Apple AirPods (2021) review | Engadget

Using computational audio, the companys H1 chip and the inward-facing mic, AirPods tune the music for how the earbuds fit in your ear. The 2021 AirPods have a new design, complete with handy features from the companys more expensive earbud and headphone models. I actually managed just over seven hours during my tests, and thats with fixed spatial audio on (but without dynamic head tracking). These earbuds also support the AAC-ELD codec, which Apple says enables full-HD voice quality to keep you sounding crisp and clear on FaceTime calls. Apple didnt make any significant changes to sound quality from the first model to the 2019 version. iOS will allow you to switch between fixed spatial audio and dynamic head tracking via the volume slider in Control Center. The company says new acoustic mesh covers for inset microphones help reduce wind noise.
I dont want to mince words here: the new AirPods sound so much better than the previous two versions. Like almost night and day better. Apple didnt make any significant changes to sound quality from … [+8540 chars]