I finally bought a new pair of headphones after many months of waiting for the AirPods Max. However, I didn’t buy those specifically.
I really think the AirPods Max is too expensive.
Yes, the AirPods Max sound may have high sound quality. Build quality seems great. It may be even very comfortable to wear for hours.
But the ‘smart case’ or ‘purse’ just for me looks too stupid. It doesn’t protect anything. It protects the ear cups, but since they are replaceable, why protect them at all.
Also, it doesn’t seem to be easy to travel with which I am going to do when all the lockdowns are passed.
Then the price is too much. In The Netherlands, it is €630 which is too luxurious for me. If the quality and comfort were two times better than the competition, I may have considered it.
But it seems like that isn’t the case and based on reading reviews, it is around 20%-30% better.
Also, at that price, I can buy almost two XM4 or one XM4 with an AirPods Max. So it seems a bit too stupid for my case.
So, then I bought the Sony WH1000XM4. I owned the XM2 a while ago. My experience was great with those when it came to sound quality. The only downsides were that it clamped my head too much and comfortability was when used for prolonged hours.
When I unpacked the new XM4, I immediately checked if those things were an issue. Turns out no. The pads got bigger and the material seems to be more breathable. The active noise canceling seems more natural and the sound quality is better.
The case is even better quality than the XM2 and the other benefit is USB-C, which should be the standard.
Overall, I’m happy with this purchase and happy to own good wireless headphones once again.