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AirPods Max are for the ultimate Apple shopper

Due to Apples success with AirPods, Apple has since made many bold innovations. Spatial audio has since changed the game for how we interpret sound.
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Due to Apple’s success with AirPods, Apple has since made many bold innovations. Spatial audio has since changed the game for how we interpret sound.

Anywhere you go it’s almost guaranteed that someone’s wearing AirPods. Apple’s smartly designed wireless earbuds are iconic for how lightweight and reliable they are, and they also create quality sound. Apple is dominating the headphone game with the AirPods Max this holiday season.


Apple’s AirPods Max features noise cancellation, transparency mode, and adaptive EQ. Max is the first Apple-produced over-ear headphones. Announced in 2020, Max joins the diverse lineup of produced AirPods. AirPods Max’s retail price starts at 549 dollars, but its features dominate the headphone industry.

Its design is crafted with big, flat earcups produced with stainless steel. It gives the headphones a premium feel and look. Headphone buffs may be turned off by the lack of Hi-Res Audio codecs. The device is intended for Apple spenders as most of its features aren’t useful for Android users.

AirPods Max also comes in silver, sky blue, green, and pink. Because they are made of stainless steel, the headphones can feel rather heavy. The headphones weigh about 385g which can feel daunting if worn casually. Its design can be seen as stylish, but minimalistic.

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Techradar reports, “To offset that added weight, the Apple AirPods Max come with a headband made from a knitted mesh fabric that’s designed to reduce on-head pressure.” The frame is also intact and sturdy. Its memory foam earcups are also comfortable. Listeners can move them so they rest on the head well.


Techradar also wrote, “You can simply turn the dial on the top of the right earcup to adjust the volume, or press once to play/pause your music, press once to answer and end phone calls, press twice to skip to the next track, and press three times to skip backward.”

One of its best features is the ability to change from noise cancellation to transparency mode. The right earcup has a built-in mode designed to change between the two. It allows listeners to hear their environment if needed. The headphones come with a well-designed sound that can pick up even minute details in a song.

The device automatically pauses when you take it off as well, making it a champion for its listeners. Released as part of iOS 14, spatial audio works for content designed for Dolby Atmos.

It creates a unique way to watch movies or listen to music because it allows sound to be interpreted as objects. Atmos positions sound to make it feel like it’s physically all around its listeners.


AirPods Max has powerful noise-cancellation features. It’s been compared to Sony’s WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling style. AirPods Max can block out anything from train trips, washing machine noise, and other louder sounds. In case you need to get in touch with reality, the transparency mode is incredibly useful.

The noise cancellation button can be found on the right earcup, so you can switch between the two. You can use that feature when you want to listen to your music and talk to someone at the same time. It also comes with 20 hours of battery which strongly comes in hand with its Dolby-produced audio.

There’s also an automatic switching feature that allows users to switch the device easily to other Apple products. It makes it a lot easier to go in-between calls and music. Apple has also incorporated Siri into the Max. Users can use voice command to listen to music and adjust the volume while on the go. Siri can also read messages from your Apple device if you can’t get into your phone.

Apple’s Conversation Boost boosts volume up for conversations happening in front of the user when in transparency mode. This especially helps people who are hard of hearing.

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Joseph Sanfilippo, Managing Editor of Entertainment and Media
Joseph Sanfilippo is an 18-year-old Senior at Colonia High School. Sanfilippo is an only child but enjoys being around family and friends. Most of his friendships have impacted him in a positive way. Sanfilippo is an avid movie-goer and dedicates some of his free time to write reviews. He has a passion for creative self-expression, and constantly gets stuck in a world of imagination. He also has a passion for music, and most of his buddies know he’s always analyzing the next big Indie film or song. Sanfilippo’s favorite subject is English. He feels at ease when he’s writing because that’s when most of his thoughts emerge.  This year he's in Journalism 3 where he is eager to create his own podcast and create videos.  You can catch him hanging out with his friend group or at your local AMC theater, working or watching a movie. Sanfilippo plans on being a filmmaker one day and can’t wait for what the future holds. 

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