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Gorgeous build quality, but overall disappointing
Reviewed in Australia on 31 December 2021
I bought these after being so impressed with my AirPods Pro, particularly as I have an interest in spatial audio. I thought the Maxes would be a step up again for use with my Apple TV 4K, particularly for Atmos soundtracks. That was my primary motivation, particularly as I work in the home cinema industry.
I had concerns about the weight and head clamp force due to so many reviews highlighting these things, but this turned out to not be an issue at all for me, with a very comfy fit. Build quality is stunning. They definitely offer better dynamics with punchier bass and more extended highs compared to the Pros, but the spatial audio placement surprisingly seemed somewhat more closed in than the in-ear Pros, particularly the dialogue distance. I expected the other way around. Mind you, both are far better than any regular headphones in this regard! Also, I instantly felt discomfort at the pressure from the noise cancellation and had to turn it off completely. I also did with a former pair of Sony XM3s, so I'm probably just sensitive to this, though I have no such issue with the AirPods Pro.
Bottom line - I'm glad I bought these from Amazon as the price and delivery was absolutely first class, but the biggest benefit was the ability to return them. Which I did. I'll stick with the Pros. Thank you Amazon!