Hurry! AirPods Max drop to their lowest price this year in Black Friday sales

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UPDATE: As of 11/23, this $449 Amazon deal continues on the sliver, green and sky blue color options.

It's been a while since I've seen a price drop this big on Apple's premium AirPods Max headphones. As popular as they are for comfort, style (which comes in a vibrant choice of color options), and sound quality to rank as one of the best headphones, the high-end price tag continues to be a stretch.

Luckily, though, the AirPods Max have dropped to $449 at Amazon right now. That’s a very worthwhile $100 saving over their normal $549 price tag. Although that's not the biggest saving I've seen (they dropped to $429 in September 2022), this is the biggest discount I've seen in the last few months. Best Buy has a similar deal.

Apple AirPods Max: was $549 now $449 @ AmazonPrice check: $449 @ Best Buy | $549 @ Walmart 

Apple AirPods Max: was $549 now $449 @ Amazon
The AirPods Max are Apple's premium, retro-style headphones. They feature large ear cushions, a digital crown, active noise cancelation, and Spatial Audio. The latter feature uses head tracking to offer a surround sound experience. In our AirPods Max review we said that the combination of cushy comfort, pristine audio quality and killer features like spatial audio is hard to beat.
Price check: $449 @ Best Buy | $549 @ Walmart 

As you'll see in our AirPods Max review, they offer luxurious construction, great sound and fantastic noise cancelation. It's easy to see how the AirPods Max have landed a spot on both our best headphones and best noise-canceling headphones lists. They're pricey, but if you love Apple's trademark style and simplicity, they're an excellent buy.

Although they're not the best-sounding headphones out there for serious audiophiles, the AirPods Max still deliver very high quality sound. We also love the Spatial Audio feature. This tracks the position of your head, bringing a surround sound experience to your ears.

Apple's noise-canceling tech is strong. It effortlessly blocks out the sound of world outside, but doesn't beat the new Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones ($429), which rank top of the best noise-canceling headphones I've ever tested. 

For everyday users, though, the AirPods Max are very substantial — if you commute or work in a noisy area, you won't be disappointed by the ANC performance on the AirPods Max.

The AirPods Max the perfect audio partner for an Apple iPhone, iPad or MacBook. They pair instantly with Apple devices and can even be controlled via your Apple Watch. If you're playing music from your iPad or HomePod Mini, they can hand off playback to your AirPods Max headphones so your music won't be interrupted when you leave the house. $449 is the lowest price I've seen on the AirPods Max so far this year.

Don't forget to bookmark my best Black Friday headphone deals to keep track of all the latest price drops.

Lee Dunkley
Audio Editor

As a former editor of the U.K.'s Hi-Fi Choice magazine, Lee is passionate about all kinds of audio tech and has been providing sound advice to enable consumers to make informed buying decisions since he joined Which? magazine as a product tester in the 1990s. Lee covers all things audio for Tom's Guide, including headphones, wireless speakers and soundbars and loves to connect and share the mindfulness benefits that listening to music in the very best quality can bring.