Even if I won the lottery, I wouldn't spend $549 on. Not when there are so many good (and even great) . Way, way less.
Case in point: For a limited time, and while supplies, the. That's only $15 off the regular price, but it's also $484 off the price of the AirPods Max. The only bummer here: Amazon currently shows an in-stock date of Dec. 21, so if you're eyeballing this for a Christmas gift, it might not make it in time.
The Q30 is an over-the-ear set of headphones that offers multiple modes of active noise canceling: Transport promises to minimize airplane engine noise; Outdoor is for traffic and wind; and Indoor tackles "the sound of busy offices," which I guess means voices. There's also a transparency mode that lets the outside world in.
Like to fine-tune your listening? There's a Soundcore app that offers a whopping 22 equalizer presets and lets you set your own as well. In addition, the Q30 offers NFC pairing, multipoint connections, a 40-hour battery (according to Soundcore) and a nonridiculous carrying case.
That's a pretty impressive feature set given the price, but how does the Q30 sound? I haven't tested it myself, but here's what CNET's David Carnoy had to say:
As far as sound, comfort level and build quality, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than Anker's SoundCore Life Q30 for the money. It doesn't have quite the clarity or bass definition as some of the top premium models, but it's less than a third of the price and gets you about 75% of the way there in terms of sound: It's well balanced overall, with punchy bass. Noise canceling is good for the price, though not up to the level of the Sony WH-1000XM4 or Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.
Carnoy also notes that while the Q30 performs reasonably well for phone calls, it doesn't do a great job reducing background noise.
So, are these on the same level as the AirPods Max -- or, for that matter, the latest from Bose or Sony? Of course not. Are they damn good headphones for the price? No question about it.
Want to hear more thoughts on the AirPods Max and how they stack up to the competition? Check out this episode of the Cheapskate Show podcast!
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