Does AirPods Max Have a Microphone?

Apple’s newly released over-the-ear headphones “The Airpod Max” are equipped with the latest features & functionality, they also offer a high-quality listening experience. However, how does the Airpods Max fair when it comes to its communication capabilities? Are they equipped with a microphone?

The AirPods Max is equipped with 9 microphones in total, three are used to pick up your voice, while 7 are used for Active Noise Cancelation (two are shared with Active Noise Cancellation). The additional microphones are used to enhance voice pickup as well as effectively block out external noise.

Let’s now take a look at the Airpod Max’s communication capabilities in more detail as well as the key features that set them apart from the rest of the headphones in the market.

How AirPods Max Microphones Work

The Airpods Max is equipped with 9 microphones all working to improve the quality of the sound heard within the headphones & enhancing the of picking up your voice more clearly. one microphone is used simply to pick up your voice, while 2 share the task of enhancing voice pickup as well as detecting external noise, while the remaining 6 microphones are used simply to detect and filter out external noise. This helps improve both the quality of the microphone by limiting the sound being picked up by background noise as well as enhances the quality of the audio heard within the headphones.

This makes the Airpod Max a great option for phone calls, zoom calls, gaming, or whatever it may be. They are also extremely effective when used outside thanks to their active noise cancellation capabilities meaning no matter where you go the microphone will maintain its quality.

Here is a quick demonstration of Airpods Max microphone quality (Skip to 4:46 for microphone demonstration).

Key Features of The Airpods Max

The Airpods Max has managed to separate itself from the competition thanks to its innovative features & design which puts these headphones in a category of their own. let’s take a look at what these headphones have to offer that others will not be able to compete with.


One of the main features that set the Airpods Max apart from any other headphones in the market is the design.

Can You Workout With AirPods Max?
Can You Workout With AirPods Max?

First of all, the Airpods Max are designed with steel rather than plastic, which is unconventional for over-the-ear headphones. The majority of the high-end headphones in the market are made from plastic, the reason being is that plastic is lightweight and offers a more comfortable fit although sacrificing durability. However, thanks to Apple’s innovative steel and knit mesh design it offers a combination of durability, flexibility, & comfort.

Removable Earcups

The Airpods Max is built to last in every sense, thanks to its innovative removable earcups this includes wear and tear from years of use.

The Airpods Max allows you to easily remove & replace the earcups allowing you to maintain the quality of the headphones as well as giving you an option to the change colors of your earcups for a nice change.

Sound Quality

When it comes to sound quality the AirPods Max utilizes its custom-built driver which is designed to produce sound with ultra-low distortion across the audible range. Allowing you to hear every note with a new sense of clarity. This is combined with industry-leading Active noise cancellation features designed to filter out external noise offering an uninterrupted one-of-a-kind listening experience.

Adaptive EQ

The Airpods Max utilizes Adaptive Eq to offer a rich & consistent listening experience. It does this by tailoring the sound to the fit and seal created by the ear cushion. This works by utilizing a built-in inward-facing microphone to measure what’s being heard from within the headphones then adjusting the frequencies of your music to offer a smooth listening experience.

Active Noise Cancelation

Each ear cup features three outward-facing microphones in order to detect external noise, while one microphone inside the ear cup monitors the sound within the headphones. The headphones will then begin to filter out unwanted noise that may cause a disruption within the headphones thus allowing for an uninterrupted listening experience.

Transparency Mode

The Airpods Max are equipped with transparency mode. This allows users to disable the Active Noise Cancelation feature and listen to their music while still being able to listen in on their environment. This can be done with a simple press of a button.

Battery Life

The Airpods Max is equipped with a battery life of 20 hours with high-fidelity audio, talk time, or movie playback with Active Noise Cancellation and spatial audio enabled. Additionally, the Airpods Max comes with a lightweight thin smart case that puts AirPods Max in an ultralow-power state which helps to preserve battery charge when not in use.

Additional Features

  • Automatic switching: This allows users to easily switch between apple devices by transferring sound in between your iPad, iPhone, mac…etc. Allowing you to instantly take a call from another device when needed to.
  • Audio Sharing: This allows you to share your music with friends & family who own AirPods. All you would need to do is simply bring your AirPods Max near the device you want to share with and connect with a single tap.
  • Siri: The Airpods Max is equipped with its own built-in Siri. This allows you to simply ask Siri to play music, make phone calls, control the volume, get directions, and much more. Additionally, Siri can read messages as they arrive.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, the Airpods max does feature a microphone and allows for enhanced communication capabilities thanks to its built-in features such as Active Noise Cancellation which allows your voice to be picked up more clearly by filtering out external & static noise.

When it comes to audio quality and listening experience the Airpods Max doesn’t disappoint thanks to its wide range of high-quality features such as its custom-built dynamic driver, computational audio, Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, as well as spatial audio.

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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