Pixel Buds Professional vs Pixel Buds A-Sequence: Which Google headphones

(Pocket-lint) – Google has been increasing its {hardware} providing, with an growing variety of Pixel gadgets. In terms of headphones, there at the moment are three two units on supply: Pixel Buds Professional and the Pixel Buds A-Sequence.

The second-gen Pixel Buds have slowly disappeared from retailers, leaving us with simply the 2 units to select from.

They’ve lots in widespread, however nonetheless current one thing of a problem relating to selecting your good earbuds from Google. So which is greatest for you?

Worth and availability

  • Professional: $199.99 / £179 / €219
  • A-Sequence: $99 / £99.99 / €99

The Google Pixel Buds A-Sequence can be found now for an inexpensive $/£/€99, providing you with related earbuds with the Google Assistant deeply built-in. They’re broadly out there from retailers.

The Pixel Buds Professional are new and double the value at $199 / £179 / €219. They don’t seem to be but out there, however will go on pre-order on 21 July, in shops from 28 July.

You would possibly nonetheless have the ability to discover the older Pixel Buds in some retailers, however we will not advocate paying any greater than $/£/€99 for them.


Design and construct

  • Professional: Case: 63.2 x 50 x 25mm; 62.4g / Earbud: 22.33 x 22.03 x 23.72mm; 6.2g
  • A-Sequence: Case: 63 x 47 x 25mm; 52.9g / Earbud: 20.7 x 29.3 x 17.5mm; 5.06g

Google has utilized related design to the Buds Professional and the Buds A-Sequence, however the Buds Professional case is barely greater and about 10g heavier.

It follows by that the Buds Professional themselves are additionally greater, and heavier, with an clearly bigger physique in comparison with the Buds A-Sequence. There’s much more tech packed in, in order that makes good sense.

The Buds A-Sequence have a small rubber arm that comes out the highest designed to assist them keep in your ear; the Buds Professional haven’t got this and we will not say that is an issue – we have by no means discovered it that helpful anyway.

The Buds A-Sequence are available in Sage and White colors, whereas the Buds Professional are available in Charcoal, Fog, Lemongrass and Coral.

One of many issues that Google aimed to do with the Pixel Bud design was to have a strokably easy case: it is like pebble that you will wish to caress and switch in your arms and it appears to be like as if the Buds Professional case is similar.

Each earbuds have an IPX4 score, so they’re proofed in opposition to sweat, however the Buds A-Sequence case has no safety, whereas the Buds Professional is IPX2 protected.

Audio and lively noise cancellation

  • Professional: 11mm driver, ANC, transparency mode, Silent Seal
  • A-Sequence: 12mm driver, passive noise blocking

Each headphones use capacitive contact or voice for management. You’ll be able to faucet or swipe on the ends of the Buds to regulate them. Each have an accelerometer to detect movement, whereas the Buds Professional increase this to incorporate a gyroscope too. The Buds A-Sequence haven’t got contact quantity controls, however it appears to be like just like the Buds Professional does.

Google has additionally mentioned that spatial audio is coming to the Pixel Buds later in 2022 – and that is more likely to be what the gyroscope is for.

There are completely different drivers in these headphones, however it’s the lively noise cancellation (ANC) that’s the massive differentiator right here.

The Buds Professional have three microphones in comparison with the Buds A-Sequence two mics. The Buds Professional has a lot bigger and extra apparent openings on the physique of the earbuds. That is in order that the Buds Professional can detect exterior noise and cancel it out, so you aren’t getting disturbed by it.

Google can be pushing one thing referred to as Silent Seal expertise, designed to permit the buds to adapt to any ear to offer nice outcomes. That is all pushed by customized Google {hardware} and algorithms.

ANC is more likely to imply that the sound high quality on the Buds Professional goes to be higher: our greatest criticism of the Buds A-Sequence is that they do not seal effectively, so they do not block out exterior noise very successfully.

When Google launched the Buds A-Sequence (and the earlier Pixel Buds), it mentioned that a part of the goal was to keep away from you feeling cut-off from the world round you. The goal of Pixel Buds Professional, now, is to chop you off – and that is more likely to be a extra standard expertise.

In fact there’s additionally a transparency mode to let exterior noise in, so you possibly can concentrate on your environment.

Battery and charging

  • Professional: 11 hours listening, 31 hours whole; 7 hours listening, 20 hours whole with ANC
  • A-Sequence: 5 hours listening, 24 hours whole

Each headphones supply USB-C charging of the case, however solely the Buds Professional supply Qi wi-fi charging (as did the second-gen Buds). There’s additionally a giant distinction in battery life.

The Buds A-Sequence solely supply 5 hours – however the Buds Professional will stretch to 11 hours. That drops to 7 hours with ANC – however it’s nonetheless longer than the Buds A-Sequence.

That components up with the case, the Buds A-Sequence providing 24 hours whole, the Buds Professional providing 31 hours whole, which drops to twenty hours with ANC use.

It appears to be like just like the Buds Professional are the headphones to go for relating to battery life.


  • Professional: Google Assistant, Actual-time translation, Quantity EQ, Multipoint
  • A-Sequence: Google Assistant, Actual-time translation

A lot of the good expertise that the Pixel Buds supply comes from the deep integration with Google Assistant and your Android system. Each the Buds Professional and the A-Sequence supply this, so we might count on the expertise to be the identical.

Each additionally supply real-time translation, one other ability that Google is pushing by Android. Each additionally supply Google Quick Pair, so making a connection to your telephone is very easy.

However past that, there’s a few further abilities that the Buds Professional supply. Firstly you get multipoint connectivity, that means you possibly can connect with a number of gadgets and immediately swap from one to the opposite – for instance from watching a film in your iPad to taking a name in your telephone.

Then there’s Quantity EQ, which claims to steadiness the audio output it doesn’t matter what the amount stage is so it sounds good on a regular basis.


The Buds Professional have a few further options that imply they’ll supply a extra premium expertise than the Pixel Buds A-Sequence. The lively noise cancellation goes to be on the coronary heart of this, as it’ll change the day by day use for customers, boosting that isolation in busy locations, so your music sounds higher – the Buds A-Sequence merely can’t compete with that.

One of the best a part of the Buds A-Sequence is how good they’re working with Google Assistant and your telephone – and the Buds Professional are going to supply all of that have too.

So the Buds Professional are more likely to be higher all spherical – one thing we’ll verify as quickly as we have examined them nearer to launch – however the there’s one factor to contemplate: in the event you by no means use ANC and also you by no means wish to, then the Buds A-Sequence at half the value of the Buds Professional could possibly be the right headphones for you.

We suspect, nonetheless, that as a premium providing, the Buds Professional would be the headphones that everybody desires.

Extra about this story

After we examine merchandise, we’re not simply displaying you the spec sheets side-by-side, we’re decoding the knowledge primarily based on our expertise.

The Pixel Buds Professional haven’t been launched but, so we will not decide them straight, however we have extensively used the Pixel Buds and the Pixel Buds A-Sequence, so we’re coming from a spot of expertise.

As quickly as we have used the Pixel Buds Professional, we’ll replace the comparability to additional the real-world expertise and just remember to have the very best info, whether or not that is to information your shopping for determination, or simply since you wish to understand how they examine.

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Writing by Chris Corridor.