Apple users looking for a premium pair of headphones don't need to spend $549 on the AirPods Max. The Beats Studio Pro are an excellent — and much more affordable — alternative, and now you can snag a pair at a steep discount. Amazon dropped a huge $170 off all four color variants, which brings them down to just $180 — just $10 more than the all-time low price we've seen since they launched this summer. While there is no set expiration date for this offer, we recommend you place your order sooner rather than later if you don't want to miss out on this serious bargain.

While it's strange to start with a negative, it's important to note up front that this headphone doesn't feature Apple's H1 or H2 audio chip. This means you'll miss out on some features, like quick device switching and ear detection, that you'd get with the Apple AirPods Max – but that doesn't mean you won't get great audio. On the contrary, as CNET headphone expert David Carnoy discovered, the audio tends to be aggressive, with sculpted highs and punchy mids. This compared to the AirPods Max or the Sony WH-1000XM5, which are a little more laid back. If you like that kind of aggressive sound, you'll love Beats.

You get the features you'd expect from a high-end set of headphones, like good-quality active noise cancellation and transparency mode, comfortable ear padding, and, surprisingly, the addition of a USB-C port and a headphone jack. by ear. . The battery life is also quite impressive, around 40 hours with noise cancellation off and 24 hours with noise cancellation on, so it's standard for the industry at this price.

Overall, the Studio Pro headphones are a solid upgrade over the Studio 3 Wireless, and at this discount, they're worth purchasing. That said, if you want some more options, be sure to check out our full roundup of all the best headphones deals available right now for even more bargains.

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