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Best headphone deals for May 2022

Which headphones are the best headphones for you depends on 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 requirement, 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 WH-CH510 — $45, was $60
  • Sennheiser Momentum — $250, was $400
  • Beats Studio 3 — $200, was $350
  • Apple AirPods Max — $479, was $549

Sony WH-CH510 — $45, was $60

Why Buy

  • Voice assistant support
  • Hands-free calling
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable fit

If you want headphones from a reputable brand like Sony but you don’t want to shell out lots of cash, then the Sony WH-CH510 might be a good choice. They are ideal starter headphones for kids or students, or an extra pair to throw in a bag if you want headphones for when you’re traveling but you don’t want to risk battering or losing your pricier headphones.

At this price, there’s no noise-canceling software, but you will get wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and the ability to easily and comfortably make calls or interact with your voice assistant. That could also make these a good choice for office users who want to be able to chat hands-free with their built-in microphone.

The battery life on these is an impressive 35 hours, so you can comfortably use them over several days without needing to charge them. When it does come time to charge, they support USB Type-C charging with the included cable. They also have the adjustable fit and swivel design found on many Sony headphones, making them comfortable to wear and easy to fold up and pop into a bag.

Sennheiser Momentum — $250, was $400

Sennheiser Momentum 3
Why Buy

  • Active noise cancelling
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Microphone for taking calls
  • Comfortable leather cups and headband

Audio enthusiasts love Sennheiser headphones for their clarity and fidelity, so if you’re after a pair of headphones which will let the music you’re listening to sound as its producers intended, then the Momentum are a great choice.

These headphones have the features that you’d expect from a pair of mid-range over-the-ear headphones like active noise cancelling — though it’s not quite as good as the noise cancelling offered by competitors like Sony and Bose, it’s good enough for most needs — as well as Bluetooth support and support for voice assistants.

The Momentum headphones are also comfortable thanks to leather ear cups and padded headband, and have a stylish audio-focused look. If you want to be able to make phone calls as needed but your real passion is for audio quality then you’ll find the Sennheiser Momentum a pleasing option.

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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