AirPods Max reimagine over-ear headphones. An Apple-designed dynamic driver provides immersive high-fidelity audio. Every detail, from canopy to cushions, has been designed for an exceptional fit. Active Noise Cancellation blocks outside noise, while Transparency mode lets it in. And spatial audio with dynamic head tracking provides theater-like sound that surrounds you.¹
*IF* you can afford them, I recommend them to you.
Owned for 3 months when reviewed.
I'll just address common complaints. You know the rest. They sound god tier. They connect effortlessly. They have a excellent build.
Q - They're what, 600$? They're headphones. Too expensive.
A - They're not for you then, you should check out the Sony XM4 over hear headphones. They sound very good and are built pretty nice. These are for people who want something better than XM4s or NC700s. If those headphones are for you, save 200-300$ and get them.
Q - They don't sound as good as other audiophile headphones.
A - Correct! But good luck using those open back (no noise suppression) headphones in a loud environment, good luck taking them outside of your house (they need an amplifier, not wireless obviously) and again you need an amplifier which can range from 200$ to 2000$.
Q - This reviewer said they don't fit that good.
A. That honestly might be the case. It's subjective, however. I suggest you find someone who has a pair of these, if you can't, best buy has a return policy for situations like this. I will tell you that 1. they are heavy, but feel very light on my head. I used to have QC35 iis, and XM4s. I can wear these much much longer because of them being more comfortable. 2. They "fit" my head perfectly fine.
Q - THE CASE
A - I get you, I agree with you. It's pretty garbage. So make like I did and get rid of the bra case. Put it on ebay, sell it to someone, heck give it to your kids. It's garbage, you don't want to use it. I sold mine for 25$, and it sold within an hour of me posting it. (Huh? I thought everyone hated it? Apparently not!) Buy yourself an actual case, I got mine for 18$ on Scamazon. You can get Max cases pretty much anywhere.
Q - (more of a complaint about Apple) But they're not repairable
A - Well, I challenge you to tell me what wireless bluetooth headphones ARE more repairable than these. In my opinion Apple went above and beyond. They impressed iFixit of all places. The cushions are held on by magnets, of course. I'm sure you knew that. But did you know that the headband is replaceable? I don't recommend you try this if you have a pair already, but you CAN take the cushion off and stick a SIM tray tool into a little hole in the upper top of the inside of the ear cup *(please make sure you know which hole, it might hurt a lot if you have the wrong one)* and gently push in just like a SIM tray and the earcup will completely detatch from the headband. Good luck finding a replacement, but eventually down the line I'm sure there will be some on things like eBay and it's just a headband so if you get one that isn't exactly original, whatever. I will say though that I'm certainly not easy on my Apple things, but my headband still looks perfect. They look fragile, but unless you accidentally take a knife to it, it will be fine.
If you can realistically afford them and want them, I cannot recommend them enough. They are fantastic, I have zero regrets whatsoever buying mine for the full MSRP of 550$. (they're now 500$ at time of posting)
Best headset purchase thus far. I tried the Sony’s, the Bose, and the Beats… none of them compared and could stand up to the AirPods headphones! Best noise cancellation while driving WITH the windows rolled down AND best sound and hearing quality for me hearing my caller and my caller hearing me, while driving on the freeway with my windows rolled down. Very, very satisfied. Best earphone cage for my tiny ears… cups nicely… does make my ears sweat a little though… weird… but quality is excellent and headphones and comfortable. I did order a separate case to keep both the smart case and headphones in… to keep my purchase safe… so that would be my advice to new purchasers. Order a case for the case.
Did a lot of research before buying it although I’m an Apple fanboy and have all Apple products( iPhone, iPad, MacBook, AirPods Pro and Apple Watch) I still wanted to make sure I was getting the right product. I know it’s very expensive and probably not the product for anyone but I started saving from the day they were announced. I watched every single review on YouTube and I don’t regret buying them at all! Definitely worth it!
AirPods max are definitely going to take a chunk out of your wallet, and overall it’s worth it. I’ll give a score out of 10 for each category.
These headphones are overalls worth it IF you are extremely invested in the Apple Ecosystem as they will work flawlessly with any Apple Product. They excel in the mids and definitely don’t struggle at all with extreme high and low pitches. These will change the way you listen to music but you need to take some time and consider if they are right for you.
Very nice headphone, the sound is crispy. The integration with your iPhone, and Mac computer is fantastic. They look and feel premium. Well done. My only complaint is that after wearing for a while my ears feel hot. Otherwise they are perfect.
What to say about these headphones? If you’re an iPhone user, and you’ve had difficulty with other brands Bluetooth connectivity, then these are for you! They’re essentially Bose-level headphones, with the AirPods realizability. The bass levels are excellent, and comfort is fantastic. The magnetic ear pads are a really nice touch. They’re expensive, but if you’re an audiophile that doesn’t mind paying for tip quality, then that shouldn’t be an issue.
Best sounding headphones out! Apple really hit the mark with these headphones. Comfortable to wear for long periods of time. I wish the headphone case was better looking but other then that, these headphones are great!
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about bass quality, mids quality, soundstage and size. Editors are less positive about portability and price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 98/100 = Excellent quality.
TechRadarRating, 4 out of 54.0Olivia Tambini on June 7, 2021
Apple AirPods Max reviewThe Apple AirPods Max come close to audio perfection, but will let down audiophiles and Android users.
First AirPods Max deliveries reach customersThe first AirPods Max deliveries are reaching customers this morning, and a number of them have shared photos on Twitter. They had to get in quickly to take delivery today, as shipping times very quickly slipped into March of next year – a fact
A:AnswerNot sure on impedance but rtings.com did a pretty good review of them going over sound signature with graphs/charts if you are into that sorta thing.
As far as the serious specifications goes... that is how Apple has decided to release/market these headphones. I don't think these are anywhere near targeted toward an audiophile who is looking for top-tier listening headphones. These are for Apple ecosystem users who have the money to spend on a premium product that is a step up from AirPods Pro. Now when I say premium I don't mean audio quality vs wired headphones but in their class (ANC, wireless, etc) they are really good. If you compare then against other wireless ANC headphones they will win most fights from sound quality, ANC, ease of use (if you're into the whole Apple ecosystem), swapping between devices seamlessly, etc. Their build quality (aside from the case, yikes) is leagues ahead of another competing ANC wireless headphones as aluminum and stainless steel aren't cheap materials and the machining is top notch.
It's one of those, you're buying it for the whole package and the name kinda gigs. If you're questioning yourself as to "why would I buy it when I can get better stuff" then you probably aren't the target audience for it. I know that sounds weird to say but it's the same reason someone will spend extra on a high-end item like nice shoes, a purse, a watch, etc. They're buying it for the whole package and are willing to spend the extra money. Casio and Rolex both tell the time but the Casio will set you back $20, the Rolex $5,400.
I'm not saying its right or wrong that's just how it is - Apple is a luxury brand and that's how they have placed themselves in the market.