RANK #17

Apple AirPods Max

"Apple's AirPods Max headphones deliver excellent audio performance, top-notch noise cancellation, and a bevy of useful features in an absolutely gorgeous design for a bit too much money."
As posted by pcmag.com


  • Superb audio and noise-cancelling
  • Exceptional build quality
  • Luxurious design and feel
  • Top-notch call quality
  • Battery life


  • Limited features for Android
  • Ineffective carrying case
  • No on/off switch
  • Heavy on head

Product Details

Date First Available:
‎December 8, 2020

Overall Rating

The overall rating was calculated based on 5433 customer and expert reviews from 34 review sites and 5 stores.
We analyzed the sentiments related to these top topics for Headphones:
  • 95.0%
  • 98.7%
  • 95.3%
    Build Quality
  • 89.1%
    Phone Calls
  • 92.6%
    Noise Cancellation
  • 90.7%
    Battery Life
  • 94.4%
  • 90.0%
    Sound Quality

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Expert Reviews

Sonically speaking, the AirPods Max don’t put a foot wrong – these are hands-down the best wireless noise-cancellers you can buy

Read more on whathifi.com


  • Superb audio and noise-cancelling
  • Cinematic spatial audio
  • Exceptional build quality


  • Near-pointless case
  • Audio cable not included
  • Practically Apple-only

The Apple AirPods Max come close to audio perfection, but will let down audiophiles and Android users.

Read more on techradar.com


  • Unbelievable audio performance
  • Fantastic user experience
  • Brilliant extra features for iOS
  • Great noise cancellation


  • Very expensive
  • No 3.5mm audio port
  • Limited features for Android
  • Ineffective carrying case

Apple’s flagship noise-canceling headphones have a premium build and a premium price tag, but they also sound better than the rest.

Read more on wired.com

The AirPods Max are exceptional noise-cancelling headphones with a luxurious design, sophisticated soundstage and clever computational features. But the $549 price and unconventional case are difficult to overlook.

Read more on tomsguide.com


  • Luxurious design and feel
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Crisp and balanced sound
  • Spatial audio is a game-changer
  • Fantastic noise cancellation


  • Expensive
  • No on/off switch
  • Smart case provides no protection

Crammed full of innovative tech, the hype-worthy Apple Airpods Max delivers a high-quality and immersive listening experience. They are impressively user-friendly with convenient features and functions, and the active noise cancelling is top notch. We're big fans of their functionality when connected to Apple devices, and appreciate the simple controls that allow you to control many parameters with just one button and a control wheel. While these certainly have an impressive "wow"-factor, it's worth looking at the top competitors, as they offer equal or better sound quality at a price point that's easier to swallow. Android users will not experience all the benefits that Apple users will and should definitely look elsewhere. For those looking to remain in the iOS ecosystem, these headphones are another example of why you love Apple products.

Read more on techgearlab.com

Apple's AirPods Max are a seriously impressive pair of wireless headphones with a downright outrageous asking price.

Read more on reviews.org


  • World-class noise cancelling
  • Finally, some decent ambient audio
  • Premium build
  • User-friendly EQ customisation
  • Spatial audio is astonishing


  • No 3.5mm cable or port
  • Heavy rig
  • $899. Eight-hundred and ninety-nine dollars.

Apple's first over-ear headphones are top-tier performers in almost every regard, but one critical aspect may be a deal-breaker.

Read more on digitaltrends.com


  • Best-in-class ANC
  • Amazing transparency mode
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Top-notch call quality


  • Charges via Lightning cable
  • Heavy on head

The case is a joke, there's no doubt about that. But I'm keeping Apple's newest headphones.

Read more on zdnet.com


  • Sturdy build quality
  • Impressive sound
  • Battery life
  • Easy pairing across Apple devices


  • Expensive
  • The case isn't even close to good enough

Apple's AirPods Max headphones deliver excellent audio performance, top-notch noise cancellation, and a bevy of useful features in an absolutely gorgeous design for a bit too much money.

Read more on pcmag.com


  • Excellent audio performance with rich lows and crisp, detailed highs
  • High-quality active noise cancellation, especially for low-frequency rumble
  • Stunning, unique design
  • Adaptive EQ and Spatial audio
  • Hands-free Siri access


  • Expensive
  • Sound signature and Adaptive EQ/spatial audio aren't for purists
  • No user-adjustable EQ
  • Button placement makes it easy to misfire when adjusting fit
  • Smart Case does little to protect the headphones

AirPods Max are a luxury pair of headphones aimed solely at those who entrench themselves fully in Apple’s ever-expanding ecosystem.

Read more on trustedreviews.com


  • Wonderful, versatile sound
  • Many clever design elements and strong build quality
  • Spatial audio is very immersive for the apps that support it
  • Strong connection to the Apple ecosystem


  • Lack of ‘off’ button is annoying
  • The included case is bad in just about every way
  • Heavy and can’t be folded down
  • The high price can’t be ignored

Apple’s AirPods Max headphones combine beautiful design with powerful tech for great audio quality and best-in-class ANC.

Read more on laptopmag.com


  • Gorgeous design
  • Great audio quality
  • Powerful ANC
  • Seamless integration with Apple devices


  • Expensive

The AirPods Max sound incredible and feel like a true luxury item, but odd design choices may frustrate potential buyers.

Read more on techadvisor.com


  • Incredible sound quality
  • Premium build
  • Great ANC
  • Impressive smarts


  • Limited Android support
  • No power button
  • An ill-designed Smart Case
  • Occasional glitches

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