Apple’s first over-ear headphones – the AirPods Max – are finally here. So far, there’s a general consensus in the tech community that they sound good. Really nice. In my own brief personal experience, I agree with this feeling. They sound great and offer a great noise canceling experience. And oh, they look awesome, but they’re also a little heavy. The biggest test for buyers, however, is the staggering $ 549 price tag and the limitations of the ecosystem. In case the Apple cans aren’t for you, these are the best AirPods Max alternatives at all prices:
Of course, the Sony WH-1000XM4 is at the top of our recommendation list for good reason. They sound great, offer a premium noise-canceling experience, and come with a number of useful features and tricks that make them a standard choice for buyers.
A personal favorite of ours thanks to their stunning aesthetics, compact size and how light they are. If you are avoiding the AirPods Max because of their weight and bulk, this is the one to buy. Plus, they offer one of the best audio experiences you can get with wireless headphones.
Equipped with Active Noise Cancellation, proprietary SmartSound technology, and support for fast charging, the Jabra Elite 85H seems like a great alternative for less than half the price of AirPods Max. Best of all, however, they offer water resistance, a rare property in this segment.
Would you like to counteract the luxury aspect of the AirPods Max with something equally high-end? The Mont Blanc MB 01 are just that. These have been praised for their luxurious looks, punchy sound, and convenience, but they miss out on some audiophile benefits.
The Surface Headphones 2 from Microsoft are surprisingly upside down. What they lack in pure sound quality compared to Sony and Bose, they more than make up for with intuitive touch controls, decent noise cancellation, quick pairing, great battery life, and superior convenience.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II is one of the most famous headphones with noise cancellation and is popular with many for good reasons. Their noise cancellation is among the best on the market and is complemented by a comfortable design and excellent audio output that is in a class of its own.
Thanks to the W1 chip inside, they’re the best that Beats has to offer. They have been praised for their design, convenience aspect, impressive bass performance, and decent noise cancellation, but the raw audio quality isn’t the best for their price.
Praised for their bass depth, high clarity, comfortable design, and good active noise cancellation (ANC), the Sennheiser Momentum 3 wireless headphones shine brightly in a crowded room. But they are relatively expensive compared to their competitors.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 cans are some of the most comfortable noise canceling headphones on the market, offering good noise cancellation, a wide soundstage and long battery life. However, they’re not that sophisticated in terms of sound quality and sophistication.
The Bowers & Wilkins PX7 is a slightly lesser-known option in a sea of Sony and Bose headphones. It offers an audio output with rich bass, good noise cancellation with multiple levels to choose from, and excellent battery life, but the flat folding design is not everybody’s cup of tea.
The Master & Dynamic MW65 headphones are priced higher than the AirPods Max, but they’re actually good. These boxes are characterized by a beautiful design, a balanced audio output with high clarity and rich bass as well as a high level of comfort.
The Razer Opus THX certified wireless headphones are a great budget option with active noise cancellation. They were praised for their clean design, good noise suppression, balanced audio output and high level of clarity. The lack of manual EQ adjustments is a sore point, however.
For price-conscious buyers, the Sennheiser HD 450BT probably offers the best value for its price. They offer satisfactory noise-canceling output, as well as impressive sound output and adjustable EQ, but they are not the most convenient option on the market.
Among the best budget headphones, don’t make a lot of sacrifices when it comes to sound quality. They’re comfortable to wear, have great battery life, and have adjustable EQ settings. However, they don’t have a headphone jack, aptX, and active noise cancellation.
If you are on a tight budget and still want noise cancellation, the Anker SoundCore Life 20 headphones are the best option for you. Of course, the ANC output isn’t the best, but they are quite comfortable, have a good battery, and have good sound output.
These were our top deals on the best AirPods Max alternatives for all price ranges. If you want the best sound quality and noise cancellation, the Sony WH-1000XM4 are the best you have. In addition, you get a number of useful features such as: For example, speak to chat to automatically pause music and let ambient noise through so users can have a conversation as soon as they speak, an assistant that is always on, and support for multiple devices with seamless switching.
For less than half the price of AirPods Max you get the Surface Headphones 2 from Microsoft 2. They offer a minimalist design, offer a good noise-canceling experience with settings of the ambient sound level, good multipoint connectivity and a high level of comfort too. The sound quality is also well-balanced, if not too bass-heavy, and the intuitive controls are simply the best in their class. However, the battery life isn’t the best, and neither is the collapsible design.
I’ve been writing about consumer technology for over three years, having worked with names like NDTV and Beebom in the past. Aside from the latest news, I’ve checked out my fair share of devices that range from smartphones and laptops to smart home devices. I’ve also interviewed tech managers and appeared as a moderator on YouTube videos talking about the latest and greatest gadgets.