Best AirPods Max deals: New and refurbished for $418

The Apple AirPods Max are everything you’ll want from wireless headphones, but there’s one problem — they’re expensive. Like most Apple devices, they come with a premium price tag, but with the AirPods Max 2 rumors, you can get the over-the-ear headphones for a cheaper price. Whether you want a brand new pair or you’re fine with getting refurbished ones, check out the AirPods Max deals that we’ve rounded up below. You need to hurry with your purchase if you want to enjoy the savings though. We’re not sure when they’ll expire.

AirPods Max — $480, were $549

The Apple AirPods Max on a surface, viewed from the side.
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The AirPods Max are Apple’s first attempt at a set of over-the-ear headphones. They got a lot of things right. We love these headphones, even when compared against some audiophile options that prioritize sound quality. The AirPods Max have awesome noise cancelling. Everything Apple learned with the earbud-style AirPods works even better with the cup style of the AirPods Max. Along with great ANC comes a great transparency mode. With a twist of the Max’s massive knob, you’ll go from complete silence to feeling like you’re not wearing headphones at all. The audio on phone calls is great as well, and they pair better with the iPhone than any non-Apple headphones could ever hope to.


Refurbished AirPods Max — $418, were $549

The Apple AirPods Max.
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Amazon also has refurbished AirPods Max headphones for quite a big discount. Those who are a bit wary of buying used tech can rest assured that they won’t be able to tell the difference. Under Amazon’s Renewed program, everything inside the headphones has been professionally cleaned, fixed and tested to the point of functioning just like new. The Amazon Renewed Guarantee also promises a free replacement or refund within 90 days of of getting the headphones, which makes this among best AirPods deals in town on a refurbished model for the AirPods Max.

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Should You Buy the AirPods Max?

Apple AirPods Max are incredible headphones. We won’t hesitate to recommend them. But there are two important factors to consider when you’re deciding if they’re right for you: Do you want over the ear headphones? And would you prefer a different brand?

When comparing AirPods vs. AirPods Max, the differences are pretty clear. One goes in you ears and one goes over them. You’ll have to consider the comfort of the traditional in-ear AirPods against the Pro’s silicon nub and the Max’s over-ear design. Our review does note that the AirPods Max are quite heavy and can get uncomfortable after long listening sessions. They’re also inherently less portable do to their size. AirPods Max is going to have better ANC and sound quality in general, since Apple had more space to pack in some better tech.

You should also consider some other headphone brands. If you have an iPhone, none of the other options will connect quite as well, but there are other factors to consider. For instance, some of these brands have a long history of fantastic headphones. When comparing the AirPods Max vs. Sony WH-1000XM4 or 5, Sony retains its crown. The XM5s are the best headphones on the market, in our opinion. While their price point is the same, they don’t have that Apple feel, with the sleek design and the large buttons.

In the end it will come down to which style of headphone you prefer more, and whether or not you absolutely need to stick with Apple.