Apple AirPods Max over-ear headphones introduced for $ 549

Apple on Tuesday announced AirPods Max, a new pair of over-ear noise-canceling headphones that will hit the market on December 15 for $ 549.

The AirPods Max may appeal to customers who don’t want in-ear headphones, such as B. the AirPods. They sit over your ears, which can be comfortable for long periods of time, but have features similar to “Hey Siri” support for voice commands, quick pairing with your iPhone, and noise cancellation.

This also includes the transparency mode, which allows you to hear sounds around you, such as For example, cars when you walk on a busy street and spatial audio that makes it seem like audio from movies and TV shows is coming straight from an iPad or iPhone. The AirPods Max have sensors in the ear cups that they can use to tell if they are on your head or not. That way, if you take it off or lift an ear cup to speak to someone, the music will pause.

But they are also expensive for headphones. Most of the products in this category from competitors like Bose and Sony, or even Apple’s own Beats brand, cost around $ 350. Some of this cost may be due to materials like the stainless steel headband, since other headphones are usually made of plastic.

They also include large speakers, despite being the same size as the competing Sony device, and a feature that Apple says has been taken over by professional grade speakers called a ring magnet motor that help keep distortion below 1% across the entire audible range. to keep. The AirPods Max are powered by two instead of one of Apple’s H1 chips, which allow you to analyze and adjust music and noise cancellation up to 200 times per second based on your environment.

The AirPods Max also come with a small carrying case with magnets that instruct the AirPods Max to go into an ultra-low-power mode to save battery life when not in use.

AirPods Max Smart Case

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There are other unique features too, like a digital crown similar to that of an Apple Watch to adjust volume or answer calls.

AirPods Max headphones

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Apple promises a battery life of up to 20 hours with noise cancellation that is on par with or even below the competition.

The AirPods Max can only help Apple appeal to a larger audience, however, as they already sell headphones in the range of around $ 50 through the Beats brand, up to $ 350. The AirPods Max are now premium and could be especially appealing to business travelers who need noise-canceling headphones on airplanes, which are usually seen in people with Sony and Bose headsets.

Sales of “other products” from Apple, which also include AirPods and Apple Watch, have declined in the last few quarters. In the fourth quarter, sales increased by 20.9% compared to the previous year.

The AirPods Max are available in five colors: silver, gray, blue, green and pink.

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