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Apple AirPods Max Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Spatial Audio feature
  • Excellent battery life
Cons**
  • Smart Case is a bit ridiculous
  • Very expensive

Summary

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.

Rundown

ndtv[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from ndtv have found the following[***]:
The Apple AirPods Max headphones are expensive; there's no doubt about it. The bass was tight, the highs sparkled, and the mid-range shone through beautifully. The transparency mode is easily the best I've heard on a pair of headphones or earphones. The ability to hear my own voice clearly as I spoke was great.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No customiseability or adjustment
  • Lack of customisation and adjustment

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
When it comes to audio fidelity, the AirPods Max sound very good. I found that surrounding noises were very well muted, while voice clarity was superb. My chief complaints are their weight, which I worry may not work for multi-hour use. For a higher level of comfort, I suggest considering the Sony WH1000xm4.
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Pros[**]
  • Best-in-class noise canceling
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No multi-cancelling
  • No wireless charging

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The AirPods Max are the latest headphones to feature spatial audio. The headphones have lived up to the hype so far, as I've worn them for 10 hours straight. The biggest complaint is the price, especially when you've got the Bose 700 and the Sony WH-1000xM4.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Powerful active noise cancelling
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre audio quality

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
On Jay-Z and Kanye West's “No Church in the Wild,” the kick drum loop receives ideal high-mid presence. There is plenty of sculpting happening in the highs, but it's generally in the name of clarity. The three-mic voice array offers solid intelligibility.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Sleek design
  • Hands-free Siri
Cons[**]
  • Noise cancellation isn’t for everyone

rtings[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 51%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The Apple AirPods Max have a neutral mid-range that ensures detailed vocals and lead instruments. Their slightly overemphasized bass range adds just a hint of extra warmth, as well as thump and rumble. However, the treble range is mostly underemphasized, resulting in a veiled sound with dull sibilants. While they're comfortable and well-built, they're very heavy and bulky.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable and well-built
  • Decent sound profile
  • Adaptive EQ
Cons[**]
  • Lacks IP rating for water resistance
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Bulky and heavy

t3[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
Apple claims 20 hours of battery life for the AirPods Max, with both noise cancellation and Spatial Audio turned on. The Smart Case protects the earcups and drivers from damage, but wouldn't stop the soft rubbery finish or – crucially – the mesh of the headband from getting scraped or torn in your bag. But the price is high enough that it will be a stumbling block for most people.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic sound quality
  • Great battery life
  • Comfortable fit
Cons[**]
  • Noisy noise cancellation
  • No wireless charging

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The noise cancellation is very strong, and we'd say it's on par with the likes of the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. Each ear cup features three outward-facing microphones to detect environmental noise, while one microphone inside the ear cup monitors the sound reaching your ear. The Transparency mode is useful; you just need to press the noise cancellation button on the right earcup to allow environmental noise to pass through the headphones, allowing you to tap into your surroundings.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Easy to use
Cons[**]
  • Noise cancellation isn’t as effective as a true Dolby Atmos

theverge[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The AirPods Max only have a Lightning connector, so if you want higher-quality wired audio or to plug them in on a plane, you've got to get a $35 cable. Battery life is rated at 20 hours with all the features like noise cancellation turned on. At 385 grams, there's no denying these are a good deal heavier than cans from Bose or Sony.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 3.5mm jack
  • No passive mode
  • No headphone jack

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
In side-by-side testing Apple's headphones are neck-and-neck with the two best noise-cancelling headphones in the game. The AirPods Max did a better job than the Bose 700 at eliminating the low-frequencies of wind and the hum of busy streets. You'll also get Siri, which isn't my preferred voice but nonetheless helpful for sending texts.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No headphone jack
  • No wireless charging

trustedreviews[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
AirPods Max pack a balanced sound with an outstanding sense of versatility. They don’t stand out when playing back one genre, instead impressing with a wide range of songs. There’s plenty of bass, which comes through stunningly in the ear shaking Xanny by Billie Eilish. Some songs I think sound better on the AirPods, and others with the Sony. While they work with Android and other Bluetooth devices, the best experience is with a whole host of other Apple gear.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Spatial Audio and Spatial Audio
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • Battery life could be better

whathifi[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 94%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
AirPods Max are the best wireless headphones you can buy – by a small margin. Detail, crispness and spaciousness elevate them so far above the previous wireless headphones. Built-in head tracking means that the sound is always relative to the screen, even when you move your head or the iPhone or iPad on which you're watching.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous, spacious sound
  • Impressive spatial audio
  • Comfortable to wear
Cons[**]
  • Noise cancelling is redundant

References

1. ^ Apple AirPods Max Review. ndtv. 2021-01-20 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
2. ^ Apple AirPods Max review: Most fun headphones ever. digitaltrends. 2021-02-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Apple AirPods Max review. laptopmag. 2021-04-03 Retrieved 2021-04-05.
4. ^ Apple AirPods Max Review. pcmag. 2020-12-16 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Apple AirPods Max Wireless Headphones Review. rtings. 2021-09-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Apple AirPods Max review. techradar. 2021-01-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Apple AirPods Max review: luxurious sound for a luxury price. theverge. 2020-12-16 Retrieved 2021-04-05.
9. ^ Apple AirPods Max review. tomsguide. 2021-02-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Apple AirPods Max Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Apple AirPods Max review. whathifi. 2020-12-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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