The AirPods Max look good and offer a lot of functionality. However, they are priced very high. We have listed twelve alternatives to the AirPods Max (in ascending order of budget), which also show models that are within Apple’s price range.
However, there are also inexpensive models for beginners – which is also convenient for users who like to leave their technical devices somewhere (the author does not exclude himself at all). Many of the manufacturers mentioned here, such as Sennheiser, Denon, Master & Dynamic, Beyerdynamic, Bose, Sony, etc., offer wireless Bluetooth headphones with noise cancelling functions. The difference is often in the codec, i.e. in which compression type the music data finds its way into the headphones. Apple’s headphones support AAC at most, while Sony’s models also support LDAC, for example, which allows a higher data rate.
The list here does not claim to be complete and is only meant to give you an overview of the most popular models on the market. You should take a closer look at the Master & Dynamic MH40, the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless. All of them are excellent – and cost at most half the price of Apple AirPods Max. You can buy a second pair for your loved one right away.