Best AirPods Max Alternatives for all price points
Apple’s first over-ear headphones – the AirPods Max – have finally arrived. So far, the overall consensus within the tech community is that they sound nice. Really nice. In my own brief personal experience, I concur with that feeling. They sound terrific and offer a great noise-canceling experience. And oh, they look fantastic, but they are a tad heavy too. However, the biggest test for buyers is their eye-watering price tag of $549, and ecosystem limitations. In case the Apple cans don’t cut it for you, these are the best AirPods Max alternatives at all price points:
- A personal favorite of ours, thanks to their stunning aesthetics, compact size and how light they are. If you are avoiding the AirPods Max for their heft and bulk, these are the ones to get. Plus, they offer one of the best audio experience you can get on wireless headphones.
- Armed with Active Noise Cancellation, the proprietary SmartSound technology and fast charging support, the Jabra Elite 85H appear to be a great alternative for less than half the price of AirPods Max. But the best part is that they offer water-resistance, a rare trait in the segment.
- Want to counter the luxury aspect of the aspect of the AirPods Max with something equally high-end? The Mont Blanc MB 01 are just that. These have been hailed for their luxurious looks, punchy sound and comfort aspect, but they do miss out on some audiophile perks.
- The Surface Headphones 2 by Microsoft are surprisingly head. What they lack in pure sound quality compared to Sony and Bose, they more than make up for it with intuitive touch controls, decent noise cancellation, fast pairing, great battery life and superior comfort.
- Among the most well-known noise-canceling headphones out there, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II are a favorite of many, and for good reasons. Their noise cancellation is among the best out there, and it is complemented by a comfortable design and a terrific audio output that is in a class of its own.
- Tailor-made for Apple devices, thanks to the W1 chip inside, these are the best that Beats has to offer. They have received praise for their design, comfort aspect, thumping bass output and decent noise cancellation, but raw audio quality is not the best for its price.
- A tad lesser-known option in a sea of Sony and Bose headphones, the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 offer an audio output with rich bass, good noise cancellation with multiple tiers to choose from, and great battery life, but their flat folding design is not everyone’s cup of tea.
- For the budget-conscious buyers, the Sennheiser HD 450BT offer arguably the best value for their price tag. They offer a satisfying noise cancellation output alongside an immersive sound output and adjustable EQ, but they are not the most comfortable option out there.
- Among the best budget headphones in terms of raw sound quality, don’t make many sacrifices. They are comfortable to wear, offer a great battery life, and offer adjustable EQ settings as well, But they miss out on a headphone jack, aptX and active noise cancellation.
- If you are super tight on your budget but still desire a noise cancellation, the best option for you is the Anker SoundCore Life 20 headphones. Of course, the ANC output is not the best out there, but they are quite comfortable, offer a good battery and sound output is decent too.
So, these were our top picks for the best AirPods Max alternatives for all price points. If you desire the best sound quality and noise cancellation experience, the Sony WH-1000XM4 are the best you got. Plus, you also get a host of useful features such as speak-to-chat for automatically pausing music and letting ambient sound through to let users have a conversation as soon as it detects them speaking, always-on assistant, and multi-device support with seamless switching.
For less than half the price of AirPods Max, you get the Surface Headphones 2 from Microsoft 2. They rock a minimal design, offer a good noise cancellation experience with ambient sound level adjustments, good multi-point connectivity, and rank high on the comfort aspect as well. Sound quality is balanced too, if not too bass-heavy, and the intuitive dial controls are simply best-in-class. However, battery life is not the best and their folding design is not the best either.
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