$549 AirPods Max: All the things you could buy instead of Apple's new headphones
Before you plunk down that kind of money on headphones, consider what else you could bring home.
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Visible's phone deal includes not only a slightly discounted Pixel 4A, but also the highly regarded Beats Solo Pro over-the-ear headphones with ANC -- a $300 value. Then, just for fun, I tossed in my beloved Ember Mug (crazy-pricey but, hey, we're splurging here) and Oxo's great pour-over gizmo to go with it. The total comes to just a few bucks more than the AirPods Max.
The new-for-2020 Echo is still marked down to Black Friday pricing, so you might as well put one in every room of the house (that's right, bathrooms too!) And because sometimes you just want a little peace and quiet, Aukey's earbuds are an AirPods Pro alternative that's pretty darn good for the price. They normally run $60, but an on-page coupon knocks 25% off.
OK, those are just a few ways to blow $549. How would you spend that cash?
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