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So with life basically being one conference/Zoom/GoToMeeting/WebEx call after another, I decided to fight every inclination I have and plopped down a couple bills for some AirPod Pros.

One, these things are great--I used to make fun of the obsession some had with them, but I kinda get it now.

Two, the biggest failing I've found so far is the inability to mute/unmute a call from the AirPods themselves. Everything I've found online says it isn't possible, but most of those discussions predate the Pro version. Does anyone know if there's any way to do this? I spend a decent amount of my day toggling between mute and unmute as I'd guess a lot of us here do now.
 

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This isn’t an AirPod solution, but on Zoom you can mute yourself and just hold down the space bar on your keyboard to temporarily unmute while you are speaking. A lot simpler than constantly clicking.
 

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This isn’t an AirPod solution, but on Zoom you can mute yourself and just hold down the space bar on your keyboard to temporarily unmute while you are speaking. A lot simpler than constantly clicking.
Thanks. TBH this is more of a thing on conference calls than video chats, the latter of which require me to be in front of the computer anyway.
 

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I know this is stupid, but do they have a microphone in them? I have a pair and I just listen to them for music. I never got whether they worked for phone calls etc...
 

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While this would be awkward for this particular application, don't sleep on Siri listening to them. It's super useful.
 

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I know this is stupid, but do they have a microphone in them? I have a pair and I just listen to them for music. I never got whether they worked for phone calls etc...
Honestly, this is the best thing about them -- the voice quality is outstanding.

They aren't a substitute for the $400 Beats/Bose/Sony noise-cancelling phones for listening to music, and they don't stay in my ear as well as the $100 Bose buds I bought years ago -- I would still use those for a workout, even though that means dealing with a wire. But the AirPods are absolutely perfect for phone calls. To the point where if someone calls me unexpectedly and the conversation is going to last more than 3 minutes, I ask them to hold on for a second so I can pop them in.
 

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Thank you all - I did not realize the audio was so good. I just assumed it would be worse for some reason. I usually just mow the lawn while wearing mine.
 

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Thank you all - I did not realize the audio was so good. I just assumed it would be worse for some reason. I usually just mow the lawn while wearing mine.
Everything about them is pretty great...save for the fact that I can't figure out a way to mute/unmute from the AirPods themselves. Considering that I saw a decent amount of discussion regarding that shortcoming in older versions, I'm really surprised it's either impossible or difficult to do so on the Pro version.
 

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Does anybody have an opinion on these versus other wireless options? I've read good things about the Jabra ones and they're cheaper but I don't feel like shelling out $400+ to do test runs between multiple options.
 

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Purchased on Amazon for $36:

Wireless Earbuds, Cshidworld Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones 30H Cycle Playtime Hi-Fi APT-X CVC8.0 Sweatproof Earphones with mic, in-Ear Headset with Charging Case

They are larger than the Apple product, so not as cool looking. Sometimes one falls out of my ear, especially when I am active. For phone calls and music they are excellent. I think that the microphone is good as well, but one someone on a phone called complained of an echo. I think that the two earbuds were not in perfect synch. Mostly I get no complaints.
 

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I think mine are pretty broken.

If I have either of the audio processing modes on (Noise Cancelling or Transparency) any kind of loud noise, even if I'm not actually listening to anything plays distortion, it's like a speaker clipping if the input is too loud. If I'm in a phone conversation on them and my voice is too loud this happens, for example. Also about a quarter of the time one of them just doesn't connect even though it's charged. It just happened this morning with the left one and a few hours later both connected fine without me charging them, it was like it forgot about the left one on wake up. I should probably bug Apple.
 

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Anyone have a recommendation for something with good music quality, good voice quality for calls, and long (at least 8 hours, preferably 9-10) battery life?

My SoundPeats have great music quality and battery life, but awful voice quality. My AirPods have decent music quality and good voice quality, but die partway through the work day.
 

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Powerbeats Pro claims up to 9 hours of battery life without the case.
Yeah, but they have trash music quality like the rest of the Beats lineup.

I spend most of the day listening to music/podcasts and want something good for that but also acceptable for taking calls throughout the day.
 

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Anyone have a recommendation for something with good music quality, good voice quality for calls, and long (at least 8 hours, preferably 9-10) battery life?

My SoundPeats have great music quality and battery life, but awful voice quality. My AirPods have decent music quality and good voice quality, but die partway through the work day.
The HomePod makes a surprisingly great conference speaker. Voice quality is as good as AirPods. Music quality is 100x better than AirPods. There are no batteries. Plug it into the wall and you can talk on it hands free for days.

Downsides: it requires an iPhone and there is no audio privacy. But the privacy issues can be mitigated if you’re working in a home office with the door closed. It’s also easy to transfer HomePod calls to an iPhone (with or without AirPods) when discretion is needed.
 

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I have the the One More Stylish earbuds and they are great. $99, good sounds quality, good for phone calls, you can pause, mute, adjust volume all from the earpiece itself. And they stay in ear very well, no issues moving around at all.

There was a thread a while back that had the recommendation and I bought them based on that. Best earbud headphones I’ve ever had.
 

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Yeah, but they have trash music quality like the rest of the Beats lineup.

I spend most of the day listening to music/podcasts and want something good for that but also acceptable for taking calls throughout the day.
I find that if I’m not using noise cancellation, my Airpods Pro will last all day with about a 1/2 hour in the case at some point around mid-day.
 

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I bought some Pixel Buds, figured they'd be good since I have a Pixel 3. I was pretty disappointed. I guess I'm just one of those people who don't like the earbuds that go all the way into your ear, but even so, the sound kept dropping, seemingly every time I moved my head enough to break the seal a little. And the touch controls were just too unstructured to have any confidence that they'd do what I intended them to do.

The only Apple product I own is their stock, because I'm always impressed by their hardware but want nothing to do with their software or ecosystem. But I started looking around and was shocked that they were the only wireless earbuds that don't go halfway into your brain. I searched around Amazon and other sites but couldn't find anything. I was even looking into how to make Airpods work with Android.

But then, I don't know what I did, because they didn't show up under any search that should lead to them, these popped up on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086D6FS4P/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1


And I've got them in my ears right now and they are exactly what I was looking for. So if you're persnickety in my particular way, maybe give them a look. They sit in my ears just fine, but I don't sound like I'm underwater when I talk. The sound is good. They connect automatically. They have a nice beefy charging case, which can double as an emergency charging station for other devices. They have a touch capacative button, so there's no physical button that you have to push too hard, but there are also no gestures. Touch the right one to increase the volume, left to lower it. Double tap either one to pause/play. Long press right/left to skip to next/previous track. Triple tap to activiate my phone's assistant is a little clunky, but I rarely use that and when I do, it's just easier to grab my phone anyway. I wasn't looking for anything to wear for exercise (I have Trekz for that) but I've shaken my head until I'm dizzy and these have stayed in, so I'd trust them on a walk or on the T if I ever use public transportation again.

Battery life seems shorter than most, only about three or four hours without a charge. On the other hand: $40!!

Maybe they'll be dead in six months, but I've rarely been so satisfied with a purchase.
 

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I think mine are pretty broken.

If I have either of the audio processing modes on (Noise Cancelling or Transparency) any kind of loud noise, even if I'm not actually listening to anything plays distortion, it's like a speaker clipping if the input is too loud. If I'm in a phone conversation on them and my voice is too loud this happens, for example. Also about a quarter of the time one of them just doesn't connect even though it's charged. It just happened this morning with the left one and a few hours later both connected fine without me charging them, it was like it forgot about the left one on wake up. I should probably bug Apple.
I got a pretty swift replacement on their online thing for the exact same problem, so I do recommend doing that.

Of course, my second pair are exhibiting a similar problem, so I need to take my own advice here.

It’s frustrating. They do sound better than the regular Airpods and the extra features are great, but the extra microphones appear to make it the least reliable hardware product of Apple’s that I’ve owned since those iPod Photos where the tiny hard drive would conk out.