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Updated January 10, 2024·

If portability and wireless convenience are priorities, the Apple Airpods Pro 2 are a better fit as they are true wireless earbuds, and have features like Active Noise Cancellation and spatial audio, which can enhance the listening experience especially when paired with Apple devices. However, they are significantly more expensive. On the other hand, the Rode NTH-100M headphones, while less portable, offer a different type of experience with their over-ear design that can be more comfortable for long listening sessions, and a higher sound quality for critical listening. They also come with a boom mic that can be beneficial for clear communication during calls or gaming. If you're looking for value for money with decent sound quality and you don't need wireless functionality, the Rode could be the better choice. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple Airpods Pro 2
  • Very good for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Rode NTH-100M
  • Very good for music
  • Best in class for phone calls

Key differences

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Music

7.0
Airpods Pro 2
NTH-100M
8.2
The Rode NTH-100M is very good for music, while the Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good.

Gaming

8.4
Airpods Pro 2
NTH-100M
8.9
The Rode NTH-100M and Apple Airpods Pro 2 are both very good for gaming, though the Rode NTH-100M is somewhat better.

Phone Calls

7.8
Airpods Pro 2
NTH-100M
9.5
The Rode NTH-100M is best in class for phone calls, while the Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.8
Airpods Pro 2
NTH-100M
7.6
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Rode NTH-100M is good.

Noise Reduction

9.1
Airpods Pro 2
NTH-100M
5.3
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is excellent for noise reduction, while the Rode NTH-100M is poor.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Airpods Pro 2
NTH-100M
N/A
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has 6 hours of battery life. The Rode NTH-100M does not have a battery.

Cost

$229
Airpods Pro 2
NTH-100M
$179
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The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has a price of $229 and the Rode NTH-100M costs $179.

Build Quality

9.0
Airpods Pro 2
NTH-100M
8.5
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has excellent build quality, while the Rode NTH-100M has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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TV and Video

7.8
Airpods Pro 2
NTH-100M
7.7
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 and Rode NTH-100M are both good for TV and video.

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How the Apple Airpods Pro 2 and the Rode NTH-100M compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple Airpods Pro 2Rode NTH-100M
Apple Airpods Pro 2Rode NTH-100M

GENERAL

Price
$229
$179
Brand
AppleRode
Release Date
September 1, 2022January 1, 2023
Form Factor
EarbudsHeadphones
Connectivity
WirelessWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.1/108.2/10
Phone Calls Score
7.8/109.5/10
Gaming Score
8.4/109/10
TV and Video Score
7.8/107.8/10
Exercise Score
6.3/104.2/10

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
9.1/105.3/10
Virtual Surround
YesN/A
Android App
NoN/A
iOS App
YesN/A
Mic Quality
7/1010/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/108.5/10
Comfort score
8/107.6/10
Size
MediumN/A
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5.3 Grams349.2 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedBoom

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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."

Rode NTH-100M

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PC Gamer

Kizito Katawonga | March 2023
"The NTH-100M is a closed-back headset aimed at professional audiophiles—streamers, podcasters and content creators included—looking for masterful audio and a detachable 'broadcast-grade' microphone."

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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 Rode

Rode is an Australian audio equipment manufacturer. Rode was founded in 1967 as Freedman Electronics, transitioning into its modern brand in 1990, and it’s mainly known for their high-end microphones and audio production equipment. In 2022 they entered into the headphone market with their NTH-100 closed back headphone which was received with very good reviews from the community.

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