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The best Black Friday 2022 deals on headphones and earbuds

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Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro photographed on a reflective black surface.

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Whether you’re shopping for yourself or trying to come through with an amazing gift for someone else, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great opportunities to pick up the latest wireless earbuds and headphones. Some of this year’s best models from Apple, Samsung, Sony, Bose, Beats, and others have now been on the market for a few months and seeing their first big discounts. Meanwhile, old favorites are hitting all-time lows.

You can expect most of the deals to continue through Cyber Monday; we’ll be keeping an eye on this list and updating it with notable new discounts as they pop up.

The best AirPods deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday

A pair of AirPods in an open charging case

$200

Apple’s latest AirPods Pro take after the last-gen model but include swipe controls and a new H2 chip that allows for improved noise cancellation. They also come with a water-resistant charging case that offers support for Apple’s robust Find My network.

  • The luxurious AirPods Max are also around $50 cheaper than normal at Best Buy, Target (in-store only), and Amazon. With a premium design, comfortable mesh ear pads, and powerful noise cancellation that rivals Sony and Bose, the AirPods Max also deliver where it counts: the sound quality is sublime. Read our review.

$449

Apple’s AirPods Max feature exemplary build quality, sound phenomenal, and keep up with the best at noise cancellation.

  • If both of those are more than you’re looking to spend, the second-gen AirPods (with the standard Lightning charging case) can be yours for a dollar shy of $80 at Walmart. You get the same ease of use, dependable performance, and exclusive Apple ecosystem features as other AirPods without breaking the bank. Read our review.

Headphones and earbuds under $100 on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

$90

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 have a stylish, low-profile design, and the earbuds are incredibly comfortable to wear even for long amounts of time. The earbuds feature active noise cancellation, pleasing sound quality, and wireless charging.

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$64

The Pixel Buds A-Series deliver good comfort, impressive audio quality, and hands-free Google Assistant voice controls for under $100.

$100

Jabra’s Elite 7 Active earbuds have a special outer coating that helps them remain in your ears even during vigorous exercise — without the help of wing tips or fins that some people find uncomfortable. They also support multipoint connectivity, so you can connect them to two devices at the same time.

The best headphones and earbuds on sale during Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2022

  • Bose’s QuietComfort 45 noise-canceling headphones are a godsend when flying anywhere, commuting on the morning train, or even if you just want some uninterrupted focus time at the office. They’re also maybe the most comfortable wireless headphones you’ll find. They’ve dropped to $249 at several stores — including Best Buy, Target, and Amazon —which is $80 off their usual asking price. Read our review.

$249

Bose’s QuietComfort 45 headphones update the company’s popular supremely comfortable design with USB-C, improved noise cancellation, and longer battery life.

  • Sony’s top-of-the-line WF-1000XM4 earbuds can be had for $178 at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy, a significant drop from their standard $279.99 MSRP. With powerful sound, strong noise cancellation, and many features, these remain one of the best overall picks on the market right now. And in the coming weeks, Sony’s flagship earbuds will be updated to support multipoint. Read our review.
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$178

Sony’s WF-1000XM4 have the best noise cancellation of any true wireless earbuds, and the sound quality is second to none. With a new design that’s smaller and rated IPX4, the earbuds also can now be charged wirelessly.

  • The smaller, lighter Sony LinkBuds S don’t have ANC that’s quite as strong, but they’re among the most comfortable sets of earbuds you can buy. And they’ve already received the multipoint update that 1000XM4 owners are still waiting for. They’re currently on sale at Best Buy, Target, and Amazon for around $128 ($72 off). Read our review.
  • If you make a lot of calls with your earbuds and like having some awareness of what’s happening around you, the unconventional LinkBuds — which feature a hole cut right into the middle — rank as one of the best sets of earbuds in terms of voice quality. They’re discounted to around $128 at Best Buy, Target, and Amazon during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Read our review.
  • Google’s Pixel Buds Pro are $50 off at multiple retailers — including Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon — bringing them down to $149.99. And they’re down to $142.50 at Wellbots. These should be the go-to choice for anyone with a Pixel phone. Read our review.

$143

Google’s Pixel Buds Pro are the company’s first earbuds to include ANC. They combine impressive sound, great battery life, and good comfort — all without the connection issues of earlier models.

$200

The Momentum 3 Wireless headphones from Sennheiser have a classy retro design made from premium materials. Their sound quality is superb, with excellent detail, warmth, and more than enough bass punch.

  • Marshall’s Monitor II ANC headphones have a unique rock aesthetic that’s made better by a built-in joystick used for controlling audio. Once you start using it, you’ll wish other headphones had the same trick. These noise-canceling headphones are $80 off at Best Buy, making them $219.99.

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