The Airpods Max headphones are great with amazing sound quality and are on par with the best in consumer market headphones. The Airpods Max is just as amazing as the Sony wh-1000xm4 that I reviewed back in January. The AirPod Max headphones should great for the $550 dollar price tag Apple has put on them out of the gate. Despite the high price, Apple has a backlog of orders for them unless you do want to wait and you can get a pair off of Etsy from someone selling them at profit.
I like the Airpods Max but not enough to get rid of my Sony wh-1000xm4. The AirPods Max has the Apple Watch-looking crown that comes on them for volume. I am not a fan of that at all. I like the quick touch up and down the volume and next and backtrack feature of the Sony’s or even the Surface Earbuds. I like the quick easy touch on the earcup and I don’t like looking for a single button. The transparency mode is amazing on the AirPods Max it’s much better than the Sony’s but I expected that considering Transparency Mode on the AirPods Pro is great.
I hate the fact the AirPods Max does not have a power button or a safer case. I know I could go out and get a different case, but I just spent $550 dollars shouldn’t it come with a protective case already. As far as the power button goes why can’t I turn them. Why do I need to put them back in the case? I find this kind of goofy maybe I want to keep them on my desk and show them off to my friends. This is a very Airpodish style of them to do this on an over-ear headphone.
The build quality on the Airpods Max is great they feel and look premium. They do not sport the plastic look like most headphones making them look and feel premium.
I just can’t get over the no power button and controls issue. I am a huge Apple fan I use Macbook Pro, iPhone, and AirPods Pros every day. I know my Airpods Pro does not have a power button, but they are smaller and in my pocket in a hard plastic safe case and I just want to pull them out and use it. The use case for me is different on the Airpods Max headphones. I love the changeable cups and the sound quality. If you do not care about the case or power button these are defiantly the buy for you, they sound amazing and the iPhone integration is unparalleled.