Best AirPods Deals: Save on Apple and Beats Earbuds and Headphones – CNET

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Apple’s products aren’t known for their deep discounts, but that isn’t necessarily the case when you look at its earbuds and headphones, thankfully. Right now there are some deals to be had if you look in the right place, especially if you’re in the market for a new pair of AirPods Max.

Below, we’ve rounded up the best AirPods deals available right now, along with the best prices to date, for comparison. And if you scroll to the end, you’ll also see the current best prices on a few pairs of earbuds from Apple-owned Beats. We’ll keep this page updated as deals come and go, so be sure to check back often for the best AirPods prices at any given time. 

Apple AirPods pricing 2023

Model Apple Store price Best price right now Best all-time price
AirPods 2 $129 $99 $79
AirPods 3 $169 $164 $140
AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) $249 $199 $199
AirPods Max $549 $450 $389

Best AirPods deals

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Apple AirPods Pro 2

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Battery Life Rated up to 6 hoursNoise Canceling Yes (ANC)Multipoint NoHeadphone Type Wireless earbudsWater-Resistant Yes (IPX4 — splash-proof)

The second-gen AirPods Pro are Apple’s most advanced pair of earbuds to date, equipped with the company’s brand-new H2 processor and boasting seriously improved noise-canceling capabilities. The 2022 AirPods Pro maintain the $249 retail price of the now previous-gen AirPods Pro from 2019. You can save $50 on them right now, which brings them back down to the all-time lowest price we’ve seen.

Read our AirPods Pro 2 review.

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Apple's 3rd generation AirPods

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Battery Life Rated up to 6 hoursNoise Canceling NoMultipoint NoHeadphone Type Wireless earbudsWater-Resistant Yes (IPX4 — splash-proof)

Unlike the AirPods Pro 2, these third-generation AirPods have an open-air design, so they don’t have active noise cancellation, but they still offer some serious improvements over the AirPods 2. The adaptive EQ attunes music to your ear shape, and the battery life has been bumped up to 30 hours total. They also have an IPX4 water-resistance rating.

Read our AirPods 3 review.

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Battery Life Rated up to 20 hoursNoise Canceling Yes (ANC)Multipoint NoHeadphone Type Over-ear wireless headphonesWater-Resistant No IP rating

Apple’s first full-size headphones are chock-full of high-end features like noise cancellation, spatial audio and easy integration with Apple devices. Yes, paying about the same as you would for a PS5 may sound excessive, but here’s the thing: They’re actually kinda worth it, so long as you don’t feel burned by their lack of support for full lossless audio.

Read our AirPods Max review.

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The Beats Studio Buds Plus have significantly improved performance

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Battery life Rated up to 6 hoursNoise Canceling YesMultipoint NoWater-Resistant Yes (IPX4– splash-proof)

Alas, for those of you who bought the original Beats Studio Buds, which remain on the market for now, I’m sorry to report that these new Plus buds are significantly improved, with better sound, noise canceling and battery life. Additionally, they now deliver top-notch voice-calling performance.

The transparent version is getting a lot of attention (who doesn’t like transparent electronics?), but the big changes are on the inside. Beats says 95% of the components are new and improved, and the buds’ “acoustic architecture” has been revised. The speaker drivers remain the same, but the Studio Buds Plus are powered by a new, more powerful custom chipset and have three new microphones in each bud, which are three times larger and more sensitive than the ones found in the Beats Studio Buds.

Read our Beats Studio Buds Plus review.