In addition to active noise cancellation, the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max also support transparency mode. Noise cancellation ensures that all ambient sounds are blocked so that you only have to enjoy the music. Transparency mode works the opposite way, this option ensures that you can hear the ambient sounds.
Those who own AirPods Pro or Max can use the ‘ Custom headphones ‘ option. This ensures that quiet voices are more audible and the sounds from your environment are tailored to your listening needs. You can also adjust this, especially for the transparency mode so that you can determine how your own voice and the sound level sound for your environment.
Explanation: Transparency mode
In the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, Apple has incorporated different microphones, not only on the outside so that you can control Siri or make a phone call, but also on the inside. This allows the software to enable Adaptive EQ and automatically tunes the music to the shape of your ears.
When you use the transparency mode, the microphones activate both on the inside and outside to counteract the sound insulating effect of the silicone ear tips. The microphones on the outside record the ambient sound and send it filtered through to the speaker so that you hear the environment in addition to your music.
Adjust AirPods transparency mode
Apple indicates that the transparency mode is primarily intended to have a natural conversation, but especially listening to music in traffic becomes much safer thanks to this model. However, you have to like the sound, especially if you are talking to someone. Fortunately, you can adjust the mode so that voices are more audible and the ambient sound more natural.
- Connect your AirPods Pro or Max to your iPhone
- Go to Settings’
- Open ‘Accessibility’
- Navigate to ‘Audio / Visual’
- Tap on ‘ Custom Headphones ‘
- Enable the option of the same name
- Then open the option ‘Transparency mode’
- Enable the option ‘Custom Transparency Mode’
You can then adjust the audio volume balance between the left and right channels using the transparency balance slider. The gain and tone can also be adjusted in this way. You may need to adjust these settings step by step to find the right configuration that is most enjoyable.
It is best to start with a relatively soft setting by adjusting the tone or gain slider. Then gradually increase the settings to a level that works best for hearing people’s voices or the natural sound in your environment.
To use this customization, you must use the Custom Headphone Settings. We have explained in detail how that works in the article below.