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Black Friday is right here, and meaning there are huge financial savings available on wi-fi headphones throughout a number of manufacturers and types. Whether you favor over-ear headphones or earbuds, you will discover nice financial savings on Apple’s AirPods Pro together with reductions from Sony, Bose, Beats, Bose, Sennheiser, JBL, Jabra and even Google.

We rounded up our greatest picks of the offers obtainable proper now. In some instances, you possibly can rise up to 50% off some fashions and you’ll even get some nice fashions for lower than $100. Some of those offers will finish after Black Friday, however many ought to proceed on via Cyber Monday and past.

Note that costs and availability had been correct on the time of publication, however they might fluctuate and a few offers could expire shortly.

Read extra: Best headphones for 2021

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With the arrival of Beats new Fit Pro earbuds, I assumed we might see some good reductions on the sooner and fewer feature-rich Beats Studio Buds, which checklist for $150, or solely $50 lower than the brand new $200 Beats Fit Pro. I predicted we would see their value dip to $100 and certain sufficient, that is what their value is for Black Friday (a brand new low).

The Beats Studio Buds look quite a bit just like the rumored stemless AirPods that folks had been speaking about however by no means materialized — as AirPods anyway. Geared towards each iOS and Android customers, they’re lacking a couple of key options on the Apple aspect of issues (there isn’t any H1 or W1 chip), however they’re small, light-weight earbuds which might be comfy to put on and supply good sound. They match most ears securely, together with mine — I run with them with no drawback — however others could discover a higher match with the Beats Fit Pro and their built-in wing suggestions.

They’re a Black Friday deal of the day at Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart, however Amazon is one-upping its opponents by providing a $10 Amazon present card at checkout with the code BYZPPJADUODB at checkout. The deal is ready to run out on the finish of the day.

Read our Beats Studio Buds evaluation.

Leading as much as Black Friday, Apple’s AirPods Pro had been ping-ponging between $70 and $200, then dipped to their all-time low of $159 on Thanksgiving Day. Right now, the brand new mannequin — with the MagSafe case — is obtainable for $169 at Amazon.

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Amazon has Apple’s latest AirPods, the AirPods 3, on sale for simply $150. That’s $29 lower than the Apple Store and their lowest value to this point. Note that at Amazon, you get an additional $20 off at checkout — it is listed in inexperienced beneath the bigger purple value. If you do not see “Save $20 at checkout,” the deal has expired. The AirPods 3 have been out and in of inventory at this value.

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The Beats Solo Pro noise-canceling on-ear headphones have returned to their low value of $170 at Amazon. They’ve solely briefly hit this value earlier than and sometimes promote for nearer to $300. This deal goes quick and can in all probability expire quickly.

Read our Beats Solo Pro evaluation.

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Amazon has been sporadically discounting its second-gen Echo Buds they usually’re now all the way down to their lowest value but: $90. That’s $50 off their checklist value of $120. That’s $10 lower than what they hit on Amazon Prime Day and it is an excellent deal for a stable set of noise-canceling earbuds with hands-free Alexa capabilities. They’re obtainable in black or white.

Note that if you’d like a wi-fi charging case, the worth ticks as much as $90. That mannequin usually sells for $140, so once more you are $50 off for that mannequin as properly. I assumed the Echo Buds 2 supplied some welcome enhancements over the originals, together with higher sound and noise cancellation. They additionally match comfortably and are first rate for making calls.

Read our Echo Buds 2 evaluation.

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Released again in September for $329, Bose’s brand-new QuietComfort 45 noise-canceling headphones at the moment are on sale for a restricted time for $279, their lowest value to this point. That’s a $50 financial savings.

The QuietComfort 45 look just like their comfortable predecessor, the QuietComfort 35, and sound fairly comparable too. But they do have some small design upgrades, together with USB-C charging and, extra importantly, higher noise canceling (presumably the perfect on the market proper now) and improved voice-calling efficiency.

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If you get a decent seal (three completely different sized ear suggestions are included), 1More’s ComfoBuds Pro not solely sounds good but additionally performs properly as a headset for making calls, with three microphones in every earbud. There’s a contact of presence enhance within the treble and the bass packs good punch, which provides these a dynamic sound profile (they don’t seem to be laid-back) they usually play loud for these on the lookout for that. $60 is their lowest value to this point.

You can toggle between two ranges of noise cancellation (in addition to “off”) utilizing the contact controls — and there is a pass-through transparency mode and a wind noise-reduction mode. You can even toggle via all of these modes utilizing the companion app for iOS and Android. Battery life is rated at six hours with noise canceling on and eight with it off. The earbuds are IPX4 rated for water-resistance, which suggests they’re splash-proof, the identical because the AirPods Pro.

In quick, if you cannot afford the AirPods Pro, the 1More ComfoBuds Pro is an efficient price range different. Note that 1More additionally makes an open model of the ComfoBuds, which has similarities to the usual AirPods and prices much less. This Pro model is best.

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Known for his or her safe match, first rate sound and sturdiness, Jaybird’s Vista 2 buds have a few key upgrades lacking from the unique: lively noise canceling and a transparency mode referred to as SurroundSense. The latter lets you hear the skin world, an vital security characteristic for runners and bikers.

Jaybird has added some material to the skin of the buds. The firm says this helps lower down on wind noise (consider the material as a dampener), however I would not say it cuts it down as a lot as marketed, notably when biking. There’s an ear-detection sensor, so your music robotically pauses if you take the buds out of your ears, and these have an IPX68 water-resistance score, which suggests they’re each dust-proof and absolutely waterproof. Jaybird says they’re additionally sweat-proof, crush-proof and drop-proof. And the compact case is now splash-proof and dust-resistant, with an IP54 score.

They sound fairly good when you tweak the EQ settings to your liking, however their sound high quality is not fairly as much as the extent of another premium earbuds within the $200 value vary. Their noise canceling, transparency mode and voice-calling are first rate however unspectacular (the AirPods carry out higher in all departments). But if you happen to’re shopping for these, you are shopping for them for the safe match and sturdiness. They might not be worth at $200, however at $130, they’re an attractive deal.

The unique Jaybird Vista buds are additionally on sale — they’re $100 ($50 off). They hit that value final yr.

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Sony’s WF-1000XM4 could not match all people’s ears equally properly, but when they do match, they are a unbelievable set of true-wireless earbuds. Both their sound and noise-canceling capability are wonderful, and their efficiency as a headset for making calls is considerably improved over the sooner WF-1000XM3.

However, they’re usually costly at $280, and as a consequence of excessive demand after their launch this yr, they have not actually gone on sale (they sometimes promote for $10 off). But Amazon, Best Buy and different retailers now have them discounted to $248 — that is $32 off their checklist value for a restricted time.

The buds can be found in two colours — black and silver (extra like a sand colour). As I mentioned, they’re the best-sounding true-wireless buds. While they match my ears properly — and may match the vast majority of ears properly — they’re a bit of bit on the larger aspect, so they might not work for some folks with smaller ears. Both Amazon and Best Buy have good return insurance policies, nonetheless, if they do not work to your ears.

Read our Sony WF-1000XM4 evaluation.

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JBL has a couple of new true-wireless noise-canceling earbuds for 2021, together with the Reflect Mini NC and Club Pro Plus. However, the flagship Tour Pro Plus are clearly the perfect of the bunch and among the many greatest sounding true-wireless earbuds, with clear, dynamic, well-balanced sound with highly effective bass and a comparatively vast soundstage. Noise canceling and name high quality are additionally fairly first rate. They checklist for $200, which is fairly costly, however they’re on sale for $100 for a restricted time.

They made CNET’s best-sounding wi-fi earbuds checklist and their foremost downside is that, like another buds on that checklist, they’re considerably bulbous and do stick out of your ears a bit (alas, higher sounding earbuds are usually bigger). But I discovered them fairly comfy and acquired a safe match with the most important ear suggestions. They’re IPX4 splash-resistant and have a battery life score of six hours with noise canceling on and eight hours with it off, at average quantity ranges. They supply fairly stable voice-calling efficiency, although it is not fairly as much as the extent of the AirPods Pro.

At $200, it is laborious for them to compete in opposition to such fashions because the AirPods Pro and the brand new Beats Fit Pro, notably if you happen to’re an iPhone person. But they’re definitely extra attractive at $100.


Released in mid-2020, the Jabra Elite 45h was primarily billed as the perfect pair of on-ear headphones for the cash. While there’s nothing terribly fancy about them, they’re top-of-the-line on-ear headphone values proper now, with good sound high quality, a sturdy design and cozy match (for on-ear headphones, anyway). Additionally, these Bluetooth on-ear headphones carry out properly as a headset for making calls and embrace a sidetone characteristic that lets you hear your voice within the headphones so you do not speak too loudly. Battery life can also be good.


Sony’s flagship WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones are as soon as once more on sale for $248, matching their low value for the yr. That deal returns to Amazon and different retailers like Best Buy. Their checklist value is $350, however that is the second time within the final two weeks that the headphones have hit this value, and I anticipate the WH-1000XM4 will recurrently be on sale this vacation shopping for season.

Note that the WH-1000XM4 was launched final summer time and doubtless will not get an improve till subsequent summer time. Bose not too long ago launched its new $329 QuietComfort 45 headphones, which arguably have higher noise canceling. That Bose mannequin has been on sale for $279.

Read our Sony WH-1000XM4 evaluation.

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Apple’s AirPods Max headphones are again all the way down to their low value of $440 in silver. The different colours don’t get the additional $39 low cost.

Read our Apple AirPods Max evaluation.

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AfterShokz bone-conduction wi-fi headphones aren’t what many individuals image once they consider an earphone as a result of they do not go in your ears — these headphones ship sound to your ear via your cheekbones. The huge advantage of this know-how as working earphones is that, due to its open design, you possibly can hear ambient noise and what is going on on round you whereas listening to music or having a telephone dialog via the wi-fi headphones. That openness permits runners to listen to site visitors sound, as with the ability to hear exterior noise and ambient sound is a crucial security characteristic in any exercise headphones. Also, some race coordinators do not permit runners to put on something of their ears, which is the place over-ear headphones like this turn out to be useful, notably if it’s essential to hearken to music whilst you run.

AfterShokz’s flasghip Aeropex ($160), which the corporate describes as its “lightest, highest-quality headphones yet,” had been launched in 2019. They nonetheless do not sound nearly as good as conventional headphones, however they sound higher than earlier fashions and likewise are first rate for making voice calls. They hit $100 on Thanksgiving Day and at the moment are $30 off.

Other AfterShokz headphones are additionally on sale:

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Google’s Pixel Buds A-Series are type of uncommon, in that they are new however not precisely an improve. They look and sound similar to final yr’s Pixel Buds 2, which debuted at $179 however at the moment are promoting for much less. However, as a substitute of getting new options — like lively noise canceling — they’ve truly misplaced a couple of. Why? The “A” stands for affordability: They checklist for $100 and now are on sale for $80, their lowest value to this point. That new lower cost is the true story right here, making these a bona fide true-wireless worth, notably for Android customers. And the built-in stabilizer arcs (aka sport fins) assist preserve the buds securely in your ears throughout sporting actions. Read our Pixel Buds A-Series evaluation.

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The WH-XB910N is the step-down mannequin from the WH-1000XM4. It’s an Extra Bass mannequin, so it does have a preponderance of bass. I appreciated the earlier model, the XB900N, and it was an honest deal when it went on sale for $150, which is what XB910N is priced at now. This up to date model appears to be like the identical however affords improved noise canceling and multipoint Bluetooth pairing, so you possibly can pair it together with your smartphone and laptop concurrently. It additionally helps Sony’s LDAC audio codec.

While improved, the noise canceling is not fairly as much as the extent of the WH-1000XM4. And the WH-XB910N does not have a few of that mannequin’s further options, resembling Speak to Chat, carrying detection sensors and Sony’s Precise Voice Pickup know-how. However, it does have a Quick Attention Mode that lets you put your hand over the ear cup to go from noise canceling to an ambient-aware transparency mode. Also, these headphones now include a tough case just like the WH-1000XM4. Battery life is rated at as much as 30 hours at average quantity ranges — that is the identical as what you get from the WH-1000XM4.

The Jabra Elite 75t earned a CNET Editors’ Choice award a pair years in the past. Jabra not too long ago launched its Elite 7 Pro buds ($200), so now we’re seeing the Elite 75t properly discounted in all colours. The barely extra rugged Elite Active 75t buds, now $100, are additionally on sale.

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Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds have a number of the greatest noise canceling on the market. They additionally sound good. And as soon as once more, they’re being considerably discounted. Several retailers, together with Amazon, Best Buy and Bose, have the QuietComfort Buds on sale for $199, matching final month’s low value.

Recently, Bose launched a substantial firmware replace for the earbuds, including “full transparency with dynamic noise reduction, new modes for specific activities, Spotify Tap integration, audio controls, easier device switching — and more.” So the buds have been enhancing over time.

The largest draw back to the buds is that they are a bit of beefy and stick out of your ears. However, lots of people, together with me, love the match of Bose’s StayHear ear suggestions. Read our Bose QuietComfort Earbuds evaluation.

You can even get some limited-time reductions on a couple of different Bose earbuds and headphones, although the deal on the QuietComfort Earbuds is arguably the perfect of the bunch.


Sony’s new entry-level C500 earbuds had been launched just some weeks in the past. Now they’re already on sale in white at Amazon for $78 or $32 off their $100 checklist value for a restricted time. They have been as little as $68 in a one-day flash sale.

While the C500’s design sensibility has extra in frequent with the high-end WF-1000XM4 than their predecessor, the WF-XB700 Extra Bass, the C500 will not be a noise-canceling mannequin and is fairly fundamental so far as earbuds go, with no ear-detection sensors or transparency mode. But the buds are compact, light-weight, match comfortably and sound good for an entry-level mannequin.

Read our Sony C500 first take.


I used to be a fan of Earfun’s earlier Free Pro earbuds, which provide good sound for round $50 and have little sport fins that assist preserve them in your ears securely. Now Earfun has launched the Earfun Free Pro 2 buds with aluminum alloy caps, improved noise canceling and a few further microphones that assist enhance voice-calling efficiency. They checklist for $80 however after you click on the ten% instantaneous low cost coupon on their Amazon product web page after which add the code EFANCFP6 (further 20% off) at checkout, the worth goes to $56 earlier than tax (that is $24 off). The code EFANCFP6 is sweet via Dec. 10. Just keep in mind to use it at checkout.

I used the Free Pro 2 for a couple of days they usually ship good sound for his or her modest value, with first rate readability and deep however well-defined bass. They produce comparatively huge, open sound. They haven’t got such further options as an ear-detection sensor so your music robotically pauses if you take one or each buds out of your ears, or an app that lets you replace their firmware. But they’re light-weight, ought to match most ears properly and have first rate noise canceling together with a transparency mode (it is not so good as the AirPods Pro’s transparency mode, which is difficult to beat). They additionally cost wirelessly and are rated for as much as six hours of battery life.

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The Momentum True Wireless II stays Sennheiser’s flagship true-wireless earbuds. But shortly after the discharge of the CX ($130), Sennheiser’s second-generation midrange buds, the corporate has adopted up with the CX Plus, which provides noise canceling for $50 extra ($180). They look practically an identical to the usual CX buds however have a shiny black end on the buds’ exterior touch-sensitive floor. Cosmetically, they’re extra akin to the older and barely bigger CX400BT.

I just like the CX for the cash and the CX Plus delivers the identical wonderful sound whereas rounding out the characteristic set with lively noise canceling and a transparency mode. Battery life is rated at as much as eight hours at average quantity ranges and these are splash-proof, with an IPX4 score. They do stick out of your ears a good bit.

The noise canceling is not fairly nearly as good because the Sony WF-1000XM4’s noise canceling, however I assumed it was fairly efficient and headset efficiency was additionally first rate, although not essentially stellar. These are all-around stable noise-canceling earbuds that may depend sound high quality as their largest power.

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Available in 4 colours, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 noise-canceling headphones hew extra intently to the newer Galaxy Buds Pro and Galaxy Buds Live, each of which have eye-catching shiny curved designs and the identical compact charging case as this new mannequin. In truth, it is the Buds 2’s design and match — they’re 15% smaller and 20% lighter than the Buds Plus — that make them a probably extra likable different to the marginally better-sounding Buds Pro.

Like the Buds Pro, the Buds 2 are geared up with lively noise-isolating earbuds. That means all the most recent Galaxy Buds fashions now characteristic some type of lively noise canceling, although it is slight with the Buds Live, which have an open design sans ear suggestions. While the Buds 2 look extra like shrunken variations of the Buds Pro, I discovered them extra akin to the Buds Live in that they barely stick out of your ears and are pretty discrete. Because they sit extra flush together with your ears — and have that curved design — in addition they decide up much less wind noise. They’re IPX2 sweat-resistant.

Read our Galaxy Buds 2 evaluation.

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Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II have been round for a couple of years, however Bose retains promoting these standard headphones even after the discharge of the brand new QuietComfort 45 (the Bose Headphones 700 stay the flagship noise-canceling mannequin in its line). Its value not too long ago has been ping-ponging between $199 and $179.

Read our QuietComfort 35 II evaluation.

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While Jabra has launched its new Elite 7 Pro earbuds, which characteristic a brand new, smaller design, the Elite 85t technically stay the corporate’s flagship earbuds. They’ve been on sale earlier than for $170 however have not dipped to as little as $150. They do characteristic excellent sound and name high quality together with multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you possibly can concurrently pair them to your telephone and laptop.

Read our Jabra Elite 85t evaluation.

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Samsung’s bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live had been arguably essentially the most modern new true wi-fi earbuds of 2020. Like the usual AirPods, they’ve an open design so you do not jam an ear tip into your ear. They’re comfy to put on and match my ears extra securely than the AirPods. These wi-fi buds are discreet and mainly sit flush together with your ear, which reduces wind-noise whereas biking. I recurrently use them for working and biking, they usually’re nice for sporting actions in the event that they suit your ears properly. But one warning: Some folks will not get a safe match, so purchase them from a retailer that has return coverage.

They ship good sound and work properly as a headset for making calls, with good background noise discount so callers can hear you clearly even if you’re in noisier environments. While they characteristic lively noise canceling, it is delicate in contrast with the noise canceling in earbuds which have a noise-isolating design. In different phrases, purchase them for his or her design and sound, not their noise-canceling options.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Buds Live evaluation.

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Beats’ Powerbeats Pro, which have been out for a couple of years, checklist for $250 however have not too long ago dipped to $150 (and even much less in some colours), their lowest value but. With Beats’ new Fit Pro buds arriving (learn our evaluation), we must always see the Powerbeats Pro recurrently on sale.

Read our Beats Powerbeats Pro evaluation.


The second-generation Bose Frames have not actually seen any reductions since their launch (the earlier variations have been on sale). Now the Tempo, Tenor and Soprano are all $30 off or $220. The Tempo has the largest drivers and delivers the perfect sound, however it’s a sport mannequin. I take advantage of it for biking and working.

Read our Bose Frames evaluation.


The WH-CH710N is Sony’s entry-level noise-canceling headphones. At their checklist value of $200, they’re grossly overpriced, however much more compelling at $78. The set’s sound and noise-canceling options are a giant step beneath what you get with the WH-1000XM4, however these are general competent headphones which might be pretty light-weight and cozy to put on. In different phrases, this pair is way from the perfect however a sensible choice if you cannot afford one thing higher-end. No carrying case is included.

Expired offers

These headphones had been on sale not too long ago at these costs. We anticipate that a few of these offers will return within the days main as much as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Bose’s flagship noise-canceling headphone is a couple of years outdated and has sporadically been properly discounted, although not at all times in all colours. The black model is presently $300 at Amazon. We might see that value dip decrease within the coming weeks, however we could need to see the sale on the QuietComfort 45 finish earlier than we see even deeper reductions.

Read our Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 evaluation.

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In 2020, the entry-level AirPods hit $99 throughout Black Friday gross sales at Walmart. This yr, Walmart has raised the bar by promoting them for $89, an all-time low. Amazon and Costco (membership required) have mainly matched that value, however these are already dropping out of inventory. Elsewhere, they have been promoting for round $115. Note that this mannequin does not have a wi-fi charging case.

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