AirPods Max are Apple’s top-of-the-range headphones. And just like its “little brothers” it bears the stamp of wireless connectivity. They connect via Bluetooth to our iPhone, iPad or Mac in a very simple way and their sound is very good. Nevertheless, there is a way to connect your AirPods Max by cable and thus, in theory, increase the sound quality. However, at the moment, there is only one alternative, and it is not cheap.
If you connect the AirPods Max with cable you have to go through the box again
As usual in Apple’s accessories and connectivity policy, in recent years, you have to go through the checkout to perform functions that devices can perform. And in the case of AirPods Max it was not going to be less. These headphones have numerous advantages: their design and the quality of the materials, the instant connectivity with the Apple ecosystem and their sound. However, the most criticized limitation (and rightly so) is having a few premium headphones without 3.5 mm jack connectivity.
And, the AirPods Max only have a Lightning port. However, this output is not only used to charge the headphones, but also allows them to be connected by cable. And although Apple does include the Lightning to USB-C cable to charge them, we have to pay 45 euros (on the official Apple website) for the Lightning to 3.5 mm Jack cable.
A figure that, if we compare it with the 629 euros that the AirPods Max cost, is economical. But if we take into account what it really is, a cable, it is a high price. However, if what you are looking for are quality Lightning to Jack cables at a cheaper price, to use with your other devices, here are some alternatives. Of course: keep in mind that, if you have AirPods Max you will not be able to use them with this device.
Apple puts itself a roadblock (or two)
If you are a lover of good music, you will immediately realize that this is not a very sophisticated cable. Rather, it is a 1.2-meter cable, one of the most “normal” you can find. However, this price is due to two factors: Lightning connector and Apple brand. And it is that, despite the fact that in the same Apple Store we can find cables from Lightning to Jack 3.5 mm. Something cheaper, like those of Belkin, these will not work with AirPods Max. They are used for other devices, except this one in particular. The why? It is not known. Therefore, we only have this output.
This cable is also compatible with any device that has Lightning, so you can give it more uses, beyond connecting them to AirPods Max. However, the socket of this cable is a 3.5 mm Jack. And unless we connect it to a device with that input, such as a portable speaker, an old iPhone or iPad models prior to this generation, if we want to connect our AirPods Max to our iPhone (from 7), we will have to go through box again.
Although in this case, you have a little more luck and you already have the adapter to connect a 3.5 mm Jack. You need a Lightning to Jack adapter. And, although in this case, we do have many more alternatives, Apple sells it for 10 euros on its official website. So, in case you do not have this, and you do not have the certified cable either, you will have to pay up to 55 euros more to connect your AirPods Max to your iPhone.