AirPods Max review: the good, the bad and a mic test

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 very premium price that’s way more expensive than competitors like Bose and Sony. Watch our whole review to see if they’re worth it for you.
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Comments

  1. The Verge

    The Verge4 months ago

    If you had unlimited money, which headphones would you get?

  2. Rob Zeilner

    Rob ZeilnerMonth ago

    B&O H95

  3. GORDON KAO

    GORDON KAOMonth ago

    air pods pro. this is the apple product that I would say "money well spent". No complaints, ultra practial to be daily earphone (I know this discussion actually leads to HEAD phone). Apple has becoming a dedicate company provides fine products these days, comparing to the Steve's era when every product is designed to revolute certain existing areas. air pods pro gives me a sense: this product belongs to the Steve's era.

  4. Vanadwara Idraki

    Vanadwara IdrakiMonth ago

    I’d get these just because I tried one my friend owns and I loved it,even though in reality I’m fine with my sonys

  5. Will thomson

    Will thomsonMonth ago

    Not these

  6. ɧɘʗĶēŖʂɵn

    ɧɘʗĶēŖʂɵn2 months ago

    q tips

  7. Tom Wightman

    Tom Wightman21 day ago

    I’ve been using these headphones for about a month, and to be honest I wasn’t convinced at first (they seemed too heavy and the pressure inside the ear cups was distracting) but it was like trying on a new pair of shoes. Now they seem just as comfortable as any other headset and they sound great! Also, the feature I love most about these headphones is the modular design. Headphones are notoriously unreliable, so being able to replace the ear cups and headband is great

  8. Nicholas Fisher

    Nicholas Fisher26 days ago

    Nope

  9. A B

    A BMonth ago

    You lost a lot of credibility when you complained about them not being able to play uncompressed music. Yes, people say there is no hearable difference because that is true. Why would you still want that? Maybe also complain that the headphones have not been blessed by a priest? This really undermined your review of this overpriced piece of technology.

  10. Mike Broesel

    Mike BroeselMonth ago

    I love mine the best thing I ever did is it to buy a pair.

  11. Geoff Graham

    Geoff GrahamMonth ago

    I’ve had mine for 24 hours now. Perhaps confirmation bias is in play... but I’m definitely hearing elements of some songs that I haven’t heard before. Subtle elements that are getting elevated just enough in the mix to catch my attention. Looking forward to trying them on some conference calls for mic quality with a noisy work-from-home-pandemic background.

  12. Mark Mathosian

    Mark MathosianMonth ago

    I just received mine in space Gray. I also own Bose, Sony and Sennheiser. All I can say is, while they are built beautifully, my others are just as good when it comes to sound, plus they don’t weigh as much. Apple does get 110% for sound cancellation. Simple to use and amazing sound cancellation.

  13. Gleison

    Gleison2 months ago

    Based on this, it looks great but super expensive.

  14. lix

    lix2 months ago

    Because you recorded the other headphones' microfone tests with your IPhone I am actually tempted to think that somehow Apple makes other headphones sound compared to their own products just so that consumers who dare to use other accessories than their own get a worse experience.

  15. Britt Thomas

    Britt Thomas2 months ago

    Man dont even have a apple watch

  16. Carl Ruby Højland Nielsen

    Carl Ruby Højland Nielsen2 months ago

    The mic test is at 4:46

  17. Dhiren Budhwani Official

    Dhiren Budhwani Official2 months ago

    Water resistance

  18. Brandon Balcerzak

    Brandon Balcerzak2 months ago

    Dude crushed the review👍🏻

  19. Christopher Moore

    Christopher Moore2 months ago

    I’m surprised they didn’t give these a Siri command like “hey Siri turn off my AirPods max”...

  20. Nitish Chaudhary

    Nitish Chaudhary2 months ago

    Finally a detailed review on this product

  21. Zain Uddin

    Zain Uddin3 months ago

    This just made all headphones manufacturers angry they will be losing sales after this

  22. Zain Uddin

    Zain Uddin3 months ago

    These are underpriced tbf

  23. do nguyen

    do nguyen3 months ago

    this review are just another level! The script are so well-made and well delivered

  24. Serge B.

    Serge B.3 months ago

    too much sibilance in this video

  25. Sérgio Rossini

    Sérgio Rossini3 months ago

    Apple is selling this frustrating headphones for $1.275 (yes, dolar$) in Brazil, at current day rate. It's unbelievable considering the limitations and this case. Thanks for this review.

  26. Mark Mathosian

    Mark Mathosian3 months ago

    Glad you pointed out that the light colored headbands are not such a good idea. That is what I assumed, so I ordered the AirPod max in black. Will probably buy an extra set of ear cushions in green. I learned quite a bit from your review. Thanks for being thorough.

  27. BobRooney

    BobRooney3 months ago

    the sound department is lacking. these only offer the lowest bitrate possible. better spend half and get a decent set of sony 1000mx3's that come with AptX HD and LDAC support for all your lossless high quality audio files. i expected innovation not down-vation. apple could have used their airplay API, you know, the one that lets you transmit lossless audio, UNCOMPRESSED, from your phone to any airplay device, like airport express or home theater receiver, for example. but who am i to judge a company using its fading user base to milk a product that clearly cannot be substantiated beyond the apple zealots.

  28. Meiqiqi Cafe

    Meiqiqi Cafe3 months ago

    When you walk, do you hear your walk when wearing it? I have a bose quiet comfort 35, I can clearly hear my shoes making contact with ground, this is what I am saying hear your walk. Wonder does it happen with AirPods max?

  29. yozfly

    yozfly3 months ago

    Replacement 69$ - I see what you did there Apple 😉

  30. Sycthe The beast

    Sycthe The beast3 months ago

    Did you guys add the speaker next to the battery

  31. Rob Oo

    Rob Oo3 months ago

    I don't think Apple meant for the AirPods Max to be a regular everyday use product, but it was meant as a brand setting luxury item that is intentionally too expensive to create a desire for Apple brand. If you could afford everything Apple made, then there is no longing left for the brand. So Apple has to create a product that is highly desireable but so expensive that most people cannot get it and most people is left wanting more Apple brands. I think that is the psychology of the Airpods Max. It is definately an excellent product, but not worth what they are asking for it, and meant to be just out of reach so that you are left wanting something you cannot have.

  32. BangARanggg

    BangARanggg3 months ago

    Ahh yeah, apple needs Johnny ive to come back

  33. Amir Sohail

    Amir Sohail3 months ago

    This video was different not so much verge like but I absolutely loved it, not gonna lie

  34. Breanna Pratt

    Breanna Pratt3 months ago

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  35. R Snr

    R Snr3 months ago

    Beats solo pro ftw

  36. ανώνυμος

    ανώνυμος3 months ago

    Why is everyone idiots? Lol It has to toggle a 3rd option in Bluetooth menu for using off button on the transparency button....

  37. Miha Vušnik

    Miha Vušnik3 months ago

    1:04 Please buy a bigger mask... Otherwise a gret vid!

  38. davesouthafrica

    davesouthafrica3 months ago

    Really great review. But two things to remember. 1) Twice the price never translates to twice the sound quality. If you’re lucky twice the price gets you a 20% improvement. The consensus amongst audiophiles, is that these headphones are a bargain, for the tech and sound quality. 2) HD Audio is meaningless compared to what Apple is doing here. Yes their AAC is low bit rate, but the true magic is the processing power of the H1 chips taking that bit rate and translating\transforming it into high fidelity sound (at a much lower power consumption rate, and far better connectivity rate than LDAC). What Apple is doing with computationally processed sound to create wider sound stage, spatial audio, and noise cancelling that doesn’t impact sound quality negatively - is unprecedented!

  39. alida flus

    alida flus3 months ago

    Fire 🔥

  40. 山内淳カイル

    山内淳カイル3 months ago

    I like this guy. I think he deserves more of his shot and less b-rolls.

  41. alida flus

    alida flus3 months ago

    Good job 👌👍

  42. Tom Ella

    Tom Ella3 months ago

    This was a great review. The point about the lack of an Apple Music HD or LDAC or any kind of hi-fi genuinely gave me a lot to think about beyond the usual stuff everybody else has been saying. Like, I don't subscribe to Tidal or anything, but all the same, I am an Apple Music subscriber and if I'm paying $550 for these, I would like the option of higher quality audio-even if it is barely perceptible. The Sony headphones got more attractive after this review.

  43. Fight For Freedom

    Fight For Freedom3 months ago

    Sony's mics were much better.

  44. Julius Madrow

    Julius Madrow3 months ago

    🏓🏸🌟🌘🌗🎌🎌⛲⛺🚿💈🌁🌖🌪🌤🎌🎌⛲⛺⛈⛅🎾 *Jesus Christ is the only true God!* *The one God who rose from the dead and lives forever.* *Jesus Christ is the only one qualified to give us eternal life.* *also heal their bodies.* (look up and ask HIM)

  45. Aleksandre Kazariani

    Aleksandre Kazariani3 months ago

    No way it's worth the price. Go to hell apple

  46. Timothée

    Timothée3 months ago

    Great video!

  47. Alma VH

    Alma VH3 months ago

    This is a fantastic review! Chris needs to cover more video reviews!

  48. CeZaR NeBuN

    CeZaR NeBuN3 months ago

    wow, the AirPods Max microphone was much, much more clear...that's why they are so expensive...people need to stop complaining about the price...if you can't afford them then get something else...simple as that...i love the simplicity...the removable ear piece is awesome, once the earpieces get damaged just replace them, not the whole thing...

  49. Life of Luis

    Life of Luis3 months ago

    35 bucks? You spent 550, what's the big deal? - Apple mindset.

  50. W W

    W W3 months ago

    Funny being reminded that there are people out there considering other products.

  51. alida flus

    alida flus3 months ago

    I was doing my Homework but this seemed more important.

  52. Vinayak

    Vinayak3 months ago

    03:50 - 04:00 The sound synchronization with script is best. This the by far the best product review script I've ever seen in a video.

  53. Issie wizzie

    Issie wizzie3 months ago

    Can’t wear this outside .. you might get robbed .

  54. alida flus

    alida flus3 months ago

    seems to be good

  55. Os

    Os3 months ago

    I love Airpods 1 and2; Airpods pro very interesting features, but I hate (HATE) in-ear earphones, Airpods Max... Too expensive. Just too expensive. I'll stick with Airpods 2 (for running cycling and being outside in general -Is good AND NECESSARY to be aware of your soundscape when outside running or cycling... and with wire headphones with noise cancellation for quality, functionality and PRICE

  56. 69houstontx

    69houstontx3 months ago

    That "case" is very Gayish !

  57. A B

    A B3 months ago

    Cue the reports of people snatching these headphones off of people's heads.

  58. Robin Arora

    Robin Arora3 months ago

    Video quality- Top Notch , in almost every way

  59. Jaemarie Suazo

    Jaemarie Suazo3 months ago

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  60. Χαράλαμπος Τοκατλίδης

    Χαράλαμπος Τοκατλίδης3 months ago

    Best consumer tech product review ever. Instantly my new favourite reviewer. ❤️

  61. theni

    theni3 months ago

    Hardware designers: try to separate left and right speaker as far as possible for best sound stage. Apple: makes everything come from the front with technology. Thanks apple, we needed to make our headphone sound like a single speaker.

  62. John Osam

    John Osam3 months ago

    Which sounds better this or the sony wmx4(with LDAC on)

  63. theni

    theni3 months ago

    they are designed like square-ish duck eggs, that's not 'top-notch' Both Sony and Bose are better in terms of design.

  64. S

    S3 months ago

    Aw man i thought they had our friend who did the google buds review

  65. kotaru keerti

    kotaru keerti3 months ago

    1:34 anyone noticed a cry? More audible on headphones

  66. CopperHeroin

    CopperHeroin3 months ago

    Stop bitin your nails bro

  67. Leslie Molina

    Leslie Molina3 months ago

    XM4 still the king!

  68. Floodzie

    Floodzie3 months ago

    A great review and he seems like a really nice guy but... his skin is not really suited for HD... There, I've said it. I'm not proud but it's what you're all thinking.

  69. Abiy BattleSpell

    Abiy BattleSpell3 months ago

    i think how easy they are to replace the pads is kinda a good reason these might beat others. cuz are other headphones tht easy to replace or clean em?

  70. Rod Little

    Rod Little3 months ago

    Thanks for pointing out that apple doesn’t have a HiFi Tier, nor does Apple Music support spatial audio....which is just weird if you’re selling that as a feature.

  71. Eric Tingkingco

    Eric Tingkingco3 months ago

    It’s a bra. No, it’s a purse bag!

  72. Sipho tchala

    Sipho tchala3 months ago

    That music is creepy

  73. Ankit Rai

    Ankit Rai3 months ago

    very nice review!

  74. TheReelReal

    TheReelReal3 months ago

    Someone get this guy some proactiv

  75. M.Poorvesh Muthraman

    M.Poorvesh Muthraman3 months ago

    WHERES BECCA

  76. A

    A3 months ago

    This is a beautiful product and everyone loves beauty. Sony and Bose are made of cheap plastic.

  77. seattlevkk

    seattlevkk3 months ago

    I got the Sony Mx3, the earlier version, for 250$ before the Mx4s came out which I thought was expensive and I love them. Some day when I have money to burn, maybe I’ll get the max. The problem with Sony is that there is no app for the Mac, only iOS, so you can’t set the noise cancelling algorithm and the headphone can become noisy randomly.

  78. Alejandro Rodríguez Basurto

    Alejandro Rodríguez Basurto3 months ago

    The case is absurd.

  79. Nuno Silva

    Nuno Silva3 months ago

    Alas! Finally a review that addresses sound quality issues as well as my favourite cans: the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3. Congrats Chris for your thorough review.

  80. Gregory Albert

    Gregory Albert3 months ago

    So they are capable of the lossless sound, just that Apple Music doesn’t support it? (Was a bit confused on the phrasing) And I assume that’s only when plugged in, for any headphones. Not wirelessly for any brand

  81. Golden Eagle

    Golden Eagle3 months ago

    Somewhat 🤔⁉️

  82. De Erv

    De Erv3 months ago

    PHENOMENAL review! Watched so many tuber reviews but this by far was the most direct, professional and comprehensive. I love them both but MKBHD and DaveLee should take notes. SUBSCRIBED!

  83. Tdrexx_720

    Tdrexx_7203 months ago

    AirPods max II will hopefully fix the kinks

  84. Martin Angelo Sunesen

    Martin Angelo Sunesen3 months ago

    These headphones are ridiculous. I'll get some Sony or Sennheiser instead . And that's coming from a guy that has both the iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad, Apple TV and iPhone.

  85. E. O.

    E. O.3 months ago

    For the price these should have come with USB-C (since they’re pushing it on other devices besides the Mac such as the iPad Pro), and should have done a lot more to outperform the competition at lower prices because it doesn’t even approach the highest tier in some of them. So I agree with a lot of your takes here, especially on the lack of a lossless codec on Apple’s part at this price point with no ready option to listen to CD quality material. And you nailed it on just how ridiculous that “case” is. Also, why does everyone only care about bass when talking about their SQ? Guess that speaks to low standards in general.

  86. Skeletomania

    Skeletomania3 months ago

    Sony works with all devices so how does these compare to other brands if you're not exclusive with apple's ecosystem.

  87. VashmetFranz

    VashmetFranz3 months ago

    Nice video and script. The face mask is triggering my OCD 😭

  88. Lukas Loh

    Lukas Loh3 months ago

    Listening (or watching) this video on XM4.

  89. Vinc Tay

    Vinc Tay3 months ago

    Is that a Nomad case?

  90. Nashon Liberty

    Nashon Liberty3 months ago

    Thanks for the non biased review

  91. Jeff Harper

    Jeff Harper3 months ago

    I hear reviewers (including this one) mentioning that most people won't hear the difference between high fidelity and low-quality audio such the service Apple offers, but I believe if you don't have impaired hearing or a 'tin ear' almost everyone can tell the difference especially if compared back-to-back. Unfortunately for the younger generations truly good quality audio is out of reach for most people and the selection of music available is generally much reduced if one wants the best.

  92. Mike Chou

    Mike Chou3 months ago

    His ears are not even fully covered

  93. nIlS F.

    nIlS F.3 months ago

    Well that was a great review!

  94. buzzbatra3

    buzzbatra33 months ago

    Awesome review 🤘🏻

  95. Olaf van der Tier

    Olaf van der Tier3 months ago

    Great review. I'm baffled by the way Apple designed the bra to carry the headphones with no regard of protecting these very expensive headphones. Furthermore I can see scuffmarks allready on the reviewers silver ones so imaging what they will look like after some months of usage. They look great and understand sound great too but the price is too high for what they offer compared to the MX4 or even my B&W PX headphones that everyone allways seem to forget they exist.... If I had unlimited money I'll probably order the black ones just because I could and than wait for a better case to carry them outside of my house.

  96. JohnEnergy2012

    JohnEnergy20123 months ago

    The do have a power button...

  97. Zang

    Zang3 months ago

    what if the top mesh breaks?

  98. Jo Jo

    Jo Jo3 months ago

    Another mediocre apple thing

  99. Shaishav Gandhi

    Shaishav Gandhi3 months ago

    Legit comprehensive. Well reviewed 👍🏼

  100. Robert Spinks

    Robert Spinks3 months ago

    Congratulations on that review really unbiased review 👌

  101. Moped Mike

    Moped Mike3 months ago

    I bought the beats studio 3 and I love them and also Powerbeats pro both sounds great

  102. Mister Dragzon

    Mister Dragzon3 months ago

    Hope Sony is working on their own version of Spatial Audio. Would make it an instant buy for me.

  103. Simon Hoon

    Simon Hoon3 months ago

    Lmao everyones roasting that stupid case, I love it

  104. Naing Aung Lu Lu

    Naing Aung Lu Lu3 months ago

    Am I the only one who notice that The Verge haven't make a review of Sony WH 1000XM4/3 headphones 🥴

  105. Pratik Thakare

    Pratik Thakare3 months ago

    You're defending headphones costing as much as 2 pixel 4a . WOW.

  106. uptown3636

    uptown36363 months ago

    Superb review. You answered questions--such as whether the fabric on the silver model gets discolored over time--that other reviewers ignore while saying things like "ooooh, shiny." Thanks for helping this consumer make an informed decision.

  107. RavMan IT

    RavMan IT3 months ago

    solid review! glad I kept my xms!

  108. That Aussie Guy

    That Aussie Guy3 months ago

    its $500 in the usa and $900 IN AUSTRALIA. australia is getting ripped off