- Sep 14, 2011
I read the 9to5 review. He actually ended his review proclaiming that the Max will be the only over ear headphones he uses because he really enjoys them overall. He actually praised the sound as having some of the best bass he's heard. He mainly criticized low volume listening when compared to high end audiophile headphones saying they don't get that same level of detail and clarity. He doesn't see these as audiophile headphones. He also said the Max has the best in class ANC and Transparency mode, but doesn't find it worth $550 on sound alone. He would've liked them priced at $400 or $450. I can respect that.I would expect 9to5Mac to be biased in favor of AirPods Max, although expensive headphones tend to get a lot of additional criticism which isn’t necessarily unjustified since they have a lot to live up to in terms of expectations.
Audeze’s EL-8 Titanium was panned by more than a few critics for not living up to its $799 price tag, and even got a 2-star review from What Hi-Fi. I’ll be curious to see how they review AirPods Max since to my surprise HomePod Mini got a five-star review.