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

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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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The Verge
The Verge ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
If you had unlimited money, which headphones would you get?
Gus Mendez
Gus Mendez 2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I'd go elsewhere .
Joe Kaya
Joe Kaya 4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Sony WH-1000XM4
Saiful Alam
Saiful Alam 5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
@Re y
Fabian Mayer
Fabian Mayer 10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
@Ashton Lagleva please explain to me why you would take beats, they get smoked by sony
Fabian Mayer
Fabian Mayer 10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Nah the Cord Mojo dual 600 ohmes output and it is portable, and if you want blow up some low ohm headphones
Zain Uddin
Zain Uddin 11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
This just made all headphones manufacturers angry they will be losing sales after this
Zain Uddin
Zain Uddin 11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
These are underpriced tbf
do nguyen
do nguyen 11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
this review are just another level! The script are so well-made and well delivered
Serge B.
Serge B. 12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
too much sibilance in this video
Sérgio Rossini
Sérgio Rossini 12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Afro Sage
Afro Sage 16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The worst tech channel on YT.
just your typical hamster
just your typical hamster 12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Hater hater
Mark Mathosian
Mark Mathosian 19 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
BobRooney 19 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Meiqiqi Cafe
Meiqiqi Cafe 21 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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?
yozfly 21 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Replacement 69$ - I see what you did there Apple 😉
The only x 1
The only x 1 21 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Did you guys add the speaker next to the battery
Rob Oo
Rob Oo 26 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
BangARanggg 26 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Ahh yeah, apple needs Johnny ive to come back
Amir Sohail
Amir Sohail 27 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
This video was different not so much verge like but I absolutely loved it, not gonna lie
Breanna Pratt
Breanna Pratt 27 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The light coil lily signal because crayon perioperaively depend barring a abstracted colt. motionless, spicy aunt
R Snr
R Snr 27 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Beats solo pro ftw
grim dawn
grim dawn 28 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
in audio it is a mortal sin to switch off anything except tubes.
grim dawn
grim dawn 28 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
yup yup
ανώνυμος 28 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Why is everyone idiots? Lol It has to toggle a 3rd option in Bluetooth menu for using off button on the transparency button....
Miha Vušnik
Miha Vušnik 28 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
1:04 Please buy a bigger mask... Otherwise a gret vid!
davesouthafrica 28 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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!
alida flus
alida flus 28 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Fire 🔥
山内淳カイル 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I like this guy. I think he deserves more of his shot and less b-rolls.
alida flus
alida flus 28 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Good job 👌👍
Tom Ella
Tom Ella 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Fight For Freedom
Fight For Freedom 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Sony's mics were much better.
Julius Madrow
Julius Madrow 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
🏓🏸🌟🌘🌗🎌🎌⛲⛺🚿💈🌁🌖🌪🌤🎌🎌⛲⛺⛈⛅🎾 *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)
Aleksandre Kazariani
Aleksandre Kazariani 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
No way it's worth the price. Go to hell apple
Timothée 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Great video!
Kim Koh
Kim Koh 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Best review I've seen so far for AirPods Max.
Alma VH
Alma VH 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
This is a fantastic review! Chris needs to cover more video reviews!
CeZaR NeBuN 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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...
Life of Luis
Life of Luis 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
35 bucks? You spent 550, what's the big deal? - Apple mindset.
W W 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Funny being reminded that there are people out there considering other products.
alida flus
alida flus 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I was doing my Homework but this seemed more important.
Vinayak Ingavale
Vinayak Ingavale ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Issie wizzie
Issie wizzie ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Can’t wear this outside .. you might get robbed .
alida flus
alida flus 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
seems to be good
Osvaldo Gil
Osvaldo Gil ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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
69houstontx ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
That "case" is very Gayish !
A B ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Cue the reports of people snatching these headphones off of people's heads.
Robin Arora
Robin Arora ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Video quality- Top Notch , in almost every way
Jaemarie Suazo
Jaemarie Suazo ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The silly lyocell briefly help because leek preliminarily deliver astride a ceaseless restaurant. enchanting, terrific throat
Χαράλαμπος Τοκατλίδης
Χαράλαμπος Τοκατλίδης ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Best consumer tech product review ever. Instantly my new favourite reviewer. ❤️
theni ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
John Osam
John Osam ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Which sounds better this or the sony wmx4(with LDAC on)
theni ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
they are designed like square-ish duck eggs, that's not 'top-notch' Both Sony and Bose are better in terms of design.
S ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Aw man i thought they had our friend who did the google buds review
kotaru keerti
kotaru keerti ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
1:34 anyone noticed a cry? More audible on headphones
CopperHeroin ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Stop bitin your nails bro
Leslie Molina
Leslie Molina ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
XM4 still the king!
Floodzie ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Abiy BattleSpell
Abiy BattleSpell ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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?
Rod Little
Rod Little ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Eric Tingkingco
Eric Tingkingco ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
It’s a bra. No, it’s a purse bag!
Sipho tchala
Sipho tchala ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
That music is creepy
Ankit Rai
Ankit Rai ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
very nice review!
TheReelReal ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Someone get this guy some proactiv
M.Poorvesh Muthraman
M.Poorvesh Muthraman ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
AZ ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
This is a beautiful product and everyone loves beauty. Sony and Bose are made of cheap plastic.
seattlevkk ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Alejandro Rodríguez Basurto
Alejandro Rodríguez Basurto ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The case is absurd.
Nuno Silva
Nuno Silva ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Gregory Albert
Gregory Albert ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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
Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Somewhat 🤔⁉️
De Erv
De Erv ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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!
Tdrex820 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
AirPods max II will hopefully fix the kinks
Martin Angelo Sunesen
Martin Angelo Sunesen ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
E. O.
E. O. ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Skeletomania ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Sony works with all devices so how does these compare to other brands if you're not exclusive with apple's ecosystem.
VashmetFranz ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Nice video and script. The face mask is triggering my OCD 😭
Lukas Loh
Lukas Loh ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Listening (or watching) this video on XM4.
Vinc Tay
Vinc Tay ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Is that a Nomad case?
Nashon Liberty
Nashon Liberty ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Thanks for the non biased review
Art Netic Field
Art Netic Field ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
do you shower???! lol
Jeff Harper
Jeff Harper ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
Mike Chou
Mike Chou ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
His ears are not even fully covered
nIlS F.
nIlS F. ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Well that was a great review!
buzzbatra3 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Awesome review 🤘🏻
Olaf van der Tier
Olaf van der Tier ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
JohnEnergy2012 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The do have a power button...
Zang ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
what if the top mesh breaks?
Jo Jo
Jo Jo ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Another mediocre apple thing
Shaishav Gandhi
Shaishav Gandhi ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Legit comprehensive. Well reviewed 👍🏼
Robert Spinks
Robert Spinks ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Congratulations on that review really unbiased review 👌
Moped Mike
Moped Mike ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I bought the beats studio 3 and I love them and also Powerbeats pro both sounds great
Mister Dragzon
Mister Dragzon ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Hope Sony is working on their own version of Spatial Audio. Would make it an instant buy for me.
Simon Hoon
Simon Hoon ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Lmao everyones roasting that stupid case, I love it
Naing Aung Lu Lu
Naing Aung Lu Lu ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Am I the only one who notice that The Verge haven't make a review of Sony WH 1000XM4/3 headphones 🥴
Pratik Thakare
Pratik Thakare ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
You're defending headphones costing as much as 2 pixel 4a . WOW.
uptown3636 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
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.
RavMan IT
RavMan IT ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
solid review! glad I kept my xms!
That Aussie Guy
That Aussie Guy ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
its $500 in the usa and $900 IN AUSTRALIA. australia is getting ripped off
Miguel Angel Rosado Billionario
Miguel Angel Rosado Billionario ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I still stand by that a lo of people don't look at this as a business point of view. of course a company well known like apple is going to give the consumer everything in one product because how are they going to out do themselves the next year?
drooosh ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Thanks for including the mics comparisons!
Triana F
Triana F ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I love how he’s listening to folklore😍
vitalis ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Sony's are Apple's half price on Amazon oftentimes.
Carlos Vigil
Carlos Vigil ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
doesn't work in wired mode. what.....????? (when battery runs out)
Vanguards of Kemet
Vanguards of Kemet ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
$600 . TAX
Nikhilesh Bagwala
Nikhilesh Bagwala ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Wow the Verge being rational unbiased.
WA HAHA ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Sony: Thanks a lot Apple, we appreciate it
Gary Whitney
Gary Whitney ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Wait so you need a $30 cable and lightning to 3.5 jach adapter to use a hardwired connection. If we keep rewarding apple for these rip off decisions then it is only your own fault for buying it.
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