If you’re looking to snag a fantastic pair of headphones — be it wired, wireless, or even noise-canceling — on the cheap, you’ve come to the right place. We have rounded up all of the best headphone deals available right now, and with the list including everything from the latest Apple AirPods to the Sony WH-1000XM3, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
So, what’s available? Quite a lot, actually. For example, Amazon has the Bose SoundSport for $50, Best Buy has knocked $160 off the Beats Solo 3 Wireless, and Walmart has a rare discount on the Apple AirPods 2. You’ll need to act fast to bag a bargain though as the retailers have only set aside a limited amount of stock for each deal — and when it’s gone, it’s gone.
Apple AirPods 2 — $170 ($29 off)
We’ll cut straight to the chase: The AirPods are the world’s most popular true wireless headphones, offering fantastic sound and exceptional user experience — all wrapped up in a futuristic shell. The AirPods 2 (with Wireless Charging Case) take that a step further, throwing a more intelligent version of Siri, better battery life, and wireless charging into the mix.
Other brands, namely Bose and Samsung, have attempted to steal the true wireless crown from Apple, but they’ve yet to come close in terms of sheer ease of use and convenience — they’re all too cumbersome and finicky. So if you’ve been eying up a set of Pods for a while now but have been waiting for an all-too-uncommon deal, there’s never been a better time to pull the trigger.
Beats Solo 3 Wireless — $160 ($140 off)
A somewhat acquired taste, Beats carved a name for itself in the hip-hop market, with its bass-dominant sound being the main reason customers keep coming back. But there’s more to the Solo 3 Wireless than kick and punch; they’re small and nimble, so they can be folded up and dropped into a handbag, backpack, or even a fanny pack (if that’s more your speed).
What’s even more interesting than sound and the flat-pack design is the Apple-made chipset that drives it all. It’s the Apple W1, the same chip that drives the aforementioned AirPods (but not the AirPods 2). Why’s that interesting, you ask? Because it helps the Beats Solo 3 Wireless last for up to 40 hours on a single charge — and that’s something to write home about.
Bose QuietComfort 35 — $230 ($120 off)
Succeeded by the Bose 700, the QuietComfort 35 was once Bose’s flagship noise-canceling headphone. That’s not to mean it’s an old hat, though — the QuietComfort 35 are still some of the best sound-blocking cans on the market, delivering balanced audio (even at the loudest of volume) and around 20 hours of life per charge — and now they’re on sale for $120 off.
Because Bose is pushing the Bose 700 as the best thing since sliced bread, retailers have reduced the QuietComfort 35 to keep sales ticking, so consider this your proverbial golden ticket; it’s a chance to own one of the best sets of noise-canceling headphones on the market right now for a fraction of their shelf price. Seriously, this is one of those deals you don’t want to miss.
Bose SoundSport — $40 ($60 off)
The main reason people opt for a wireless over-ear headphone, over a wired alternative and a wireless earbud, instead of their wired counterpart, is because there is no space in a set of buds for a sizeable battery, so after a couple of hours you have to plug them and wait for them to charge up — far from ideal when you’re facing a three-hour cardio session or a long flight.
That’s where the Bose SoundSport comes in, drawing power straight from the device it’s connected to — be it a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or an Xbox controller — via a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Being Bose, the sound quality is also fantastic, with clear mids and punchy lows. Better yet, the buds are on sale right now for $49 off, dropping the price down to just $50.
Sony WH-1000XM3 — $246 ($104 off)
We named the Sony WH-100XM3 the best headphone of 2018 after it received a 4.5 out of 5 rating in our review, in which we praised its incredible design, sound, and overall feel. It’s also brimming with useful features, including an application that lets you fine-tune the sound. So suffice it to say, there’s no headphone more deserving of your hard-earned cash on the list.
The pièce de résistance? The Sony WH-1000XM3 — normally $350 but down to $104 (they’re refurbished, but they’re as good as new) — has the best noise-canceling with tested to date, which is more than capable of blocking out the sound emitted by appliances, humans, and vehicles alike. Heck, we wouldn’t be surprised if it managed to silence the whirr of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.
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