I had been using the Earfun Air earphones for a while, and while I love them, they don’t have noise cancellation. So when the Air Pro model came out with noise cancellation, I immediately bought them.
My reference headphones are the Bose QC35II. At $350, the Bose, as expected, have better low base and upper treble, with a deeper soundstage, but I was surprised at how well the Earfun Air Pros measured up. Mid and upper bass are strong, and treble is still very good. With a little equalization at the extreme ends of the audio spectrum, I can get them even closer to the Bose. The mids are excellent, and do especially well with female voices. All in all, I find the sound great for the music I listen to: rock, blues, jazz, with a bit of classical thrown in. For longer listening times (airline travel, etc.), I’ll opt for the Earfuns. They are much more comfortable and much cooler (temperature-wise) — my ears can get a bit sweaty in the Bose.
Noise cancellation is very good. The combination of a relatively well sealed ear tip and the electronics do their job well. The ambient mode lets me keep better track of what’s going on around me, if I need that, and when I don’t need noise cancellation, normal mode adds a couple of extra hours use per charge.
I get 6 to 7 hours play time with noise cancellation on, depending on listening volume, and I get a couple of extra charges (plus a bit more) from the charging case, so when traveling, I don’t have to worry about finding a place to charge them during the day. I typically go several days before recharging the case.
I use them mainly for music or watching video on mobile devices, but phone calls are clear, and the extra microphones seem to cancel out much of the background noise so that people on the other side of the call can hear me well.
I use them regularly with an iPhone, iPad, and Windows laptop. All connected easily on first use, and the Air Pros will automatically connect with the last device they were paired with. They connect so quickly that they’re connected before I get them all the way into my ears. I can use just one earphone at a time, if I want to keep one ear free, and either one can be used singly, automatically switching to mono mode when using just one. Some earphones I looked at only had mono mode on one side.
The in-ear detection pauses my music when I pull out earphones, so if I have to have a conversation, I pull out the plugs and can go right back to where I was when I put them back in. Oh yeah, playback starts automatically, too. It also works great with Siri. I was actually surprised how well they work in the Apple ecosystem. All in all, I think you’d be hard pressed to beat the Air Pros without paying significantly more.
As a testament to how much I like them, my recently adopted puppy recently chewed up one of the earphones when I left it down within his reach (my bad). I immediately went back to Amazon and ordered another set.