8/107.4/10
Exercise Score
6.3/104.1/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6 HoursN/A
Wireless charging
YesN/A
Charging time
0.5 HoursN/A
Bluetooth version
5.3N/A
Case Battery Life
24N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesNo
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
YesN/A
Android App
NoN/A
iOS App
YesN/A
Mic Quality
7/10N/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/109/10
Comfort score
8/106/10
Size
MediumSmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5.3 Grams4 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedN/A

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Apple Airpods Pro 2

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz | May 2023
"Apple's upgraded H2 chip begets better active noise canceling (ANC) and battery life, while the case's U1 chip and integrated speaker lets you precisely locate it from the Find My app. If you own an iPhone, the new AirPods Pro is an obvious choice."

Etymotic ER4XR

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What HiFi?

What HiFi? | May 2015
"The Etymotic ER4XRs' top qualities are the detail and definition of the midrange, rewarding the closest listening. While the soundstage is large rather than gigantic, the excellent separation and spatial precision mean you can dive deep into music just as much as when wearing a pair of full-size open-backed headphones."

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About Apple

Apple Inc. is an American technology company, founded in 1976, known for its wide range of premium products, including smartphones, computers, and audio solutions. Apple offers the very popular personal audio line AirPods, highly regarded for their wireless, smart capabilities and their seamless integration with the iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. They provide a high-quality sound, comfort and lifestyle features perfect for all users invested in their ecosystem.

About Etymotic

Etymotic Research is an American based research, development and manufacturing company founded in 1983. They invented the first insert earphones that were used for the diagnosis and research of hearing loss and other auditory disorders. They went on to pioneer the market of high fidelity, isolating, in-ear earphones.

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