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It seems that Apple wants to wrap up 2020 with an extra hardware announcement. The company announced on December the 8th about their brand-new over-ear headphones called the AirPods Max. We could get to know about them from numerous rumors, but they appear even greater. Apple made them look and feel as premium as its price tag $549. The headphone set will go on sale on December the 15th. You can preorder them right now. But will you?

Nilay Pital from The Verge had a test drive of AirPods Max and we want to tell you about his experience. 

Design

Apple implemented its classical discreet design with some futuristic features. The headband has a stainless steel body covered in white rubbery material, with a “breathable mesh knit canopy”, which looks like the back of my chair. The company comments that such a construction aims to spread the weight of the AirPod Max, but Nilay saw no difference between Sony WH-1000XM2s. Of course, such an experience is very personal, probably you will notice the difference. Two earcups have got adjustable stainless-steel extensions.  

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Breathable mesh knit canopy on AirPods Max. Image credit: theverge.com

Nilay comments that the premium feeling vanishes when you dig deeper. Silver AirPods Max doesn’t distribute $549 worth because of the vast expanse of flattish aluminium. One-touch of cold metal will return your feelings back home.

On the body of AirPods Max you will notice some slots that disturb this sexy metal design. Seven slots are for microphones: 6 used for noise-cancellation and another for voice calls. You can also notice that Apple preferred to implement the Lightning port rather than USB-C. The battery life is good, still not the best. The AirPods Max can refill the battery to its full 20-hour battery life in two hours. It uses the standard 5W iPhone charger but it can’t use a fast-charging feature, because there is no fast-charging feature. 

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Microphones lots on AirPods Max. Image credit: theverge.com

Your eye will also catch a button on the right earcup. It stands for the noise-canceling and transparency mode activator. The rolling wheel is both volume control and play/pause music manipulator. Besides, you can press and hold the button to summon Siri, or just use a voice command “Hey Siri”, which also works well. 

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Digital Crown such as on Apple Watch but bigger. Image credit: theverge.com

How AirPods Max sound

AirPods Max distributes full, wide, and clear sound with no issue occurred during testing. Nilay said that the sound even feels better than on Sony headphones because there is no distortion even when you raise the volume at max. More comments will appear soon because Apple declares Atmos surround sound support. The early verdict is that the AirPods Max has got a top-tier sound that can compete with other premium class headphones.

Wrapping up

Of course, the AirPods also comes with some slight drawbacks, such as the absence of a 3.5mm or 2.5mm audio input. However, Apple created a problem and instantly solved it. The other sad discovery is a case for headphones. It looks like a hand-made case and not more.

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“Hand-made” case for AirPods Max. Image credit: theverge.com

Despite these troubles, the AirPods Max feels a lot like a premium set in any aspect, especially its price. Apple should compete with such companies as Sony and Bose. They’ve got flagship noise-canceling headphones for a cheaper price. For example, The newest Sony WH-1000XM4s are regularly on sale for $300; the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are $339. But Apple will not face any struggles because Apple fans will like AirPods Max a lot.

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