AirPods Max review: Opulent audio that shouldn’t cost so much

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Apple’s newest growth of the AirPods model is a set of huge over-the-ear wi-fi headphones. The AirPods Max look nice, sound nice, and are fairly comfy regardless of their heavy weight. They’re additionally $549, a troublesome worth to justify when the competitors (primarily the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Bose 700) are round $200 to $250 much less.

In some methods, the AirPod Max offer you what you pay for. Construct high quality is unmatched at any worth, and there are some intelligent design thrives. However there are additionally a couple of compromises value noting, like a “Good Case” that’s something however.

For these embedded within the Apple ecosystem, the AirPods Max can be value contemplating after they’re on sale for $449 or much less, but it surely’s in any other case laborious to justify the worth tag, and those that commonly dip exterior Apple’s product ecosystem ought to most likely take a look at alternate options.

Design and luxury

It comes as no shock that Apple designed a set of headphones that appears incredible and is comprised of premium supplies. However Apple doesn’t at all times knock it out of the park with ergonomics. (I’m taking a look at you, Apple TV distant.) Happily, AirPods Max are each great-looking and a delight to make use of.

Apple’s new headphones simply plain look higher than every other you’ve used. Credit score the sleek matte end on the aluminum closed-back earpieces, the chrome steel rods within the band, the effective mesh of the ear pads and “cover” headband—all of it works collectively to create a smooth and minimalist look that places almost all different headphones to disgrace, even people who value much more.

airpods max on head Jason Cross/IDG

The ultra-minimalist look of the AirPods Max stands out in a crowded market. Everybody will know what they’re at a look.

Folks will discover you’re sporting AirPods Max, though they oddly don’t have an Apple brand anyplace.

All that steel makes them quite a bit heavier than related headphones, as a lot as 50 p.c heavier at 384 grams (the Sony XM4s and Bose 700s each weigh simply over 250 grams). Apple has carried out such an excellent job maximizing consolation with the gentle, deep, breathable ear pads and the mesh cover headband that the load doesn’t hassle you in any respect. There’s a bit extra clamping drive than I’ve skilled on most different client wi-fi headphones, however that too is mitigated by the incredible ear pads.

airpods max flat Jason Cross/IDG

AirPods Max are something however compact. They don’t fold up in any respect, solely flip flat.

Attempt to run or work out with these on, or simply flip your head shortly, and also you’ll all of the sudden really feel all that weight. Irrespective of, as these are under no circumstances sweat or water-resistant, so that you shouldn’t be doing something extra lively than a brisk stroll in them anyway.


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