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Airpods Pro 2
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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you frequently use Apple devices and prefer features like improved noise handling, spatial audio, and wish to have lower latency and better battery performance, the Apple Airpods Pro 2 may suit you well, especially since they are generally cheaper than the Sony WF1000XM5. However, if you are interested in high-quality audio codecs like LDAC and features such as 360 Reality Audio, though it requires supported apps, you might lean towards the Sony WF1000XM5 despite the higher cost. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple Airpods Pro 2
  • Good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for TV and video
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Sony WF1000XM5
  • Very good for music

Key differences

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Music

7.0
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM5
8.0
The Sony WF1000XM5 is very good for music, while the Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good.

Gaming

8.4
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM5
5.1
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is very good for gaming, while the Sony WF1000XM5 is poor.

Phone Calls

7.8
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM5
5.0
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good for phone calls, while the Sony WF1000XM5 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.8
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM5
4.9
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Sony WF1000XM5 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM5
5.4
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good for TV and video, while the Sony WF1000XM5 is poor.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM5
9.0 Hours
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has 6 hours of battery life. The Sony WF1000XM5 has 9 hours of battery life.

Cost

$189
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM5
$230
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The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has a price of $189 and the Sony WF1000XM5 costs $230.

Build Quality

9.0
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM5
8.5
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has excellent build quality, while the Sony WF1000XM5 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Noise Reduction

9.1
Airpods Pro 2
WF1000XM5
8.7
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple Airpods Pro 2 to be excellent for noise reduction, while the Sony WF1000XM5 is very good.

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How the Apple Airpods Pro 2 and the Sony WF1000XM5 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple Airpods Pro 2Sony WF1000XM5
Apple Airpods Pro 2Sony WF1000XM5

GENERAL

Price
$189
$230
Brand
AppleSony
Release Date
September 1, 2022July 1, 2023
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.1/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
7.8/105/10
Gaming Score
8.4/105.2/10
TV and Video Score
7.8/105.5/10
Exercise Score
6.3/106.2/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6 Hours9 Hours
Wireless charging
YesYes
Charging time
0.5 Hours1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.35.3
Case Battery Life
2418

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/108.8/10
Virtual Surround
YesYes
Android App
NoYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7/106.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/108.5/10
Comfort score
8/107.6/10
Size
MediumMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5.3 Grams6 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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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."

Sony WF1000XM5

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Sound Guys

Harley Maranan | July 2023
"The Sony WF-1000XM5 is among the best noise canceling earbuds currently on the market, and they aren’t cheap. These earbuds aren’t the best choice for budget-conscious listeners. But if you prioritize active noise cancelation, sound quality, and extensive software support, the WF-1000XM5 is worth its premium price tag."

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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 Sony

Sony is a multinational corporation, based out of Japan, with over 75 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry. In the audio market, Sony has been a trendsetter several times throughout its history. In 1979 they released the first-ever portable music player, the Sony Walkman, followed by the Discman 20 years later. Today, Sony is one of the leaders in the wireless headphone and earbud market, especially in terms of Active Noise Cancellation technology.

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