We took a look at the audio capabilities of the iPhone 13 Pro Max and found out how well the gadget handles music playback and sound recording in various conditions. Despite a number of advantages, Apple’s flagship still has a few known shortcomings from past models.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max has two Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers and its microphones are acoustic zoom-compatible for video. Voice isolation and wide-range recording technologies are used for voice calls. In addition, the user can set the maximum allowable volume level for playback.
When tested, the iPhone 13 Pro Max demonstrated stable audio playback across the entire frequency range. The gadget delivers a natural tonal balance with a distinctive “warm” midrange compared to previous generations of iPhones. In addition, the range coverage is wide. Even when recording at high volume, the smartphone showed a natural timbre and faithfully reproduced the character of the original sound. The device has a sufficient volume level and even when the source is too loud, it manages the recording without artefacts.
It’s not without its drawbacks. Like all Apple smartphones, the new iPhone 13 Pro Max plays audio with channel inversion in the Music app. In addition, the flagship slightly distorts the bass at maximum volume. When recording, there is a feeling that the sound is somewhat “muddy” – it lacks brightness and clarity, as well as intelligibility.
DxOMark representatives noted that the iPhone 13 Pro Max outperforms its predecessors in terms of recording quality in noisy environments, as well as in video creation. In total, the gadget scored 75 points, sharing sixth place in the global lab ranking with models such as the ASUS ROG Phone 3 and HUAWEI Mate 20 X.