Apple AirPods Max Review Rundown
Apple | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 05 Apr 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
Apple's AirPods Max headphones deliver excellent audio performance, top-notch noise cancellation, and a bevy of useful features in an absolutely gorgeous design for a bit too much money.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The $550 Apple AirPods Max are the most fun headphones I've reviewed in 10 years. They feel great in your hand — in fact, every part of this set of headphones feels great to the touch. Apple did an impressive job of reducing strain on the crown and ears by using clever engineering and materials.
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The AirPods Max are Apple's first over-ear noise-cancelling headphones. At £549 per pair, they are considerably more expensive than their main rivals. But they're not quite so expensive that they begin to edge into proper audiophile headphone territory. Pairing and switching between devices is incredibly easy and the headphones have the longest range I've ever experienced on any wireless headphones.
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
Priced at $549, the AirPods Max are some of the most expensive mainstream consumer headphones I've reviewed. They make the $329 Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 and the $349 Sony WH-1000-xM4 headphones look positively affordable. The headphones are bursting at the seams with premium materials.
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The AirPods Max have a sculpted-but-balanced sound signature. They're even maxed out in the features department, with Adaptive EQ, spatial audio, and hands-free Siri access. For $550, this sound signature isn't for purists seeking a transparent listening experience.
Reviewers from Phonearena have found the following[***]:
Apple has finally released its own over-ear, noise-cancelling earphones. But they don't carry the bold “Studio’ moniker. Instead, Apple chose to call them AirPods Max. If you are in the market for excellent wireless cans, you can't go wrong with these.
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The Apple AirPods Max Wireless are premium over-ear headphones. These headphones use Apple's Adaptive EQ, which adjusts their sound to the fit and seal of the headphones on your head. The noise isolation performance of the Apple Airpods Max is superb. While both headphones have great build qualities, the Apple are more comfortable, have a virtual surround feature, and can block out more ambient noise.
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Apple AirPods Max cost $549 / £549 / AU$899 and were officially released on December 15, 2020. They look quite unlike any other headphones on the market right now, with large flat earcups crafted from stainless steel, and a carrying case that's instantly recognizable. Apple has included a mesh headband that's designed to reduce the pressure on your head during use, but there's no escaping their density.
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
The AirPods Max are Apple's first over-ear noise-canceling headphones. The $549 price tag is hundreds more than established competitors like Bose and Sony. Apple has tried to match that upper echelon of boutique headphones in terms of build quality and craftsmanship. With these headphones, you get the best of everything Apple has learned about audio.
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Apple AirPods Max cost $549 and come in five colors. Apple made a clever move to borrow and enlarge the Apple Watch's Digital Crown. The crown is used for volume control, skipping tracks and playing or pausing audio. Apple's headphones are neck-and-neck with the two best noise-cancelling headphones.
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The AirPods Max look like no other consumer headphone I have ever worn. The weight is distributed across the headband to the point where I can barely feel it on my head at all. You're only going to get the best experience if you're deep into the Apple ecosystem. Spatial Audio and quick device switching are iOS only, and Apple has designed the Max to play best with iPhones and iPads.
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The AirPods Max are Apple's first on-ear noise-cancelling headphones. At £549 ($549, AU$899), they are vastly more expensive than the great majority of premium wireless headphones. Apple has resisted the urge to integrate touch controls into the design, but has also not gone entirely hands-free.
- 1. ^ Apple AirPods Max review: Most fun headphones ever. Digitaltrends. 2021-02-05. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 2. ^ Apple AirPods Max review: Magnificent headphones – for Apple users. Expertreviews. 2021-01-22. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 3. ^ Apple AirPods Max review. Laptopmag. 2021-04-03. Retrieved 2021-04-05.
- 4. ^ Apple AirPods Max Review. Pcmag. 2020-12-16. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 5. ^ Apple AirPods Max review: disregard the hype. Phonearena. 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 6. ^ Apple AirPods Max Wireless Headphones Review. Rtings. 2021-01-07. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 7. ^ Apple AirPods Max review. Techradar. 2021-01-18. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 8. ^ Apple AirPods Max review: luxurious sound for a luxury price. Theverge. 2020-12-16. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 9. ^ Apple AirPods Max review. Tomsguide. 2021-02-22. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 10. ^ Apple AirPods Max Review. Trustedreviews. 2021-02-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 11. ^ Apple AirPods Max review. Whathifi. 2020-12-21. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
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