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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you're keen on top-notch sound quality and are an avid gamer or watch a lot of TV using headphones, the Focal Bathys would be a better choice due to their superior overall sound quality and excellent performance for gaming and TV. However, if you frequently travel by air, prioritize noise isolation, or use Apple devices, the Apple Airpods Max might be more suited to your needs, given their strong noise-cancellation capabilities and optimization for Apple products. Note that the Airpods Max are heavier and may not be as comfortable for prolonged use as the lighter Focal Bathys, which also have longer battery life. Both models offer wireless connectivity, but keep in mind that the Airpods Max do not support low latency codecs, which could impact your experience during interactive activities like gaming. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple Airpods Max
  • Excellent for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Focal Bathys
  • Very good for music
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Best in class for TV and video

Key differences

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Music

7.3
Airpods Max
Bathys
8.0
The Focal Bathys is very good for music, while the Apple Airpods Max is good.

Gaming

5.5
Airpods Max
Bathys
9.3
The Focal Bathys is excellent for gaming, while the Apple Airpods Max is poor.

Phone Calls

6.6
Airpods Max
Bathys
5.2
The Apple Airpods Max is only fair for phone calls, while the Focal Bathys is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.0
Airpods Max
Bathys
6.2
The Apple Airpods Max is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Focal Bathys is only fair.

TV and Video

5.7
Airpods Max
Bathys
10.0
The Focal Bathys is best in class for TV and video, while the Apple Airpods Max is poor.

Noise Reduction

10.0
Airpods Max
Bathys
8.3
The Apple Airpods Max is best in class for noise reduction, while the Focal Bathys is very good.

Battery

21.0 Hours
Airpods Max
Bathys
31.0 Hours
The Apple Airpods Max has 21 hours of battery life. The Focal Bathys has 31 hours of battery life.

Cost

$450
Airpods Max
Bathys
$699
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The Apple Airpods Max has a price of $450 and the Focal Bathys costs $699.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

9.0
Airpods Max
Bathys
9.0
The Apple Airpods Max and Focal Bathys both have excellent build quality.

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How the Apple Airpods Max and the Focal Bathys compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple Airpods MaxFocal Bathys
Apple Airpods MaxFocal Bathys

GENERAL

Price
$450
$699
Brand
AppleFocal
Release Date
December 1, 2020October 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
Wired + WirelessWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.4/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
6.6/105.3/10
Gaming Score
5.5/109.4/10
TV and Video Score
5.8/1010/10
Exercise Score
6.2/106.6/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
21 Hours31 Hours
Wireless charging
NoNo
Charging time
2 Hours1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
55.1

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
10/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
YesNo
Android App
NoYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7/106.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/109/10
Comfort score
7/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
385.5 Grams350 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated
Waterproof Rating
00

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Sound Guys

Adam Molina | July 2023
"Objectively, the AirPods Max is a spectacular pair of headphones. I appreciate the smart features like auto-pause and the transparency mode are super practical. It also sounds great, is well-built, and has solid battery life."

Focal Bathys

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Soundguys

Christian Thomas | May 2023
"As much as I hesitate to recommend a headphone that sells for $800 USD, if you’re looking for the best sound quality you can find in the ANC space: it’s the Focal Bathys."

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About Apple

Apple Inc. is an American technology company, founded in 1976, known for its wide range of premium products, including smartphones, computers, and audio solutions. Apple offers the very popular personal audio line AirPods, highly regarded for their wireless, smart capabilities and their seamless integration with the iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. They provide a high-quality sound, comfort and lifestyle features perfect for all users invested in their ecosystem.

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