Black Friday is always overflowing with cheap headphones — and Black Friday 2019 will be no exception. So whether you’re looking to escape reality with a pair of noise-canceling headphones from the likes of Bose and Sony, or simply want to cut the (physical) cord with some true wireless earbuds, like the Apple AirPods, this magical day is the perfect time to upgrade.
Since there is a limited amount of stock available (and more often than not, restricted to a one-hour window) for the best deals, you will need to act fast to snap them up. This means time can’t be wasted scrolling through a retailer’s entire catalog to track them down — a mere matter of seconds can be the difference between bagging the bargain of the year and missing out.
To help you find all the best Black Friday headphone deals, we’re rounding up the offers that are just too good to miss. Plus, since we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing all the leading models (botjh flagship and not), we’re able to separate the good from the bad. So if you find a pair of headphones listed here, you can rest assured they are worthy of your hard-earned cash.
Today’s best Black Friday headphone deals
- — $144 ($16 off)
- — $165 ($35 off)
- — $150 ($150 off)
- — $230 ($120 off)
- — $120 ($80 off)
Black Friday will commence just after midnight on Friday, November 29 and draw to a close at the end of the day, but you don’t have to wait until then to snap up a pair of headphones on the cheap. A number of retailers have already discounted a handful of big-brand cans ahead of the big day, including the Apple AirPods 2, Bose QuietComfort 35, and Powerbeats 3.
While there is a chance the price will slip a bit more when the shopping bonanza kicks off next month, it’s unlikely it’ll be by much. These are bottom-of-the-barrel prices and it’s hard to imagine any retailer having the leeway to reduce the Apple-made AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case and Powerbeats 3 by a whole lot more than they’ve already had knocked off.
These headphone deals can all be considered safe bets.
What headphone deals to expect from Black Friday 2019
As is the case with high-resolution TVs, Black Friday has always been a nest for cheap headphones — and Black Friday 2019 will undoubtedly be no exception. We’re expecting to see everything from high-end flagship models that have only just hit the shelves to year-old midrange models find their way into the sale bin. There’s bound to be something for everyone.
Here’s a brief look at some of the headphones and earbuds we think will be discounted, based on what we saw reduced during earlier shopping events:
- Apple AirPods with Charging Case
- Apple AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
- Beats Solo 3 Wireless
- Bose QuietComfort 35
- Jabra Elite Active 65t
- Powerbeats Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Buds
- Sennheiser HD650
- Sennheiser PXC 550
- Sony WF-1000X
- Sony WH-1000XM3
Of course, it’s not only big-brand models that will be reduced. As well as the usual suspects — Beats, Bose, Sennheiser, Sony — we should see both earbuds and headphones from the likes of Anker and Betron. Granted, these discounts won’t be as substantial as that of older models from household-name manufacturers, but surely every cent saved is a cent earned, right?
One model that definitely won’t be at the center of the festivities, however, is the AirPods Pro. Announced on October 28, the top-of-the-range AirPods are too new to have a hefty amount wiped off on Black Friday. That’s not to mean they won’t have few bucks shaved off, though, or be offered with a discount in a different form — like a free six-month Apple Music subscription.
So, what will be the deal to nab? Well, we’re expecting to see a significant reduction on the Sony WH-1000XM3, which we rated the best headphone on the market right now. It’s not a far-fetched prediction, either — the $350 cans had $50 knocked off them on Prime Day and were on sale for just $220 earlier this week, so we could see them as low as $150 on Black Friday 2019.
How to choose headphones
The secret to scoring a fantastic deal on Black Friday is planning. Decide on the type of headphones you’re after and any must-have features (a set of wireless headphones with noise canceling, for example) before starting your search. Better yet, tunnel in on the specific cans you want. This will dramatically increase your chances of snagging them at a discounted price.
Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done. If you’re operating on a tight budget, chances are you’re going to go with the first set that falls into it. As long as you know whether you’re after noise-canceling, wired, wireless, or true wireless, this won’t be an issue — because again, we’ve vetted all of the products, so you can find comfort in knowing they’re the crème de la crème.
Need some guidance? Take a look at our Headphone Buying Guide.
Bargain hunters on the lookout for more unmissable deals should peruse our list of the top Black Friday sales. We’ll be updating it from now through the event, so we recommend making it your one-stop-shop for all the latest savings. More interested in Cyber Monday? We have a list for that, too. To keep up with the latest offers in real time, follow DT Deals on Twitter.
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