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Updated April 11, 2024·

The Apple AirPods Max, as over-ear headphones with active noise cancelling, offer the best noise isolation, making them ideal for air travel and environments where you want to block out background noise. They also provide a more immersive experience with virtual surround sound, but are heavier and less portable than earbuds. The built-in controls and optimization for both Android and Apple make them user-friendly and they have integrated microphones for better call quality. Meanwhile, the Sennheiser IE600 earbuds offer the best sound quality for music and are more comfortable and portable, with excellent build quality and a detachable cable. If you often engage with music or need something light for commuting, these might suit you better. However, they lack wireless capabilities, active noise cancelling, and have poorer microphone quality, which may not be ideal for calls or noisy environments. Both have a similar battery life and are sweatproof but not dustproof. Consider your primary activities, such as whether you'll be exercising, traveling, or taking many calls, when choosing between these two premium audio devices. 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 Sennheiser IE600
  • Very good for music
  • Excellent for TV and video

Key differences

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Music

7.3
Airpods Max
IE600
8.3
The Sennheiser IE600 is very good for music, while the Apple Airpods Max is good.

Gaming

5.5
Airpods Max
IE600
6.7
The Sennheiser IE600 is only fair for gaming, while the Apple Airpods Max is poor.

Phone Calls

6.6
Airpods Max
IE600
3.5
The Apple Airpods Max is only fair for phone calls, while the Sennheiser IE600 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.0
Airpods Max
IE600
5.4
The Apple Airpods Max is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Sennheiser IE600 is poor.

TV and Video

5.7
Airpods Max
IE600
9.3
The Sennheiser IE600 is excellent for TV and video, while the Apple Airpods Max is poor.

Noise Reduction

10.0
Airpods Max
IE600
7.0
The Apple Airpods Max is best in class for noise reduction, while the Sennheiser IE600 is good.

Battery

21.0 Hours
Airpods Max
IE600
N/A
The Apple Airpods Max has 21 hours of battery life. The Sennheiser IE600 does not have a battery.

Cost

$450
Airpods Max
IE600
$500
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The Apple Airpods Max has a price of $450 and the Sennheiser IE600 costs $500.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

9.0
Airpods Max
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9.0
The Apple Airpods Max and Sennheiser IE600 both have excellent build quality.

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How the Apple Airpods Max and the Sennheiser IE600 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple Airpods MaxSennheiser IE600
Apple Airpods MaxSennheiser IE600

GENERAL

Price
$450
$500
Brand
AppleSennheiser
Release Date
December 1, 2020June 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
Wired + WirelessWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.4/108.3/10
Phone Calls Score
6.6/103.5/10
Gaming Score
5.5/106.8/10
TV and Video Score
5.8/109.3/10
Exercise Score
6.2/104.6/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
21 HoursN/A
Wireless charging
NoN/A
Charging time
2 HoursN/A
Bluetooth version
5N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesNo
Noise Reduction Score
10/107/10
Virtual Surround
YesNo
Android App
NoN/A
iOS App
YesN/A
Mic Quality
7/102.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/109/10
Comfort score
7/108.4/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
385.5 Grams6 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedN/A

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Apple Airpods Max

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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."

Sennheiser IE600

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Soundguys

Jasper Lastoria | August 2023
"If you've got the bucks, the Sennheiser IE 600 is a nice, upscale set of in-ear monitors made of a lightweight metal with an unusual texture. It comes with a suite of extras, and performs well at virtually every task."

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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.

About Sennheiser

A family-owned company, Sennheiser is a German, high fidelity, audio equipment manufacturer founded in 1945. Their consumer audio division is now owned by the Swiss hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturer Sonova. Sennheiser offers a wide variety of, very high quality, audio equipment solutions, from headphones to earbuds, full sets of monitoring speakers, amplifiers and microphones. They also make what is widely regarded as the best, and most expensive, headphones in existence, the HE-1 Orpheus, costing a whopping $59,000 dollars.

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