AirPods Max Review: An Audiophile's Perspective

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Are Apple's new $550 AirPods Max any good? As reluctant audiophiles, we give the most in-depth review yet!
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0:00 - Background
0:49 - Comfort/Fit
3:40 - Controls
4:45 - Case/Portability
6:46 - Battery
7:42 - Repairability/Teardown
9:40 - The Good Stuff
9:56 - Active Noise Cancelling
12:22 - Transparency Mode
13:26 - "Off" Mode
13:48 - Bluetooth Codecs
16:48 - The $35 Cable
19:09 - Objective SQ
20:08 - Subjective SQ
21:44 - Spatial Audio
22:36 - Digital Signal Processor (DSP)
23:51 - vs Sony 1000XM4
24:10 - vs B&W PX7
24:30 - AirPods vs The Competition
25:08 - The Problem with AirPods Pro
26:09 - Should You Buy Them?
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The Apple AirPods Max have been released to much fanfare. At a colossal $550, it puts itself way above the competition like the very popular Sony WH-1000XM4, Bowers & Wilkins PX7, and the Bose 700; however, it's still a bit shy of what the hi-fi market would expect in terms of pricing. Are they good? Yes. Quite good, in fact. But are they good enough to warrant their price tag? Watch our comprehensive AirPods Max review to find out.

v1ce21 13 цагийн өмнө
Great objective review!
Marcin Berman
Marcin Berman Өдрийн өмнө
I use $20 used bluetooth headset from 6 yars ago, I see no reason to upgrade.
Yair Martinez
Yair Martinez Өдрийн өмнө
have the bowers and I reaaally struggle to think the air pods can sound better, just because it`s apple... guess I`ll have to give them a try
Joan Osorio
Joan Osorio 2 өдрийн өмнө
Instead of releasing new products apple is simply interested in releasing more expensive versions of products that are already out.
humor 4 өдрийн өмнө
still seems like bass heavy garbage for $500, matching of the left and right driver is poor. regarding the measurement, personally I'd like flatter bass and more emphasis around the 2k-3k region.
Patrick O'Neill
Patrick O'Neill 5 өдрийн өмнө
nah the xm4's are better.... and their case isn't stupid.. and they have more functionality.. and their cheaper? airpods max are dumb
Richard Briggs
Richard Briggs 6 өдрийн өмнө
Dumb case, heavy, expensive, and very lossy AAC bluetooth codec. No thanks.
Lucifer 6 өдрийн өмнө
Overpriced, dumb design and stupid case. Fucking ridiculous.
Xander Oerlemans
Xander Oerlemans 6 өдрийн өмнө
Is there a galaxy buds pro review coming?
joel richards
joel richards 6 өдрийн өмнө
Can you use the transparency and/or noise canceling while using 3.5mm cable?
Vladimír Petija
Vladimír Petija 6 өдрийн өмнө
Man your review so on point. If only you had those bi neural mics
Pedro 7 өдрийн өмнө
By air play or connection to tv you could watch a movie from phone
Devvie Life
Devvie Life 8 өдрийн өмнө
10:04 Has no one noticed the slight increase of audio when he increased the volume on his iPhone?
Joseph Nicholson
Joseph Nicholson 9 өдрийн өмнө
Anyone else wildly distracted by this stunning (GS?) on wrist? Oooof those reflective hands and markers! Oh, solid review of the cans too ;) As usual, more depth and detail than any other video out there! Much appreciated!
superfragilisticatexpialidoshmur 10 өдрийн өмнө
Apple could've made a case identical to the Bose 700's, would've made it so much better. The Bose 700's also have a charging case available. If Apple makes that, and (or just) gives the capability to switch between iCloud and at least one non-iCloud device, I'd order them immediately. I got to try them out for a bit and I was astounded by the clarity, though I did only listen to one song. It did sound fairly flat to me in the 5 minutes I had with them, but I was able to pick out individual voices with the AirPods Max much better than I have been with other headphones I've tried. I don't have a direct comparison, but I have listened to both the Bose 700s and the XM4s, and if it weren't for the slight inconvenience (I'm assuming, since AirPods Pro have to be repaired with my laptop every time I use them) I would be much more interested in getting them. I may still be interested eventually, but I'm not entirely positive I'd get as much use out of them.
tono80 10 өдрийн өмнө
I found my AirPods Max kinda hissy. Anybody found the same? Also, I have a big head so there is a lot of pressure above my ears, so headaches. Thinking about returning them
tono80 7 өдрийн өмнө
@Greig I know. But as a Quality Engineer that used to que for Apple it would surprise me that something that big would escape.
Greig 8 өдрийн өмнө
@tono80 QC is not perfect. It is even listed as an important management factor in BA classes.
tono80 8 өдрийн өмнө
@Greig You think? It’s only on the highs. You think it’s get past Apple’s 100% QC inspection?
Greig 8 өдрийн өмнө
just return it the hiss mean your amp are no good.
Mike's Tech Talks
Mike's Tech Talks 11 өдрийн өмнө
While they do sound great and the noise cancelling is good. If you have any allergies to materials... you need to be careful. I had a severe allergic reaction. It sucks, but if Apple had different materials in their cups, like a natural leather... I could still use them.
Martin Lok
Martin Lok 11 өдрийн өмнө
Late comment, but does the $35 cable transfer mic data back to the source? Important when using discord while gaming...
Aaron U
Aaron U 12 өдрийн өмнө
Drop a link to that jacket I've been wanting something like that for a while
Sal Avila
Sal Avila 12 өдрийн өмнө
19:08 for those that only care about the sound quality
MzTraveling Usa
MzTraveling Usa 13 өдрийн өмнө
Great review. Particularly about the clamping on the head. I'm one of those that can't stand clamping pressure. I've had several over-the-head headphones be gifted to friends for this reason. Where I was about to pull the trigger on purchasing them, I'm now in HOLD mode thanks to your awesome review.
Tyson Gates
Tyson Gates 14 өдрийн өмнө
I have the PX7 and WH1000XM3 headphones but mine seem to have different sound signatures than yours. My PX7 is overly heavy and muddy in the bass with highs that roll off at low frequencies over Bluetooth (though wired with USB they don't have the same issues). My Sony is much more neutral over Bluetooth with a little extra bass but no distortion. I've also never had an issue with LDAC reliability
M Latief
M Latief 14 өдрийн өмнө
Did you say like this video, Love it Thanks
GAIN 14 өдрийн өмнө
If you use them with the cable do you still need to charge them?
Andrin Storm
Andrin Storm 15 өдрийн өмнө
That’s what I call a review. Good job. Liked and subscribed ;)
SNKR Champagne
SNKR Champagne 18 өдрийн өмнө
You sayed it's supported just on IOS , was it the spatialu audio where u said " When am I going to watch a movie on my iPhone", but is it TVOS compatible...!? and nowadays when there is a little confusment in if iPad OS n iPhone OS is the same!? so is it iPad compatible?....because watching a movie on iPad is nice , specially on the 13" the questions are (sry , MR. ADHD here :): 1. Is it just iPhone compatible they sound info you talk about in 22:30ish and if yes is there some kinda of workaround as in almost any Apple case. 2. IF it's just iPhone OS compatible does it mean it's iPad compatible also because the OS is basically the same ?
brian hester
brian hester 19 өдрийн өмнө
Love mine. I’ve found they sound better with the eq off on my iPhone. I did buy the 35 dollar cable to see if they would sound better say through my iPod classic or MacBook. I’ve been a musician all my life but I guess I’m not a “audiophile” because I couldn’t hear much of a difference so long story short that cable is being returned tomorrow. I have a love hate relationship with apple. I love their products but they suck for nickle and diming their customers. They know people have to get the protection plan so the cans are really 610.00. It would’ve been a lot cooler if they charged $475 instead. But hey that’s just my humble subjective opinion. Great reviews by the way.
brian hester
brian hester 18 өдрийн өмнө
@Tim Gardner hey Tim that's good to know. I think I'm past the point of return but I did get the interest free for 6 months. but congrats on the good deal you got. I've always been leary of buying tech used unless its from someone I know but I know, there are some good deals out there. I just returned the cable, ill tell ya they've got a lot of nerve charging 35 bucks for probably the cheapest made cable I've ever seen.
Tim Gardner
Tim Gardner 18 өдрийн өмнө
I pretty much agree with everything you said. I actually bought a space grey pair back on launch and returned them. Couldn't justify the price. Anyway, two weeks ago I saw a Sky Blue "used-like new" pair come up on Amazon warehouse for $425 dollars. I purchased it immediately. When it arrived it looked pristine. In fact it still had the factory pull tabs on it. Anyway, I think $425-450 is the correct price for this item. I recommend to people to consider purchasing through Amazon warehouse because a lot of people are returning them nearly brand new because they cannot justify the high price. I've seen daily these go up anywhere for 425-450 on amazon warehouse. Anyway, you may want to consider amazon warehouse and return your current ones to save $100 bucks or so.
nternalPractice 19 өдрийн өмнө
I bought the Airpod Maxes and quickly decided that they weren't worth more than twice what I paid for my Sony XM4s. That was before both my ears swelled up with an INSANE allergic reaction to wearing the headphones. I've never gotten an allergic reaction from a consumer product before yet, it's happened 3 times to me when buying new Apple products. I got itchy rashes from Apple Watch sport band and the sport loop but these were NOTHING compared to my ears blowing up and turning an angry red after wearing the Airpod Maxes on and off over the course of 3 days. I can't believe I'm the only one that has had this experience.
Kris Burke
Kris Burke 19 өдрийн өмнө
I can't stand wireless headsets, they just sound crap, even the good ones.
A B C 20 өдрийн өмнө
MP3 is also psychoacoustic, btw. Comparing bit rates is dangerous for other reasons :)
The Unplanned Life
The Unplanned Life 20 өдрийн өмнө
Alright. I’m going with the Sony WF 1000XM4 instead.
Fred Howland
Fred Howland 20 өдрийн өмнө
The Doug Demuro of audio!
Tom Krupa
Tom Krupa 21 өдрийн өмнө
Using them with a wire will sound better as the MacBook's DAC is a better sound quality than the AAC encode the headphones use over bluetooth!
Everable Med Spa Marketing
Everable Med Spa Marketing 21 өдрийн өмнө
Which mobile app do you use to listen music to? :)
Glennwulf 21 өдрийн өмнө
okkkkk i had no idea you could adjust options in accessibility. WOW. liked and subscribed for this alone lmao
Adams Brew
Adams Brew 21 өдрийн өмнө
Senn HD600 are my benchmark for headphone audio. Anything more expensive is generally too diminishing returns to be worth my money - anything of less audio quality is not worth my time.
zvxcvxcz 22 өдрийн өмнө
You're going to need to look at codecs again. Your explanation was awful and really didn't cover the major historical problems with Bluetooth codecs, not only the issues with quality, but also with latency. AptX LL is pretty much the only one worth using if you're doing anything latency sensitive (movies are not latency sensitive so much because you can code in the offset, but games would be). And don't even get me started on all the mangling caused by noise cancelling (which not only Apple is guilty of), which while perhaps nice in extremely noisy environments, is always 2nd class compared with noise isolation and is more just to be able to extract information than to experience sound. That would be a large minus if it couldn't be turned off (but it can in this case).
Phat Anh Duy Le
Phat Anh Duy Le 23 өдрийн өмнө
Funnily enough, a lot of people don't talk about how at 500$, you can get an xm4 for portable wireless listening and a good set of $200$ wired headphones for home studio and listening and beat all of the bluetooth headphones out there (hd6xx, hd58x, he5xx/4xx, akg 361, shp9600 etc.)
Diane M
Diane M 23 өдрийн өмнө
Ok, I'm officially less of an audiophile than you are.
megavitek 24 өдрийн өмнө
1. Say I add another pound to the weight, at which point do we say 4hr wear comfort is more important than sound quality? 2. How do you wear metal headphones in sub-freezing temperature? 3. What part of ANC is passive noise canceling?
Admiral Khalifa Al Qubaisi
Admiral Khalifa Al Qubaisi 24 өдрийн өмнө
i use Ultrasone
Admiral Khalifa Al Qubaisi
Admiral Khalifa Al Qubaisi 24 өдрийн өмнө
just plug a wire
René 24 өдрийн өмнө
Mate, watch your weight. You are getting fatter Not healthy.
Godsigma7 25 өдрийн өмнө
Stumbled across this video. Your set up is incredible.
Joe Desgrossillier
Joe Desgrossillier 26 өдрийн өмнө
Do you have a headphone stand that you recommend for the iPod Max that’s well built, stylish, and safe for the Max’s mesh headband?
get2choppa 26 өдрийн өмнө
know whats a lower power mode than 72 hours in the "case"....................a power off button
Robert Angels
Robert Angels 26 өдрийн өмнө
You have a hard to articulate flair for this type of activity. The closest I can come to is the observation that the camera seems to "like" you. BTW, as with your other reviews, you did a great job. Very informative, and the presentation was polished and professional, while also being entertaining and engaging.
Legacy Jeet Kune Do
Legacy Jeet Kune Do 26 өдрийн өмнө
Excellent, objective, and balanced review! The only thing is your value assessment was slightly off, because you did mention it was comparable to the B&O headphones which are significantly more expensive.
Xenomorphisis Dilage
Xenomorphisis Dilage 26 өдрийн өмнө
Apple probably getting away with scamming people again.
Sayham Mahbub Ferdous
Sayham Mahbub Ferdous 26 өдрийн өмнө
03:07 "Cheap Apple" product? He was joking, right?
SalZeus 26 өдрийн өмнө
So these are apple branded beats, you aare welcome
franksandbeanies 27 өдрийн өмнө
Wow. Great, informative review! Thanks!!!
Farbod Hemmati
Farbod Hemmati 27 өдрийн өмнө
Could you please make a video about bang & Olufsen beoplay h4 too? Thanks alot
Aaron Kortsch
Aaron Kortsch 28 өдрийн өмнө
Mine are on the way.
Thndr_ 28 өдрийн өмнө
I'd love to see a review of the galaxy buds pro
AdultProdigy Сарын өмнө
Long story short buy these if you don't want to be a ratchetless yoke
Foqus Lab
Foqus Lab Сарын өмнө
the transparency mode sold me damn
Foqus Lab
Foqus Lab Сарын өмнө
i want to be an audiophile
T Pf
T Pf Сарын өмнө
my biggest problem is also the clapping force of those cups, it's so tight that I had to return the headphone
Astro Quote
Astro Quote Сарын өмнө
Let me save you time. They are Heavy The sound is Good but not good enough for the price Overpriced Has stupid design and case
Yassir hafce
Yassir hafce Сарын өмнө
That jacket is ugly and dumb
Snazzy Labs
Snazzy Labs 29 өдрийн өмнө
Your mother and my jacket *do* have something in common!
Elmar Hoenig
Elmar Hoenig Сарын өмнө
fantastic, highclass video - awesome!
RACER™ Сарын өмнө
if you think $500 is expensive, here in Brazil Apple is asking R$7000 or $1280...
libertydenied Сарын өмнө
Just to comment for once: He's wearing a Grand Seiko watch and I love it! :)
Shirley Márquez Dúlcey
Shirley Márquez Dúlcey Сарын өмнө
I don't own them, and this review tells me that I'm not going to any time soon. The #1 reason is that I don't own any iDevices and don't plan to, and that means I'm not going to get the best experience they can offer. The other is that, in my life, headphones that expensive are for home listening; wearing those on urban streets will just make me a theft target. I don't need the best ANC in the business for home listening, I need the best music quality and I'm not going to get it from the AirPods Max.
Make Money Now
Make Money Now Сарын өмнө
Cool! Thanks for this video! You can also check my channel to see my latest video!
Austin Park
Austin Park Сарын өмнө
Best video on AirPods Max. I really appreciate hearing all the very details of how the cable works, how the audio signature is, and charts and everything. Legitimately helpful
mio nome
mio nome Сарын өмнө
I use tidal with LDAC much better
Wagner Gil Jr.
Wagner Gil Jr. Сарын өмнө
Amazing review! Thanks a lot!
Ilya fami
Ilya fami Сарын өмнө
Отличный обзор, чувак, спасибо.
MadridHopper005 Сарын өмнө
The problem that I have with these is the fact that the travel "case" or purse isn't logical at all for people who travel often. Sure, you may put them inside your backpack or carry on while traveling but that's not ideal, plus depending on which plane you board you must bring an airplane headphone connector otherwise you're stuck with the airline's crappy headphones. While the cable that apple sells could be used for it, still $500 without that small detail isn't worth it. If Apple wants to stay relevant on the audiophile space they need to bring down the price a bit, add a headphone jack or at least an airline adapter, otherwise people will just not go for those.
Jay Dee
Jay Dee Сарын өмнө
Any device sounds better over the cable. Wireless transmission is fundamentally noisy and lossy. There's no surprise that the device sounds better over the physical connection.
Gil Bizi
Gil Bizi Сарын өмнө
Awesome review, subbed. Quick question, is there a plastic barrier of some kind behind the ear cup housing (the holes in front of the driver)? If so, do you think they may protect the driver from the condensation issue?
Dj Сарын өмнө
Maybe If you didn’t take them apart and just use them they would work just fine.
PeterPhamous Сарын өмнө
Damn. Now this is a review!
Snazzy Labs
Snazzy Labs Сарын өмнө
Tesla Talk
Tesla Talk Сарын өмнө
Apple convinced me. I just ordered the AirPod Max
Snazzy Labs
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Eve Young
Eve Young Сарын өмнө
To be fair, people who are considering buying them already probably own AirPod Pros.
MM CC Сарын өмнө
One of your best review. Thank you i mean, really
Snazzy Labs
Snazzy Labs Сарын өмнө
Thank you!!
TheMakhnovist Сарын өмнө
I love my headphone jack and Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro.
DatGuyDiddy Сарын өмнө
Fuck allat where you get the jacket bruh
Kobe Claessens
Kobe Claessens Сарын өмнө
What do you think about the drop panda thx and the phiaton 900 legacy?
Bruno Fernandez
Bruno Fernandez Сарын өмнө
Why not turning them off from the iPhone? Apple sometimes just surprise me with their stupid decisions nowadays
Ben Roy
Ben Roy Сарын өмнө
Apple is selling more Sony Headphones than Sony
Andrew David
Andrew David Сарын өмнө
Apple knows what's best for their lemmings, oops, I meant their customers.
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clever output Сарын өмнө
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Antonini Morini
Antonini Morini Сарын өмнө
This is the only guy i can trust his option!
Zach thompson
Zach thompson Сарын өмнө
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Itamar Adler
Itamar Adler Сарын өмнө
am I the only one who thought the title was AirPods Max Review: A PEDOPHILES Perspective ? lol
Xavier Mathews
Xavier Mathews Сарын өмнө
Finally. A good review that I can actually trust.
mamamia88 Сарын өмнө
I’ve been using the xm3s for well over a year with ldac on android phones. Well my android phone died and decided to get an iPhone se without even considering the codec. Never had a problem with ldac at all. Why can’t I have it on iOS? Do I really need to pull out my old v30 for listening to music at home?
Brian Walsh
Brian Walsh Сарын өмнө
Why didn't they use Airplay 2?
Алексей Шлыков
Алексей Шлыков Сарын өмнө
they sound like $ 150 headphones, nothing can justify the price of these headphones
Tim Gardner
Tim Gardner Сарын өмнө
Always love how people throw around the term audiophile. You'd think how much its used basically every other person you know is an audiophile.
Aidan Cooper Ross
Aidan Cooper Ross Сарын өмнө
Amazingly detailed review dude! You should check out the Drop + THX Pandas, i wonder how they would compare to these headphones in particular.
airpod max couldnt use with a dac right if you buy the aux from apple
Dean Oswald
Dean Oswald Сарын өмнө
Did you try turning off noise cancelling/transparency to see if the clicking would stop? The AirPods Pro had a recall because their microphones would react the same exact way to sounds. Being on an airplane was an absolute nightmare because of the rattling I had in my right ear and the noises completely when away when I turned off the active microphones.
Dianna Andrews
Dianna Andrews Сарын өмнө
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Jerome Midthune
Jerome Midthune Сарын өмнө
Cool, cool cool cool
mookie714 Сарын өмнө
can we talk about how sick that jacket is though?
Isfar Choudhury
Isfar Choudhury Сарын өмнө
Is that a GS on the wrist, sir?
Mohsin Abdul Sultan
Mohsin Abdul Sultan Сарын өмнө
Hey man , Why do you downgrade Apple Products Always tho ?
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