AirPods Max are $100 off, get the lowest price of the year in this pre-Prime Day sale

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The AirPods Max are the headphones that sit at the very top of Apple's headphone tree. They're weighty, super-premium, and sound pretty great — but they also come with a massive price tag that puts many buyers off.

That price has now been lowered at Amazon by $100, making them much more affordable. They're now $449, down from $549.

The July Prime Day Apple deals are often the best opportunity to pick up a new pair of headphones, and this is one of the best Prime Day AirPods deals we've seen so far. 

Big sound, low price

AirPods Max |$549$449 at Amazon

AirPods Max | $549 $449 at Amazon

This price on the AirPods Max isn't the lowest we've seen the headphones over the course of their lives, but it is the lowest we've seen during 2024. They might drop lower over Prime Day, but until then, this is a great saving on some excellent headphones.

The AirPods Max are divisive. Some love their mad design, with those aluminum earcups and mesh headband bringing jealous glances from designers everywhere. Some don't like it quite so much — so they buy the Sony option instead.

Apple has made a pretty special pair of headphones in the AirPods Max. The Spatial Audio reproduction is the best that you'll find through the entire AirPods range, their sound quality the best that Apple can muster, and their earcups soft and comfortable. They're weighty, yes, but that makes them feel like they're worth the hefty price tag that Apple has put on them.

There are some weaknesses. Those heavy aluminum earcups, for example, drag down your face slowly over the course of the day, leaving the two hard bars across the top to support the headphone's weight. The case that comes in the box is little more than a felt-lined headphone nappy, barely offering any protection while they're in your bag.

In the end, though, the positives outweigh the negatives for what is still a pair of desirable headphones — and now you can get them for a much more approachable price.

Tammy Rogers
Senior Staff Writer

As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.