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Apple AirPods Max (2021)

Apple AirPods Max (2021)
alaScore 95

43 reviews

Jun, 2022

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 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. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The noise isolation is also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the comfort. Some have doubts about the usability and portability.

sound, noise isolation, design

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 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Olivia Tambini (

Apple AirPods Max review


The perfect headphones for Apple devotees

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

Dec, 2021

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Apple AirPods Max review


What Hi-Fi? Awards 2021 winner. Apple's first on-ear headphones justify their huge price tag

Superb audio 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

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Matthew Bolton (

Apple AirPods Max review: phenomenal sound, comfortable design, eye-watering price


AirPods Max are an incredible piece of engineering, it's just a shame the cost will put them out of reach for so many

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 : 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 yet

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.

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Lewis Painter (

AirPods Max review


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

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

Limited Android support ; No power button ; An ill-designed Smart Case ; No Lossless support

The AirPods Max are outstanding over-ear headphones for iOS users, boasting exceptional audio quality, great ANC capabilities and one of the most true-to-life transparency modes I've experienced, but software frustrations and the lack of a power button...

Jul, 2021

Expert review by : Peter Phelps (

Apple AirPods Max Review


Apple's premium headphones cost an absolute fortune, but is their sound quality similarly rich? Find out in our concise review.

— They look lovely, and sound superb

— Very expensive, very heavy, and there are a few ergonomic pitfalls

If you’re an audiophile Apple devotee who has money to burn and wants everyone else to know, then the Apple AirPods Max were made with you in mind; waste no time, and go grab yourself a pair.

Mar, 2021

Expert review by : Matt Tate (

Apple AirPods Max review


Maximum impact?

Rich and detailed sound ; Superb noise-cancelling ; Spatial audio enhances TV and movies ; They just work

Very expensive ; Uncomfortable if worn for long periods ; So-so battery life ; Really bad case

Apple’s first over-ears are big, heavy, often brilliant, and far too expensive

Mar, 2021

Expert review by : Jonathan Bray (

Apple AirPods Max review: Magnificent headphones - for Apple users


Spatial Audio and superb noise cancelling are standouts for Apple's AirPods Max - a great pair of headphones for Apple users

Good sound quality ; Awesome noise cancelling ; Spatial Audio is stunning

Heavy ; Fit isn’t 100% secure ; Case only partially protects headphones

Spatial Audio, like many aspects of the Apple AirPods Max, is seriously impressive. It’s wonderfully convincing and, coupled with the headphones’ all-round audio quality, impressive noise cancellation and transparency mode, contributes to a super...

Jan, 2021

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