Applesthey are quite expensive, but that is because they are such excellent headphones. And for such a high-quality product, you’ll want to use the best AirPods Max accessories with it.
Apple has its own set of accessories that you can try if you own a pair of AirPods Max, but third-party vendors produce a number of must-have AirPods Max accessories that are also worth considering. From traditional shell cases that replace the controversial AirPods Max case, to charging stands and ear cup and headband covers, there’s no shortage of great accessories.
Here’s an overview of the best AirPods Max accessories available, most of which I’ve tested. I will update this list as new accessories become available.
Spigen is known for its affordable phone cases, but it also makes other accessories, including the Ultra Hybrid Pro, a set of protective ear cups for Max. They’re a little pricey at $27, but if you just want some protection while still showing off the natural color of the AirPods Max’s aluminum construction, this is a good option.
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Apple doesn’t include a cable for wired listening with the AirPods Max, which is quite annoying because the fact is they sound better wired, and sometimes it’s easier to connect a device than to pair them wirelessly, especially if you’ve got non-Apple devices that you don’t has in your iCloud account.
The easiest way to listen to high-res audio is to connect to a Mac or Windows PC and load some FLAC files, which I did. Of course, you can also listen to streaming services (and any other audio) this way. Volume levels were very high on the MacBook Pro I was using, and I experienced a subtle but noticeable increase in sound quality over the wired route.
In addition, the cable eliminates any delays that may be affected when playing or producing music. Note that AirPods Max still need battery power to deliver audio, even in wired mode; there is no “passive mode” available.
You can find several AirPods Max hard cases on Amazon, but this is probably the best value. This case has a plush interior, power adapter storage, and magnets that put AirPods Max into a lower-power sleep mode (hibernate mode). It comes in multiple color options and prices range from $33 to $37.
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When Apple released the AirPods Max, it was very sad about the unusual protective cover of the headphones, which drew quite a few comparisons with bras and handbags and was criticized for not fully protecting the headphones. I wasn’t as depressed as others, but I knew we’d see a few third-party AirPods Max case options soon, and a few have already arrived, including the $89 Waterfield Design Max Shield case.
Aside from the sleek design, what sets it apart from all the generic $20 to $25 cases popping up on Amazon is what Waterfield calls the Magnetic Butterfly, which puts the AirPods Max into low-power mode, just like the magnets on the Apple cover . . In other cases, you put AirPods Max (with the cover on) inside – they don’t have magnets.
The Max Shield is designed to accommodate AirPods Max both naked and in a case, and has an internal pocket to store the included USB-C-to-Lightning charging cable or optional Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable for wired listening . There’s also an exterior zipped pocket, as well as an exterior stretch mesh pocket for storing extra items. Max Shield is available in eight color variants.
If you drop your AirPods Max on the wrong surface, the aluminum earbuds may scratch. In this case, silicone earmuffs can save the day. There are tons of them on Amazon in many color options. The Seltureone model is currently the highest rated by users – and costs around $10 – so this is my current pick in this category. But that may change as new versions become available.
The AirPods Max’s mesh headband is designed to be quite sturdy, but this headband cushion serves three purposes: it provides increased mesh protection, adds extra cushion for the top of your head, and customizes the look of your headphones.
It is available in several color options and is easy to remove and wash.
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The Spigen Klasden is a relatively affordable hard case for the AirPods Max. Designed to be used with the AirPods Max case, it adds an extra layer of protection. there are no built-in magnets to put the headphones to sleep; it has an internal cable storage pocket and an integrated handle.
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AirPods Max include a USB-C-to-Lightning charging cable in the box, but do not include the power adapter. The compact 40W Spigen Dual USB-C charger (uses GaN technology to help reduce its size) can charge two devices at the same time and has plenty of power to charge your headphones and an iPhone – or even an iPad – at the same time. Each USB-C port delivers up to 30W if you’re charging just one device, or up to 20W if you’re charging two devices at once. Therefore, it is rated at 40W.
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Don’t want to put your AirPods Max in their soft Smart Case to fall asleep? This simple, attractively designed stand is easy to assemble and serves as a comfortable resting place for your headphones. Thanks to the integrated magnet, AirPods Max automatically disconnect from your devices when placed on the cradle, then reconnect when you remove them from the cradle. This stand also works well with other headphones – however, the Bluetooth auto-disconnect feature only works with AirPods Max.