Apple AirPods Max: Get to know the most anticipated Bluetooth headphones of the year

Apple AirPods Max cover



Spacious and well-balanced sound, elegant design, great controls.


No integrated 3.5mm port, very expensive.

Features AirPods Max earphones:

  • Type: Over-Ear.
  • Weight: 384 grams.
  • Battery life: 20 hours (active noise cancellation).
  • Microphones: 9.
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0.

Apple AirPods Max have been the most anticipated headphones on the market for some time now. After years of rumors, they are finally here. They are the company's first Over-Ear helmets and they look amazing. They offer high-definition audio, adaptive equalization, active noise cancellation and spatial audio.

The sound quality is really great and they have a unique design. That said, they are significantly more expensive than the best competing models and do not integrate a 3.5 mm audio port. In this article we tell you everything you need to know about the new Apple AirPods Max.

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AirPods Max design

The AirPods Max have a minimalist and sleek design, which is typical of Apple. The body features clean lines and is available in several attractive colors: sky blue, space gray, silver, green and pink. All colors look sober, yet have a unique futuristic look.

The build quality is excellent. The skeleton of the headband is made of stainless steel and has telescopic arms that adjust perfectly to any user. The cups have cushions made of viscoelastic foam and feel very soft to the touch. They are one of the most comfortable over-ear headphones we have tested and can be worn for hours without causing any discomfort. They are tough, but feel lightweight.

The upper part of the headband features a mesh fabric designed to better distribute weight and reduce pressure on the head. According to Apple, the AirPods Max feature a mechanism in the headband that balances and distributes the pressure of each cup. In addition, they can be rotated independently to adjust to different head shapes.


The cup controls are also minimalist. They integrate the digital crown of the Apple Watch, although it is larger and easier to use. With this potentiometer you can precisely manage the volume, change songs, play or pause, answer calls and activate Siri.

To adjust the volume you only need to move the wheel on the right cup. By pressing it once you can play/pause, answer and end calls. To fast forward or rewind a song you must press it two and three times.

We loved this control. It allows you to adjust the volume in a very precise way, much better than with buttons. It is also easier to use than the touch controls that come with the Sony WH-1000XM4 or the Bose 700 headphones.

On the right cup of the AirPods Max we find a button that allows you to switch between active noise cancellation and transparency modes. The latter lets some ambient noise through and is very useful when you are in airports or stations, for example. In this cup we also find the Apple Lighting charging port.

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Lightning port and Smart Case

Unfortunately it does not integrate a 3.5 mm audio connection, but this is to be expected with all Apple products. If you want to connect the AirPods Max wired you will need to purchase a Lightning/3.5mm cable sold separately by the company. They are very expensive helmets and we find it reprehensible that they do not include the cable in the package.

That said, the Apple headphones come with a novelty case called the Smart Case. This is a case made of a rubber-like material that wraps around the cups of the AirPods Max and leaves the headband exposed. It looks like a tote bag and closes magnetically. It also leaves the Lightning port free so you can charge your headphones. The most striking thing about the smart Case is that it puts the Apple AirPods Max earbuds into an ultra-low power consumption mode.

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AirPods Max audio quality

The best thing about the AirPods Max headphones is the sound they deliver. We were pleasantly surprised with the detail and purity of the audio . The bass is perceived as warm and powerful. In addition, they are kept in check and do not overshadow the other shades. The instruments stand out for their clarity. Likewise, the vocals present sublime details that allow you to enjoy all the emotionality of the artists.

The sound spatiality is also remarkable for a closed-type over-ear headset. Let all instruments breathe and shine separately. The image, detail and fidelity to the rhythms are superb. The AirPods Max earphones integrate 40 mm dynamic drivers that, according to the company, produce total harmonic distortion of less than 1%. They do not distort and the audio remains clear at any volume level.

It offers great high-definition audio, although HiFi file support is limited to the Apple Digital Masters format, available from Apple Music. This is another significant contra, especially considering the high price of the AirPods Max. However, it offers revolutionary functions for audio.

Adaptive equalization and spatial audio

Like the AirPods Pro, the Max integrates the Apple H1 chip in each cup. In addition, the chips offer ten audio cores for enhanced active noise cancellation, transparency mode, adaptive equalization and spatial audio.

Adaptive equalization optimizes the sound according to the setting created by the ear cushions. AIrPods Max integrate inward-facing microphones. These mics analyze the sound you are enjoying and automatically adjust all frequencies to give you the clearest audio possible. It is an amazing feature and works flawlessly.

On the other hand, the Spatial Audio feature, previously launched with the AirPods Pro, gives you surround sound ideal for watching movies in Dolby Atmos 5.1 and 7.1 formats. It uses built-in gyroscopes and accelerometers to detect your head movements and fix the sound in a kind of virtual sphere. This means that if an airplane appears in the movie you will hear the sound from above. Spatial audio separates the AirPods Max headphones from the competition, as no other model works with object-based surround audio formats.

Active noise cancellation

The noise cancellation offered by the Apple AirPods Max is very robust Each cup integrates three microphones that point outward to detect ambient noise. They also have an additional one that points inward to pick up the sound that reaches your ears.

Apple claims that the AirPods Max use computational audio to continuously adapt noise cancellation based on fit and movement. We tested them near a construction site and noticed a bit of noise, but nothing that ruins the music experience.

The transparency mode is also very useful. To take advantage of it you only need to press the noise cancellation button on the right cup to allow some ambient noise to pass through. This also helps you to have a conversation with anyone without turning off the music.

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In terms of wireless connectivity, the AirPods Max headphones work with Bluetooth 5.0. Synchronization is very fast and the wireless range is incredibly wide. You can use them with Android devices, but you will miss out on the H1 chip's special features, such as spatial audio or Automatic Switching.

These headphones are designed to be used with Apple products and you will need devices with operating systems IOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, macOS Big Sur 11.1, watchOS7.2, tvOs 14.3 or later.

The Automatic Switching feature allows you to easily switch sync between iPhones, iPdas or Macs to play music or answer calls. It also allows you to share audio between two AirPods from any Apple device. This is ideal for enjoying your favorite songs with a friend.

Of course, AirPods Max headphones also work with Siri. You can use voice commands to play music, make calls, adjust volume, get directions, read messages, and take advantage of all the other features of Apple's AI.

Battery life

Apple claims the AirPods Max battery yields up to 20 hours of continuous playback with noise cancellation active. This capacity is great, although the best Bluetooth headsets can last up to 30 hours. That said, autonomy is maintained when listening to high-definition audio or listening to any movie. Active noise cancellation wastes quite a bit of battery life, so turning off the technology is sure to give you even better performance.

Conclusion on Apple AirPods Max Earphones

After testing the new Apple AirPods Max headphones we can assure that they offer amazing audio. The sound profile is very well balanced and the spatiality is remarkable. All shades are perceived with sublime detail and good separation. Noise cancellation is also very effective and the transparency mode works perfectly.

The downside: they are very expensive. They cost significantly more than Sony headphones, Bose and Sennheiser headphones. That said, they are perfect if you are an Apple user. Interested? Find the best price on Amazon Spain.

We also recommend you check out our review of the new Beats Fit Pro, Beats Studio Buds and AirPods 3.

Especificaciones técnicasAirPods Max
ModeloAirPods Max
ColoresAzul cielo, gris especial, plata, rosa, verde
ConectividadBluetooth 5.0
Rango de conectividad9
Peso384 gramos
ChipApple H1 en cada copa
Dimensiones168 x 187 x 83 mm
Autonomía de batería20 horas (cancelación de ruido activa

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