Nov 19 2021

Review: Easy-to-Use Apple AirPods Max Headphones Add Power to Listening Experience

Comfortable headset allows noise cancellation and ambient audio.

In the digital workplace, headphones are an essential tool for fostering effective communication, especially given the bifurcated nature of our new working norm.

Headphones have earned a center role in the post-pandemic office, especially for employees who are still working from home a portion of the time.

It’s clear that work will ­continue to include virtual and hybrid environments in the future. Managers will have to determine how to improve ­productivity and drive engagement in remote environments. Apple AirPods Max headphones can make mobile meetings easier to hear no matter where the listener sits.

AirPods Max Headphones Play Sweet Sounds

The best headphones offer solid sound and effective noise cancellation. The AirPods Max do this beautifully, with amazing highs and a tight bass that supports natural midtones.

No matter what timbre of voice a user has, the AirPods will make sure that every word is crystal clear.

The AirPods were reviewed for three weeks, through hundreds of online and phone meetings. Never once did the sound quality suffer, and no time was lost due to technical difficulties; I could always hear what everyone in the virtual room was saying.

The AirPods Max allow for noise canceling. That’s a critical feature in noisy offices and homes. Even more interesting, the headphones also include a transparency mode. This makes ambient sound audible to users who may need to hear what’s going on around them while they’re on calls.

The AirPod Max Has a Soft And Cozy Design

Some people reject wireless headsets because they’re often difficult to configure compared with simply plugging in wired headphones.

That’s not the case with the Apple AirPods Max. As soon as they are removed from their case, the user’s nearby iPhone detects them and starts the pairing process.

Lightweight and comfortable, they are hardly noticeable when worn. Unlike earbud-style models, they cup the ears cozily, and the soft cushions over the ears provide long-lasting comfort.

The headphones feature aluminum casing and soft mesh ear padding wrapped around a metal headband, creating a refined feeling that surpasses that of its more expensive competitors. I was impressed with the headphones’ overall quality and feel; plus, the AirPods’ replaceable magnetic ear cups are easy to obtain and remount without having to buy a whole new unit, should they ever fail.

Headphones That Are Easy to Control

I also liked the convenient ­placement of the volume knob on the top of the right headphone. The knob is designed as a wheel for volume adjustment, but it can also be pressed like a button to answer or disconnect calls.

Working from home may be the new normal for employees. The new Apple AirPods Max can help make those spaces more c­omfortable and professional. 

Apple AirPod Max Headphones

Even Silence Sounds Terrific with Good Headphones

The best headphones offer solid sound and effective noise cancellation. The AirPods Max do this with amazing highs and a tight bass that supports natural midtones. No matter what timbre of voice users have, the AirPods will make sure that every word is clear.

The AirPods were reviewed for three weeks, through hundreds of online and phone meetings. Never once did the sound quality suffer, and no time was lost due to technical difficulties; I could always hear what everyone in the virtual room was saying.

Just as impressive, however, was what I didn’t hear. Working at home with three kids, two dogs, a cat and nowhere to hide is a recipe for disaster when hosting conference calls. Yet the smaller, second button on the headset — right next to the wheel on the right earpiece — activates noise cancellation that shuts out the outside world.

Apple also offers an EQ setting within the Music settings that provides additional options to improve the sound specifically for calls. These slight modifications go a long way toward improving the sound profile.

Another game changer is the spatial audio feature. Along with what Apple calls “dynamic head tracking,” spatial audio provides theaterlike sound in a 360-degree space that makes you feel like you are in the room with your colleagues. It’s a neat experience to hear such quality in an online meeting.

When working from home, one of the most frequent features I used was Transparency Mode. The same button that initiates noise cancellation also triggers a mode that lets you hear most things around you, while the sound from the headphones remains clear. It’s a brilliant tool for making sure your children are behaving while you’re in your virtual meeting.

Specifications

MICS: Nine
CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth 5.0
OUTPUT MODE: Stereo
SOUND EFFECTS: Adaptive EQ
MAGNET MATERIAL: Neodymium
COMPATIBILITY: Apple devices with most recent OS
BATTERY LIFE: 20 hours