A comparison of specs, key information, reviews, and best pricing from top retailers
Last updated -- hours ago | Report incorrect information
Airpods Pro 2
Company ProductName Specs




Maxwell
Company ProductName Specs




What we think

Chevron down
PerfectRec Logo
The PerfectRec Earbuds or Headphones team Learn more
Updated January 10, 2024·

The Apple AirPods Pro 2 offer a great balance of comfort, portability, and user-friendly features, especially if you're already within the Apple ecosystem, as they are optimized for Apple devices. They are more suitable for exercise and casual use, thanks to their sweatproof certification, and include active noise cancelling for noisy environments. They're also lighter, making them easy to carry around for daily use. The Audeze Maxwell, on the other hand, have superior overall sound quality and better microphone quality, making them potentially better for critical listening, immersive gaming experiences, and for calls and meetings. They are also more customizable with an app and include a boom microphone for clearer voice transmission. However, they are bulkier and less portable than the AirPods Pro 2. If you prioritize sound and mic quality for professional use, and don't mind the higher cost and less portability, the Audeze Maxwell might be a better option for you. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs and product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars and the variant with some specs cost some dollars.
Advantages of the Apple Airpods Pro 2
  • The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has no clear advantages over the Audeze Maxwell.
Advantages of the Audeze Maxwell
  • Very good for music
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Excellent for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

Chevron down

Music

7.0
Airpods Pro 2
Maxwell
8.4
The Audeze Maxwell is very good for music, while the Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good.

Gaming

8.4
Airpods Pro 2
Maxwell
9.0
The Audeze Maxwell is excellent for gaming, while the Apple Airpods Pro 2 is very good.

Phone Calls

7.8
Airpods Pro 2
Maxwell
8.7
The Audeze Maxwell is very good for phone calls, while the Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.8
Airpods Pro 2
Maxwell
9.4
The Audeze Maxwell is excellent for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Apple Airpods Pro 2 is very good.

TV and Video

7.8
Airpods Pro 2
Maxwell
8.9
The Audeze Maxwell is very good for TV and video, while the Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good.

Noise Reduction

9.1
Airpods Pro 2
Maxwell
6.0
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is excellent for noise reduction, while the Audeze Maxwell is only fair.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Airpods Pro 2
Maxwell
78.0 Hours
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has 6 hours of battery life. The Audeze Maxwell has 78 hours of battery life.

Cost

$189
Airpods Pro 2
Maxwell
$299
Product image
Product image

$100

$150

$200

$250

$300

$350

$400

The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has a price of $189 and the Audeze Maxwell costs $299.
Image of Earbuds & Headphones
Let Us Help Find Your Perfect Headphones
Find your new headphones

Key similarities

Chevron down

Build Quality

9.0
Airpods Pro 2
Maxwell
9.0
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 and Audeze Maxwell both have excellent build quality.

Give feedback

We’re constantly working to improve.

How the Apple Airpods Pro 2 and the Audeze Maxwell compare to other earbuds and headphones

Chevron down

Spec Comparison

Chevron down
Apple Airpods Pro 2Audeze Maxwell
Apple Airpods Pro 2Audeze Maxwell

GENERAL

Price
$189
$299
Brand
AppleAudeze
Release Date
September 1, 2022January 1, 2023
Form Factor
EarbudsHeadphones
Connectivity
WirelessWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.1/108.4/10
Phone Calls Score
7.8/108.7/10
Gaming Score
8.4/109.1/10
TV and Video Score
7.8/108.9/10
Exercise Score
6.3/106.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6 Hours78 Hours
Wireless charging
YesNo
Charging time
0.5 Hours2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.35.3
Case Battery Life
24N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesNo
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/106/10
Virtual Surround
YesN/A
Android App
NoYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7/108/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/109/10
Comfort score
8/108/10
Size
MediumN/A
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5.3 Grams498.9 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedBoom

Shopping

Chevron down

Apple Airpods Pro 2

See more

Dig into reviews and images

Sound Guys

Lily Katz | May 2023
"Apple's upgraded H2 chip begets better active noise canceling (ANC) and battery life, while the case's U1 chip and integrated speaker lets you precisely locate it from the Find My app. If you own an iPhone, the new AirPods Pro is an obvious choice."

Audeze Maxwell

See more

Dig into reviews and images

Sound Guys

Christian Thomas | August 2023
"Despite a few caveats, the Audeze Maxwell is one of the best-performing gaming headsets on the market and should top the ranks for a few buyers — provided the budget (and neck strength) is there. Gaming headsets have their work cut out for them, and their audience is historically unkind to performance flaws. If you’re an older gamer with some cash to blow, you should be pleased with the Audeze Maxwell."

Get a great deal on the Apple Airpods Pro 2 or the Audeze Maxwell

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 Audeze

Audeze is an, award-winning, American premium headphone manufacturer based in California. Founded in 2008, their products are developed around aerospace materials technology first used by NASA and are widely used by enthusiasts and professionals alike, not only in the fields of music and sound engineering but also in e-sports and the health industry.

Give feedback

We're constantly perfecting our model

Earbuds or Headphones guides you might be interested in

Chevron down

FAQs

Chevron down

FAQs about earbuds and headphones

Questions about PerfectRec >

Why trust us

Chevron down
This information was produced and vetted by the PerfectRec earbuds & headphones team. We are a product research and recommendation organization that meticulously reviews and evaluates the latest earbuds or headphones information and makes it digestible for you.

By the numbers

108
Earbuds and headphones evaluated
11,340
Earbuds and headphones stats compiled
15
Proprietary Earbuds and headphones ratings developed
48,800
Recommendations made
7,320
Consumer hours saved

About the Earbuds or Headphones team

Joe Golden, Ph.D

CEO and Earbuds and Headphones Editor
Joe is an entrepreneur and lifelong electronics enthusiast with a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Nick Landia, Ph.D

Chief Data Scientist
Nick is a machine learning expert with a Ph.D in recommendation systems from the University of Warwick.

Aaron Koller, Ph.D

Head of Product
Aaron is a product leader and recommendation enthusiast with a Ph.D in philosophy from Syracuse University.

Jason Lew

Staff Expert & Software Engineer
Jason is a staff expert and software engineer that has been making laptop recommendations for 7 years and moderates one of the largest laptop subreddits.

Chandradeep Chowdhury

Staff Expert & Software Engineer
Chandradeep is a staff expert and software engineer and expert in televisions and monitors. He’s been making monitor recommendations for ten years.

Luis Torres

Earbuds and Headphones Expert
Luis is a Mexico-based headphones expert. He’s been making headphone recommendations for five years and has close to 100 pairs in his personal collection.

Featured in

Color LTT LogoGeekwire logo9to5 Mac logoPhone Arena LogoColor Daring Fireball logo