AirPods Pro are going back on Monday

My experience with Apple’s in-ear headphones has been, well, crappy. The wired ear buds don’t fit in my ears, and even with hooks and other silicone accessories, they still wiggle loose. The original AirPods aren’t any better, and when I go out for a power walk or a run, forget it. The left ear piece is constantly in need of re-setting.

I read in another thread that the AirPods Pro are larger, and I thought this might be a solution. I went to the Apple Store and tried the demo units. The left piece with a medium tip fell out quickly, but the small tip seemed to be able to hang on to the opening to the ear canal. Even shaking my head aggressively didn’t dislodge it. A walk around the local campus didn’t seem to pose a problem either.

But this morning I get on the treadmill for a walk, and within five minutes the left piece falls out and goes under the treadmill. I dig it out, try again. It fell out within two minutes.

There is speculation out there that some third party will create hooks or something similar for the Pros, but I really don’t want to drop $250 and hope the speculation pans out. I also don’t need a $250 set of AirPods to use while just puttering around the house when my original AirPods with hooks will sort of stay in place while puttering around the house.

It’s unfortunate that after all these years Apple hasn’t realized that some of its fans have ears that don’t quite work with their design. Apple can come up with a battery pack for its phones to solve a problem, but they can’t come up with some kind of add-on that would make the fit more firm?

On the positive side, I can say the noise cancellation is pretty good. It’s not as good as the $400 Bose headphones I bought for recent travel, but it’s good at quieting most rooms. The transparency mode is kind of interesting, but I found I preferred to just take one of the units out of my ear so talking to someone sounded more natural. I really like the force-touch/squeeze feature.

OK, rant over. Thanks for letting me vent. :grimacing::grimacing::grimacing:

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I have similar experience with the fit of Apple’s ear buds. For true wireless, I suggest you look at Jabra Elite. They come in a few flavors, I use the “regular” 65t and it is a wonderful fit for me. Also, sound quality is great, and it has physical buttons. Some of use like that.

Jabra are just about to launch the even smaller 75t with the same drivers, but with extended battery life. That would be my starting point if I were to buy today.

But they have; the entire Beats line of products.

Earphones are never a one size fits all solution. You can’t expect them to be. Apple will pick a design that works for the significant majority but there’ll always be outliers.

You need to look at alternatives. If you want similar functionality there are Beats options with H1 chips.

There is not a single Apple product that works for all of its customers. The AirPods are no different.

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Take a look at Jaybirds. I have AirPods Pro and love them, but I also have the Jaybird Vista set for working out, and they work great!