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Are AirPod Pros louder than AirPods?

As an owner of both AirPods and AirPod Pros, I decided to do some research and testing to figure out if the AirPod Pros are actually louder than the AirPods. Here, I’m going to share my experience and the finidings I’ve discovered so far.

AirPods and AirPod Pros can play sounds at similar volumes. AirPod Pros have the ability to sound louder because of the seal created by the ear tips and because of the noise canceling mode.

In practice, it does not matter so much since you’re not really meant to listen to them at max volume for extend periods of time and it is generally recommended to keep the volume at 60% or below.

Listening to AirPods at a high volume can actually have permanent effects on your hearing.

Key Takeaways
AirPod Pros can sound louder than AirPods due to the seal created by ear tips and noise canceling mode
Recommended to keep volume at 60% or below for both AirPods and AirPod Pros
People have different preferences on which sounds better
AirPod Pros are loud enough, but long-term hearing risks exist if volume is too high
Reasons for AirPods being quiet include need to reconnect, volume limit on device, dirty AirPods, broken AirPods, need for software update, or low power mode on device

Are AirPod Pros louder than AirPods?

AirPods and AirPod Pros are capable of similar maximum sounds. However, because the ear tips on the AirPod Pros seal the ears, it can make the AirPod Pros sound louder.

The ear tips combined with noise-canceling means that you do not need the sound to be as loud on the AirPod Pros in order for you to hear them.

This can be good for you in the long run since you won’t need to listen to them at such a high volume.


Do AirPods sound better than AirPods Pro?

People have very different opinions on if the AirPods or AirPod Pros sound better. For most people, both the AirPods and the AirPod Pros have good enough sound quality.

When deciding between the AirPods and the AirPod Pros, it would help to consider your use case and the features you are looking for.

If you are going to be running around a lot or doing workouts, the AirPod Pros can offer a more secure fit because of their ear tips.

Also, if you are going to be using them in loud environments, the noise-canceling on the AirPod Pros can be very useful.

Read more: do AirPods stay in the ear?

Are AirPods Pro loud enough?

As an owner of the AirPod Pros, I can tell you that they are definitely loud enough.

In fact, I would recommend that you really try to limit how often you listen to them at high volumes because of long-term risk to your hearing or developing tinnitus (a constant ringing sound in the ears that never goes away).

As someone with tinnitus, I can tell you that it is really not worth the risk and you should just keep the volume down. I can’t emphasize this enough. Please keep the volume down when listening to AirPods!

Read more: when should you charge AirPods?

Why are my AirPods quiet?

If you find that your AirPods are quiet, I have written much more about why and what to do about it in this post.

The short answer is that you might need to reconnect them, you might have a volume limit on your device, dirty AirPods, broken AirPods, need a software update, or because your device is on a low power mode.

Pros and Cons of using AirPod Pros


  • Noise-canceling and the ear tips seal the ears so you don’t have to listen to them at a very high volume.
  • The ear tips and noise-canceling can also be useful in loud environments.
  • The fit of the AirPod Pros is more secure because of the ear tips.


  • The AirPod Pros are more expensive than the AirPods.
  • The ear tips can cause discomfort if they don’t fit your ears properly.