Bored of AirPods? Here are four Prime Day headphone deals to pick up before it's too late!

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We've spent all of Prime Day looking for the best AirPods Prime Day deals. But what if the best deals weren't AirPods at all? If you're in the market for a pair of headphones or earbuds but don't want to pick up Apple's offerings, you've come to the right place.

Here are four alternatives to the AirPods product line with insane offers this Prime Day. Don't wait, or you'll miss out. 

Who needs AirPods Max anyway?

The Sony XM5s are my favorite pair of headphones. They are so comfy and sound absolutely awesome. Not only that but they have class-leading ANC and can be found this Prime Day for $328, that's $120 less than the best AirPods Max deal.

Sony WH-1000XM5 |$399$328 at Amazon

Sony WH-1000XM5 | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8428&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2FB09XSDMT4F%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank">$399 $328 at Amazon

The Sony WH-1000XM5 are some of the best noise-canceling headphones available, and you can save $70 this Prime Day by taking advantage of this sweet deal.

AirPods Max |$549$449 at Amazon

AirPods Max | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8428&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2FB08PZHYWJS%2F%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">$549 $449 at Amazon

The AirPods Max are the most expensive of Apple’s headphones, and they tend to command a lofty price. This is a great deal, and available in all colors as well.

Price Check: <a href="https://apple.sjv.io/c/221109/435031/7613?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fshop%2Fbuy-airpods%2Fairpods-max" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">Apple $549 | <a href="https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1610234-REG/apple_mgyj3am_a_airpods_max_silver.html?sts=pi&BI=20811&KBID=16572&SID=hawk-custom-tracking" data-link-merchant="bhphotovideo.com"" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">B&H Photo $499 | <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2F6373460.p%3F&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" data-link-merchant="bhphotovideo.com"" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">Best Buy $479

An AirPods Pro 2 alternative

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are on sale this Prime Day with $50 off making them similar in price to MSRP AirPods Pro 2. If you've ever owned a pair of Bose headphones or earphones you'll know how great the quality is and these will be no different. Brilliant ANC and sound combined to make a stellar alternative to arguably Apple's best AirPods

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II |$299$249 at Amazon

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8428&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2FB0B7838HH6%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank">$299 $249 at Amazon

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are available with a $50 discount this Prime Day, which makes them close to the same price as the AirPods Pro 2. Bose makes outstanding audio equipment and these earbuds are no different. What a deal!

&nbsp;AirPods Pro 2 |$249$199 at Amazon

 AirPods Pro 2 | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8428&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2FB0BDHWDR12%2F%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank">$249 $199 at Amazon

The AirPods Pro 2 are reaching the middle of their life as a product, so we’re starting to now see heftier discounts. This Prime Day deal marks the continued lowest price of the buds, and a great deal if you want a pair of AirPods Pro.

Price Check: <a href="https://apple.sjv.io/c/221109/435031/7613?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2FMQD83AM%2FA%2Fairpods-pro" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">Apple $249 | <a href="https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1726570-REG/apple_airpods_pro_with_wireless.html?BI=20811&KBID=16572&SID=hawk-custom-tracking" data-link-merchant="bhphotovideo.com"" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">B&H Photo $224 | <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2F4900964.p%3F&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" data-link-merchant="bhphotovideo.com"" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">Best Buy $249

Can anything beat the AirPods 3?

The AirPods 3 are currently on sale this Prime Day for $139 which is a brilliant price for the go-to AirPods pick up. With Spatial Audio, the AirPods 3 are one of the best wireless earbuds available. If you're looking for something different, however, then look no further than the Google Pixel Buds Pro which are currently $60 off. That means for the same $139 price you'll get great sounding earbuds and noise cancellation, unlike the AirPods 3.

Google Pixel Buds Pro |$199$133 at Amazon

Google Pixel Buds Pro | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8428&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2FB0B1N7SGMZ%3Fth%3D1%26tag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">$199 $133 at Amazon

The Google Pixel Buds Pro is nothing to scoff at if you're looking to get hold of a pair of in-ear noise-canceling buds. This price drop makes them their lowest price ever, and crucially less than both the <a href="https://www.imore.com/airpods-3" data-link-merchant="imore.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">AirPods 3 and the <a href="https://www.imore.com/airpods/airpods-pro-2-review" data-link-merchant="imore.com"" data-link-merchant="imore.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">AirPods Pro 2.

AirPods 3 |$169$139 at Amazon

AirPods 3 | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8428&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2FB0BDHB9Y8H%2F%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank">$169 $139 at Amazon

The AirPods 3 are the go-to AirPods for anyone wanting to enter the world of Apple's earbuds. This $30 saving over Prime Day is one of the biggest they've ever received, making this the perfect opportunity to grab a pair.

Price Check: <a href="https://apple.sjv.io/c/221109/435031/7613?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2FMME73AM%2FA%2Fairpods-3rd-generation-with-magsafe-charging-case" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">Apple $179 | <a href="https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1668152-REG/apple_mme73am_a_airpods_with_charging_case.html?BI=20811&KBID=16572&SID=hawk-custom-tracking" data-link-merchant="bhphotovideo.com"" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">B&H Photo $174 | <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2F6376551.p%3F&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" data-link-merchant="bhphotovideo.com"" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">Best Buy $169

Under $100? Sure thing

For under $100, I honestly don't think there is a better deal than the AirPods 2, which can be found for $89 at the moment. If you want to spend even less, however, look no further than the 1More Aero. They're only $64.99 for Prime Day, and if you've always wanted black AirPods, they come really close.

1MORE Aero wireless earbuds | $110 $64.99 at Amazon

1MORE Aero wireless earbuds | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8428&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2FB0BB2N1VZX%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank">$110 $64.99 at Amazon

Not all wireless earbuds have to be AirPods and right now you can pick up a budget pair of 1MORE Aero earbuds for a steal. Both the white and black versions are on offer for just $64.99 and both offer 28 hours of battery life and wireless charging.

AirPods 2 |$129$89 at Amazon

 AirPods 2 | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8428&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2FB07PXGQC1Q%2F%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">$129 $89 at Amazon

The AirPods 2 might not be the poshest of Apple’s lineup, but they are still an excellent option if you want to save a bit of money. This price is still one of the lowest we've seen, and makes them a great deal over Prime Day.

Price Check: <a href="https://apple.sjv.io/c/221109/435031/7613?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2FMV7N2AM%2FA%2Fairpods-with-charging-case" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">Apple $129 | <a href="https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1469202-REG/apple_mv7n2am_a_airpods_with_charging_case.html?BI=20811&KBID=16572&SID=hawk-custom-tracking" data-link-merchant="bhphotovideo.com"" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">B&H Photo $114 | <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2F6084400.p%3F&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" data-link-merchant="bhphotovideo.com"" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">Best Buy $129

This Prime Day, we're looking for the best Apple Prime Day deals. Whether you're looking for a new AirPods or maybe even a MacBook, like the M1 MacBook Air, there is bound to be something for you this Prime Day.

Stay tuned to iMore throughout the event, as we'll be the best place to know when an Apple deal is live on Amazon.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself.

Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings.

John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019. 

John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.