Packed inside the minimalist audio cans is a custom acoustic design, H1 chips, computational audio, along with Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, and spatial audio, that promised to deliver high-fidelity audio.
Audio delivery is executed by 40 mm Apple-designed dynamic driver promised rich, deep bass, accurate mid-ranges, and crisp, clean high-frequency extension. Meanwhile, unique dual neodymium ring magnet motor enable the audio can to maintain a total harmonic distortion of less than 1 percent across the entire audible range – even at max volume.
While many wireless headphones leveraged on gestures for controls, Apple have gone with physical controls. In this instance, the AirPods Max has a Digital Crown, inspired by Apple Watch, for tweaking audio, music control, take/end calls, and activate Siri.
Additionally, a separate noise control button lets you switch between ANC and Transparency mode for a more aware listening experience. The pair of cans is juiced by a battery that offers up to 20 hours of use.
The hardware itself boasts breathable knit mesh canopy across the entire stainless steel headband, telescoping headband arms, independently pivoting and rotating ear cup to further relieve pressure on user’s ears, careful weight distribution to alleviate on-head pressure, and acoustically engineered memory foam for effective seal.
A couple of features include automatic switching for seamlessly switching between different Apple devices and audio sharing between two sets of AirPods when use with iPhone, iPad, iPad touch, or Apple TV 4K.
Finally, the Apple AirPods Max Over-ear Headphones comes with a soft, slim Smart Case that puts AirPods Max in an ultra low power state to conserve battery when not in use.
Speaking of which, the headphones appear to not to have folding design and when slipped into the said case, it looks like a handbag of sort:
Apple AirPods Max Over-ear Headphones is available in a choice of Space gray, silver, sky blue, green, and pink, and it is available to order starting today, with availability beginning Tuesday, December 15.
Before you jump on it, you have to know this thing is pricey. It will run you back at an audiophile hardware-level of pricing of US$549.
All images courtesy of Apple Inc..