Apple AirPods Max review

Apple AirPods Max

After a long year Apple has introduce its first over-ear headphone Airpods Max. The Apple Airpods Max comes with a high-fidelity audio and the effortless magic of AirPods. It also includes Advance Active noise cancellation, Transparency mode, total of six outward-facing microphones, Powerful Apple‑designed H1 chip, Adaptive EQ, Spatial audio, Lightning charging, Up to 20 hours of listening time, and more.

Pros
  • ANC and transparency mode
  • Good Battery life
  • Good sound quality with no distortion
  • Great connection strength with Bluetooth 5.0
Cons
  • Lacks Bluetooth multi connectivity
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • No aptX or LDAC high quality codec support
  • The smart case provides no protection

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Price and availability

The Apple Airpods Max offer a stunning five different colour variation such as Silver, Space grey, Sky-blue, Pink and Green. It is price $549. You can purchase this headphone from the company’s official website apple.com.

Who should have to Buy this headphone?

  • For those who already uses the apple devices loves this headphone.
  • Anyone that wants the best noise cancelling should get the AirPods Max.

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Box Content

  • AirPods Max
  • Smart Case
  • Lightning to USB-C Cable
  • Documentation

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What is the design of Apple Airpods Max?

Apple AirPods Max

Apple Airpods Max is built with the most premium look and comfortable design. The canopy spanning the headband is made from a breathable knit mesh, distributing weight to reduce on‑head pressure. The stainless steel frame is wrapped with a soft-to-the-touch material for a remarkable combination of strength, flexibility, and comfort. The headphones feel quite strong and do not break suddenly when you release them from your hand. However, with a weight of 386 grams, the headphones feel very heavy compared to other premium headphones with a good noise cancellation. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not good.

Let’s jump into the earcups, they are comfortable and you can easily pop off the padding to change as you need. The earcups covered more area of your ear and bring some advantages. Such as, effective weight distribution to make it easier to accomplish noise isolation. The beautifully anodized aluminum cups feature a revolutionary mechanism that allows each cup to rotate independently and balance pressure. A custom-designed mesh textile wraps the ear cushions to provide pillow-like softness while listening.

The Stainless steel headband makes slides while adjusting the fit but will not fold to save space. The headband is rotated to fit comfortably in the carrying bag. But, don’t fold like the predecessor. The carrying case is not made of solid material to prevent headphones from falling. Which means it’s about to be the most delusional time of the year, as well as the most delicate. It is better to buy a third party case to protect your investment.

Is the Apple Airpods Max is a water-proof?

Unfortunately, the Apple Airpods Max does not support the IP ratings to protect the headphone from the water and dust. Which means if you go out in heavy rain than its better to take this headphone off. Also, you couldn’t go to swimming and running. The AirPods Max is made to be portable, so not having any kind of water protection is definitely a miss on Apple’s part. Moreover, if you want IP rating than this headphone is not for yours instead buy Jabra or Sony headphones.

How touch control works of Apple Airpods Max?

The on board “Digital Crown” lets you precisely control volume, skip between tracks, answer phone calls, and activate Siri. Moreover, there is no power button to turn the headset on or off. Instead, it enters a low-power mode when you put it in the case, and it’s ready to go when you take it out again.

FunctionAction
Digital CrownTurn for volume control
Press once to play, pause, or answer a phone call
Press twice to skip forward
Press three times to skip back
Press and hold for Siri


Noise control buttonPress to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode


Hey Siri

Say “Hey Siri” to do things like play a song, make a call, or get directions

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What is Apple spatial audio?

Apple AirPods Max

Spatial Audio enables you to listen to three-dimensional audio from supported videos that follow the movements of your iPhone or iPad. Moreover, it effectively recreates the cinema-style experience, where sounds can be seen coming from all around you – front, back, side, even above your head. To do this, Spatial Audio uses a 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos mix from a compatible film or video, applies directional audio filters and adjusts the frequencies relayed in each ear.

Where Spatial audio headphones differ from other similar technologies such as Dolby Atmos is in tracking. Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking gives you a theater‑like experience for movies and shows, with sound that surrounds you. Using built-in gyroscopes and accelerometers, AirPods Max and your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV track the subtle motion of your head, anchoring sounds to your device.

As a result, when Spatial Audio is turned on and you’re watching a supported movie or video, if you turn your head or move your device, the dialogue you hear stays on the actor or action screen.

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What is the sound quality of Apple Airpods Max?

In terms of sound quality, Apple Airpods Max comes with high-fidelity audio to provide very high quality sound. Which helps you to hear crystal clear sound with high bass. Factors contributing to this level of quality include high accuracy in reproducing audible frequencies in audio and extremely low distortion in the original audio signal. This usually means “high loyalty”.

In addition, the AirPods Max combines high-fidelity audio with industry-leading active voice cancellation to provide an unparalleled listening experience. Each part of their custom-built driver works to produce sound with ultra-low distortion in the audible range. From deep, rich bass to accurate mid and crisp, clean heights, you’ll hear every note with new clarity.

The AirPods Max looks really good and has a clear, fun sounding profile that will captivate most listeners. The frequency response matches closely for the most part, with a little extra kick in the very low-frequency sub-bass region. Furthermore, with a powerful Apple‑designed H1 chip in each cup, our custom acoustic design, and advanced software. AirPods Max use computational audio to create a breakthrough listening experience. By tapping into each chip’s 10 audio cores, computational audio helps block outside noise, adapts audio to the fit and seal of your ear cushions, and makes movie scenes sound like they’re happening all around you.

Normally, I expect to hear a little stiffness at high volume, but high volume never becomes overwhelming or unpleasant. For that reason, I don’t see many people having a problem with how AirPods Max sounds. This isn’t bass-heavy, but the bass sounds good. Midrange looks nice and clear. The heights aren’t loud enough and you probably don’t want to mess with any EQ app and settings.

Does Apple Airpods Max have good Noise cancellation capabilities?

However, if you are looking for Active Noise cancellation headphones then Apple is the best choice headphone for you. No other brand can compete with Apple for the Active Noise Cancelling feature. The Active noise cancellation in AirPods Max is fabulous. Because, the better your headphones are at preventing outside noise from reaching your ears, the better your headphones are likely to make. Moreover, Wear Airpods Max around the train station to completely block unwanted noise from outside. Also, the music song play buy my surround with this headphone is barely recognizable.

To cancel unwanted external sound, AirPods Max use a total of six outward-facing microphones to detect noise in your environment, and two inward-facing microphones to measure what you’re hearing. Beamforming microphones help isolate your voice on phone calls, so it’s heard clearly — even in windy situations.

By default, the button on the headphone toggles between transparency mode and active noise cancelling mode. However, with an iOS device, this behavior can be modified, with neither ANC nor transparency available as an option. Sadly, you can not turn ANC off unless you have an iOS device.

AirPods Max also has the best transparency mode. This feature uses external microphones to amplify external sounds instead of cancelling them out in a useful voice band. Instead of lowering the volume of your music you can hear what is happening, it expands the microphones to match what you are listening to. This means that you will never feel like you are losing your favourite part of the song while trying to be more aware of what is happening around you.

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How good is the connectivity option of Apple Airpods Max?

Apple AirPods Max

The Apple Airpods Max sport a Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity. It helps you to connect your devices wirelessly with other like smartphone, PCs and TVs. It also support AAC, aptX and LDAC Bluetooth audio codec. All Bluetooth audio devices use standard SBC codecs to transmit sound back and forth. AirPods Max also uses AAC, which is great, but it doesn’t work well with some Android phones (without any flaws of its own). Keep in mind that if you have an Android phone that supports high quality codecs like aptX or LDAC, it won’t be much more useful here. If you’re on iOS, you don’t have to worry, as iOS devices will default to AAC anyway.

In addition, the earbuds does not offer a Bluetooth multi-point connectivity. Which means it can not help you to connect two devices at same time simultaneously.

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How long does the battery last of Apple Airpods Max?

The Apple Airpods Max come with a up to 20 hours of listening time on a single charge with Active Noise Cancellation or Transparency mode enabled. But, in my testing with this headphone I noticed around 18 hours of listening time on as single charge with ANC or transparency mode. Moreover, the headphone sports a 20 hours of movie playtime on the single charge with spatial audio on. Also, 20 hours of talk-time with single charge. In addition, only five minutes of charge provides around 1.5 hours of listening time.

Putting the AirPods Max in the case activates low-power mode, and if you leave it on it will wait a few hours before turning off automatically. I think this is a little too long and wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple moving forward with this time-shortening update in the future.

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Conclusion

Overall, the AirPods Max is good with features like Active noise cancellation and transparency mode. Sadly, it come with $549, which is bit costly and need apple devices to get most out of it. It also sounds great, is well-built, and has solid battery life and offer a stunning five different colour option. It is likely to be the best ANC headphone right now, but it’s not the easiest to use, or even the most comfortable. To answer the question we started with, yes, the AirPods Max is overpriced—it’s also a great pair of headphones.

What should you get instead of the AirPods Max?

The AirPods Max is quite overpriced with this amount of features. There are lots of other headphone who provide a similar specification as the AirPods Max headphone. you can get either Sony WH-1000XM5 or the Monster Persona and still have the cash to spare.

People who want the best noise around is being cancelled but AirPods don’t want to pay for Max they just want to get Boss QuietComfort 45. This headset also has its problems such as loud trouble response and inability to hear without enabling ANC or transparency mode, but this can be a non-problem for the right buyer. The QC45 compares well with the AirPods Max and Sony WH-1000XM4. Indeed, though, we still recommend the years old Boss QuietComfort 35 II for its affordable price, excellent ANC and accurate sound profile.

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