here are our first test results, what are Google’s new true wireless earphones worth?

Google completes its range of true wireless headphones with the Pixel Buds Pro. We received them and started testing them. Here is our first feedback on autonomy and active noise reduction.

Google completes its range of headphones true-wireless from above, putting its new Pixel Buds Pro on sale. These models cost 219 euros and benefit from active noise reduction (ANC), which is not the case with the Pixel Buds A-Series, sold for 99 euros. We received them at the editorial office, and obviously initiated our battery of tests. Here are our first findings while waiting for a full test.

Very good endurance

Activating active noise reduction will necessarily reduce the endurance of the headphones. This is not the case with the new models from Google which have a very well sized battery and good energy management. Our laboratory measured an autonomy of 7 h 14 with the ANC active, which corresponds to the announcements of the manufacturer. The Pixel Buds Pro are thus more enduring than the LinkBuds S, from Sony and the AirPods Pro, from Apple. They also beat the Pixel Buds A-Series which only last 5:15. active noise, as we said above.

Note that the Elite 7 Pro, from Jabra, obtain a better score, with a measured autonomy of 8 h 27. During our complete test, we will see if the autonomy of 11 hours announced by Google is respected if we deactivate the reduction of noise.

Very bass-heavy sound

With its dynamic 11 mm speakers, the Pixel Buds Pro deliver a warm sound that gives pride of place to the bass, without being too intrusive. Alas, the headphones lack treble, which takes away from the brilliance and detail in the sound. And the rendering can even become a bit messy if you listen to very angry music, for example the Germans of Rammstein. It is possible to correct the shot if you have an equalizer, but it will be necessary to wait for the availability of this function in the free app Pixel Buds for Android, in theory at the time of the official launch. Alas, Google does not offer this app for iPhone and iPad users.

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Satisfactory noise reduction, except for voices

Let’s activate the noise reduction (long touch on the touch surface of the left or right earphone) and go out on the street. A relative silence sets in. The noise of the cars is almost inaudible, but we still hear that of the two wheels with combustion engines. Note that the Pixel Buds Pro are quite effective against wind noise, which is appreciable. In the metro, we find that the noise reduction does its job rather well and effectively attenuates the most disturbing sounds. However, we still hear screeching and some noise from the wheels on the rails (the typical “tacatacs” of trains). Where we are a little disappointed is with the voices, which are still very audible. The ANC of Google headphones will therefore not be of much use in a open space or in a cafĂ©, or even in a train full of children in full possession of their vocal cords.

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