Cool Alternatives to the AirPod Max

Some cool and less expensive alternatives to Apple’s AirPod Max.

Bang & Olufsen Headphones

Apple has finally joined the full-sized, noise-canceling headphone market with the AirPod Max. Until now, Apple had mainly focused on its AirPods product and similar earbud-style headphones. While the AirPods have been highly successful, now the company will go head to head with Bose and other over the ear headphones.

Bang & Olufsen Headphones

But, as with many Apple products, the newly released AirPod Max is not inexpensive. With a price tag of $549, it’s not an obvious choice when compared to less expensive, but still highly functional alternatives. 

Let’s take a look at just a few less expensive alternatives.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Bose has been releasing high-quality noise-canceling headphones for years and that experience shows up in the product quality. The latest version, Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 will still set you back around $340 (prices vary with sales, etc.), but they deliver strong all-around performance with effective noise-canceling, high-quality audio, and up to 20 hours of battery life on a charge.

Beats Solo Pro

Beats is another well-known headphone manufacturer and their latest release features active noise cancellation along with compatibility with a lightning charger. If you like various colors, this option might be up your alley as well, since they offer a variety of color schemes. Sound is high-quality and the built-in microphones make it very functional for phone calls. These comfortable headphones run around $180 at the moment, but prices vary.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9

B&O has been making high-quality audio components for many years, but they aren’t quite as well known for their headphones. However, they deliver great sound quality, effective noise-cancellation, good battery life (25 hours), and a comfortable fit. They do come at a price, ranging from $450-500, depending on where you find them.