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Apple AirPods Max (2021)

Apple AirPods Max (2021)
alaScore 93

46 reviews

Dec, 2023

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 reviews of Apple AirPods Max (2021). 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. Comments about the reliability and durability are overall positive. The design and noise isolation also get good feedback. There are some less positive reviews about the usability and portability, and reviews are divided on the comfort.

sound, noise isolation, design, durability, reliability

price, portability, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Apple AirPods Max (2021) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Caleb Denison (

Apple AirPods Max review: Most fun headphones ever


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

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

Charges via Lightning cable ; Heavy on head

Feb, 2021

Expert review by : Chris Welch (

Apple AirPods Max review: luxurious sound for a luxury price


The build quality is second to none and the noise cancellation is great, but is that enough?

High-luxury design ; Terrific, balanced sound quality ; Very effective noise cancellation ; Dependable and foolproof controls ; Spatial audio for immersive entertainment

Heavier than many competitors ; No 3.5mm jack ; Wired listening requires $35 cable ; Case is an abomination ; Apple Music can’t make the most of these headphones

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 much higher price than competitors like the Sony...

Dec, 2020

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 : Sherri L. Smith (

Apple AirPods Max review


Sublime design and sound

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


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

Apr, 2021

Expert review by : Wes Davis (

Apple AirPods Max


For Apple fans, the noise-cancelling AirPods Max are sublime, but these stylish Bluetooth cans aren't without their flaws.

Clear, well balanced sound ; Solid noise cancellation and stellar transparency mode ; Terrific controls for volume, playback, and ANC ; Tightly integrated with Apple ecosystem

Still uses Lightning rather than USB-C ; Wired listening requires a pricey adapter ; Smart Case offers no protection from the elements ; Relatively short battery life

If you love fantastic sound and you’re a fan of the clever little touches Apple puts into its products, there’s a lot to love in the AirPods Max.

Nov, 2022

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...

Over 21 hours of continuous battery life. Great build quality. Outstanding noise cancelling.

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

The Apple AirPods Max are good for neutral sound. These headphones have Adaptive EQ, which adjusts the audio as you're listening to it based on fit and seal. That said, their sound profile has a neutral mid-range that ensures detailed vocals and lead...

Sep, 2021

Expert review by : Alex Hernandez (

Apple AirPods Max review: Expensive yet incredible ANC headphones


Let's call an Apple an Apple here, the AirPods Max ANC headphones are silly expensive. But they sound incredible in every way.

Amazing design ; Amazing build quality ; Simple to use and setup, especially with other Apple products ; The sound is outstanding ; The best ANC of any over-ear headphone that I've used ; Amazing call quality and reception ; The best Transparency Mode...

These boys are expensive, silly expensive ; The clacking of the two ear cups together might cause wear over time ; The lifespan of the headband mesh is questionable ; The smart case is ugly, just ugly

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : Preslav Kateliev (

Apple AirPods Max review: disregard the hype


Do the Apple AirPods Max sound good? Yeah, sure... maybe not as great as one would expect at that price point. Do the extra features make it worth spending $550 on them? Well...

Pretty, clean design; Outstanding sound clarity and detail, no distortion; iCloud device pairing is always convenient; No on/off — they are always ready for use; Best Transparency Mode on the market

Hardware controls are in an awkward spot; Not the strongest noise cancellation out there; EQ is kind of bland and bass-heavy. Basically no user control over EQ; The case is just not a case; Price-to-value ratio is arguable

Jan, 2021

Expert review by : Matthew Bolton (

Apple AirPods Max review


Apple's best-sounding headphones may not be ideal for all.

Fantastic sound quality ; Elite noise cancellation ; Great Apple-friendly features

Fit isn't always comfortable ; Average battery life ; No true analogue wired connection

AirPods Max deliver sound quality that's better than the noise-cancelling competition, with some great extra features to boot. But they're not a certain buy – the fit isn't ideal for everyone, the wired connectivity is frustrating, and we don't love...

Sep, 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...

May, 2021

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