All right, you know the drill: Black Friday is here, signaling to retailers that it’s okay to spam patrons’ inboxes with dubious sales. Unfortunately, Black Friday deals have somewhat devolved into sub-par, clickbait deals. Rather than wasting time sifting through a barrage of promotional emails, we’ve culled some Black Friday audio deals so you don’t have to separate the good from the bad.

Editor’s note: All prices listed in USD unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and vary by region.

The best Black Friday audio deals: Earbuds

The Apple AirPods Pro in a man's left hand (foreground) with an iPhone and the AirPods Pro wireless charging case in the background.

For fit’s sake, the AirPods Pro is the best AirPods you can get—by virtue of the fact that these are the only AirPods earphones that seal your ear canal.

  • Amazon Echo Buds (2nd Gen) ($50 off): The wireless charging variant of these earbuds was a great deal before, but now you can a reasonably priced product with a fantastic ear tip fit test for 30% cheaper. As long as you don’t mind all the Alexa hooks, and the data collection that comes with it, this is a great deal.
  • Apple AirPods Pro ($52 off): If you have an iPhone, the AirPods Pro is the headset to get. It supports active noise cancelling (ANC), automatic play/pause, and a host of software features. You can get the AirPods Pro from Walmart for its lowest price yet—$159.
  • Apple AirPods (2nd generation) ($40 off): This pair of earbuds compares to the AirPods (3rd generation) with the stemmed, unsealed design. You get touch controls, H1 chip support for hands-free Siri, and up to 24 hours of battery with the case.
  • Beats Powerbeats Pro ($100 off): These true wireless earphones are among the best workout earphones out there, as they’re not only water resistant—but they have ear hooks to fit. Additionally, they have monster battery life.
  • Beats Studio Buds ($50 off): These are the earbuds to get if the AirPods Pro isn’t really in your budget. At under $100, the Beats Studio Buds is a steal.
  • Bose Sport Earbuds ($30 off): This pair of IPX4-rated earbuds sits comfortably in the ear thanks to the stabilizing wing tips and tapered ear tips. You can run circles in Bose’s workout earbuds and not worry about any kind of water damage, so long as you avoid the pool.
  • Bose QuietComfort Earbuds ($80 off): While the bulk may turn some listeners away, those who purchase this pair of earbuds will be very happy with the active noise cancelling and sound quality. You can even create a custom EQ in the Bose Music app to tailor the sound to your liking.
  • Jabra Elite 75t ($70 off): A bit long in the tooth, these are some of the best-regarded true wireless earphones of the last couple of years. At almost half-off, it’s a pretty safe bet.
  • Jabra Elite 85t ($80 off): The latest earphones from Jabra can be found on Amazon at a steep discount from their average price of $218 to $149.99.
  • Jaybird Vista 2 ($70 off): They may not exactly be a household name, but Jaybird makes lots of workout earphones. These in particular are at their lowest price yet, and have solid features like in-app EQ.
  • JBL Club PRO Plus ($20 off): JBL provides very good ANC and a consumer-friendly sound with these earphones. You can also enjoy a comprehensive app experience on Android or iOS.
  • JBL Endurance Peak II ($20 off): This is a great pair of workout earbuds for listeners who want something extra secure. You can use either earphone in mono mode when running outside, too.
  • JBL Live PRO Plus ($50 off): With this, you get a pair of stemmed earbuds and a compact wireless charging case. The ANC intensity automatically adjusts depending on how loud your environment is, and you get hands-free Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support.
  • Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro ($100 off): This set of noise cancelling earbuds is an absolute steal for under $100 USD. It features active noise cancelling, ergonomically shaped ear tips, and a low-latency mode for gaming and streaming video.
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus ($50 off): This pair of earbuds may not be the flashiest of the bunch but its battery life can run circles around the competition. You get advanced features like direct Spotify access, a slew of EQ options, a low-latency Game Mode, and more.
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro ($50 off): These fellers are a cut above the usual offering, and come with ANC on board—along with some other integrations into the Galaxy Wear platform.
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 ($30 off): The most recent Galaxy Buds are decent, if basic. These are fairly well-priced to begin with, but competitive at around $120USD.
  • Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 ($100 off): These earbuds and the USB-C charging case all scream luxury. While the
  • Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless ($20 off): Despite the lower price tag, the CX Plus True Wireless offers better ANC than the MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. Sure, you don’t get the same sophisticated design but these earbuds still look and sound great.
  • Sony WF-1000XM4 ($31 off): This is one of the best ANC true wireless earbuds you can buy and it’s $31 USD off in preparation for Black Friday 2021. Sony’s noise cancelling earbuds do a better job of blocking out sound than the popular Apple AirPods Pro and the mobile app works on Android and iOS.

The best Black Friday audio deals: Headphones

A man uses the control cluster on the back of the Bose QuietComfort 45.

Using physical buttons means pressing into the Bose QC 45 ear cup and potentially dislodging it.

  • Bose QuietComfort 35 II ($250 off): Sure this headset is a few years old, but it keeps pace with the best of them, and is even better than the Bose QC 45 in some instances. Through a series of firmware updates, Bose has improved the ANC over the years. You control the headset strictly through buttons and can take a bit more control through the Bose Connect app. This is possibly the best buy of Black Friday.
  • Bose QuietComfort 45 ($50 off): The Bose QC 45 reigns supreme among Bose’s stable of headphones when it comes to ANC performance. You get all the comforts of the QC 35 II in a nearly identical package with a few improvements like a USB-C port and support in the newer Bose Music app. One caveat to this headset: turning off the ANC automatically turns the transparency mode on.
  • Sennheiser HD 350BT ($40 off): Non-noise cancelling headphones are hard to come by these days, but if you just want a headset that works, the HD 350BT is a great pick.
  • Sennheiser HD 450BT ($80 off): This looks nearly the same as the HD 350BT but it has active noise cancellation. Listeners who want something compact for their commute will come to enjoy this headset, though the ear cups are small.
  • Sennheiser HD 599 Open Back ($100 off): This is a timeless open-back headset with an ivory finish and brown faux-leather headband. If you want all of your music to sound good, this is a great wired pick.
  • Sennheiser PXC 550-II ($155 off): If you want a great bang-for-your-buck when it comes to noise cancelling headphones, you should invest in the PXC 550-II. It’s a clear rival to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and tends to cost a bit less.
  • Skullcandy Hesh Evo Wireless ($49 off): This is a no-frills wireless headset with 22 hours of battery life, an over-ear fit, and a travel case. Just 10 minutes of charging yields 180 minutes of playtime and you even get a USB-C cable with your purchase.
  • Sony WH-CH710N ($100 off): While they’re not the flagship wireless headphones for Sony’s lineup, these are a solid pair. Even better at half off.
  • Sony XB910N ($101 off): If you like bass, you’ll like this ANC headset. It takes some of the best features of the Sony WH-1000XM4 and packs it into a smaller, bassier package.

The best Black Friday audio deals: Gaming headsets

  • Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset ($50 off): This gaming headset is pretty much a pair of Bose QC 35 II headphones with a boom mic slapped onto it. If you want one of the most comfortable headsets around for all of your gaming sessions, invest in this.
  • Corsair HS60 Haptic ($40): If the idea of a gaming headset with rumble is enticing, look no further. This isn’t the best performing gaming headset on market, but the haptic feedback makes listening to music feel pretty unique.
  • Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless ($30 off): The Corsair HS80 splits the difference between the high-end Virtuoso line and the cheaper HS line. With a broadcast-grade microphone, comfortable velour earpads, and a sturdy metal suspension frame.
  • Corsair Virtuoso ($40 off): With this gaming headset, you get 7.1 surround sound, a great boom mic, and a headset that works with Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4.
  • Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT ($30 off): The uber premium big brother of the Virtuoso and Virtuoso SE, this expensive gaming headset comes will all the bells and whistles as well as Bluetooth compatibility and support for the aptX HD codec.
  • Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless ($30 off): This gaming headset will do everything you need in a pinch. It isn’t the best, but you get surround sound and a very good microphone for a fine price.
  • HyperX CloudX ($30 off): This wired gaming headset works with anything that has a 3.5mm input. You get a solid boom mic and inline volume control module with a mute toggle. This is basic, but basically performs well.
  • HyperX Cloud Alpha ($40 off): Step up to one of the most popular gaming headsets around. It isn’t the most portable, but the Cloud Alpha offers great sound and isolation for a gaming headset along with a durable build and external mic.
  • HyperX Cloud Alpha S ($50 off): This is much like the original Cloud Alpha with the added benefit of integrated 7.1 surround sound. You can also use the control hub to adjust game and chat audio.
  • HyperX Cloud Revolver ($89 off): For its original price of $149, this is a hard sell, but given the discount, it’s a great option for gamers who want wide platform compatibility.
  • HyperX Cloud II Wireless ($20 off): This incredibly comfortable headset looks like the rest of the HyperX line, but has the added benefit of great battery life and audio quality, along with an extremely comfortable fit.
  • Razer Barracuda X ($30 off): Listeners who want a lightweight, wireless gaming headset that sounds good and looks sleek should consider the Barracuda X.
  • Razer BlackShark V2 ($30 off): If you don’t like the gaudy design of most gaming headsets, you may be drawn to the more modest look of the BlackShark V2 Pro. This wired headset has a volume knob and boom mic on the left ear cup, and the company includes a USB adapter, which lets you access additional features through Razer Synapse.
  • Razer BlackShark V2 Pro ($50 off): If you like the BlackShark V2, you’ll enjoy the wireless component of the BlackShark V2 Pro. Largely, this is the same headset, though it has worse isolation than its predecessor.
  • Razer Kaira Pro ($50 off): At its original $99 price, the Kaira Pro is a solid deal, and for less than $50, you can’t really go wrong, as long as you keep your expectations tempered: microphone quality isn’t the best and the PC experience won’t blow you away.
  • Logitech G Pro X ($35 off): The Logitech G Pro X has been one of the best wired gaming headsets on the market for a couple of years now. It’s got best-in-class software features, replaceable cords and earpads, great sound, and a sturdy build—what’s not to love?
  • Turtle Beach Recon 500 ($32 off): This simple gaming headset was a decent deal at $80 USD, but now it’ll run you less than $50 USD. The microphone is a little too sensitive at times, but this is a comfortable, basic gaming headset that works everywhere with a headphone jack.

We’ll keep this list updated as the week goes on, and if we missed anything be sure to notify us in the comments section below.

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