9. AirPods Max
This year also saw a brand-new addition to the AirPods lineup--though these are over-ear headphones rather than earbuds. The Apple AirPods Max stand out from other noise-canceling headphones by tapping some of the key features of the AirPods Pro, such as Adaptive EQ, transparency mode and spatial audio--in addition to top-notch Active Noise Cancellation, of course. Apple also includes a feature from the Apple Watch, the Digital Crown, in the AirPods Max. The feature provides precise volume control, play/pause/skip, the ability to answer or end phone calls and Siri activation. Meanwhile, in terms of the construction of the headphones, the AirPods Max have a stainless steel headband frame and ear cushions made from “acoustically engineered” memory foam that creates “an effective seal — a critical factor in delivering immersive sound,” Apple said. And in terms of audio quality, the AirPods Max include a 40 mm driver that was designed by Apple to deliver top-notch bass, mid-range and high frequencies “so every note can be heard,” Apple said.