Airpods Pro vs SoundLiberty 53 – Which is The Best Option for You?

Airpods Pro have launched, but there’s still no such thing as Airpods Pro in black. Don’t worry – we have an amazing suggestion! Read on to learn more about Airpods Pro vs SoundLiberty 53, TaoTronics True Wireless Earbuds.

After the recent launch of the iPhone 11, Apple have generated another meme in the form of Airpods Pro. Featuring an all new shape, these earbuds are considered an upgrade from the conventional Airpods that Apple first brought out in 2016.

The new design has been compared to Bellsprouts, but it is more than a Pokemon in your ears. These headphones are revolutionary for Apple because they move away from their traditional design to feature noise cancelling technology.

At TaoTronics, we understand noise cancelling tech. It’s kind of our thing – we have an incredible SoundSurge range that even features Hybrid noise cancelling tech. We’ve also got an amazing looking pair of black earbuds that will rival the Airpods Pro that are only available in white.

In this blog, we’re going to look at what is actually so new about the Airpods Pro, and compare your options if you’re really looking for Airpods Pro in black.

Quick Jump:

What’s Different About Airpods Pro?

SoundLiberty 53 – A Great Alternative

Airpods Pro vs SoundLiberty 53 – What’s the Difference?

Airpods Pro vs SoundLiberty 53 – are they Airpods Pro in Black?

What’s Different About Airpods Pro?

Here’s a quick run down of all the features that have been upgraded or included in the new Airpods Pro design:

A New Look

Apple aren’t totally breaking the mould here – you aren’t going to find Airpods Pro in black.

However, their new look is definitely a step away from the classic designs seen in Airpods and Airpods 2. Some may love this new design, which will help block out noise by default. Others will want to stick with what they know, or find something new; that’s where you’ll want to check out our Airpods Pro vs SoundLiberty 53 below.


Previously, Airpods haven’t been waterproof. This means that they’re open to damage if you’re wearing them in the rain or exercising with them. And, lets face it, the design doesn’t lend itself to feeling secure when using them for more than a gentle stroll.

The earbuds are now IPX4 waterproof. This means it’s protected from splashes of water – don’t accidentally drop them in a puddle or you might be in for a broken pair!

New Noise Cancelling Tech

Beyond the design of their earbud, which as in-ear blocks out noise more effectively than Airpods or Airpods 2, Apple have included active noise cancelling technology in Airpods Pro. We’ve gone into more detail into exactly how that works before, but it’s a fairly common feature of headphones that Apple are late to the game in including.

More Advanced Touch Controls

Whereas before you could only double-tap your earbuds to do basic tasks like launching Siri and skipping the track, you can do a whole host of different things on the new Airpods Pro. One of these is a press-and-hold, which allows you to switch between transparancy mode and active noise cancellation.

A Wireless Charging Case

One of the new features is the inclusion of a wireless charging case with Airpods Pro.

A New Price

With all this technology there comes a pretty steep hike in price. Airpods 2 are currently retailing at $159, with the Airpods Pro coming in at $249. That’s an even bigger difference compared to SoundLiberty 53, which retail at just under $45.

SoundLiberty 53 – A Great Alternative

airpods pro in black

We’re proud of SoundLiberty 53. These two tiny earbuds and their pocket sized case pack a hefty punch.

Really key features include an incredible 40 hours of total playtime with the charging case. To get this, you only need a 2.5hr recharge. They’ll also play for up to 5 hours on a single charge, so you don’t have to worry if you’re a daily user.

Check out the basic specs if you don’t believe us:

Bluetooth Version5.0
Connecting Range33ft
Charging Case Battery Capacity650mAh
Recharge Time2.5hrs
Total Playtime40hrs
Dimensions3.2in X 1.5in X 1in

Airpods Pro vs SoundLiberty 53 – What’s the Difference?

airpods pro in black

There are a few key differences to note when considering Airpods Pro vs SoundLiberty 53. We’ve split them up into the things that are important to consider:


At its most basic, the SoundLiberty 53 provides you with a new aesthetic option: choose between black or green. As we’ve looked at, you can’t get the Airpods Pro in black, and it’s not looking like Apple will be bringing out a pair in this color scheme any time soon.


SoundLiberty 53 offer you up to 40 hours of playtime with the charging case, an unprecidented step into week-long charging. This is with an amazing 5 hours of playtime from a single charge. Airpods Pro, meanwhile, offer 4.5 hours with ANC on (3.5 hours of talk time), with up to 24 hours of playtime with the case.

Water Resistance

If you’re buying earbuds, the chances are that you want something stable that you can use throughout the day. To transition from your commute to the gym, you need a pair of earbuds that will last the journey. This is where SoundLiberty 53 comes in.

Airpods previously had no water resistance, so for the Pro’s Apple have included IPX 4 (you can read in detail about what that means here). Essentially, this translates to basic water and sweat proofing, so if your earbuds get splashed it shouldn’t affect the inner workings.

SoundLiberty 53, however, have IPX7 resistance to sweat and water. This higher-level resistance makes them better for wearing outdoors and whilst exercising, offering a greater level of protection to your buds.

So when it comes to the waterproofing competition in Airpods Pro vs SoundLiberty 53, the SoundLiberty are winning hands down.

Touch Controls

airpods pro vs soundliberty 53

One aspect of the Airpods Pro vs SoundLiberty 53 debate that you might be interested in is the touch controls available. There are two ways these differentiate:

SoundLiberty 53 employ Smart Touch Control to give you an amazing amount of independence. You can:

  • Answer, hang up and reject calls
  • Have full control over your music volume and track choice
  • Turn voice controls on and off at the touch of a button

Airpods Pro have their own list of taps thanks to their ‘Force Control’. This includes:

  • Answering phone calls
  • Press twice to skip forward, three times to skip back
  • Press and hold to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode

Noise Isolation/Cancellation

Speaking of noise cancellation, we should probably talk about the difference between the two models.

In our SoundLiberty 53 earbuds, we were aware that commuters and people in the gym might want to block out unnecessary distractions whilst still being aware of the background noise. This is why we made our earbuds noise isolating. They offer protection from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, making your music sound crisp and clear whilst you’re still aware of the outside world.

In Airpods Pro, Apple have decided to include Active Noise Cancellation. This is a great feature, and one that is present in our amazing over-ear headphone SoundSurge range. You should check out SoundSurge 46 – they even have Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation!

We won’t bore you with the details here – you can read about ANC here – but it is something to consider whether the technology is worth an extra $200, or whether you’re really looking for noise isolation.

  AirPods Pro SoundLiberty 53
Price $249 $44.99
Charging case included? Yes Yes
Playtime 4.5 hours/24 hours with case 5 hours/40 hours with case
IPX RatingIPX 4 IPX 7
Case Size 1.78 x 2.39 x 0.85 inches 3.2 x 1.5 x 1 inches
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Sound Adaptive EQ 6mm Dynamic Drivers
Noise cancelling Active Noise Cancelling Noise Isolation
Control Force Sensor Control Smart Touch Control
ColorWhite Black, Green

Airpods Pro vs SoundLiberty 53 – are they Airpods Pro in Black?

Good question!

The simple, honest answer is no. If you’re looking for an Apple product to complete your set, and you’re willing to splash out on the extra $200 involved, then by all means Airpods Pro are the right product for you. Why are you even on this page?!

But if you’re hesitant about spending that much money on a pair of headphones with a pretty limited shelf life – and that much money on a pair of headphones you can lose fairly easily – then it’s definitely worth looking elsewhere.

We’re suggesting SoundLiberty 53 because aesthetically, they’re similar to Airpods, and audio wise they sound great! They’re also cheaper, more waterproof, have a longer playtime with a similarly pocket sized case and have a wide range of touch controls. What’s more, they’re designed to comfortably fit in your ear while providing noise isolation so you get some of the benefits you’re looking for from ANC.

The decision is yours! Feel free to message us if you have any questions, read our SoundLiberty 53 review round up for more info, or just check out our website!

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Rebecca Lee has a penchant for writing about all things audio-related for TaoTronics. Her editorial endeavors include testing out the latest headphones to write in-depth product reviews that benefit our readers.

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