5 Alternatives to Apple’s AirPods You Should Know About

May 17, 2022Updated: May 17, 2022

From its popular AirTags to its award-winning watches, Apple Inc. creates some of the best accessory tech available today.

The AirPods Pro is probably the crown jewel of Apple’s accessory ecosystem, offering a slew of useful functions while maintaining noise cancellation and increased sound clarity.

With a price tag of $249, audiophiles everywhere may want to explore other items that provide a similar experience at a lower cost.

Benzinga gathered a list of these choices:

1. Panasonic RZ-S500W, $119 at Amazon.com, Inc.

Reasons to Buy—According to WhatHiFi.com

Expansive detailed presentation
Excellent noise canceling
Superb touch controls

Reasons to Avoid

Fit could be an issue for some

2. Sony Group Corp. WF-C500, $98 at Amazon

Reasons to Buy

Compact and comfortable design
Spirited, well-balanced sound
Fine control app

Reasons to Avoid

Ordinary battery life
Slightly small-scale sound
Numerous serious rivals

3. Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus, $79.95 at Amazon

Reasons to Buy

Extra dynamic expression
Great clarity
Slick app support

Reasons to Avoid

No noise canceling

4. Alphabet Inc.’s Google Pixel Buds A-Series (Benzinga Staff Pick), $99 at Amazon

Reasons to Buy

Well-rounded, clean sound
Reliable connection

Reasons to Avoid

No volume touch control on buds
No noise-canceling

5. Sony WF-1000XM3, $128 at Amazon

Reasons to Buy

Rhythmic, entertaining sound
Accomplished noise-canceling
Impressive battery life

Reasons to Avoid

No aptX HD support
No IP rating

By AJ Fabino

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