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Apple Airpods Max review

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Key features
  • Over-ear
  • Wireless
  • Noise cancelling
Expert review

The Apple AirPods Max are Apple’s first over-ear wireless headphones and cost an astonishing £549. Until now, mainstream buyers would hardly have considered wireless headphones costing more than £350 – which is what flagship pairs from audio heavyweights Bose, Sony and Sennheiser typically cost. Can Apple possibly outclass them? Our rigorous lab tests and professional listening panel deliver the ultimate verdict. Find out if these are the best noise-cancelling headphones around.

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  • How do they sound?
  • What are they like to live with?
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  • Why are these headphones an Eco Buy?
  • Should I buy them?
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Last checked by Which?

December 2021

First reviewed by Which?

January 2021

Released

December 2020

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