AirPods Pro 2 users report audio drifting and syncing issues

Powered by a new H2 chip, the AirPods Pro 2 bring new Adaptive Transparency, enhanced Active Noise Cancellation, and more. And the second-generation wireless headphones have received good reviews for their high-quality audio.  However, a few bugs are impacting users’ listening experience.

Recently, AirPods Pro 2 users reported on Reddit that they are facing audio drifting and syncing issues.

The audio drifting issue causes the sound to shift randomly between both earbuds and syncing issue mismatches the audio with video, sometimes audio comes first or with delay. Previously, owners of AirPods Pro 2 reported a “replace battery alerts” issue.

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AirPods Pro 2 audio drifts even when Spatial Audio is disabled

As per affected users’ complaints on Reddit, AirPods Pro 2 is facing an audio shift or drift issue even when Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking is disabled. Furthermore, syncing and the level of volume spontaneously go up and down issues are also reported.

@TutorPuzzleheaded187 wrote that the issues existed on his replaced AirPod Pro 2 units:

This is my second pair of AirPods Pro 2 and the audio still seems to shift/drift all over the place sometimes it can compress the volume of a song and than randomly raise the volume . Can anyone explain why this is happening could it be a software issue or a hardware issue.

DISCLAIMER: No it’s not head tracking or spatial audio I have turned those off.

Another user @RealTechnicalSci wrote:

AirPods Pro 2 keep losing the sync between them while listening and get echoing effect to them.

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As several commentators said they were experiencing similar issues, it seems like a widespread issue. At the time of writing, Apple has not officially acknowledged the issue or released a fix but some users speculate that the issues might be caused by Active Noise Cancellation. @darkbrew8 wrote:

Same issue. I’ve responded in other similar threads. Seems to be an issue with noise cancelling because spatial audio sounds fine without it.

Noise cancelling or AT results in weird shifting of the sound stage and random volume changes in some frequency ranges. Some tracks are impacted far more than other tracks and there seems to be some dependency on external conditions. I’m attempting to map it out.

Another thought: I’m going to remove and re-download the worst music tracks to see if it affects this behavior

So the re-downloading did not fix this. Also one of my newer tracks, from the new Halsey release, is exhibiting the same problem even though it is Dolby Atmos, lossless.

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