Apple AirPods Max over-ear headphones are now official. After multiple delays and inevitable rumours (rumoured as AirPods Studio), Apple had finally released the much-anticipated headphones in the US and other global markets. This year, the company has announced several products including new iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch Series 6 and the new M1 MacBooks. And, the new AirPods Max headphones come as an addition to the existing AirPods lineup.
Apple AirPods Max — Design
The AirPods Max comes with what Apple calls it as a custom acoustic design. These are the first over Apple’s earphones ever since the Beats’ acquisition, which already makes several over the ear headphones. These AirPods Max feature mesh design headband made of stainless steel that claims to distribute weight accordingly to reduce on-head pressure.
The headband further attaches to the earcups with an innovative mechanism underneath that ensures to balance and distribute ear cup pressure. According to Apple, the ear cushions on the ear cup tend to give an effective seal with engineered memory foam. There’s famous Digital Crown from the Apple Watch series brought to these AirPods Max. It offers volume controls, plays/pausing the tracks, answering calls, talking to Siri, and skip tracks.
Apple AirPods Max — Features
The new AirPods Max headphones, underneath, feature a 40mm dynamic driver, which is custom made by Apple. These drivers promise to deliver rich, deep bass, and accurate mid-ranges, to name a few. To achieve less distortion, Apple equips a dual neodymium ring magnet motor. Further, similar to AirPods Pro, the AirPods Max also comes with Apple H1 chip in individual ear cups. These chips tend to deliver excellent audio utilising computational audio developed by the tech giant.
The computational audio here includes — Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode and Spatial audio. The Adaptive EQ here allows users to adjust low and mid frequencies in real-time. For immersive sound experience, the AirPods Max utilise Active Noise Cancellation. Each ear cup comprises three outward-facing microphones, which claim to detect environmental noise, and there’s another microphone inside the cup that assures to monitor sound reaching the users’ ear.
Transparency mode, which is present on AirPods Pro, comes to the new AirPods Max. This mode allows users to experience music and environmental noise outside simultaneously, making users stay aware of the outside world instead of sealing off. The noise control button on the headphones allows users to switch between Transparency mode and ANC mode swiftly.
Spatial audio on the AirPods Max utilises head tracking to put audio virtually. Especially for audio recorded in either 5.1/7.1 or Dolby Atmos for that matter. It further utilises gyroscope from AirPods Max along with accelerometer on iPhone/iPad, which besides remaps the sound field to stay with the headphones.
Apple AirPods Max — come with all AirPods features
AirPods Max shares all the features that Airpods users are accustomed to. Be it pairing the headphones with the devices, making calls with Siri, experiencing movies or even playing games.
AirPods Max can detect whether the headphones are resting or are sitting on a users’ head — thanks to its optical and position sensors. They can notice whether a user has lifted an individual cup off the ear and pauses the audio that’s being played.
Apple AirPods Max — Battery
The AirPods Max promises 20 hours of playback time including audio playback, talk time or playback with ANC and spatial audio enabled.
The other highlights include a new smart case capable of putting them in an ultra low power mode. It claims to preserve battery of the AirPods Max when not in use.
Apple AirPods Max — Pricing
AirPods Max over-ear headphones are available for sale retailing at Rs 59,900 in India. They are up for preorder and and will be available for purchased from Apple Authorised Resellers. AirPods Max will be available starting from December 15th.
For those who are keen in purchasing, the AirPods Max are available in mutliple color varaints. That include — Silver, Space Grey, Sky Blue, Pink, and Green.