SoundPEATS Air4 Pro Earbuds Review
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The SoundPEATS Air4 Pro earbuds are an update to last year’s SoundPEATS Air3 Pro earbuds, but they carry much of the same design. The case doesn’t have the soft-feel coating like last year but instead is a smooth plastic that should slide in and out of your pocket a little easier.
The earbuds themselves are plastic with a white finish matte finish and silver accents for the SoundPEATS logo. There are microphones at both the top and the bottom of the earbuds. There are several ear tips included so if the medium tips are not comfortable for you, they can easily be swapped for another pair.
Like the Air3 Pro, the sound quality on the SoundPEATS Air4 Pro is great, with strong bass and clear mids and highs. Both music and podcasts sound great on these earbuds. The Active Noise Cancellation feature has been upgrade from the Air3 Pro. The Air4 Pro feature Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation, meaning that the stronger noise cancellation modes only kick in when needed. So if you’re in a relatively quiet environment, the Active Noise Cancellation will lessen so you get less of an “underwater” feeling from the earbuds. However, if you’re on an airplane or other noisy environment, the Active Noise Cancellation will increase to counteract the louder sounds.
The Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation features are not as robust as found on the Apple AirPods Pro 2nd generation. For example, there is no “talking” detection nor voice enhancement.
As with other similar earbuds, the Active Noise Cancellation is very good for constant low frequency sounds like an engine’s hum or a loud fan, but is less effective against higher frequency sounds such as loud speech or a dog barking. However, it is still effective at reducing these sounds so you can enjoy your music at a comfortable volume.
The microphones are also good for phone calls and if your phone supports the “aptX Voice” protocol (sorry, this leaves out iPhones at this time), your callers will enjoy enhanced voice quality from these earbuds.
- Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation: The noise cancellation feature is good for drowning out the engine noise and allowing you to listen to your music and podcasts at a more comfortable level. It’s not as effective as the Active Noise Cancellation on larger headphones, but the feature is now Adaptive and only kicks on the higher level of noise cancellation when it’s needed. This can increase comfort for long wearing sessions.
- Multipoint Connections: The Air4 Pro earbuds can connect to 2 devices at the same time and easily switch between them. For example, you can pair them to your computer and your phone at the same time and if you’re listening to music on the one, you can answer a call on the other without needing to unpair and re-pair the earbuds
- Transparency mode: If you need to hear what’s going on around you, you can enable Transparency mode by holding your finger on the left earbud’s touch sensor for 1.5 seconds.
- Single earbud use: You can use either earbud by itself by returning the unused earbud to the charging case.
- Auto-pause: If you remove one earbud, your music will automatically pause until you place the earbud back.
- IPX4 water resistance: While the SoundPEETS Air3 Pro earbuds have resistance against splashes and sweat, they should not be submerged in water. The case is not water resistant, so be sure to dry the earbuds before returning them to the case.
The earbuds can last up to 6 hours on a single charge with Active Noise Cancellation turned off. The charging case provides an additional 3 charges for up to 26 hours of total playback time before the charging case needs to be recharged.
The SoundPEATS Air4 Pro earbuds upgrade the already great Air3 Pro with new “adaptive” features for Active Noise Cancellation. The earbuds also support multipoint connections and auto-pause when removing one earbud. Sound quality is great for both music and podcasts.