Robin is looking for a low-cost alternative to Apple's wireless Airpod Pros. Leo says that Anker's Liberty Neo is $30 right now at Amazon. But he may miss out on active noise canceling at that price. There are other models including Liberty and Liberty Plus. They give lots of bang for the buck.
Edward wants to know what happened to old classic companies like McIntosh or Marantz receivers. Leo says that Marantz is now part of Denon's parent company. McIntosh is still alive and kicking, but still too expensive. The Used Gear market may be the best option for amps. But not speakers. Leo says the entire industry is in a state of collapse now because most kids just listen to MP3s with earbuds.
Mark wants to know if Apple's Pro AirPods are worth the $250 price tag. Leo says that what makes them so expensive is that they are active noise-canceling headphones. But Leo prefers in-ear monitors because they are passive canceling, better audio, and more comfortable to wear. Leo also says that Apple didn't design them to replace the batteries, so when the batteries die, he can only throw them away. That's wasteful. Look at Amazon's EchoBuds. They are just as good and only $129. Leo says they are just as good for 1/2 the price.
Bud wants to know if Apple will ever use Live Listen with AirPods. Leo says it should be. Go into your control center settings, scroll down until you see the hearing aid option. Enable it. That should add live listen. As long as your AirPods are paired and connected, you should be able to hear.
Kevin keeps hearing news that Bluetooth headsets will cause cancer. Leo says that's a distorted story. It's not that they cause cancer, it's that AirPods and earbuds can ruin your hearing because people listen too loudly to them.
Two years after it announced the surfboard like Qi charging station known as AirPower, Apple announced today that it was cancelling the product, citing engineering issues. Leo says that according to iFixIt, Apple probably never would've been able to get it approved by the FCC. Apple did release the AirPods 2, which now has wireless charging. So while you can't charge your iPhone and your AirPods at the same time, you can now charge both wirelessly.
Henry heard that Apple will be releasing a new version of AirPods. Should he wait? Leo says that there won't be a completely redesigned AirPod for another year, according to insiders.
Neil has Apple AirPods, and he says that the connection drops out a lot. Leo says that's because it uses Bluetooth and it's an antiquated technology that wasn't all that great to begin with. Bluetooth is well known for not always maintaining a stable connection. But Apple has put AirPods on deep discount and Leo suspects a version 2 is coming next month.
Peter wants to know if there's a device that will charge multiple devices wirelessly. Leo says that Apple will be coming out with a product next year that will do just that. It uses the Qi standard and will charge an Apple Watch, iPhone, and AirPods. It's called AirPower. There are others, but the Apple Watch doesn't support Qi 100%, and as such, Apple has devised a way to do it. But it won't come out until sometime in 2018. Will an aftermarket charger work? Leo says if it's designed to handle multiple devices, then yes. But he may run into issues with his Apple Watch.
Tom uses his AirPods with his AppleTV and after a recent tvOS update, he has no volume. He called AppleCare and they said he shouldn't have that capability in the first place. But Tom says it worked just fine until the tvOS update. Leo says it sounds like Apple broke the connection in the update. That's terrible. It may be that he'll just have to re-pair them to the Apple TV. He should try another set of Bluetooth headphones or a speaker as well. If that works, then it should work with the AirPods since they use the same Bluetooth standard.