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Back in May, I declared my love for Apple’s tiny, plastic and expensive pair of wireless earphones: the airpods. As someone who identifies as an audiophile, my praise and approval of the airpods came as a shock to many, leading some to question my credibility as audiophile due to the expensive DAC, plus cheap headphone setup I was using at the time. In the time since I created that video, I have acquired a considerably better pair of headphones, the ATH M50Xs. Additionally, I have begun listening to HiFi music, by means of downloading files from sites like Juno downloads. You might be thinking, that after exposing myself to true audiophile sound quality, I came to the conclusion that the airpods were indeed overpriced toys, and were better left for menial tasks like facetime calls and YouTube videos. The truth, however, is that I love them more than ever, and even sometimes prefer them over my audiophile set up. How could I still bear those allegedly awful prosumer sounding toothbrushes after I was enlightened by the majesty of true audiophile grade gear? I suppose you’ll just have to watch and find out.
My original video on airpods received a fairly large amount of attention for my channel. At the time of this recording, the video has just over 80,000 views and has a like to dislike ratio of about 6:1. A fair number of people praised the video’s quality, with someone even comparing it to MKBHD. However, there were also some who made the argument that my low quality “audiophile” headphones meant I truly had no high-quality point of reference; a fair point to be sure. I mentioned earlier that I now have listening gear that is truly audiophile caliber, but I still very much like the sound from the airpods. To answer this question we must first discuss the purpose of both the M50xs and the Airpods. The M50s are first and foremost monitor headphones; they are purpose-built to provide an accurate reproduction of whatever you are listening to. However, their sound signature is not completely flat like their bigger brother the M70xs, and because of this they are loved by many audiophiles purely listening for a high-quality way to listen to music, not mix music or edit voice over. I purchased them primarily for editing my voiceover tracks and YouTube videos, with musical consumption serving as more of icing on the cake. The Airpods, on the other hand, were designed solely for content consumption and are not accurate monitors for any form of audio editing. This, however, is why I love the sound they produce so much. To be clear, the sound produced by headphones is subjective to a certain degree, so my preference towards the Airpods is due largely to the fact that I primarily listen to indie folk, folk rock, and other more acoustic type music that tends to emphasize mid-range over highs or bass. The airpods have a very pleasant sounding mid-range, which leads them to perform exceptionally well on music focused mainly on acoustic instruments and vocals. However, I listen to some electronic type music as well, which sounds quite nice on the airpods to my ears anyway. I genuinely prefer the sound produced by airpods listening to apple music when compared to my M50x plugged into my iPhone SE’s headphone jack. This is especially interesting to me considering the amps found in iPhones are considered to be among the best in smartphones.
The argument that the Airpods and EarPods sound the same is simply not true, a point that I hadn’t fully come to understand when I made my original video. The Airpods have noticeably tighter bass, a fuller mid-range, and cleaner highs when compared to the EarPods. They are like an upgraded version of the same sound. However, they are not flawless and will distort sometimes on the highest sound levels. Also, contrary to popular belief, they will definitely not fall out of your ears running; as 10 months of doing this has proved to me. Sometimes I lose the case because it is so small, but other than that I have never actually lost the Airpods and consider that to be another overblown myth. I think there exists an unfair prejudice against these earphones, which is understandable considering Apple’s shady business moves like slowing down iPhones, but that’s a topic for another video. I prefer to judge the Airpods as an individual product, and in this sense, I consider them superb.
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