I find the Bose 35s to be more comfortable, which for me is the most critically important feature on headphones. I can wear them awake or asleep for hours without discomfort. They’re amazing for everything from work to sleeping on a plane.
Could the Apple Airpods Max have them beat? I had to try.
- These things are heavy! The metal ear cups feel very premium in your hands, but the mesh headband just looks cheap and out of place to me:
- These things are incredibly heavy on your ears! I personally found them extremely uncomfortable to wear, with far too much pressure on my head.
- The noise cancelling on the Airpods Max is very impressive, a clear step up from the Bose 35s. But is it too much? I found my ears ringing after I tried my sleep test in them. That doesn’t happen when I wear my Bose 35s. I also was unable to find any way to control the level of noise cancellation, though I use an Android device and there does not appear to be any Android app.
- The music sounds excellent, Apple really excels here.
- The volume control dial is excellent, and allows for more granular volume levels than the phone does by itself. The physical buttons to skip tracks and adjust volume are much better than the gestures on the Bose 700s.
- The bluetooth setup on my Android phone was seamless.
- There is no power switch, you need to put them into the case to turn them off, which is beyond ridiculous.
- The case is absurd, offering no protection for the pricey headphones.
- While the Bose 35s fold to be compact in the case, the bulky Airpods Max don’t fold.
- The Bose 35s have a audio line-in that you can use to connect to wired devices or the in-flight entertainment system on a plane. No such accessory comes included with the Airpods Max, so you’ll need to shell out some $30 to have that functionality.
- While I can push my Bose 35s back behind my ears or wear them around my neck, I couldn’t do either of those comfortably on the Airpods Max.
- At least on my Android, I couldn’t figure out any way to check the battery life remaining on the Airpods Max.
Now to be fair, some of these complaints may be due to not having an iPhone. But overall, I would not trade my Bose 35s for Airpods Max at the same price, let alone at more than double the price.
The price has to be a joke, right?
Of course the weight may not bother everyone and if you wear them enough I’m sure you can get used to it and the noise cancellation level. But unless you really need to eke out the marginally better sound quality and noise cancellation, or you just need to have everything Apple, this seems ridiculously overpriced to me.
Also, what in the world was Apple thinking with this ridiculous case (which is also required if you want to turn the power off or stop your phone’s audio from going to the Airpods Max)?
Agree? Disagree? Are there other products that you’d like me to review? Share your thoughts in the comments!