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Best headphone deals for May 2022

It can take some time to browse through the best headphones to find one that suits your budget and needs. But the good thing about there being so many options available is that there’s something for everyone. That’s why we’ve picked out the best headphones deals for every budget and need, while looking at what makes them so great. Read on as we take you through everything on offer right now. There’s sure to be something to entice you.

Best Headphone Deals

  • Sony WF-1000XM3 — $128, was $200
  • Sony WH-CH710N — $150, was $150
  • Beats Studio 3 — $200, was $350
  • Apple AirPods Max — $479, was $549

Sony WF-1000XM3 — $128, was $200

Why Buy

  • Compact ear buds
  • 24 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • Fast charging
  • Sony’s excellent noise cancelling

Sony is famed for its great noise cancelling software in its flagship headphone models like the WH-1000XM4s. And if you want this noise cancelling ability but are looking for something smaller and easier to carry around, then the true wireless WF-1000XM3 buds may be for you. These offer the same great noise cancelling software as their over-ear brethren, but in a smaller form which is more suitable for sticking in a pocket or for using when working out.

These buds offer great sound quality with 24-but audio signal processing, giving impressive sound for their small size. And the battery is impressive too, with up to 24 hours of listening from a single charge — that’s 6 hours of listening from the buds themselves, plus a further three full charges from the included charging case.

You’ll also find software options like integrated voice assistant support for Google Assistant, plus the Sony Headphones Connect app which lets you fine-tune the sound from your buds with EQ controls and more control over the noise cancelling software.

Sony WH-CH710N — $150, was $180

A woman wearing the Sony WH-CH710N smiling while outside and wandering around.

Why Buy

  • Noise cancellation features
  • Hands-free calling
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable fit

The Sony WH-CH710N are a great pair of headphones for when you want good quality without paying a fortune. It offers noise-cancellation technology automatically collects information about your environment before improving the performance of the headphones accordingly. Alongside that is Dual Noise Sensor technology that involves its dual microphones that collect sound from all directions so the headphones can catch more ambient sounds than ever before. That way, it’s easy for you to lose yourself to your music no matter if you’re surrounded by traffic or just in the office. It’s possible to customize your sound too so you can let in important sounds from the world as and when needed without having to worry about missing anything important.

The Sony WH-CH710N aren’t just about noise cancellation either. They have plenty of other good features, too. For instance, you can use them to enjoy hands-free calling. There’s no need to pull your phone out to call someone. Simply speak and the Sony WH-CH710N use voice assistant support from your smartphone to call whoever you need to speak to. In addition, the Sony WH-CH710N offer up to 35 hours of power with USB-C charging means you get 60 minutes of playback from just 10 minutes of charging up. It’s ideal if you’re prone to recharging very often and still want to enjoy our music.

Other features include NFC so you can simply touch your selected NFC-enabled device and get connected. There’s also Bluetooth support with a reliable connection. Best of all for regular users is the comfort, allowing you to wear these headphones all day long without them squashing your ears or head. That adds to the fact that the Sony WH-CH710N are ideally suited for commuting, right down to their ability to swivel flat so you can easily store them wherever you go.

Beats Studio 3 — $200, was $350

Beats Studio 3 Wireless
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Why Buy

  • Compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
  • Eliminate distractions with pure adaptive noise cancelling
  • Get 22 hours of usage on a single charge
  • On-ear controls are almost invisible

The Beats Studio 3 are high-performance wireless headphones that are powered by Apple’s W1 chip, which is the same one used in the first-generation AirPods, and it enables the audio sharing feature between any headphones or earbuds powered by the W1 chip or the H1 chip. They’re compatible with both iOS and Android devices though, expanding their potential audience. The headphones deliver energy and clarity for vocal-heavy music, and there’s no hint of distortion in your music if you decide to turn up the volume to the maximum. Their real-time audio calibration preserves premium audio quality, and they’re compatible with Spatial Audio for an immersive experience when listening to music, watching movies, or playing video games.

You’ll be free from distractions while you’re wearing the Beats Studio 3 with their pure adaptive noise cancelling feature, which blocks external noise without sacrificing the quality of the audio that you’re listening to. For your convenience, you can use the wireless headphones’ on-ear controls and microphone to take calls, control your music’s playback, and activate Apple’s Siri, for a wide range of voice commands.

You’ll get up to 22 hours of battery life on a single charge for all-day playback, and if you need to recharge the wireless headphones, Fast Fuel technology will replenish 3 hours of usage after just 10 minutes of being plugged in. The Beats Studio 3 offer several color choices, and they come with a fully integrated headband and earcup pivots for a sleek and minimalist look. This design follows with the controls, which are nearly invisible, and the slender profile that doesn’t make them look bulky while they’re on your head.

Apple AirPods Max — $480, was $549

A man wearing Apple AirPods Max as well as a mask, while sitting against a wall.
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Why Buy

  • Fantastic active noise cancellation
  • Great transparency mode
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great sound quality

The Apple AirPods Max are expensive but fantastic quality. We called them the most fun headphones ever because that’s exactly what they are. They look super stylish and modern because they ooze class at every turn. They offer an Apple-designed dynamic driver so you get phenomenal high-fidelity audio at all times. Alongside that is exceptional active noise cancellation. Simply put, these headphones will block out essentially all outside sound no matter what, so you can focus on what you’re listening to. When you do need to check back into the world, there’s always the headphones’ transparency mode. It lets you return and listen in and interact with the world once more, all in moments.

The features keep on coming with spatial audio a real highlight. Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking means that the music ‘follows’ you around so you get theater-like sound that surrounds you, making you feel like you’re at a live venue rather than listening to your headphones. It’s truly remarkable stuff and sounds amazing. Alongside that is computational audio which combines custom acoustic design with the Apple H1 chip so you get more reliable service and a fantastic listening experience.

It all takes hardly any time to set up, too, with on-head detection, effortless setup and seamless switching between all your Apple devices. You can even easily share audio between two sets of AirPods on your Apple devices. Up to 20 hours of listening time with ANC and spatial audio enabled is fairly respectable with an ultra low-power mode ensuring that storage won’t drain your battery by any means. They’re incredibly comfy to wear as well, thanks to a knit-mesh canopy and memory foam ear cushions that cocoon your ears. Simply put, these are straightforward headphones that mean you can spend more time enjoying and less time tweaking controls or worrying about maintaining the battery.

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