AirPods Max First Impressions Round Ups

December 16, 2020 •

Apple AirPods Max

On Tuesday, December 15, the brand new Apple AirPods Max headphones hit store shelves and pre-order mailboxes. Causing an internet ruckus at $549, these premium priced headphones have reviewers and the general populous wondering, are they really worth the price tag. Other high end active noise cancelling headphones are solidly holding the line between $300 and $400. What makes the AirPods Max worth the price tag? Only a select few online personalities were offered the device ahead of a public launch. Take a look at their reactions in the unboxing and first impression videos.

AirPods Max Videos

The new studio-style AirPods Max headphones offer the “magical AirPods experience to a stunning over-ear design with high-fidelity audio,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. He is referencing the instant connectivity and Apple-eco-system designed software integrations found in the previous AirPods lineup. “The custom acoustic design, combined with powerful H1 chips, and advanced software enable AirPods Max to us computational audio to wireless deliver the ultimate personal listening experience.”

Below, popular YouTube tech industry reviewer MKBHD notes the headphones certainly feel premium, noting they are both heavy and cold to the touch, given the mostly metal design.

MKBHD gives a quick top five things to know list, as he gives his very first impressions:

  1. “the materials,” the aluminum ear housings and steel band are solid design materials
  2. “ear cups,” are magnet, interchangeable options, as most headphone cups wear over time
  3. “controls,” touch controls are absent on the AirPods Max, instead opting for physical buttons and a Digital Crown borrowed from the Apple Watch
  4. “the case” has “no redeeming qualities at all” and is required to enter low powered mode
  5. “the smart features,” which will require more testing, but active noise cancellation is excellent

He finishes by wondering, what the AirPods Max should be compared against. Should they be compared as an expensive, low-end product? Should they be considered a low-cost reference-style studio headphone device, which normally retail above $1,000. Time will tell. But also disappointing, the AirPods Max do not come with any other accessories, like a 3.5mm headphone jack, a sturdy case, airplane adapter, etc. You just get the headphones and a USB-C to Lightning cable.

The excitable iJustine unboxes her AirPods Max above and is visually stunned by the quality. Even her cameraman had to give them a go, live on camera, and expressed similarly visceral reactions. Justine also makes note of the USB-C to Lightning cable, pondering that Apple included a Lightning charging cable instead of USB-C to USB-C because all of the other AirPods devices utilize Lightning charging.

Justine gives a complete walkthrough of the pairing process with her iPhone and it appears to be as simple as existing AirPod technology. Like MKBHD, she indicates that although the AidPods Max are heavy, the design and fit offsets the weight. She is “genuinely” surprised by the quality and shirks the haters that may think she is just being a fangirl.

Above, UrAvgConsumer, digs into his AirPods Max box. Sharing similarly surprised reactions as Justine, he sums it up with “this is crazy, wow, this is insane” when first giving the headphones a test. Indicating he is very impressed with the tech and that he could even feel the bass hit on the headphone casings. This may be made possible with the 40mm main drivers.

Ultimately, the AirPods Max have either been in extremely limited supply or an impressively wanted device because shipping times on all color options, Space Gray, Silver, Green, Sky Blue, and Pink, are all on a 3-4 month shipping delay. You can order them online now from Apple or other online retailers, in addition to tracking them down on store shelves. As reviewers have them in-hand for longer, expect more detailed reviews to go live. If you are hesitant on the price tag, certainly wait out the deeper evaluations.