AirPods Max Review: An Audiophile's Perspective

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  • Published on:  Monday, December 21, 2020
  • Are Apple's new $550 AirPods Max any good? As reluctant audiophiles, we give the most in-depth review yet!
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    Buy AirPods Max - https://geni.us/fe9gB
    Buy AirPods Pro - https://geni.us/gAUVN4
    Buy AirPods - https://geni.us/wCtapZr
    Buy Sony WH-1000XM4 - https://geni.us/24Wsq
    Buy Bose 700 - https://geni.us/Dj2Oqe
    Buy B&W PX7 - https://geni.us/VysPY
    Buy HiFiMAN Ananda-BT - https://geni.us/nC7VuTW

    Chapters:

    0:00 - Background
    0:49 - Comfort/Fit
    3:40 - Controls
    4:45 - Case/Portability
    6:46 - Battery
    7:42 - Repairability/Teardown
    9:40 - The Good Stuff
    9:56 - Active Noise Cancelling
    12:22 - Transparency Mode
    13:26 - "Off" Mode
    13:48 - Bluetooth Codecs
    16:48 - The $35 Cable
    19:09 - Objective SQ
    20:08 - Subjective SQ
    21:44 - Spatial Audio
    22:36 - Digital Signal Processor (DSP)
    23:51 - vs Sony 1000XM4
    24:10 - vs B&W PX7
    24:30 - AirPods vs The Competition
    25:08 - The Problem with AirPods Pro
    26:09 - Should You Buy Them?

    Crinacle measurements: https://crinacle.com/2020/12/17/apple-airpods-max-measurements-first-impressions/
    LDAC’s problems: https://www.soundguys.com/ldac-ultimate-bluetooth-guide-20026/
    Bluetooth headphone codecs: https://www.soundguys.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-bluetooth-headphones-aac-20296/
    AirPods Case design interview: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=&sl=ja&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fcasabrutus.com%2Fdesign%2F167958

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    The Apple AirPods Max have been released to much fanfare. At a colossal $550, it puts itself way above the competition like the very popular Sony WH-1000XM4, Bowers & Wilkins PX7, and the Bose 700; however, it's still a bit shy of what the hi-fi market would expect in terms of pricing. Are they good? Yes. Quite good, in fact. But are they good enough to warrant their price tag? Watch our comprehensive AirPods Max review to find out.
  • Source: https://youtu.be/4vb98s41__Y
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