Late last year, Apple unveiled theover-the-ear headphones. I think it goes without saying that few folks are going to spend $549 when there are perfectly good alternatives for less.
In some cases, way less: Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the-- the lowest price on record. (Last time around, they were $111 -- and sold out pretty quickly.) You could literally buy seven of them for the same price as one AirPods Max. (Here are some .)
The Surface Headphones debuted at $350 and aimed to compete with the likes of Bose and Sony models in that same range. How did they fare? According to CNET's David Carnoy, sound quality and battery life weren't quite on par, but overall he found them "almost great." Read histo learn more. (Also note that they've since been replaced by the slightly better, slightly cheaper .)
A few things to consider: These have touch controls, on-ear dials for adjusting volume and active noise-cancellation levels, an always-on voice assistant (Cortana), USB-C charging and automatic pause/resume when you take the headphones off and put them back on.
In other words, they're easy to use. All too many headphones seem to saddle you with hard-to-find or hard-to-operate controls. Auto-pause in particular is one of my favorite features.
So if you're shopping for a premium headphone and don't have hundreds of dollars to spare, give this a look.
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