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Apple AirPods Max Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, Active Noise Cancelling, Transparency Mode, Personalized Spatial Audio, Dolby Atmos, Bluetooth Headphones for iPhone – Space Gray

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  • BREATHTAKING AUDIO QUALITY Apple-designed dynamic driver provides high-fidelity audio. Computational audio combines custom acoustic design with the Apple H1 chip and software for breakthrough listening experiences.
  • FOCUS ON WHATS PLAYING Active Noise Cancellation blocks outside noise so you can immerse yourself in music.
  • HEAR THE WORLD AROUND YOU Transparency mode lets you hear and interact with the world around you.
  • PERSONALIZED SPATIAL AUDIO With sound that suits your unique ear shape along with dynamic head tracking, AirPods Max deliver an immersive listening experience that places sound all around you. You can also listen to select songs, shows, and movies in Dolby Atmos.
  • ACOUSTIC-FIRST DESIGN Designed with a knit-mesh canopy and memory foam ear cushions for an exceptional over-ear fit that perfectly seals in sound.
  • MAGICAL EXPERIENCE Pair AirPods Max by simply placing them near your device and tapping Connect on your screen. AirPods Max pause audio when you take them off. And Automatic Switching makes listening between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac completely effortless.
  • LONG BATTERY LIFE Up to 20 hours of listening, movie watching, or talk time with Active Noise Cancellation and Personalized Spatial Audio enabled.
  • PRECISION CONTROL Use the Digital Crown to play and pause music, to answer, end, and mute yourself on calls, and to control volume and skip between tracks.
  • A SMARTER CASE Store in an ultra low-power state with the slim Smart Case.
  • LEGAL DISCLAIMERS This is a summary of the main product features. See Additional information to learn more.

Specs & Other Info

Specification Details
Brand Apple
Product Name AirPods Max
Appearance Space Gray
Wear Style Over-the-Ear
Connection Method Accommodates both Wireless and Wired features

Frequently asked questions

The Active Noise Cancelling feature in AirPods Max provides immersive sound by blocking out external noise. Microphones detect noise from outside and inside your ear, and then counter it with equal anti-noise. You are left with only the desired sound in an uninterrupted listening experience.

Transparency Mode in AirPods Max is a feature that lets you hear the environment around you, in addition to what you're listening to on your AirPods. It uses the built-in microphones to pick up sounds in your surroundings. It is especially useful when you need to have a quick conversation or be aware of your surroundings while wearing your headphones.

Dolby Atmos in AirPods Max creates an immersive, theater-like audio experience. It uses spatial audio to place sounds anywhere in a three-dimensional space. This helps to create a 'surround sound' experience using just the headphones. Your movies and music sound more detailed and captivating.

Personalized Spatial Audio in AirPods Max is a feature that gives a theatre-like experience for audio. It uses dynamic head tracking to place sound virtually anywhere in a space. It delivers sound that seems to come from all around and from the exact direction the sound originated in the video or movie you are watching, making it a highly immersive experience.

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🚀 Abunda's Overview

This is our summary and key points to consider based on customer reviews.

The Airpod Max headphones are highly praised for their excellent build quality, design, and phenomenal sound quality. With the exception of a few design flaws, the headphones have a sturdy construction, and a comfortable fit. A mention was made of a significant feature - the immersive audio, which effectively enhances the listening experience by providing a spatial auditory scenario. However, some cons such as the lack of heavy bass and difficulty adjusting the device while wearing were also mentioned.


  • 🎧 Phenomenal build quality and design
  • 🎵 Superior sound quality and noise canceling
  • 🔄 Easy to pair with Apple products
  • ✨ Immersive audio feature provides a spatial sound experience


  • ⚖ Considerably heavy compared to other models
  • 🎚 Difficult to adjust while wearing
  • 💰 High price point
  • 🔊 Lack of heavy bass in audio

Should I Buy It?

If you are a dedicated Apple product user, this could be a great addition to your device arsenal. They offer an excellent sound quality and a remarkable immersive audio feature. However, it's important to consider that these headphones are at a high price point and may not provide the heavy bass that some music lovers seek. Some design flaws were mentioned but overall, the reviews lean towards a positive experience!

  • Amazing Cancellation on Long Haul Flights! I was hesitant to pay $$, but glad I did
Color: Silver
Disclosures: I am immersed in the apple ecosystem. I am not compensated for my reviews in any way. SUMMARY: Apple Airpods Max were not my first choice because of their relatively high price. I purchased from and returned to amazon a pair of new B*se QC headphones and replaced them with apple Airpods Max after three days. I have now travelled overseas with them and I am very impressed; in fact, I absolutely love them. They are the workhorse among fluffy, cheap plastic competing headphones. Solid performance during punishing overseas flights and ground travel. PRO: ** Sound quality was superb and far superior to the competing product that I returned to amazon. ** I fully charged the Airpods Max to 100% and without recharging them, watched several full length movies and streamed live and saved music nonstop; they held their charge for well over 21 hours, when my flight reached its final destination, they were at 0%, but were still cancelling noise and performing almost 23 hours later. ** Quality Construction, look and feel, ** Analog Volume and sound mode controls are easier to find and use than the features on the pair I returned, ** Comfort & Fit on large heads – I have a large head and cannot feel the 13.6 ounces of weight, however, my petite wife found them to be too heavy for her pretty little head. ** At first, I hated, now I LOVE the protective “bra” case because easily went in and out of my carry-on laptop bag 100x without taking up coveted real estate inside… it now makes sense to me. ** Many very inexpensive after-market silicon covers are available to protect areas of the device that the “bra” does not cover, including the mesh headband. ** I tested the Noise Cancellation feature on two, 10 hour overseas flights and four, 3 hour domestic flights over a two week period. My previous headphones did a nice job of cancelling airplane noise, the Airpods Max were even better—much better because almost completely neutralized almost all ambient aircraft noise; I slept on the airplane feeling like I was not wedged in among 300+ other people. ** The 8 microphones comprising the sound “transparency” feature did a very nice job of allowing me to hear airport/airplane announcements, while still warding off, whie still giving unwanted chit-chatters a sense that I could not hear them.** CON: **As noted, the Price seems high at first, but my field test of Airpods Max during my recent marathon overseas trips proved to me that spending an extra $150-$200 (I found a better price on amazon than at apple store) was worth every penny. No buyer’s remorse here. **Charging to 100% is not quick; give yourself overnight. **If you have a small head or a weak neck, the weight of Airpods Max might bother you, but if you don’t and you’re looking for a sturdy, stainless steel framed, (aluminum earcups) work horse with amazing technology, buy these. **I purchased apple’s proprietary cord to connect with the airline’s onboard entertainment system…it worked fine, but shame on apple for charging so much for a cable, which should be about 10 to 12 inches longer. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2024 by watch collector

  • Bose Noise Canceling 700 vs AirPods Max vs Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra
Color: Space Gray
UPDATE OCT 2023: Here is my original review which still holds true now that I have owned the Bose NC 700 for a couple of years. Last week, I bought the new Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra over-ear headphones. I added that review and comparison at the bottom. ———————— Original review…… For the past ten years I have enjoyed and been dependent upon noise canceling headphones. With that has come a journey into the audiophile community with others who are on a quest for high-fidelity sound. My journey led me to many headphones that sound absolutely pristine but none with noise canceling and few are wireless. Until late, the Bose Noise Canceling 700 are my compromise for great sound and noise canceling in a wireless headphone. So, when Apple announced the AirPods Max, I had to try them to know how they compare to my Bose 700. Here are my conclusions so far... STYLE The fit and finish on the AirPods Max is absolutely beautiful! Love it much more than the Bose. I just like the way they look and feel. Before I purchased the AirPods I probably watched 50 unboxing and review videos. So, I thought I had a good idea of how they looked. They are nicer in person. Sleek, premium, modern and minimalistic. COMFORT Comfort is about the same! AirPods Max are definitely heavier but do not necessarily feel much heavier on he head as the weight is balanced well. I have larger ears and the ear cups on the Bose 700 go a little deeper to make room for my ears. So, over several hours, the Bose do feel slightly more comfortable. The Bose also do not get as warm as the Apple. TRANSPARENCY MODE Transparency mode, in my opinion, is actually more natural on the Bose. The Apple headphones actually amplify the sound around you a few decibles too much. In other words, things sound louder than they actually are with the transparency mode on the AirPods Max. Also, the Bose reproduces your own voice much more naturally when in transparency mode. SOUND QUALITY Sound quality at certain volume levels is almost exactly the same. Kind of unbelievable. It is as though Apple reverse engineered the Bose 700 and copied its sound signature and noice canceling to within 5 percent. There is a definite sound quality difference though that changes with the volume level. This is all about the DSP. Of course, the digital signal processing (DSP) is called Computational Audio on the Max and Volume Optimized EQ on the Bose. This is what works differently and what accounts for sound differences dependent on the volume. Basically, the Bose sound better at 60 percent volume and below. Bose just has it dialed in so that everything sounds rich and balanced. I usually listen to music at about 55 percent volume on my iPad. So, I prefer the sound of the Bose. The sound at 60 percent and below on the AirPods Max suffers from a veiled upper midrange. An alto saxophone, for example, will sound as though it is being played behind a wooden door. Now between 60 and 70 percent volume is where both headphones sound virtually the same. It is uncanny! Both sound absolutely wonderful. Probably the best you will ever hear on wireless noise canceling headphones (yes, the Sony has an amplified and unnatural mid-bass making them sound deep but not high fidelity). At 70 percent volume and above the Bose DSP begins to lower the bass response to avoid distortion. The bass gets progressively quieter as you increase on the Bose to where there is virtually no bass at about 90 percent volume. The AirPods Max, on the other hand, handle bass very nicely from 70 all the way up to 100 percent. In fact, they sound perfectly balanced all the way from 60 to 100 percent volume with no sound quality degradation. If there is a fault it is that the bass loses a little nuance. In other words at high volumes the bass is a little over controlled. The softer vibrations like on the trail of a bass string get lost a little. So to summarize the sound comparisons. The two headphones sound equal from 60 to 70 percent volume. The Bose sound bette at 60 percent volume and below. Finally, the AirPods sound better (by quite a bit, it’s not even close) at 70 percent volume and above. CONTROLS The final comparison are the controls. Apple wins in my book. The Digital Crown has a perfect feel to it. It rotates very smoothly with a perfect amount of resistance. It presses well also. Apple has hyper dialed-in these controls. It makes me never want to have to use the touch-pad on the Bose 700 ever again. WHICH ONE IS FOR ME? Everything is comparable on these two headphones, but in the end, sound quality at my preferred listening level wins out. Since I listen to at about 50 percent volume, the Bose continue to be he choice for me. I just have a fixed routine for when I use noise canceling headphones. Now, I am sure that Apple could probably update their firmware to adjust the computational audio in order to fix the balance issues below 60 percent volume. If they did, then the fit and finish and controls might win me back over to the AirPods Max. But, the slight compromise in long-term comfort would cause me to hesitate a little. ONE LAST THING One last thing, the spatial audio is pretty Amazing. If I had to watch movies on my iPad these headphones would be a must. The surround sound effects are as good (slightly better) than my Bose home theatre system. The overall sound quality for movies is slightly less (more sterile and hollow sounding, probably because of the limited Bluetooth codec) than my Bose home theatre system. —————————- BOSE QUIET COMFORT ULTRA VS BOSE NC 700 (and AirPods Max) Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones Several years ago, I discovered Bose Quiet Comfort headphones. My first pair wore the QC15 and I have owned every iteration since then. Until now, the best of the best have been the Bose NC700 which are spectacular headphones. Now, I find myself the proud owner of the company’s newest over-ear headset, the Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra. After thorough comparison, I can confidently say that the new Ultra are an upgrade in every way. There is especially one aspect which causes the Ultra to make them an absolutely must-have for music lovers. I will get to that in a moment, but first here are my thoughts on how the NC700 and QC Ultra compare: COMFORT I am very happy to report that the Bose QC Ultra are more comfortable than the NC 700 headphones. They are lighter, there is less clamping force and the headband distributes weight better on the top of your head. I used to consider the NC 700 headphones as the second most comfortable pair of over-ear headphones second only to the QC45. Well, the Ultra now take this 2nd place spot and they are almost as comfortable as the 45. Very Great! NOISE CANCELING Yes, Bose has also improved the noise canceling. When in quiet mode the headphones put you in a place where the world simply disappears. Each iteration of Bose headphones through the years has improved upon the previous in this area. The Ultra are no different. In fact, when I was testing them out my wife was standing 3 feet from me and trying to talk to me. I never even knew she was talking. This has never happened with my older NC 700. SOUND QUALITY The QC Ultra are more of a spiritual successor to the NC700 than they are the QC45. The sound is much more similar to the NC700. What they retain is the excellent clarity and instrument separation. The mids are just as perfectly present. Also the highs have a very pleasing ring without ever sounding harsh. What was great on the 700 but even better on the Ultra is the bass. Bose says that the new Ultra are now taking samples of sound inside the ear ups and then actively adjusts the bass to sound best dependent on the shape of ears, the seal of the pads, etc. This really does make a difference. I wear glass which compromises the acoustic seal. The Ultra compensates for this and makes the bass sound deeper and have a greater punch than my NC700. So, the sound signature overall is better and gets WAY better with immersive audio. But, we are getting to that. IMMERSIVE AUDIO This is the feature! If you are a music lover then this is the feature which gives the biggest incentive to upgrade from the NC 700. Music with immersive audio just sounds better. I have several setups of actual stereo bookshelf speakers around my house. I always preferred a good pair of music monitors over headphones. Why? Because you can hear and imagine the soundstage in front of you. Good recordings place an orchestra or band members several feet from each-other as you listen. With live listening you can hear the music spread throughout the venue and this is what immersive audio on the Quiet Comfort Headphones does. It places the band a couple feet in front of you. It feels like you can point to and reach out and touch the various vocalist and instruments. It is so great! It is exactly like advertised. Immersive audio makes it sound like you are listening to a good pair of speakers in a room acoustically ideal for premium audio. Now that I have heard it, I can never go back to regular headphones. CONCLUSION There is so much more good that I could say about the Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra headphones. The buttons are well placed and are useful - even the touch-sensitive volume slider works well enough! The app also just works and all the needed settings are there to easily adjust. The carrying case looks premium and is compact. It is smaller than the NC700 case and even more compact than the QC45’s storage option. There are some things I do not like about the headphones. For example, immersive audio for movies is still not as good or immersive as Spacial Audio on Apple’s AirPods Max when watching Dolby content. Also, the placement and function of the buttons is different than what I am used to on the 700. In the end though, I am ecstatic with what Bose has done in their newest iteration of Bose over-the-ear noise canceling headphones. My NC 700 are going on eBay and I look forward to many great years with the Ultra. Well done Bose! ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2021 by David W.

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