Earlier this week, Apple introduced the new Wireless over-ear headphones called AirPods MaxFirst impressions and opening videos are now appearing from various media outlets and YouTube channels. At $ 549, AirPods Max launched on December 15th.
First real-life look at AirPods Max via CNET
AirPods Max feature an Apple-designed dynamic driver with a diameter of 40mm that is said to provide “rich, deep bass, subtle mid-ranges, and crisp, clear high-frequency stretching.” Each ear cup is equipped with Apple’s H1 chip for “computational audio” to provide “the highest possible quality of the listening experience,” according to Apple.
While more time is required for in-depth reviews, the edgeAirPods Max’s Nilay Patel said the AirPods Max sound “more than good enough to compete with other high-end headphones”:
Acoustically, I have enjoyed listening to the AirPods Max for a few hours – they’re crisp and bright, with a pleasantly wider sound range than my Sony headphones, and there’s absolutely no distortion, even at maximum volume. We’ll be making a full review of it soon, including spatial audio tests and Apple’s claim to support Atmos surround sound, so stay tuned. But for now, rest assured that the AirPods Max is more than good enough to compete with other high-end headphones.
Apple says the AirPods Max feature a “breathable mesh mesh” that extends over the headband and distributes the weight to reduce pressure on the head, but this may be more marketing talk than anything else, and Patel also said, “He can’t say it looks completely different.” Sony WH-1000XM2s, but I can have a very large head. ”
Patel says it takes two hours to charge the AirPods Max to its advertised full 20-hour battery life using Apple’s 5W compact charger, with no fast charging option, even if you use a Lightning to USB-C cable. However, if you forget to charge your AirPods Max overnight, a five-minute charge provides enough power for 1.5 hours of listening.
CNETDavid Carnoy believes the AirPods Max are “raising the bar for noise canceling,” outperforming Sony’s WH-1000XM4 and Bose’s Noise Canceling Headphones 700, two of the most popular over-ear headphones on the market:
Moreover, their noise cancellation is arguably the best I’ve tried, slightly outperforming the noise canceling on both the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose’s Noise Canceling Headphones 700. which offer the best noise cancellation of true wireless earbuds.) They completely silence the world around you, but I was on the streets of New York, and they did an amazing job of silencing the noise – I could barely hear the traffic around me. Finally, it works well as a headphone for making calls and is especially good at reducing wind noise.
Carnoy also said that the AirPods Max have “great” build quality, although he did note Headphones are too heavy:
For heavy headphones they are comfortable, but not necessarily very comfortable. It would be nice if it was 20% lighter, but the way the headband is designed, with a mesh canopy, it takes a great deal of pressure from the top of your head. It might look and feel a little big for people with smaller heads, but it seems to fit a good range of head types.
AirPods Max come with a carrying case called a “Smart Case”, which puts the headphones in a very low power state to keep the battery charged when not in use, according to Apple. The case has already become a social media joke, and many first impressions shared so far are in agreement that the case looks kind of weird.
Smart Case for AirPods Max via CNET
CNBCTodd Hasselton He found the AirPods Max to be “very comfortable” with extended use, and also praised the precise volume control provided by the Digital Crown, a feature borrowed from the Apple Watch:
I wore AirPods Max for several hours on Wednesday and they felt very comfortable. There is a breathable mesh tape on the top that felt light on my head and didn’t sweat or heat up. I also love the ear cups, they are wide and fit my ear rather than sitting on them.
There are plenty of high-end touches, like the aluminum mugs and the steel frame, rather than the plastic parts you might find in competing headphones. I also etch the digital crown that Apple brought from the Apple Watch. It feels solid and easily turns to adjust the volume. Lots of competing high-end headphones use touch controls for volume, which aren’t as accurate as the physical control.