The modern world of audio streaming, podcasts and working from home requires proper audio accessories that allow you to immerse yourself in action. We’ve picked out some of the best deals on over-ear headphones and some TWS audio portables for Black Friday all week.
Our first pick is the Sony WH-CH710N, which may be two years old, but is still bang for the buck. We loved them in 2020 and today we love them even more with the huge 55% discount. The battery provides nearly 35 hours of playtime on a single charge, which is the average length of a working week in many countries.
Philips might be a brand more associated with other appliances and devices, but the H9505 Hybrid is a great pair of headphones. We should also note the massive discount of 60%, which is one of the main reasons to choose this deal.
The Jabra Elite 85h offers tremendous battery life and impressive active noise cancellation, and we loved the fast charging. One caveat is the copper/gold accents – yes, you won’t see them, but you will be noticed as they tend to be an eye catcher.
Every list of suitable headphones should include the Bose 700. The big discount is for the white pair, but traditionalists can also get this audio accessory in black at a slightly lower discount. While these noise-cancelling headphones are among the best-looking, their battery life isn’t impressive, and it can become annoying if you’re on the go a lot.
The Sennheiser Momentum 3 is not the latest model in the series – there is also the 4th iteration now. We recommend the 3rd generation because the deal is better, the price is lower and they still feel just as comfortable. After all, Black Friday is all about getting the best deal, and the Momentum 3 is a head above its newer sibling in this regard.
The Sony WH-1000XM5 are the latest and greatest over-ear headphones that Sony has made, and it was an easy deal to slot into our Black Friday list. There are some deals, but we’d still recommend getting the previous iteration, the WH-1000XM4, if you’re not willing to spend that much. More aggressive discounts that make it the more interesting offer of the two.
The Bose QuietComfort 45 is the natural competitor to the Sony earphones. We don’t think this pair will get any cheaper anytime soon, so it’s best to grab the 33% discount – it gives you one of the best, if not the best over-ear headphones, with an impressive all-around performance, battery life, and active noise reduction.
We were personally impressed with the sound provided by Soundcore, an Anker audio brand that provides a delightful audio experience at affordable prices. Now, with Black Friday upon us, these deals look even sweeter, so we’re recommending not one, but four different pairs of headphones.
Moving away from over-ear headphones, we also have a nice selection of TWS earphones. Another form factor for active people who prefer a different type of sound comfort. These audio wearables are in a category of their own, but they’re still great for sports, gaming, work calls and conversations on the go, so here are our picks for this Black Friday.
TWS headphone deals
Switching gears midway through this deal list for TWS headphones, the Realme Buds Air 3 is the first set that came to mind. It brings above average sound quality, good bass and basic noise reduction. Most importantly, it has a universally comfortable fit, which cannot be said of all in-ear headphones in this category.
The Sony WF-1000XM4 has been on the market for over a year now. Their sound quality is exceptional for headphones in this class, and Sony’s active noise cancellation is a benchmark in the industry. The Black Friday deals are extremely attractive and we cannot recommend these TWS earphones enough. Be aware that they may not be the most comfortable to listen to for extended periods of time – at least not for everyone.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro arrived in August, and the Korean manufacturer is already offering a Black Friday deal. These headphones are the latest and greatest from Samsung, and at this price they’re a steal.
Apple AirPods Pro 2 arrived three years after the first Pro and Cupertino decided to invest in performance improvement rather than design. These are clearly the best earphones to partner with an iPhone, and one of the best times to get such audio portables is now.
Some users may not be fans of the Pro design with the rubber tips, so Apple also has regular AirPods. Yes, there are some small compromises, but the price is also more attractive, especially combined with a Black Friday discount. Too bad it’s not available in all the markets we’ve researched.
The Google Pixel Buds Pro are a direct competitor to Samsung’s and Sony’s products on this very list. We added these earbuds because they look great, they pair effortlessly with any Android phone, and the battery life is commendable.
Google Pixel Buds A-Series are like Pixel A smartphones – a more affordable alternative to the flagship series. And considering these are 35% off, we’d recommend them to any Android user who loves to have a bit of a native Google feel to them.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are the most expensive pair of TWS earbuds on this list, but the truth is, they’re worth every penny, especially on Black Friday, when the price drops even lower. They provide what is arguably the best active noise cancellation in the world and are extremely comfortable too.
Bose could have worked on the looks a little bit, but if you can afford $250 TWS earphones, you can afford people laughing at your bulky earphones.
Offers on wired headphones
Moving on to some wired options, we first have the twins from Audio-Technica. The more expensive M50x is known for its colorful sound, punchy bass, treble response and a high degree of detail. The cheaper M40x is ironically the more neutral and balanced sounding of the two, making it more suitable for mastering purposes.
Sennheiser’s sublime HD 650s are a tour de force in the world of audiophile headphones, despite their relatively modest price tag. They effectively make most of the more expensive headphones redundant with their all-around performance. Meanwhile, the IE300 IEM is great for those who want skull-rattling bass with high-quality sound.
If you want something more affordable, you simply can’t go wrong with the one-of-a-kind Moondrop Aria. And for those on an even tighter budget, the KZ ZEX Pro is also a great option.