After waiting for the Pixel Buds A-Series for quite a while of rumors and short presentations, Google has officially announced the Pixel Buds A-Series. Accurate to the initial hints, they’re principally the same in terms of both design and characteristics as last year’s true wireless Pixel Buds.
There are a few important differences, but the most critical difference in the Pixel Buds A-Series is that the A-Series is only for $99. At that rate, one can argue there are some characteristics you can reasonably live without.
Sound Quality of Pixel Buds A-Series
Last year’s Pixel Buds sounded much real and out of the box, but there was a notable bass lack with some styles. The sound profile is mostly the same with the A-Series: a well-balanced mix of special, mids, and lows across styles with good accuracy in the features and depth that keeps things from appearing compressed.
To address the lack of busy noise on the previous design, Google added a bass boost feature in the Pixel Buds A-Series application to improve the low-end sound. It benefits, but it’s an all-or-nothing setting. There are still no alternatives for sound presets or custom EQ tuning. However, bass boost provides hip-hop tracks and metal choices, the deep driving sound that was lacking before.
Adaptive Music returns on the A-Series, fixing all the issues for changes in environmental noise by automatically changing the volume. As was the case last year, the abrupt changes are exact, and I’d prefer the volume changes to be more obvious to improve combat louder sound around me surely. I can understand Google doesn’t need to damage my hearing by quickly getting the volume up to max, but a slightly more exciting change would be preferable.
And to be clear, it’s no alternative for genuine active noise cancellation (ANC). By the Pixel Buds in 2020, many customers encountered problems with Bluetooth that began to have constant failures and bad audio quality.
In March, an FCC filing showed that Google was doing some tweaks to the wireless connectivity, and the organization verified that it increased device capability. Google says both of the A-Series earbuds links to the source device rather than just one that gives a signal to the other.
The company described it should decrease latency in addition to increasing connectivity. In the experience of the surveys and conferences so far, the differences seem to be performing their role as we didn’t experience any of the failures that disturbed the earlier release.
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The Pixel Buds A-Series has an identical design as the Pixel Buds from 2020. Besides the unique Dark Olive color choice and the white version being two-tone with gray rather than black, you would have anxiety recognizing them apart. The clear differences are the shape of the microphone openings, and the A-Series has two charging connection points rather than three.
The earbuds, however, have the “stabilizer arc” off the end that assists in securing them in your ear. They’re still short and rounded, so they fit in perfectly without spreading from your head like a set of antennae. Spatial vents have also been returned, which assists in keeping things relaxed by decreasing the sense of having your ears plugged. And last but not least, the A-Series is IPX4 rated for worry-free exercises.
- Amazing features considering the price of the product.
- Perfect sound quality.
- The small size keeps the fitting comfortable.
- Google Assistant Deep integration.
- Wireless charging is not supported.
- Adaptive sounds still need to be worked on.
- No volume control options on the product.