The best AirPods Max alternatives haven’t necessarily been designed to take on Apple’s first over-ear headphones specifically, but do manage to deliver similarly high standards of sound quality and features. Best of all, they all cost less than the AirPods Max and its towering $549 MSRP.

While spending this much will get you a very good pair of Apple headphones, it does have its limits, and won’t support Apple Music lossless even in wired mode. By shopping smart you can find a pair that’s not just cheaper, but potentially more practical and longer-lasting; an over-ear equivalent to the in-ear best Apple AirPods alternatives. So, get ready to start saving by reading our picks of the best AirPods Max alternatives.

Best airpods max alternatives: Sony WH-1000XM4

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1. Sony WH-1000XM4

The AirPods Max alternative overall

Size and weight: 9.9 x 3. x 7.3 inches, 9 ounces | Battery life (rated): 30 hours (ANC on), 38 hours (ANC off) | Bluetooth range: 40 feet (12 meters) | Special features: Active noise cancellation, customizable EQ, multipoint technology

Excellent sound and noise cancellation

Plenty of features via Sony Connect Headphones app

Stellar touch controls

Multiple ways to connect the headphones

Call quality could be improved