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:
- 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
- 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.