Best Headphones for Mac mini 2022

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If you want a powerful desktop Mac experience, but don't want a laptop or an all-in-one computer, then you may consider the Mac mini. The Mac mini is Apple's affordable desktop solution, and the latest version features the all-new M1 system-on-a-chip (SoC) from Apple. With the M1 Mac mini, you'll get blazing-fast performance over its predecessors and comparable PCs. However, the drawback of a Mac mini is you need to bring your own display, keyboard, and mouse (BYODKM). As long as you have those peripherals, you're golden! But what about sound? If you don't want to bother those around you with the best speakers, then you should consider the best headphones for Mac mini.

The best headphones for Mac mini give you peace and quiet

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The Mac mini is a great machine for work, studying, and gaming, as long as you BYODKM. But of course, you need a good pair of headphones to go with it (especially if you don't want to bother others around you), and these are some of the best headphones for Mac mini on the market right now.

Our top recommendation are the AirPods Pro because they are true wireless earbuds that are small, have a comfortable fit in the ear with the silicone ear tips, and pack in amazing sound for the size. And the best part is the ANC, which is just as good (if not better) than equivalent Bose or Sony headphones. And since these are from Apple, they'll play nicely with all of your Apple devices, including the best iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

If you're on a budget, then you can't beat the Tribit XFree Tune headphones. These are super affordable, have great sound quality for the price, and are comfortable to wear for extended periods. Plus, they have superb battery life at around 40 hours — that's impressive!

For those who can afford it, we would highly recommend the AirPods Max if you like an over-ear headphone experience. These are heavy because of the stainless steel frame, but they are super comfortable to wear for longer periods of time thanks to the mesh headband and breathable ear cushions. The sound quality is some of the best we've heard, and the ANC is top-of-the-line, especially with Transparency mode. However, we know that the price tag is a little hard to swallow, so if that's too much but you still want a great headphone, then consider the Sony WH-1000XM4. These are pretty much considered the gold standard in the market right now for the price point, and our friends at Android Central recommend them with a 4.5-star rating.

Christine Chan

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.