Marius Masalar, an actual audiophile, revising the AirPods Max:
They frustrate me because you can tell that these could have been disruptively perfect. If Apple had made them lighter, chosen better materials, made them fold properly, given them a useable case, included the damn 3.5mm audio cable—even if they’d kept the price—the AirPods Max would be an easy recommendation.
As it is though, I have no idea who I would recommend these to. I think anyone—even audiophiles—should find a way to audition them just for fun. But actually dropping this much money to own a pair? I don’t know.
In short, the headphones sound great, much better than Marius was expecting. But they have some downsides that very well could be a deal breaker for some.