We’ve compared the AirPods Max to several other competing sets of headphones from companies like Bose, Sennheiser and Sony, but recently Drop + THX Panda wireless headphones got a bit of attention, so we thought we’d see how they measure up to Apple’s over- ear headphones.
Priced at $ 400, Drop + THX Panda Wireless Headphones are the first headphones to offer THX AAA amplification, for what Drop says is “the world’s lowest possible levels of distortion.” They are also equipped with “planing belt drivers” for additional resistance to distortion and more realistic sound, and they are apparently super comfortable with plush foam ear pads wrapped in leather.
These were not on our radar until we started hearing from the YouTube community, so they are not as well known as other, more popular brands, but they do have some impressive features. That said, these are no better than AirPods Max, which is not unexpected given the difference in price points.
When it comes to sound, MacRumors videographer Dan, who tested the headphones, said that Drop + THX pandas are “dead even” with AirPods Max in terms of sound quality and maybe even a little better.
AirPods Max is more comfortable than Drop + THX Panda headphones, where the latter exerts more pressure on the temples and cheeks, while AirPods Max is able to better distribute the weight. EarAirPods Max’s mask ear cups are also more comfortable than leather ear cups, as leather along with the tight seal can get hot.
Compared to the AirPods Max, the Drop + THX Panda headphones lack active noise reduction, but there is probably a seal around the head to make it drown the most from the outside.
The Drop + THX Panda headphones come with a hardshell case that fits the headphones plus extra cables, and they come with a USB-C cable for charging and a 3.5mm audio cable if you want to use them in wired capacity. By comparison, AirPods Max har has Smart Case, which is not very protective.
When it comes to battery life, the Drop + THX Panda headphones can last up to 30 hours, which is 10 hours more than AirPods Max. In terms of controls, Drop x THX Pandas has a small joystick that can be used to skip tracks and control playback.
All in all, the Drop + THX Panda headphones may be ideal for those who want good sound quality and do not mind the lack of active noise reduction, but AirPods Max wins comfort, ANC capability, Spatial Audio, head registration, and ease of use with Apple devices thanks to the H1 chip, which allows for quick pairing and quick change of device.