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Apple AirPods Max (2020)

Apple AirPods Max (2020)
alaScore 98

15 reviews

Jan, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of Apple AirPods Max (2020). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and durability. The design and noise isolation also get good feedback. Many are negative about the price and portability.

sound, noise isolation, design, durability, usability

portability, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Apple AirPods Max (2020) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

Apple AirPods Max Review


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

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.

Dec, 2020

Expert review by : Dagobiet Morales Alfaro (

Apple AirPods Max Wireless Review


The Apple AirPods Max Wireless are premium over-ear headphones. They have an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature that helps significantly reduce noise like bus...

Good build quality. Outstanding noise cancelling.

Mic struggles to separate your voice from background noise. Heavy, bulky design which can be fatiguing to wear. Audio cable not included. No NFC or multi-device pairing.

The Apple AirPods Max are decent for mixed use. They have an outstanding ANC feature that can significantly reduce the sound of bus and plane engines, as well as ambient chatter. Their 21-hour battery life should also last you through a couple of...

Jan, 2021

Expert review by : Kate Kozuch (

Apple AirPods Max review


The AirPods Max are the premium, noise-cancelling headphones Apple fans have been waiting for, and they don't disappoint. Even if the price is hard to stomach.

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

If you can look past these caveats and have the dough to spend, the AirPods Max are your ticket to listening luxury. You might feel pressured to hop on the train with Apple’s legion of loyal customers, and I’m here to tell you that’s okay. The AirPods...

Jan, 2021

Expert review by : Caitlin McGarry (

The AirPods Max Are Annoyingly Incredible


How can headphones sounds this good and be so annoying? Price plays a major role.

Sparkling sound with excellent ANC; seamless integration with other Apple devices; comfortable headband; solid battery life

Dec, 2020

Expert review by : Ben Lovejoy (

First AirPods Max deliveries reach customers


The first AirPods Max deliveries are reaching customers this morning, and a number of them have shared photos on Twitter. They had to get in quickly to take delivery today, as shipping times very quickly slipped into March of next year – a fact...

Dec, 2020

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Apple AirPods Max review


Can the AirPods Max, Apple's first noise-cancelling over-ear headphones, justify their huge price tag?

Superb sound and noise-cancelling ; Cinematic spatial audio ; Exceptional build quality

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

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

Dec, 2020

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Apple AirPods Max review: Premium headphones with a premium price


We've been listening to Apple's over-ear headphones, the AirPods Max. Is the steep asking price to excess or does the quality justify it?

Great sound and active noise-cancelling (ANC) ; No plastics ; Ease of setting up and running ; Spatial Audio delivers convincing three-dimensional audio

Not foldable ; Weighty due to metal ; Carry case could be more robust ; Very expensive ; No 3.5mm jack ; Spatial Audio not for Apple TV

The high asking price will make the over-ear AirPods a luxury rather than a mass-market product, which is a shame as the sound quality and active noise-cancelling (ANC) is superb - but much of the competition offers such features for a cut of the cash.

Jan, 2021

Expert review by : Olivia Tambini (

Apple AirPods Max review


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

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

The Apple AirPods Max are among the best-sounding headphones we've ever tested, they're easy to use, and their noise cancellation can easily stand up to the likes of the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. However, their high...

Jan, 2021

Expert review by : Olivia Tambini (

Hands on: Apple AirPods Max review


Our first impressions in the run up to our full Apple AirPods Max review.

Fantastically wide soundstage Well-balanced audio Slick controls

No 3.5mm audio port Smart Case doesn't feel very protective Very expensive

The Apple AirPods Max are the tech giant's first over-ear headphones, and so far we're impressed with the audio quality and noise cancellation – but we're not entirely sure that the design, and the absence of a 3.5mm audio port justifies the high price...

Dec, 2020

Expert review by : Stephen Fenech (

Apple AirPods Max review - headphones that look as good as they sound


90% VERDICT The AirPods Max make a huge statement – headphones don't just have to sound good; they should look good as well. Mission accomplished. Pros Stunning designExcellent sound qualityGood battery lifeQuality build Cons Very expensiveNo 3.5mm...

Stunning design ; Excellent sound quality ; Good battery life ; Quality build

Very expensive ; No 3.5mm port to attach a cable

The AirPods Max make a huge statement – headphones don’t just have to sound good; they should look good as well. Mission accomplished. The AirPods Max make a huge statement – headphones don’t just have to sound good; they should look good as well....

Dec, 2020

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