Those who remember the original Apple iPod might recall the earphones as being nothing particularly special. The bar was raised in 2016 with the launch of the AirPods, which were praised for their sleek design, ease of use and good sound quality. Now Apple is ready to tap into the audiophile headphone market with the AirPods Max, a stunning new over-ear design that promises high-fidelity audio.
The AirPods Max use H1 chips and advanced software to create an exceptional listening experience; their in-house designed 40-mm dynamic driver offers deep bass, accurate mid-ranges and crisp high-frequency extension, while the unique dual neodymium ring magnet motor keeps harmonic distortion to less than 1% across the whole audible range. The headphones also come with Adaptive EQ, which measures the sound signal delivery and can adjust the low and mid-frequencies in real-time, allowing even the finest details to be heard clearly. Other features include Active Noise Cancellation – something that Apple already has a reputation for – Transparency Mode, Spatial Audio supporting content recorded in 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos for an immersive, theatre-like experience.
On top of their impressive technical specs, the AirPods Max do quite well in the looks department too, featuring stylish ear cups and cushions with knitted mesh, as well as a streamlined headband design. They also come in five different colours, including sky blue, green, and pink as well as the familiar space grey and silver. The Digital Crown – inspired by the Apple Watch – offers functions such as precise volume control, to play or pause audio, skip tracks, answer or end phone calls, and activate Siri. AirPods Max offer up to 20 hours of playtime, with their soft slim Smart Case keeping the headphones in an ultra-low-power state to preserve battery power.
AirPods Max are available to order now for HK$4,599, shipping out on 15 December – just in time for Christmas.