AirPods Max Unboxing Videos: ‘More Than Good Enough to Compete With Other High-End Headphones’

Earlier this week, Apple introduced new wireless over-ear headphones called AirPods Max, and first impressions and unboxing videos have now surfaced from various media outlets and YouTube channels. Priced at $549, the AirPods Max are set to launch December 15.

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A first real-life look at AirPods Max via CNET

AirPods Max feature a 40-mm Apple-designed dynamic driver that is said to provide “rich, deep bass, accurate mid-ranges, and crisp, clean high-frequency extension.” Each ear cup is equipped with Apple’s H1 chip for “computational audio” to deliver the “highest quality listening experience possible,” according to Apple.

While more time is needed for in-depth reviews, The Verge‘s Nilay Patel said AirPods Max sound “more than good enough to compete with other high-end headphones”:

Sound-wise, I’ve had fun listening to the AirPods Max for a few hours — they’re crisp and bright, with a pleasingly wider soundstage than my Sony headphones, and no distortion at all, even at max volume. We’ll have a full review of these soon, including tests of spatial audio and Apple’s claim of Atmos surround sound support, so stay tuned for that. But for now, rest assured the AirPods Max sound more than good enough to compete with other high-end headphones.

CNET‘s David Carnoy believes the AirPods Max “raise the noise-canceling bar,” edging out both Sony’s WH-1000XM4 and Bose’s Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, two of the most popular over-ear headphone models on the market:

On top of that, their noise canceling is arguably the best I’ve experienced, slightly edging out the noise canceling on both Sony’s WH-1000XM4 and Bose’s Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. (I haven’t yet compared them closely to Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds, which offer the best noise-canceling for true-wireless earphones.) They don’t completely silence the world around you, but I was out on the streets of New York, and they did a bang-up job of muffling noise — I could barely hear the traffic around me. Finally, they work quite well as a headset for making calls and are particularly good at reducing wind noise.

Carnoy also said the AirPods Max have “impressive” build quality, although he noted that the headphones are quite heavy:

For heavy headphones they are comfortable, but not necessarily super comfy. It’d be nice if they were 20% lighter, but the way the headband is designed, with its mesh canopy, it takes a good amount of pressure off the top of your head. They might look and feel a little big for people with smaller heads, but they do seem to fit a good range of head types.

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