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AirPods Max re-imagine over-ear headphones. An Apple-designed dynamic driver provides immersive high-fidelity audio. Every detail, from canopy to cushions, has been designed for an exceptional fit. Industry-leading Active Noise Cancellation blocks outside noise, while Transparency mode lets it in. And spatial audio with dynamic head tracking provides cinema-like sound that surrounds you1.
Key features
Apple-designed dynamic driver provides high-fidelity audio
Active Noise Cancellation blocks outside noise, so you can immerse yourself in music
Transparency mode for hearing and interacting with the world around you
Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking provides cinema-like sound that surrounds you1
Computational audio combines custom-engineered acoustic design with the Apple H1 chip and software for breakthrough listening experiences
Designed with a knitted mesh canopy and memory foam ear cushions for an exceptional fit
Magical experience with effortless setup, on-head detection and seamless switching between devices2
Easily share audio between two sets of AirPods on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV
20 hours of listening, movie watching or talk time with Active Noise Cancellation and spatial audio enabled3
Store in ultra-low-power mode with the slim Smart Case

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  • Even at $500 Mark still a hardpass… shitty prices from apple I hope this line of headphones will die out soon. The sooner the better

    • They really need to take a hard loss somewhere so they realise that putting an apple logo on it doesn't make it worth it's weight in gold but people will buy them as a status symbol.
      These are the ones that come with that scraggly little pouch thing instead of a case right?

      • but people will buy them as a status symbol.

        It's so true. Often it's the one who can least afford it that think getting something like this is what's going to show they baller. That only works if their social circles are povo like them.

        These are the ones that come with that scraggly little pouch thing instead of a case right?

        Yes. Comes with magnetic headphone bra.

      • These cans have had incredible reviews. Having used a pair for a few days they are well worth the price. If you can't afford it or don't want to spend that much on headphones, you are looking at the wrong product. My previous headphones were the same price, while these are far comfier and more responsive, and I actually prefer the sound signature. Usually what comes with the logo is quality materials, and support. You can for sure go buy bose 700 that are plastic and fake leather if that's what you are into right?

        • Mate it's just getting sad.

        • +2 votes

          well said… someone is happy with japanese car, someone is chasing for European cars, everyone take their preference and move on, no need to bash them if you cant afford it or dont want to spend that much on headphones.

        • I guess we have different definitions of incredible reviews. If I see something rated 4.5/5 and something else rated 5/5 for over double the price, odds are I go with the 4.5/5

          • @NuttyGoodness: Exactly, if headphones that cost $25 get 5/5 due to it's value, then you would grab them. As someone who has a keen interest in audio, I obviously will look into the technical abilities and reviews to determine that those $25 headphones are only great in it's price range.
            If a corolla gets 5/5 in it's reviews, it doesn't mean it's better than a Mercedes/Audi/Bmw of similar size. If you aren't picky and don't value certain things it's just obvious you are better off getting the cheaper product that offers less.

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  • Hasn’t this been the regular price at Costco all along?

  • I bet when Apple store employees have people wearing Supreme clothes come in they start frothing at the mouth.

  • Apple is not going to win this one. It just does not justify especially with competition.

    • I haven't heard that these even outdo the competition. I've heard the airpod pros do but they're priced in the same ballpark at least.
      These just seem like they're testing their boundaries

  • What advantages do these headphones have over say, a train? Which I could also afford…

    • You could wear them in your train? You can't wear your train though. Also you probably need to let the gov know where you can get trains for $800, as that's less than most spend on coffee in a year…

  • Will wait for gen 2, hoping to get a off button.

  • Tried these out at an Apple store just over two weeks back and bought on the spot. They're heavy but still crazy comfy and sound fantastic. Could I have got 80-90% of the quality for a third of the cost by getting either the Bose 700's or Sony XM4s? Sure, but that last little bit is what makes these stand out. If you're already in the Apple ecosystem with an iPhone and a Mac then no other headphones will give you as seamless an experience as these will. If you're not, then these aren't worth it for you.

    • You just hurt the boys with this comment.

    • Try the Shure Aonic 50, or a decent wired headphone.

      ANC and Bluetooth pre-LC3 just kick the quality out of any headphone, so at this point you're paying $250-$800 for R&D as they try and squeeze more out of an old standard.

      • Does it support multi device switching? How does it handle it?

        • I'm not suggesting it's a Bluetooth 5.2 LC3 device, because it's not. It supports Multipoint.

          If you absolutely have to go down the road of out of the box Bluetooth, or ANC, it's one of the few in a price range worth bothering with, and that's at $300-$350.

          Others are the AKG N700NCMK2 ($120ish), and from a TWS perspective, the AKG N400.

          • @jasswolf: Just pointing out the obvious, in this case more money is buying more convenience and better experience. You can buy the products listed, but you will be compromising if you are using a multidevice apple ecosystem. I personally tried AKG N700NC and hated their sound signature, and would compare it directly to that of XM3 albeit worse IMO. I listen to live music a lot, and the AKG makes it sound artificial. Now we are getting into signature/sound profile taste which is an entirely different beast. LC3 is primarily about battery savings as far as I know. It won't benefit users in sound agility unless they are using SBC

            • @onlinepred: The MK2 is an improvement, and for what it does at $100-$130, it's an easy recommendation. Yes, it will cut into the air frequencies, because it's using SBC.

              LC3 is about bringing the best of all existing proprietary tech and extending upon it. Some will use it to save battery life, some will drive for higher results. I suspect a lot will fall into the latter camp, and we'll see a lot less rolled off and compressed/hissy playback.

              That in turn will improve upon the extent to which things need to be tuned for poor results in the bass and treble, including DSP.

              • @jasswolf: Given how bt5 has been used, the main areas of benefit will be cheaper headsets performing better in battery life and reliability, that’s it. I much prefer the sound of my old 4.2 beoplay compared to any bt5 cans I’ve used

                • @onlinepred: No, that's not how it works when you upgrade the base codec available across the entire standard. The mere fact that we have Samsung adaptive codec, Sony LDAC, Apple AAC, and Qualcomm aptX suggests you're off the mark.

                  For every Jabra 85+ hour headphone, there will a huge lift in audio quality across the board. BT5 was purely about efficiency, that's not what BT 5.2 is with LC3.

                  • @jasswolf: If you can show me an article backing that up I’d really appreciate it. Everything I’ve read suggests otherwise.

                    • @onlinepred: I'm not really bothering because there's been so many. You can't possibly come away from reading about LC3 and BT 5.2 thinking that it's only about battery life. That's like saying VP9 and AV1 are only about lowering bitrates to free up internet bandwidth.

                      https://www.bluetooth.com/tools/audio-codec-demo/

                      Listen for yourself, and recognise we're already looking at 40 hour battery life as the standard BT5 use case. They can even substantially lift dynamic range and sampling rate while still saving on battery life. Will some target making headphones that last 160 hours? Yes, but that will be an edge case.

                      • @jasswolf: That’s compared to sbc though. AAC is almost twice as efficient as sbc. So really this will only benefit those that use the lowest codecs, like cheapo earbuds or tws sets right? No headphone I’ve used in the last 5 years has used sbc. I haven’t seen any real comparisons so we will have to wait for reviews to seee if there is any real world benefit in audio ability using standard codecs like AAC, aptx,ldac which appears will not be affected.

                        https://www.rtings.com/headphones/learn/sbc-aptx-which-bluet...

                        https://www.soundguys.com/understanding-bluetooth-codecs-153...
                        "SBC divides the signal into multiple frequency bands and encodes each one independently. Think of SBC as the lowest common denominator among Bluetooth codecs. It’s not the best. It is, however, mandatory among all A2DP-enabled devices, making it virtually universal. Manageable transfer rates (192-320kbps) are delivered at the expense of significant data loss."

                        Most people won't even be able to tell the difference going from 4.2 to 5.3 lc3.

                        • @onlinepred: It's more complicated than that. Implementation relies on chipsets, codecs, DSP/EQ, physical tuning of the enclosure and competency in executing all of this at a particular price point. You can spit out greater than CD quality audio on SBC, it'll just be a device with a weak battery life.

                          The problem you're also missing with a lot of these discussions is latency for delivering these outcomes. AAC introduces processing latency above and beyond inherent codec and chipset/buffer issues. It's possible to design a low latency SBC device today, but expensive, so LC3 also attempts to address this.

                          LC3 is about taking what's good with all these proprietary and non-proprietary extensions beyond SBC, and delivering the best of all of them (often several of them combined). Along with BT 5.2, it brings the concept of a single pair of wireless headphones that you would use for gaming, entertainment, commuting and critical listening closer to reality.

                          • @jasswolf: But Aptx LL already covers this with greater ability, compression and lower latency?
                            We are talking about the lowest denominator codec here, SBC to LC3.

                            The major benefit is that it would just make this available to all people, but mostly those that don't use better codecs already. I was super excited when I heard about LC3, until I released it wouldn't affect me at all. I use AptxLL for gaming/movies and AptxHD for music. The main benefit being that LC3 will be more efficient and require less processing, resulting in lower battery usage to get better results than SBC, and potentially much closer to AAC but since AAC is crazy inefficient on android, LC3 will take over AAC for sure. But you will need devices that support LC3 which is the big bummer.

                            Lc3 does lower bitrate much better than sbc, but shows its compression at higher bitrate as even Bluetooth website shows.

                            https://www.soundguys.com/bluetooth-le-audio-lc3-explained-2...

                            • @onlinepred: Wrong again - and this is the last time I'm engaging with you on this - because aptX LL still has additional latency penalties that do not solve adequately for economical chip purchasing, so you get devices that are still sluggish for real time communications or live streaming (30-40 ms). LC3 delivers this outcome with better quality across more devices.

                              LC3 (or more specifically, LC3plus) also should be back-compatible to an extent, but that will come down to today's implementations, and the willingness of the devs for any given headphone series working on updates. LE Audio also should be back-compatible, thus providing LC3 support there too, but it will be less feature rich than a BT 5.2 implementation.

                              https://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/ff/amm/communication/lc3.ht...

      • The Shure looks like a great headphone, but my point still stands. With the AirPods Max you pay for the user experience. I’m an iOS developer so I have an iPhone, iPad, and use a Mac both at work and in my personal life. The Max provides for a seamless integration that is above and beyond what other headphones provide.

        • That's a hell of a thing to pay 2.5x for. Personally I'd just figure out another solution until things catch up to LC3 support.

          I'm still rocking wired at home and portably because it offers way more for way less if you know what you're doing, but the product range is becoming a bit scarce for such closed backs under $500.

  • Bought these at the same price from Costco's earlier deal.

    The user experience is excellent. When I use my Sony XM3's they feel very archaic and clumsy in comparison. Sound quality on the Max is fantastic especially when using Tidal rather than Spotify/YouTube Music/Apple Music.

    One negative is they absolutely suck using Teams for work purposes as a headset due to Windows Bluetooth issues. So I just use these in headphone only mode and use the mic on the external webcam I have.