In ancient times, Li Bai sighed when facing the strange and thrilling mountains and rivers on the road of Qin and Shu, "the difficulty of the road of Shu is difficult to climb to the sky." As I am in the contemporary era, facing the morning rush hour of Guangzhou Metro Line 3, I can only grit my teeth and sigh, this is tens of millions of times more difficult than the "Shu Road" mentioned by Lao Li.
Fortunately, in the face of this noisy and crowded carriage, noise-cancelling headphones can serve as a spiritual barrier, temporarily isolating a private "sound space" that can be filled with various styles of "sounds", which can be music, It can be an audio book or an audio podcast.
Even if the body is uncomfortable, the spirit can travel along with it. In the swaying carriage and crowded crowds, it will always let your tense nerves find a soothing gap.
In recent years, the explosion of TWS (True Wireless Stereo) technology has brought the two attributes of true wireless and noise reduction to enhance the experience closer together, and naturally the TWS headsets on the market have also exploded.
From last year to this year, Xiaomi continued to hit the high-end. On the main mobile phone product line, the digital series has been completely expanded, with a luxurious lineup of medium cups, large cups, and super large cups. In addition, the MIX series, which is positioned as "exploration", has also returned, continuing to lead Xiaomi's "products of tomorrow". .
In addition to mobile phone products, Xiaomi's notebook products have also been re-planned to enter the high-end market with high-end OLED screens. In the TWS field, the Xiaomi brand previously only had the Air series. The purpose was to "popularize" the road to true wireless headphones. It is not a "high-end" work, and it is temporarily blank in the high-end TWS market.
Today, the release of Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro (Flipbuds Pro) has just made up for this gap. With the use of high frequencies these days, I think the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphones Pro can afford the “high-end” and “flagship” positioning in terms of “noise reduction” and “sound quality”.
Noise reduction: closing your eyes is like being in the Livehouse
The reason for putting noise reduction in the first part is that in my use scene, the priority of the "noise reduction" function of true wireless noise reduction products is higher. After all, in a noisy environment, it provides a cleaner background. After the sound is heard, the "pros and cons" of the sound presented by the TWS headset can be distinguished.
As an example, let’s talk about the hardware configuration of the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro. It uses a "dual-core noise reduction" system. It first released Qualcomm’s QCC5151 flagship processor. It also plugged an independent noise reduction chip ADI71251. The final effect is that it can bring Active noise reduction with 40dB noise reduction depth.
The "effect" is that the first time you wear the Mi Noise Canceling Headphones Pro, you have a strong "stripping feeling". In the subway environment where the ambient noise is 80dB, if you don't play music, you can only vaguely hear the sound of the station announcement and the carriage and track. The crash sound.
In a quieter office, the operation of the air conditioner and some noises, such as chair activities, walking at the same time, water from the drinking fountain, and whispers, are completely isolated. However, the sound of colleagues struggling to tap the mechanical keyboard can still be heard, which seems to be unsolvable.
On the basis of the above two environments, wearing Mi Noise Cancelling Headphones Pro supplemented with 50% volume music, if you don’t frown and try hard to distinguish, it is difficult to hear the collision between the car and the track and the sound of the station announcement. And the sound of colleagues struggling to tap the keyboard.
Relax a little bit, in line with the shaking of the subway car and the situation of people being close to people, closing your eyes, it seems that you are at a crowded Livehouse scene. You are in Guangzhou Metro No. 3, but "God" has arrived at the Livehouse built by Xiaomi Noise Cancelling Headphones Pro. As long as the subway does not stop, the Livehouse will not stop.
▲ The three noise reduction modes switch in the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro settings page in the Xiao Ai App.
In the noise reduction gear, the Mi Noise Cancelling Headset Pro provides three modes: "Air Travel", "Daily" and "Office". In contrast, the sound of the mechanical keyboard in the office is used as a comparison. The air travel mode has the smallest sound, while the daily and office modes increase step by step. In fact, if you don't compare and distinguish carefully, the difference is not as obvious as it is literally. Due to my high demand for noise reduction, most of the above experiences are obtained in the "air travel" mode.
In addition, the Mi Noise Cancelling Earphone Pro uses an acoustic short circuit and anti-occlusion design, so it will reduce the discomfort caused by ear pressure caused by active noise reduction. In response to this, in addition to commuting, I have also tested during exercise. Even when I hold my breath and exert heavy weight, I can hardly notice the existence of ear pressure, and it feels very comfortable to wear.
The noise reduction function of Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro is somewhat beyond expectations. If you compare it horizontally, it will not lose (or even win) some thousand-yuan TWS noise reduction headphones.
Sound quality: enough bass, enough high frequency
The reason why sound quality is "metaphysics" is mainly due to the differences in music tastes, listening habits, and low-frequency and high-frequency discrimination capabilities of each person. It is a very subjective behavior that is difficult to quantify.
Therefore, the experience in this part is more through my music taste and my listening habits, and it is not universal. If you want to know whether the sound quality of Mi Noise Cancelling Headphones Pro is suitable for your friends, I suggest going to Mi Home to try it out to see if it suits your taste.
As for the sound quality of Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro, let me make a conclusion first, it is definitely the best sound quality among Mi Headphones.
In daily life, I listen to jazz and rock, and occasionally listen to folk songs and pure music to adjust. On the first day I got the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphones Pro, I opened the daily recommendations of certain cloud music. These playlists are mostly jazz and blues, with a slower rhythm, not many accompaniment instruments, and vocals.
The Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro can separate the vocals from the accompaniment very well, the vocals are presented very clearly, the voices of different singers are also restored well, and the overall sense of hearing is not bad.
But after I switched the playlist to Queen’s classic "Bohemian Rhapsody", the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphones Pro has a very clear tuning style, that is, in the tracks with a lot of bass accompaniment, the presence of bass is slightly Stronger, and relatively speaking, the human voice is slightly weaker. Specifically, after the intro chorus, 59s Freddie Mercury (Freddie Mercury) lead vocal, the piano bass is a bit too prominent. The same goes for the bass sound at 2:23 minutes and the chorus at 3:29 seconds.
In the "Galileo" section at 3:15, the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphones Pro can show sound in different directions, and can also show the Queen's thoughts when creating this song.
In order to confirm this style, I switched to the song "Diamonds" by Rihanna. Similar to "Bohemian Rhapsody", the rhythm of Riri's song is very heavy and stylized.
This style is very suitable for rock and rap types, and the outstanding sense of rhythm will make you uncontrollably sway. In audiovisual, whether it is "I Need A Dr." performed by Skylar Grey, Eminem, and Dr. Dre, or "Love the Way You Lie" performed live by Eminem and Rihanna at the Grammys, or Xing Jue The "Awesome Mix" playlist made me "cannot sit still" and went directly to the happy planet.
In the type of folk songs, the two songs "Daoshan Liangzi" and "Globe" participated by Wutiaoren. The album has always continued the "minimalist" style of Wutiaoren. There is not much mixing of accompaniment instruments. Xiaomi Noise Cancelling Headphones Pro is separate Very good, and the sense of space is very large, there will be no feeling of being crowded together. On the contrary, Le Xia's competition version has a lot of mixing, especially the bass part, and the separation from the vocals will be a little fuzzy.
In addition, the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro supports Qualcomm's aptX Adaptive audio decoding (backward compatible with AAC, SBC), which can flexibly switch between low-latency and high-quality modes, so it can take into account both sound quality and delay. I wore the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro and tried games that require higher latency such as "Peace Elite" and "Ace Warrior", and I didn't find any obvious delays, or not noticeable. Perhaps for a player of my level, the delay of the Bluetooth headset will not hinder my performance, but awareness and operation.
In general, the tuning of Mi Noise Cancelling Headphones Pro has its own style, which is very suitable for rock, rap, slow-paced jazz and country music. In some works with a lot of mixing, especially in the intro, the separation from the vocals is not as good as the above several types, so in this type of music, there will be a little bit impatient.
However, the tuning of the sound style can actually be tuned through software to make targeted adjustments. The hardware of the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro is here, and the tuning of the style is just a matter of a few firmwares.
May be the best “companion'' for Xiaomi phones
After talking about sound quality and noise reduction, let's take a closer look at the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro.
Unlike other TWS earphones on the market, the Mi Noise Cancelling Earphone Pro does not use the so-called "circle" and "line" to outline the whole, but directly "restores" the shape of the pebbles. The whole machine only has the hinge of the lid. "XIAOMI" is printed everywhere, simplifying the complex.
However, in order to improve the "recognition", the surface of the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro adopts a "high-gloss nano-NCVM" coating process. While maintaining the mirror effect, it also has a certain anti-scratch effect. After running naked for a few days, the surface does not appear obvious. The scratches, and the fingerprints or oil stains that are usually contaminated are easier to wipe off, and it is not squeamish.
The Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro is about 57g. The headset with medium earmuffs is about 5.9g. The weight ratio of the headset is good. There will be no strain on the back of the ear, even if the headset is frequently moved in a large range. Fall off.
In terms of battery life, when the noise reduction is turned on, it has a battery life of 5 hours at a time, and it has 23 hours with the charging box. When the noise reduction is turned off, the battery life will be increased to 7 hours and 28 hours. In fact, after getting the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro, I listened to it intermittently for a few days. I only charged the charging box once, and the power of the headphones was never used below 50%.
▲ The USB-C interface and pairing buttons are at the bottom.
To supplement the energy, the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro supports two solutions, wired and Qi wireless, and can be kept fully charged at any time by placing it on the wireless charging pad. In addition, it also supports wireless reverse charging of smartphones, with a maximum power of 2.5W, which is a backup solution.
▲ The "press" gesture operation for a single headset can be customized, and you can also set a single press to "increase or decrease the volume".
There are 3 modes of Mi Noise Cancelling Headphones, which are transparent, noise reduction, and noise reduction. Among them, noise reduction is divided into three modes of "air travel", "daily" and "office", and the options are abundant. Press the headphone handle to switch modes and functions. For example, one press is to play/pause, and a long press is to switch between noise reduction/transparency. After getting used to it, it is more intuitive than the "touch" method, and it will also reduce errors. The possibility of fucking.
▲ The Xiao Ai App can also be used to pull down the task bar permanently to quickly switch the headset mode from the phone.
As a TWS headset product of Xiaomi, naturally it also connects to Xiao Ai. Note that Xiao Ai here refers to "Xiao Ai Voice" and Xiao Ai's App. The former can be awakened by voice, while the latter is to set the "personalized function" in Xiao Ai's App. And adjustments, in a more popular way, currently Xiaomi’s TWS headset does not have a separate App, it is attached to the Xiao Ai App, and it is not portable as a separate App when it is set up.
▲ When the Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro is paired with a Mi mobile phone (currently only Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra), you can connect directly through the pop-up window.
Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro realizes dual connections between Android, Apple, and Windows systems. In daily life, I usually connect Mi mobile phones and Macs to switch the sound source back and forth, which is very convenient.
However, the dual-connect function of different systems is still a bit logically buggy and needs to be optimized. For example, when listening to a song on a mobile phone, a notification comes up from the Mac, and the earphone will be interrupted by a beep, but the reverse is not true.
The Mi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro has a good enough hardware foundation and competitive pricing. With the integration of "Little Love Classmates", you can almost agree that it is the best companion for Xiaomi's mobile phone series.
Focusing on all the TWS, as the Xiaomi Noise Cancelling Headphone Pro, which has just entered the high-end market, its overall performance can also be worthy of the "high-end", and its comprehensive strength does not lose some of the old and big names, let alone the " "Noise reduction function" on the specialty.
If you can enrich several styles in terms of sound quality, and have an independent App, then the positioning of Mi Noise Cancelling Headset Pro is likely to gradually become a good companion for smartphones from the best companion of Mi phones.
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