If you need a little peace and quiet, noise-cancelling earbuds can help keep the world at bay.
Don’t expect a perfect cone of silence, especially considering these are wireless Bluetooth earbuds rather than full over-the-ear headphones designed to preserve your sanity on long-haul flights. These earbuds don’t block out all noise, but they help dull constant droning noises – with a choice of several silicone tips to ensure they’re a good fit for your ears.
When catching the tram, the sounds of the motor, airconditioning and traffic are toned down, but you can still hear the announcements clearly. Of course, once you press play on your music it helps drown out a lot of the other noise.
One benefit of noise cancelling is that you don’t need to turn up your music as loud to drown out the noise of the world, which is better for your hearing and ensures you still hear those important sounds. Both of these earbuds also feature ambient mode (Apple calls it transparent), which lets in all the noise when you need to give something your full attention.
Both earbuds come with a carry case that has a built-in battery for recharging, although Apple’s case is much smaller and more pocket-friendly. You can recharge either carry case via a USB cable, plus the AirPods Pro case supports wireless charging.
If you’re an iGadget owner, stick to the convenience of Apple’s AirPods Pro, unless you’re really keen on Sony’s ability to tweak the noise cancelling and adjust it automatically while you’re on the move. Android owners will likely go for the Sonys, which play nicely with Google Assistant, whereas the AirPods Pro are designed for Apple’s Siri.