AirPods Max review: the good, the bad and a mic test

16 dec. 2020
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Apple’s AirPods Max are its first noise-canceling over-ear headphones. They have a stylish design, excellent sound quality, and unique features like spatial audio. But at $550, they also come at a very premium price that’s way more expensive than competitors like Bose and Sony. Watch our whole review to see if they’re worth it for you.
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  • If you had unlimited money, which headphones would you get?

    The VergeThe VergeAcum 4 luni
    • B&O H95

      Rob ZeilnerRob ZeilnerAcum lună
    • air pods pro. this is the apple product that I would say "money well spent". No complaints, ultra practial to be daily earphone (I know this discussion actually leads to HEAD phone). Apple has becoming a dedicate company provides fine products these days, comparing to the Steve's era when every product is designed to revolute certain existing areas. air pods pro gives me a sense: this product belongs to the Steve's era.

    • I’d get these just because I tried one my friend owns and I loved it,even though in reality I’m fine with my sonys

      Vanadwara IdrakiVanadwara IdrakiAcum lună
    • Not these

      Will thomsonWill thomsonAcum lună
    • q tips

      ɧɘʗĶēŖʂɵnɧɘʗĶēŖʂɵnAcum 2 luni
  • I’ve been using these headphones for about a month, and to be honest I wasn’t convinced at first (they seemed too heavy and the pressure inside the ear cups was distracting) but it was like trying on a new pair of shoes. Now they seem just as comfortable as any other headset and they sound great! Also, the feature I love most about these headphones is the modular design. Headphones are notoriously unreliable, so being able to replace the ear cups and headband is great

    Tom WightmanTom WightmanAcum 22 Zile
  • Nope

    Nicholas FisherNicholas FisherAcum 27 Zile
  • You lost a lot of credibility when you complained about them not being able to play uncompressed music. Yes, people say there is no hearable difference because that is true. Why would you still want that? Maybe also complain that the headphones have not been blessed by a priest? This really undermined your review of this overpriced piece of technology.

    A BA BAcum lună
  • I love mine the best thing I ever did is it to buy a pair.

    Mike BroeselMike BroeselAcum lună
  • I’ve had mine for 24 hours now. Perhaps confirmation bias is in play... but I’m definitely hearing elements of some songs that I haven’t heard before. Subtle elements that are getting elevated just enough in the mix to catch my attention. Looking forward to trying them on some conference calls for mic quality with a noisy work-from-home-pandemic background.

    Geoff GrahamGeoff GrahamAcum lună
  • I just received mine in space Gray. I also own Bose, Sony and Sennheiser. All I can say is, while they are built beautifully, my others are just as good when it comes to sound, plus they don’t weigh as much. Apple does get 110% for sound cancellation. Simple to use and amazing sound cancellation.

    Mark MathosianMark MathosianAcum lună
  • Based on this, it looks great but super expensive.

    GleisonGleisonAcum 2 luni
  • Because you recorded the other headphones' microfone tests with your IPhone I am actually tempted to think that somehow Apple makes other headphones sound compared to their own products just so that consumers who dare to use other accessories than their own get a worse experience.

    lixlixAcum 2 luni
  • Man dont even have a apple watch

    Britt ThomasBritt ThomasAcum 2 luni
  • The mic test is at 4:46

    Carl Ruby Højland NielsenCarl Ruby Højland NielsenAcum 2 luni
  • Water resistance

    Dhiren Budhwani OfficialDhiren Budhwani OfficialAcum 2 luni
  • Dude crushed the review👍🏻

    Brandon BalcerzakBrandon BalcerzakAcum 2 luni
  • I’m surprised they didn’t give these a Siri command like “hey Siri turn off my AirPods max”...

    Christopher MooreChristopher MooreAcum 2 luni
  • Finally a detailed review on this product

    Nitish ChaudharyNitish ChaudharyAcum 2 luni
  • This just made all headphones manufacturers angry they will be losing sales after this

    Zain UddinZain UddinAcum 3 luni
  • These are underpriced tbf

    Zain UddinZain UddinAcum 3 luni
  • this review are just another level! The script are so well-made and well delivered

    do nguyendo nguyenAcum 3 luni
  • too much sibilance in this video

    Serge B.Serge B.Acum 3 luni
  • Apple is selling this frustrating headphones for $1.275 (yes, dolar$) in Brazil, at current day rate. It's unbelievable considering the limitations and this case. Thanks for this review.

    Sérgio RossiniSérgio RossiniAcum 3 luni
  • Glad you pointed out that the light colored headbands are not such a good idea. That is what I assumed, so I ordered the AirPod max in black. Will probably buy an extra set of ear cushions in green. I learned quite a bit from your review. Thanks for being thorough.

    Mark MathosianMark MathosianAcum 3 luni
  • the sound department is lacking. these only offer the lowest bitrate possible. better spend half and get a decent set of sony 1000mx3's that come with AptX HD and LDAC support for all your lossless high quality audio files. i expected innovation not down-vation. apple could have used their airplay API, you know, the one that lets you transmit lossless audio, UNCOMPRESSED, from your phone to any airplay device, like airport express or home theater receiver, for example. but who am i to judge a company using its fading user base to milk a product that clearly cannot be substantiated beyond the apple zealots.

    BobRooneyBobRooneyAcum 3 luni
  • When you walk, do you hear your walk when wearing it? I have a bose quiet comfort 35, I can clearly hear my shoes making contact with ground, this is what I am saying hear your walk. Wonder does it happen with AirPods max?

    Meiqiqi CafeMeiqiqi CafeAcum 3 luni
  • Replacement 69$ - I see what you did there Apple 😉

    yozflyyozflyAcum 3 luni
  • Did you guys add the speaker next to the battery

    Sycthe The beastSycthe The beastAcum 3 luni
  • I don't think Apple meant for the AirPods Max to be a regular everyday use product, but it was meant as a brand setting luxury item that is intentionally too expensive to create a desire for Apple brand. If you could afford everything Apple made, then there is no longing left for the brand. So Apple has to create a product that is highly desireable but so expensive that most people cannot get it and most people is left wanting more Apple brands. I think that is the psychology of the Airpods Max. It is definately an excellent product, but not worth what they are asking for it, and meant to be just out of reach so that you are left wanting something you cannot have.

    Rob OoRob OoAcum 3 luni
  • Ahh yeah, apple needs Johnny ive to come back

    BangARangggBangARangggAcum 3 luni
  • This video was different not so much verge like but I absolutely loved it, not gonna lie

    Amir SohailAmir SohailAcum 3 luni
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  • Beats solo pro ftw

    R SnrR SnrAcum 3 luni
  • Why is everyone idiots? Lol It has to toggle a 3rd option in Bluetooth menu for using off button on the transparency button....

    ανώνυμοςανώνυμοςAcum 3 luni
  • 1:04 Please buy a bigger mask... Otherwise a gret vid!

    Miha VušnikMiha VušnikAcum 3 luni
  • Really great review. But two things to remember. 1) Twice the price never translates to twice the sound quality. If you’re lucky twice the price gets you a 20% improvement. The consensus amongst audiophiles, is that these headphones are a bargain, for the tech and sound quality. 2) HD Audio is meaningless compared to what Apple is doing here. Yes their AAC is low bit rate, but the true magic is the processing power of the H1 chips taking that bit rate and translating\transforming it into high fidelity sound (at a much lower power consumption rate, and far better connectivity rate than LDAC). What Apple is doing with computationally processed sound to create wider sound stage, spatial audio, and noise cancelling that doesn’t impact sound quality negatively - is unprecedented!

    davesouthafricadavesouthafricaAcum 3 luni
    • Fire 🔥

      alida flusalida flusAcum 3 luni
  • I like this guy. I think he deserves more of his shot and less b-rolls.

    山内淳カイル山内淳カイルAcum 3 luni
    • Good job 👌👍

      alida flusalida flusAcum 3 luni
  • This was a great review. The point about the lack of an Apple Music HD or LDAC or any kind of hi-fi genuinely gave me a lot to think about beyond the usual stuff everybody else has been saying. Like, I don't subscribe to Tidal or anything, but all the same, I am an Apple Music subscriber and if I'm paying $550 for these, I would like the option of higher quality audio-even if it is barely perceptible. The Sony headphones got more attractive after this review.

    Tom EllaTom EllaAcum 3 luni
  • Sony's mics were much better.

    Fight For FreedomFight For FreedomAcum 3 luni
  • 🏓🏸🌟🌘🌗🎌🎌⛲⛺🚿💈🌁🌖🌪🌤🎌🎌⛲⛺⛈⛅🎾 *Jesus Christ is the only true God!* *The one God who rose from the dead and lives forever.* *Jesus Christ is the only one qualified to give us eternal life.* *also heal their bodies.* (look up and ask HIM)

    Julius MadrowJulius MadrowAcum 3 luni
  • No way it's worth the price. Go to hell apple

    Aleksandre KazarianiAleksandre KazarianiAcum 3 luni
  • Great video!

    TimothéeTimothéeAcum 3 luni
  • This is a fantastic review! Chris needs to cover more video reviews!

    Alma VHAlma VHAcum 3 luni
  • wow, the AirPods Max microphone was much, much more clear...that's why they are so expensive...people need to stop complaining about the price...if you can't afford them then get something else...simple as that...i love the simplicity...the removable ear piece is awesome, once the earpieces get damaged just replace them, not the whole thing...

    CeZaR NeBuNCeZaR NeBuNAcum 3 luni
  • 35 bucks? You spent 550, what's the big deal? - Apple mindset.

    Life of LuisLife of LuisAcum 3 luni
  • Funny being reminded that there are people out there considering other products.

    W WW WAcum 3 luni
  • I was doing my Homework but this seemed more important.

    alida flusalida flusAcum 3 luni
  • 03:50 - 04:00 The sound synchronization with script is best. This the by far the best product review script I've ever seen in a video.

    VinayakVinayakAcum 3 luni
  • Can’t wear this outside .. you might get robbed .

    Issie wizzieIssie wizzieAcum 3 luni
    • seems to be good

      alida flusalida flusAcum 3 luni
  • I love Airpods 1 and2; Airpods pro very interesting features, but I hate (HATE) in-ear earphones, Airpods Max... Too expensive. Just too expensive. I'll stick with Airpods 2 (for running cycling and being outside in general -Is good AND NECESSARY to be aware of your soundscape when outside running or cycling... and with wire headphones with noise cancellation for quality, functionality and PRICE

    OsOsAcum 3 luni
  • That "case" is very Gayish !

    69houstontx69houstontxAcum 3 luni
  • Cue the reports of people snatching these headphones off of people's heads.

    A BA BAcum 3 luni
  • Video quality- Top Notch , in almost every way

    Robin AroraRobin AroraAcum 3 luni
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    Jaemarie SuazoJaemarie SuazoAcum 3 luni
  • Best consumer tech product review ever. Instantly my new favourite reviewer. ❤️

    Χαράλαμπος ΤοκατλίδηςΧαράλαμπος ΤοκατλίδηςAcum 3 luni
  • Hardware designers: try to separate left and right speaker as far as possible for best sound stage. Apple: makes everything come from the front with technology. Thanks apple, we needed to make our headphone sound like a single speaker.

    thenitheniAcum 3 luni
  • Which sounds better this or the sony wmx4(with LDAC on)

    John OsamJohn OsamAcum 3 luni
  • they are designed like square-ish duck eggs, that's not 'top-notch' Both Sony and Bose are better in terms of design.

    thenitheniAcum 3 luni
  • Aw man i thought they had our friend who did the google buds review

    SSAcum 3 luni
  • 1:34 anyone noticed a cry? More audible on headphones

    kotaru keertikotaru keertiAcum 3 luni
  • Stop bitin your nails bro

    CopperHeroinCopperHeroinAcum 3 luni
  • XM4 still the king!

    Leslie MolinaLeslie MolinaAcum 3 luni
  • A great review and he seems like a really nice guy but... his skin is not really suited for HD... There, I've said it. I'm not proud but it's what you're all thinking.

    FloodzieFloodzieAcum 3 luni
  • i think how easy they are to replace the pads is kinda a good reason these might beat others. cuz are other headphones tht easy to replace or clean em?

    Abiy BattleSpellAbiy BattleSpellAcum 3 luni
  • Thanks for pointing out that apple doesn’t have a HiFi Tier, nor does Apple Music support spatial audio....which is just weird if you’re selling that as a feature.

    Rod LittleRod LittleAcum 3 luni
  • It’s a bra. No, it’s a purse bag!

    Eric TingkingcoEric TingkingcoAcum 3 luni
  • That music is creepy

    Sipho tchalaSipho tchalaAcum 3 luni
  • very nice review!

    Ankit RaiAnkit RaiAcum 3 luni
  • Someone get this guy some proactiv

    TheReelRealTheReelRealAcum 3 luni

    M.Poorvesh MuthramanM.Poorvesh MuthramanAcum 3 luni
  • This is a beautiful product and everyone loves beauty. Sony and Bose are made of cheap plastic.

    AAAcum 3 luni
  • I got the Sony Mx3, the earlier version, for 250$ before the Mx4s came out which I thought was expensive and I love them. Some day when I have money to burn, maybe I’ll get the max. The problem with Sony is that there is no app for the Mac, only iOS, so you can’t set the noise cancelling algorithm and the headphone can become noisy randomly.

    seattlevkkseattlevkkAcum 4 luni
  • The case is absurd.

    Alejandro Rodríguez BasurtoAlejandro Rodríguez BasurtoAcum 4 luni
  • Alas! Finally a review that addresses sound quality issues as well as my favourite cans: the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3. Congrats Chris for your thorough review.

    Nuno SilvaNuno SilvaAcum 4 luni
  • So they are capable of the lossless sound, just that Apple Music doesn’t support it? (Was a bit confused on the phrasing) And I assume that’s only when plugged in, for any headphones. Not wirelessly for any brand

    Gregory AlbertGregory AlbertAcum 4 luni
  • Somewhat 🤔⁉️

    Golden EagleGolden EagleAcum 4 luni
  • PHENOMENAL review! Watched so many tuber reviews but this by far was the most direct, professional and comprehensive. I love them both but MKBHD and DaveLee should take notes. SUBSCRIBED!

    De ErvDe ErvAcum 4 luni
  • AirPods max II will hopefully fix the kinks

    Tdrexx_720Tdrexx_720Acum 4 luni
  • These headphones are ridiculous. I'll get some Sony or Sennheiser instead . And that's coming from a guy that has both the iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad, Apple TV and iPhone.

    Martin Angelo SunesenMartin Angelo SunesenAcum 4 luni
  • For the price these should have come with USB-C (since they’re pushing it on other devices besides the Mac such as the iPad Pro), and should have done a lot more to outperform the competition at lower prices because it doesn’t even approach the highest tier in some of them. So I agree with a lot of your takes here, especially on the lack of a lossless codec on Apple’s part at this price point with no ready option to listen to CD quality material. And you nailed it on just how ridiculous that “case” is. Also, why does everyone only care about bass when talking about their SQ? Guess that speaks to low standards in general.

    E. O.E. O.Acum 4 luni
  • Sony works with all devices so how does these compare to other brands if you're not exclusive with apple's ecosystem.

    SkeletomaniaSkeletomaniaAcum 4 luni
  • Nice video and script. The face mask is triggering my OCD 😭

    VashmetFranzVashmetFranzAcum 4 luni
  • Listening (or watching) this video on XM4.

    Lukas LohLukas LohAcum 4 luni
  • Is that a Nomad case?

    Vinc TayVinc TayAcum 4 luni
  • Thanks for the non biased review

    Nashon LibertyNashon LibertyAcum 4 luni
  • I hear reviewers (including this one) mentioning that most people won't hear the difference between high fidelity and low-quality audio such the service Apple offers, but I believe if you don't have impaired hearing or a 'tin ear' almost everyone can tell the difference especially if compared back-to-back. Unfortunately for the younger generations truly good quality audio is out of reach for most people and the selection of music available is generally much reduced if one wants the best.

    Jeff HarperJeff HarperAcum 4 luni
  • His ears are not even fully covered

    Mike ChouMike ChouAcum 4 luni
  • Well that was a great review!

    nIlS F.nIlS F.Acum 4 luni
  • Awesome review 🤘🏻

    buzzbatra3buzzbatra3Acum 4 luni
  • Great review. I'm baffled by the way Apple designed the bra to carry the headphones with no regard of protecting these very expensive headphones. Furthermore I can see scuffmarks allready on the reviewers silver ones so imaging what they will look like after some months of usage. They look great and understand sound great too but the price is too high for what they offer compared to the MX4 or even my B&W PX headphones that everyone allways seem to forget they exist.... If I had unlimited money I'll probably order the black ones just because I could and than wait for a better case to carry them outside of my house.

    Olaf van der TierOlaf van der TierAcum 4 luni
  • The do have a power button...

    JohnEnergy2012JohnEnergy2012Acum 4 luni
  • what if the top mesh breaks?

    ZangZangAcum 4 luni
  • Another mediocre apple thing

    Jo JoJo JoAcum 4 luni
  • Legit comprehensive. Well reviewed 👍🏼

    Shaishav GandhiShaishav GandhiAcum 4 luni
  • Congratulations on that review really unbiased review 👌

    Robert SpinksRobert SpinksAcum 4 luni
  • I bought the beats studio 3 and I love them and also Powerbeats pro both sounds great

    Moped MikeMoped MikeAcum 4 luni
  • Hope Sony is working on their own version of Spatial Audio. Would make it an instant buy for me.

    Mister DragzonMister DragzonAcum 4 luni
  • Lmao everyones roasting that stupid case, I love it

    Simon HoonSimon HoonAcum 4 luni
  • Am I the only one who notice that The Verge haven't make a review of Sony WH 1000XM4/3 headphones 🥴

    Naing Aung Lu LuNaing Aung Lu LuAcum 4 luni
  • You're defending headphones costing as much as 2 pixel 4a . WOW.

    Pratik ThakarePratik ThakareAcum 4 luni
  • Superb review. You answered questions--such as whether the fabric on the silver model gets discolored over time--that other reviewers ignore while saying things like "ooooh, shiny." Thanks for helping this consumer make an informed decision.

    uptown3636uptown3636Acum 4 luni
  • solid review! glad I kept my xms!

    RavMan ITRavMan ITAcum 4 luni
  • its $500 in the usa and $900 IN AUSTRALIA. australia is getting ripped off

    That Aussie GuyThat Aussie GuyAcum 4 luni