Consumer Reports thinks AirPods Pro are great, but not Galaxy Buds great


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A massive improvement over the original.
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Consumer Reports has issued its verdict on Apple’s AirPods Pro — and it’s a positive one. The nonprofit consumer-testing publication praised the AirPods Pro as sounding “really good.” It also lavished praise on the sound-cancelling tech and the earbuds’ transparency mode.

However, it still thinks you could do better with Samsung’s Galaxy Buds.

Consumer Reports says AirPods ‘just don’t sound great’


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AirPods aren't good enough to get Consumer Reports' official recommendation.
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Apple’s AirPods are some of the top-selling earphones of all time. But according to Consumer Reports, they have a problem: “They just don’t sound great.”

In a series of tests, the consumer testing group pits the second-gen AirPods against Samsung’s Galaxy Buds. And, spoiler alert, their conclusions don’t come down in Cupertino’s favor.