Which AirPods to buy in 2021 and what can you buy instead

AirPods are great headphones, but they are too different from each other. Despite the fact that no more than two or three years have passed between the release of different models, they differ from each other very strikingly. Therefore, many users, when they decide to buy themselves AirPods, simply don’t know what to choose. After all, on the one hand, you want to save money and then the choice falls on the classic model. But, on the other hand, I want to get the coolest sound possible, and then it seems more logical to take AirPods Pro. However, first things first.

Choosing AirPods? You don’t have many options

Despite the fact that the main range of functions of classic AirPods coincides with the capabilities of AirPods Pro, I recommend taking the former only in one case. If you are not going to listen to music in them, and you need the headphones themselves exclusively for the role of a headset and an auxiliary gadget. For example, you might want to listen to messages and alert content, or talk over your AirPods on the phone.

What to buy instead of AirPods

It’s better not to take classic AirPods, because they sound so-so

Because for reproducing music, the classic model is completely unsuitable. And, meanwhile, its price is quite high, and on the official Apple website is 15 thousand rubles. An exception may be individual intolerance to in-ear headphones or a chronic dislike for more or less high-quality sound, multiplied by the desire to constantly hear what is happening around.

Many people still ask whether it is worth taking a wireless case for AirPods, so my answer to this question is no. True, it only applies to classic headphones and does not apply to AirPods Pro (why so – read below). The fact is that it costs 5 thousand rubles more, and headphones instead of 15 thousand will cost you 20, which is already a complete game for the musical opportunities that they can offer you.

But I would take the Beats Flex – 4k rubles after all

Alternatively, I can recommend Beats Flex. Yes, it’s not exactly the same, but if you want headphones with normal sounding, in-ear fit, fast AirPods-style connections and for a reasonable price, then you will not find better than flexes. They cost only 4 thousand rubles, work on the W1 chip (like the AirPods Pro), due to which they live 12 hours and connect to the iPhone just like real AirPods.

Which AirPods are better

AirPods Pro are good for everything – both functionality and sound quality

AirPods Pro is the most streamlined model in Apple’s lineup. But darling. But the optimal one. From the point of view of sound, even from the point of view of functionality. The cool thing about AirPods Pro is that they:

  • They have an in-channel design;
  • Supports spatial sound;
  • Supports active noise cancellation;
  • Supports the “Transparency” mode.

Three of these four give the AirPods Pro really high-quality sound. I would really take them without hesitation. No, of course, they cannot be compared with wired “ears” with a copper cable and an external DAC, but their sound is really very cool. Not least thanks to in-ear placement, which allows the headphones to channel sound directly into the ear canal, amplifying bass with a snug fit.

True, AirPods Pro cost 25 thousand rubles on the official Apple website. In principle, you can find cheaper options if you turn to serovars. Their price will be about a third less, so you can count on 17-18 thousand. Here, wireless charging is already included and you won’t have to pay extra for it from above. However, it is still not cheap. But the AirPods Pro also has an alternative.

If AirPods Pro are too expensive for you, get the Beats Studio Buds

If Apple had AirPods 3, I would recommend them. But since the company has released Beats Studio Beats, I recommend that you draw your attention to them. These are excellent in-ear headphones with all the AirPods Pro chips, except for the processor. Here, instead of the W1, there is a chip developed by Beats engineers. So it can’t quickly switch between different devices, but it supports everything else. And the “bits” cost only 13 thousand rubles.

Should you buy AirPods Max

AirPods Max are perhaps the only uncontested earbuds. Frankly speaking, it was possible not to write about them at all, because those who buy them are perfectly aware of why they are doing it. Despite the fact that they cost more than 60 thousand rubles, these headphones justify every ruble spent – they are so good.

AirPods Max – headphones that have no competitors

Of course, there are a bunch of headphones on sale at a more attractive price and with no less high-quality sound, but it’s not just about the sound. It’s also about what is called user experience. Apple managed to make not just headphones, but a hybrid of a smart gadget and a stylish accessory that is both convenient to use, beautiful in appearance, and extremely functional.

You won’t find any other headphone that pairs as quickly with an iPhone, that supports surround sound, and is so smart that it doesn’t even need a force mute button like other headphones. Well, if you manage to snatch them for 40 thousand, which is quite realistic, then they really will not have competitors. Neither Senheiser nor Sony.


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