Best AirPods Max Alternatives for all price points

by Jeremy

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 excellent. Nice. In my own brief personal experience, I concur with that feeling. They say terrific and offer a tremendous 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:

    • Of course, the

Sony WH-1000XM4

    is at the top of our recommendation list, and for a good reason. They sound terrific, offer a best-in-class noise-canceling experience, and come with a host of useful features and tricks that make them a default choice for buyers.
    • Thanks to their stunning aesthetics, compact size, and how light they are a personal favorite of ours. If you avoid the AirPods Max for their heft and bulk, these are the ones to get. Plus, they offer one of the best audio experiences you can get on

wireless headphones

    • Armed with Active Noise Cancellation, the proprietary SmartSound technology, and

fast charging

    • support, the Jabra Elite 85H appears to be an excellent 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 AirPods Max with something equally high-end? The Mont Blanc MB 01 is 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. They lack pure sound quality compared to Sony and Bose; they more than makeup with intuitive touch controls, decent noise cancellation, fast pairing, excellent battery life, and superior comfort.

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