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[* black] With all their intricate, precision-engineered parts, AirPods Max remind us more of a mechanical watch than of any pair of headphones.
[* black] Despite their complexity, and an earcup-opening procedure fraught with strange screws and adhesive, Apple's first over-ear headphones are actually quite serviceable—''if'' you have all the tools and are willing to put in some work.
[* black] We're thrilled to see DIY-friendly highlights like the easily-removable ear cushions and headband in an Apple product.
-[* black] And after tearing down some of the competition, we're more understanding of that $550 price tag. Sony and Bose both make very capable headphones, but AirPods Max’s obsessive craftsmanship makes them seem like toys by comparison.
+[* black] And after tearing down some of the competition, we're more understanding of that $550 price tag. Sony and Bose both charge less, but internally, the AirPods Max’s obsessive craftsmanship makes those other extremely capable devices look like toys by comparison.
[* black] All that said, we're excited to award the first-ever ''non-zero'' repair score to an AirPods device...