Apple AirPods Max reimagine over-ear headphones. An Apple-designed dynamic driver provides immersive high-fidelity audio. Every detail, from the canopy to the cushions, has been designed for an exceptional fit.
Industry-leading Active Noise Cancellation blocks outside noise, while Transparency Mode lets it in. And spatial audio with dynamic head tracking provides a theater-like sound that surrounds you. AirPods Max, the Apple premium headphones, was announced on December 8, 2020, and the launching date was December 15, 2020.
Colors, kit, and case?
The headphones come in a MacBook-style box – the front of the headset is shown in the color you bought. We have a silver version on the test, but there are also “space gray,” “sky blue,” pink, and green. The new iPad Air received the same colors.
Under the lid are the headphones themselves in a case, wrapped in protective paper. Beneath them is an envelope with instructions and a Type-C to Lightning cable. No power adapter and no wired cable. Want wired sound? You will have to buy an adapter from Lightning to mini-jack. And before we start talking about headphones – a few words about the case.
There is no logo on the AirPods Max; they are more reminiscent of some retro headphones. Manufacturing materials are premium. The bow is made of stainless steel and has a telescopic adjustment system to securely lock in any comfortable position (the stroke seemed a little stiff). The upper part of the headband is made of mesh fabric – on the one hand; it is comfortable, and the head will not sweat; on the other, it is a matter of the material’s durability.
Landing and steering:
The first feeling when you take AirPods Max in your hands is an impressive gadget. After them, all competitors seem easy. But here the question is about practicality – won’t the head get tired with prolonged use? This remains to be seen. For me, the fit is slightly worse than the same competitors from Sony, but there is a plus. Due to the mesh upper bow, the weight is distributed, and there is no hard pressure in one place. And they also don’t stick out so much on the sides, you won’t bump it, and it’s more convenient to sleep on the plane if you sit down at the window (in theory).
Sound, microphones, and noise reduction:
At the bottom of the case, you can see holes, there are plenty of them here. And all because there are eight microphones at once: six outside and two inside. The former evaluates external noise to block out the excess in noise-canceling mode; the latter listen to what you hear to adapt the sound.
Also, thanks to so many microphones, during a call, even on the street, the interlocutor will be able to hear you usually. As for the sound component, Apple’s drivers were developed independently. Also, drivers with two-ring neodymium magnets are installed inside. The principle is similar to the speakers in professional floor-standing speakers – the company itself says about it.
Each earphone has a proprietary Apple H1 chip responsible for computing components and sound processing. The same is used in AirPods Pro. And then, there are many sensors: optical, position sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and case detection sensor.
Remember that you cannot turn off AirPods Max. You can switch to economy mode by putting it in a case or by waiting two hours. The rest of the time in noise-canceling or transparent mode, up to 20 hours of operation is available. Fast charging is available – 5 minutes will give you another 1.5 hours of work. All this is over the Lightning cable, and Apple does not specify which adapter is used; I think we are talking about a 20-watt one or an Apple travel adaptor.
What We Like:
- The sound quality is just amazing
- Excellent design and finish
- Active noise cancellation
- Excellent ergonomics