Let’s address this issue before we get into the details. For some reason I call Apple AirPods Pro Max before sometimes modifying Apple AirPods Max to Apple AirPods Pro Max. For some reason, the Apple AirPods Pro Max rolls the tongue better than the Apple AirPods Max, and there’s definitely a “Pro.” Still, we’re moving on without interrupting it now. It’s no surprise that Apple made the AirPods Max. Following the second generation of AirPods wireless earbuds, the continued success of the AirPods Pro wireless earbuds meant that it made sense to take it to the next level. Headphones, full-featured headphones, noise canceling and a larger feature set that defines the AirPods Pro wireless earbuds in particular.

AirPods Max cost Rs 59,900 and are available in five colors: space gray, silver, green, sky blue and pink, all with a two-tone finish. The problem is that the Apple AirPods Max are priced significantly higher than the most popular noise-cancelling headphones. The Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless costs around Rs 34,990, the sticker price of the Sony WH-1000XM4 is around Rs 29,990, and the Noise Canceling Headphones 700 from Bose are around Rs 34,500. I’m referring to regular noise-cancelling headphones, but obviously there are also headphones that can compare to the Apple AirPods Max. There is the Dali IO-6 which costs around Rs 40,000 and there is the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H9i which costs around Rs 45,000 while the Master & Dynamic MW65 which costs around Rs 90,000 and the Bowers & Wilkins P9 which costs around Rs Rs. 90,000 75,000 rupees. Apple isn’t the first company to make really expensive headphones, nor will it be the last.

The magic of the Apple AirPods Max begins after it responds to perceived price shocks. AirPods Max are a blend of stainless steel, anodized aluminum and breathable knit mesh, finished with exquisite craftsmanship. They are heavy. And it takes time to get used to how it fits around your ears and head. Because of the use of metal, AirPods Max weighs over 384 grams. By comparison, the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless, which blends metal and leather in its construction, weighs 304 grams. In my opinion, AirPods Max are great for many listening environments, including home, office, and travel. However, you may not like the weight very much when running, treadmill or cycling.

Keep in mind that the weight of AirPods Max is around your ears, not your head. Where most of the mass is is the ear cups with the meta housing. You might not want to shake your head too much when wearing this, at least initially until you get used to the double center of gravity.

The ear cups have memory foam that conforms to the contours of your ears within a few weeks of regular use of your AirPods Max. I’m testing this place during peak winter season, so it’s hard to say how it will do in summer in terms of ventilation, comfort and sweat. After a while, breathe in your ears. Arm extensions allow you to set the ideal height for the headband to fit comfortably around your head, and the ear cups can be tilted and rotated to avoid pressing your head inward. The first few wears have definitely added a feeling of perfect fit to the ear without pressing on any specific part of the ear, and no discomfort at all for long periods of wearing. worn over time.

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These ear pads are also user replaceable. It will be available to order on the Apple India online store soon and will cost Rs 6,500 for the set. Not a bad deal at all, as I’ve seen a lot of headphones fall victim to damaged or worn earpads after prolonged use. Replacements are not readily available or are too cumbersome to go to a service center.

Inspired by the Apple Watch, AirPods Max incorporate controls like a digital crown for subtle volume changes, as well as functions to play and pause music, skip tracks, and handle calls. You can configure the rotation direction on iPhone. I didn’t mention the other physical buttons on the AirPods Max, which include the power button. because there isn’t one. It can be a bit disconcerting, but there is only one way to do it. You’re relying on technology that keeps charging and not discharging your battery when you’re not using your headphones.

The way AirPods Max works without a power button is that it turns on when worn over your head. The same set of sensors pauses media playback to perform an action or talk to someone when media is removed.

What if I kept my AirPods Max safe without listening to music? No user intervention is required to disable it. If you leave your AirPods Max stationary and don’t use them for 5 minutes, they go into sleep mode to conserve battery. And after that, everything is just a matter of time. After 72 hours of inactivity, AirPods Max go into an ultra-low power mode that disables Bluetooth and Find My features. And this is possible without a smart case.

If you’re using a Smart Case, your AirPods Max will immediately go to sleep when you put them in the case. And after 18 hours in the Smart Case, it goes into ultra-low power mode. In my usage scenario I left the Smart Case and the AirPods Max with the Smart Case overnight and the battery consumption was very similar and very negligible.

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Talk about smart cases. It is said to be a very unique design. The battery management features of AirPods Max will also do a great job. But in terms of appearance, it will take a very long time for them to grow up on you. Second, it doesn’t really protect the headphones as you would expect from a case. Even with the ear cups that need to be protected, although the case is not completely sealed, something inside the bag can easily poke the inside and scratch the ear cups. In a way, it’s up to you to keep these AirPods Max safe during travel or storage. Keep sharp objects away. The good thing is that your AirPods Max can be connected for charging even when in the Smart Case.

AirPods Max have the same H1 chip as the AirPods Pro wireless earbuds. This H1 chip has 10 audio cores and can perform up to 9 billion calculations per second. So, since the H1 chip manages all these features, it’s not surprising that the feature set is largely the same. Apple AirPods Max features high-fidelity audio, adaptive EQ, active noise cancellation, transparency mode, and spatial audio. Both ears have Apple-designed 40mm audio drivers. Each audio driver’s unique dual neodymium ring magnet motor should do its job to further reduce distortion. The AirPods Max, for example, joins the HomePod Mini, where Apple puts extreme emphasis on the power of computing audio.

Spatial audio was introduced to AirPods Pro with the iOS 14 update for iPhone, allowing users to experience 5.1-channel, 7.1-channel and Dolby Audio. It also reorders the delivery of audio channels based on the user’s head movement to ensure a consistent experience. This is something you can enjoy on an Apple TV show, for example. How much you enjoy this effect depends on the content and quality of your input. You can set this up the first time you pair your AirPods Max with your iPhone or iPad. You can turn it off, but why are you? AirPods Max is also compatible with audio sharing between two sets of AirPods when paired with an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV 4K. You can also seamlessly switch between iPhone, iPad and Mac computers for music playback and calls.

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It takes time to understand that listening to AirPods Max is enjoyable. It’s just one of those rare balanced headphones that doesn’t suit a lot of people with the bass and doesn’t lean to the other side for a louder sound. AirPods Max has a whopping nine microphones, each one constantly understanding the headphones fit and snug against your ears. These are headphones with a very neutral sound. That means the AirPods Max are in a good position to give users of high-end headphones what they want: refined sound, a spacious sound field, and no need to manually adjust audio settings. fit. AirPods Max don’t have sharp bass or high frequencies. This isn’t a warm sound signature like the Bose headphones, nor a punchy sound like the new Sony can line (bass is one of the reasons the Sony WH-XM headphones are so popular). If so, this is very similar to the Sennheiser’s neutral sound, attractive and sophisticated.

In terms of noise cancellation, the AirPods Max do very well what Sony did with the WH-1000XM4. I think the WH-1000XM4 is the best noise cancellation in headphones around Rs 30,000. AirPods Max could be better, but to save time and health I didn’t go into a really noisy place to test this out.

The lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack on the AirPods Max is a bit disconcerting. It only has a Lightning connector, so you’ll need an adapter to connect from an airplane. The Lightning to 3.5mm Jack Adapter is priced at Rs 900. Second, there are no cables in the box, so if you want to connect your AirPods Max for wired audio, you’ll also need to order an audio cable. It’s a bit confusing at this price point.

AirPods Max could also herald a serious upgrade to Apple Music at some point. Apple still doesn’t offer lossless audio options or subscription tiers for high-quality music. Now that we’re paying more attention to audio and AirPods Max, the latest addition to Apple’s audio hardware line, it’s time to offer high-resolution audio options in Apple Music.

Last words: You may not be able to afford them, but I know you want them.

Contrary to initial reactions we didn’t take into account, the Apple AirPods Max aren’t the first headphones to cost exactly this much. And they certainly won’t be the last. And the AirPods Max do their job well. The sound quality is refined and luxurious. The battery life is solid and the battery smart feature has been running smoothly and error-free so far. And if you have multiple Apple devices in your daily workflow, adding all the benefits of noise cancellation, spatial audio, and smooth transitions makes everything very convenient.

That said, they cost a lot more than some of the very capable headphones we’ve already talked about, and that’s something that’s constantly lurking in the corner of your mind. But again, when it comes to style and sheer luxury, nothing matches the AirPods Max. And for someone who spends a lot of money for it, you probably won’t want to compromise in terms of style. If so, I’m surprised it goes really well with the audio as well.

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