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and Cyber Monday will see loads of great deals on headphones from top brands like Sony, JBL, Jabra and Apple, the latter including both AirPods and Beats models. We’ve gathered some of the best deals below, many of which are already live. You’ll find the most current offers at the top of this post, and we’ll keep this list updated with new deals and updated pricing throughout the Black Friday shopping season.
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They’re back: Best Buy again has the JLab Audio JBuds Air earbuds on sale for $30. They normally retail for $50. JLabs makes a lot of true-wireless earphones and these are its most affordable — and frankly, the only ones I’d buy. It’s a decent set of true wireless earbuds that’s a relative bargain at this price.
Best Buy and Amazon will have the Jabra Elite 65t earbuds (CNET gave them an Editors’ Choice Award last year) on sale from Nov. 24 to Dec. 2 in all colors for $110. Additionally, Best Buy will have them as a doorbuster for $100 around Black Friday. The new, more compact Elite 75t earbuds retail for $180. The slightly more rugged Elite Active 65t model will be on sale for $140.
Read our Jabra Elite 65t review.
Released in early November, the noise-canceling AirPods Pro are regularly priced at $250 but are currently available for $235. This small discount is great for those needing to upgrade their previous AirPods or those who want to dive into a truly wireless audio experience. Note that these keep going in and out of “backordered” status, but right now there appears to be no delay in shipping.
Read our AirPods Pro review.
If you can’t afford premium noise-canceling models from Bose and Sony, the JBL Live 650BTNC Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones list for $200 and are very good. And this week, you can get them for 50% off.
Read our JBL Live 650BTNC review.
The latest version of Jabra’s popular “value” on-ear headphones, the Move, is on sale for $40 off at various retailers. The Style headphones are available in three new colors (navy, gold beige and black) and have a bump in battery life. At $60, it’s a nice deal for someone looking for affordable-quality on-ear wireless headphones.
Amazon has Klipsch’s T5 True Wireless earbuds on sale for $50 off. I was impressed with their sound — it’s nicely detailed with natural-sounding mids and punchy, well-defined bass. The only caveat is you really have to jam the tips into your ears to get a tight seal and block out noise, and the design may not be for everyone.
While the Zippo-inspired case is somewhat heavy for its relatively compact size, it’s sleek and sturdy with USB-C charging. Battery life is also a highlight: The earbuds themselves can run for up to 8 hours on a single charge at moderate volume levels and the case with its built-in battery provides three additional charges on the go.
The T5 Wireless earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0 and support both AAC and AptX. As for water resistance, they’re splashproof (IPX4-certified).
Read our Klipsch T5 True Wireless review.
Best Buy has had the Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones sporadically on sale the last two weeks. They’re back at $200 (the lowest price we’ve seen for these), after briefly hitting $210. This model has been out a while but they’re still very good noise-canceling headphones. They list for $350, but usually can be had for around $280.
Read our Beats Studio3 Wireless review.
You can save $100 on the Sennheiser HD 4.50R model right now at Best Buy. The only difference between it and the HD 4.50 BTNC version that I reviewed is that the accent color is red instead of silver. (The BTNC model is also on sale at Best Buy, but for $130.) At this price, they’re a very good budget alternative to premium models from Bose and Sony.
Read our Sennheiser HD 4.50 review.
These sporty earbuds aren’t “true wireless” — there’s a cable connecting the left and right earbuds that wraps around the back of your neck. But they are fully waterproof, and they’re half off right now.
Read our Jaybird Tarah review.
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Sony’s excellent WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones have regularly been on sale for as low as $250. But they’re hovering around $278 this week at a variety of retailers including Best Buy and Amazon. Buy them knowing you’re getting the best overall noise-canceling headphones available today.
Read our Sony WH-1000XM3 review.
The BackBeat Fit 6100 over-the-ear wireless headphones are a very solid choice for both the gym and everyday use. The adjustable sport-fit headband has an IPX5-rated water-resistant and sweatproof design, 40mm angled drivers and noise-isolating earcups with an Awareness mode. Battery life is rated at 24 hours. I thought they were a little expensive at $180, but Best Buy has them for $110, which makes them more attractive.
Best Buy has the all-black version of the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3150 true wireless earbuds on sale for $50 off. The open design lets ambient noise in (a safety feature for runners) while the BackBeat Fit 3200 has a noise-isolating design that helps improve the sound quality, particularly the bass. That said, both models have the same drivers so they produce the same sound — you just hear it differently thanks to the design of the ear tips. Both are an improvement over the earlier Backbeat 3100 model, which had some connectivity issues.
As with the Powerbeats Pro, the one downside is that the BackBeat Fit 3150 earbuds have a large charging case that isn’t so pocket-friendly.
The Sony WH-XB900N Extra Bass headphones have a similar design to the WH-1000XM3 and share many of that model’s features but for $100 less. Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart briefly had the WH-XB900N on sale for $130. That deal is gone, but Amazon still has some units on sale for $148. They’re comfortable to wear and have USB-C charging, good battery life and effective noise cancellation. They also work decently as a headset for making calls, and the sound quality is good as long as you don’t mind a preponderance of bass.
Read our Sony WH-XB900N Extra Bass review.
Black Friday headphone deals coming soon
These are advertised specials that have been announced, but aren’t starting yet.
From Dec. 1- to Dec. 29, Jabra’s highly rated Elite 85h wireless noise-canceling headphones will be on sale at Best Buy and Amazon for $200, or $100 off their list price of $300. They’re currently on sale for $250.
Read our Jabra Elite 85h review.
Starting at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, Nov. 27, Walmart will have the on-ear Beats Solo3 headphones (the Pop color collection) on sale for $130. These headphones once sold for $300 and now list for $200. They’re currently on sale for $150 at Best Buy and Amazon.
Read our Beats Solo3 Wireless review.
Originally published earlier this month. Updated with new products.