The best headphone deals in May 2021

Today’s headphone deals offer Prime Day-rivaling discounts on the audio industry’s best wearables. We’re seeing notable discounts on over-ear and on-ear style headphones as well as true wireless earbuds.

Several retailers currently offer generous markdowns on headphones from Apple, Samsung, Sony, Bose, and more. We’re rounding up the best headphone deals on on-ear and over-ear noise-cancelling ear cans, as well as true wireless earbuds,

From the Editor’s Choice Galaxy Buds Pro to the new AirPods Max, here are the headphone deals you can get right now.

The best headphone deals right now

The best headphone deals

Apple AirPods Max

Apple’s powerful ear cans

Rated Battery Life: 20 hours | Bluetooth Range: 800 feet | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Stunning design

Solid sound

Strong noise cancellation

Apple’s $549 AirPods Max headphones combine powerful tech with gorgeous design. It employs Apple’s powerful H1 chips, nine microphones, 40mm drivers, and tons of sensors.

In our AirPods Max review, the headphones’ beautiful design, great sound, and powerful noise-cancelling impressed us. We gave them an overall rating of 4.5 out of  5 stars and the Editor’s Choice award.

Design-wise, the AirPods Max are minimalist and chic. Made of premium materials, they sport the familiar bold, clean lines we expect from Apple products. At 13.6 ounces and 7.4 x 6.6 x 3.3 inches, the AirPods Max are heavier than competitors. They weigh more than the Bose Noise-Cancelling 700 Headphones  (9 ounces, 8 x 6.5 x 2-inches) and the Sony WH-1000XM4 (8.9 ounces).

Despite their weight, the AirPods Max are remarkably comfortable. Mesh fabric covered memory foam earcups keep the ears dry during long listening sessions.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700

The best noise-cancelling headphones

Rated Battery Life: 20 hours (NC on); 40 hours (NC off) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Slim, attractive design

Top tier noise-cancellation

Clean, precise sound

Priced at $379, Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 deliver outstanding noise-cancelling performance for music and phone calls. These over-ear style wireless ‘phones feature intuitive touch controls, a powerful microphone system and digital assistant support.

In our Bose 700 review, we were floored by their detailed, accurate sound, and excellent noise cancelling function. We gave the Bose 700 a 4.5 out of 5 star rating and the Editor’s Choice award for their overall performance and sleek, low-profile design. Their lightweight frame and cushiony, leatherette ear pads provide maximum wearing comfort. At 9 ounces, they’re lighter they’re on par with the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones (8.9 ounces) and heavier than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II (8.3 ounces).

Sony WH-1000XM4

The Smartest wireless headphones

Rated Battery Life: 30 hours (NC on) | Bluetooth Range: 800 feet (theoretical) | Digital Assistant: Yes

Excellent Sony signature sound

Strong active noise cancelling

Abundant sound customization options

Sony WH-1000M4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are priced at $349.99 and are a direct Bose 700 competitor. They provide long-wearing comfort, top-notch noise cancellation, and up to 30-hours of battery life.

In our WH-1000XM4 review, we loved the headphone’s excellent sound quality and light, comfortable frame. We also found its powerful active noise cancelling quite impressive. We gave them a 4.5 out of 5-star rating and the Editor’s Choice award for its overall performance. At 8.9 ounces, the Sony WH-1000XM4 weighs about the same as the 9 ounce Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.

Apple AirPods Pro

The best wireless earbuds

Rated Battery Life: 4.5 hours (NC on) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Super comfortable

Decent noise cancellation

Sweat resistant

Apple’s $249 AirPods Pro remains one of our top picks for the best wireless headphones. They feature water-and-sweat resistance, hands-free Siri, and transparency mode.

As we note in our AirPods Pro review, they have a comfortable design and pair instantly with Apple devices. They also deliver clear sound and decent noise cancellation. We gave the AirPods Pro an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5-stars and the Editor’s Choice award co-sign.

The AirPods Pro improve up the standard AirPods in every way and are perfect for listening to music, watching movies, and videoconferencing on your iPad or Macbook.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Rated Battery Life: 5 hours (NC on) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant : Yes

Compact and comfortable

Good sound quality

Solid active noise cancellation

The Galaxy Buds Pro retail $199.99 and they are Samsung’s best wireless earbuds yet. Design-wise, the Galaxy Buds Pro are a mashup of the Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Buds Plus. They feature IPX7 water-resistance, touch controls, and studio sound quality sound.

We tested these buds and in our Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review, we praised their compact, comfortable design, audio quality, and strong active noise cancelling. During testing they paired seamlessly to a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The setup process is similar to the instantaneous pairing between the AirPods Pro and an iDevice.

We loved them so much, we gave them a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and our hard to get Editor’s Choice award.

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