Apple AirPods Max has officially launched as the first wireless over-the-ear headphones by the Cupertino giant after weeks of rumours and speculations. Apple is on a product launching spree since September when it announced the Watch Series 6 and Watch SE which was followed by the new iPhone 12 series in October and Apple M1-powered MacBooks and Mac Mini in November. However, one product that was rumoured to make an appearance all this while, it seems was saved for the last launch, just in time for holidays.
The new over-ear headphones expand the AirPods lineup that already includes two truly-wireless earphones, namely the AirPods and AirPods Pro. The AirPods Max is as premium a headphone as it gets considering its price tag of Rs 59,900 in India. The new headphones feature active noise cancellation, spatial audio and support high-fidelity audio along with adaptive equalization.
“With AirPods Max, we are bringing that magical AirPods experience to a stunning over-ear design with high-fidelity audio. The custom acoustic design, combined with powerful H1 chips, and advanced software enable AirPods Max to use computational audio to wirelessly deliver the ultimate personal listening experience,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Apple AirPods Max is priced at Rs 59,900 in India and will go on sale starting December 15. The headphones will be available to purchase from Apple India Store Online and Apple Authorised Resellers across India.
Being a flagship headphone, the AirPods Max looks strikingly premium with the headband being made from breathable knit mesh atop a stainless steel frame. The mesh design of the headband reduces on-head pressure when using it as it aims to distribute the weight equally. Moreover, the stainless steel headband joins the anodized aluminium cups through extendable arms that can rotate for the most comfortable fit. The AirPods Max weighs 384 grams and is offered in silver, space grey, sky blue, pink, and green colours to choose from.
The ear cushions are made from memory foam and there is a multi-function digital crown for volume and playback control along with answering calls or engaging Siri. There is a dedicated Noise control button that can be used to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes. The transparency mode users in-built microphones to allow ambient sounds while continuing the playback so that the user can interact with others when needed.
The AirPods Max features 40-millimetre dynamic drivers that aim to provide a clean and rich audio experience that is consistent across different frequencies. The headphones are equipped with the Apple H1 chip in each earcup and assists in blocking ambient noise and adapt the playback audio for an immersive experience. There is an Adaptive EQ that makes use of the microphones to monitor the audio playback and configure the music frequencies automatically to enhance the overall listening experience.
The new Apple headphones also support Spatial Audio and are capable of delivering a theatre-like experience for films, TV and audio recorded in 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos. With this, the AirPods Max uses the gyroscope and accelerometer to detect the motion of a user’s head and adjusts the audio field so that it stays anchored even when moving the head.
The AirPods Max can automatically detect when they are on the user’s head and supports one-tap login across all Apple devices. The headphones are equipped with nine microphones out of which three are used for voice pickup.
Apple claims that the AirPods Max are capable of offering upto 20 hours of listening on a single charge with ANC enabled. Additionally, the AirPods Max offers around 1.5 hours of listening time on charging it for 5 minutes. Apple provides a Type-C to Lightning connector in the box.
The AirPods Max comes with a Smart Case that can be used for safekeeping the headphones. Once stored in the smart case, the headphones enter an ultra-low-power state for preserving the battery life.