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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    If you had unlimited money, which headphones would you get?

    • Vanadwara Idraki

      Vanadwara Idraki

      ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      I’d get these just because I tried one my friend owns and I loved it,even though in reality I’m fine with my sonys

    • Will thomson

      Will thomson

      4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Not these

    • DoomicornSlayer


      27 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      q tips

    • Jim Moeing

      Jim Moeing

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Two human skulls with speaker phones within them... head phones right? HEAD phones? I’ll see myself at

    • Simply Dazed

      Simply Dazed

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Not these

  • Geoff Graham

    Geoff Graham

    ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I’ve had mine for 24 hours now. Perhaps confirmation bias is in play... but I’m definitely hearing elements of some songs that I haven’t heard before. Subtle elements that are getting elevated just enough in the mix to catch my attention. Looking forward to trying them on some conference calls for mic quality with a noisy work-from-home-pandemic background.

  • Mark Mathosian

    Mark Mathosian

    2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I just received mine in space Gray. I also own Bose, Sony and Sennheiser. All I can say is, while they are built beautifully, my others are just as good when it comes to sound, plus they don’t weigh as much. Apple does get 110% for sound cancellation. Simple to use and amazing sound cancellation.

  • Gleison


    11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Based on this, it looks great but super expensive.

  • lix


    11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Because you recorded the other headphones' microfone tests with your IPhone I am actually tempted to think that somehow Apple makes other headphones sound compared to their own products just so that consumers who dare to use other accessories than their own get a worse experience.

  • Britt Thomas

    Britt Thomas

    14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Man dont even have a apple watch

  • Carl Ruby Højland Nielsen

    Carl Ruby Højland Nielsen

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The mic test is at 4:46

  • Dhiren Budhwani Official

    Dhiren Budhwani Official

    26 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Water resistance

  • Brandon Balcerzak

    Brandon Balcerzak

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Dude crushed the review👍🏻

  • Christopher Moore

    Christopher Moore

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I’m surprised they didn’t give these a Siri command like “hey Siri turn off my AirPods max”...

  • Nitish Chaudhary

    Nitish Chaudhary

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Finally a detailed review on this product

  • Zain Uddin

    Zain Uddin

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This just made all headphones manufacturers angry they will be losing sales after this

  • Zain Uddin

    Zain Uddin

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    These are underpriced tbf

  • do nguyen

    do nguyen

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    this review are just another level! The script are so well-made and well delivered

  • Serge B.

    Serge B.

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    too much sibilance in this video

  • Sérgio Rossini

    Sérgio Rossini

    ਮਹੀਨੇ 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.

  • Mark Mathosian

    Mark Mathosian

    ਮਹੀਨੇ 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


    ਮਹੀਨੇ 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

    ਮਹੀਨੇ 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


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Replacement 69$ - I see what you did there Apple 😉

  • Sycthe The beast

    Sycthe The beast

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Did you guys add the speaker next to the battery

  • Rob Oo

    Rob Oo

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ 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


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Ahh yeah, apple needs Johnny ive to come back

  • Amir Sohail

    Amir Sohail

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This video was different not so much verge like but I absolutely loved it, not gonna lie

  • Breanna Pratt

    Breanna Pratt

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The light coil lily signal because crayon perioperaively depend barring a abstracted colt. motionless, spicy aunt

  • R Snr

    R Snr

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Beats solo pro ftw

  • ανώνυμος


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    1:04 Please buy a bigger mask... Otherwise a gret vid!

  • davesouthafrica


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ 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

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Fire 🔥

  • 山内淳カイル


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I like this guy. I think he deserves more of his shot and less b-rolls.

    • alida flus

      alida flus

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Good job 👌👍

  • Tom Ella

    Tom Ella

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Sony's mics were much better.

  • Julius Madrow

    Julius Madrow

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    No way it's worth the price. Go to hell apple

  • Timothée


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Great video!

  • Kim Koh

    Kim Koh

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Best review I've seen so far for AirPods Max.

  • Alma VH

    Alma VH

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This is a fantastic review! Chris needs to cover more video reviews!

  • CeZaR NeBuN

    CeZaR NeBuN

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    35 bucks? You spent 550, what's the big deal? - Apple mindset.

  • W W

    W W

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Funny being reminded that there are people out there considering other products.

  • alida flus

    alida flus

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I was doing my Homework but this seemed more important.

  • Vinayak Ingavale

    Vinayak Ingavale

    2 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Can’t wear this outside .. you might get robbed .

    • alida flus

      alida flus

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      seems to be good

  • Osvaldo Gil

    Osvaldo Gil

    2 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


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    That "case" is very Gayish !

  • A B

    A B

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Cue the reports of people snatching these headphones off of people's heads.

  • Robin Arora

    Robin Arora

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Video quality- Top Notch , in almost every way

  • Jaemarie Suazo

    Jaemarie Suazo

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The silly lyocell briefly help because leek preliminarily deliver astride a ceaseless restaurant. enchanting, terrific throat

  • Χαράλαμπος Τοκατλίδης

    Χαράλαμπος Τοκατλίδης

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Best consumer tech product review ever. Instantly my new favourite reviewer. ❤️

  • theni


    2 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Which sounds better this or the sony wmx4(with LDAC on)

  • theni


    2 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


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Aw man i thought they had our friend who did the google buds review

  • kotaru keerti

    kotaru keerti

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    1:34 anyone noticed a cry? More audible on headphones

  • CopperHeroin


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Stop bitin your nails bro

  • Leslie Molina

    Leslie Molina

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    XM4 still the king!

  • Floodzie


    2 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

    2 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

    2 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    It’s a bra.
    No, it’s a purse bag!

  • Sipho tchala

    Sipho tchala

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    That music is creepy

  • Ankit Rai

    Ankit Rai

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    very nice review!

  • TheReelReal


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Someone get this guy some proactiv

  • M.Poorvesh Muthraman

    M.Poorvesh Muthraman

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  • AZ


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This is a beautiful product and everyone loves beauty. Sony and Bose are made of cheap plastic.

  • seattlevkk


    2 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The case is absurd.

  • Nuno Silva

    Nuno Silva

    2 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

    2 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Somewhat 🤔⁉️

  • De Erv

    De Erv

    2 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!

  • Tdrexx_720


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    AirPods max II will hopefully fix the kinks

  • Martin Angelo Sunesen

    Martin Angelo Sunesen

    2 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.

    2 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


    2 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


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Nice video and script. The face mask is triggering my OCD 😭

  • Lukas Loh

    Lukas Loh

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Listening (or watching) this video on XM4.

  • Vinc Tay

    Vinc Tay

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Is that a Nomad case?

  • Nashon Liberty

    Nashon Liberty

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Thanks for the non biased review

  • Jeff Harper

    Jeff Harper

    2 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    His ears are not even fully covered

  • nIlS F.

    nIlS F.

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Well that was a great review!

  • buzzbatra3


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Awesome review 🤘🏻

  • Olaf van der Tier

    Olaf van der Tier

    2 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


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The do have a power button...

  • Zang


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    what if the top mesh breaks?

  • Jo Jo

    Jo Jo

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Another mediocre apple thing

  • Shaishav Gandhi

    Shaishav Gandhi

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Legit comprehensive. Well reviewed 👍🏼

  • Robert Spinks

    Robert Spinks

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Congratulations on that review really unbiased review 👌

  • Moped Mike

    Moped Mike

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I bought the beats studio 3 and I love them and also Powerbeats pro both sounds great

  • Mister Dragzon

    Mister Dragzon

    2 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Lmao everyones roasting that stupid case, I love it

  • Naing Aung Lu Lu

    Naing Aung Lu Lu

    2 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You're defending headphones costing as much as 2 pixel 4a . WOW.

  • uptown3636


    2 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

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    solid review! glad I kept my xms!

  • That Aussie Guy

    That Aussie Guy

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    its $500 in the usa and $900 IN AUSTRALIA. australia is getting ripped off

  • Miguel Angel Rosado Billionario

    Miguel Angel Rosado Billionario

    2 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


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Thanks for including the mics comparisons!

  • Triana F

    Triana F

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I love how he’s listening to folklore😍