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Over the Black Friday shopping event, you can expect to find a massive range of deals when it comes to audio equipment including headphones, headsets, and wireless earbuds. It's not just Amazon anymore that jumps in to secure sales during the shopping event -- there are deals to be found at major US retailers on the run-up if you're willing to shop around.
Below, you will find the best Black Friday deals we've spotted today. Our recommendations will be updated regularly so check back for the latest bargains.
In time for the holiday season, retailers across the board have expanded their return policies, giving eligible purchases made between November to December 31 a return window until the end of January 2022. See each stores' return page for more details.
Competing against the Bose QuietComfort 45 is the Sony WH-1000XM4. When ZDNet's Matthew Miller reviewed the premium headphones, he praised the device for its stunning audio performance, immersive active noise-cancellation, and extensive battery life -- among other positives. You can snag a pair for yourself for only $248 ($102 off) at Best Buy.
If you fancy premium over-the-ear style headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 45 is a solid choice. Toss in a $50 discount and the new $279 asking price is one that will surely entice audiophiles and non-audiophiles alike.
Sennheiser's Momentum headphones are of a more traditional, over-the-ear design. Available in black and silver, these premium headphones also come with noise cancelation technologies and both wired or Bluetooth connectivity.
Bose is known for its robust noise-canceling technologies and so if you're looking to pick up a pair of headphones with this functionality ahead of Black Friday, Target is offering a discount of $120 on the Bose QuietComfort 35 II.
A steal on Black Friday can be found at Best Buy, which is offering Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Studio headphones for $169.99, with a substantial discount. These headphones are wireless, contain active noise-canceling technology, and also come with a microphone and carrying case.
For those looking for a pair of headphones over the Black Friday shopping event that is designed for sports, Adidas is offering $70 off the RPT-01 on-ear headphones. These headphones connect via Bluetooth and have been made to combat sweat and water residue.
Deals on earbuds
Possibly the cheapest we'll be seeing the Apple AirPods Pro, Amazon currently has the active noise-canceling earbuds going for just $169.99 ($79 off). These are arguably the best wireless earbuds you can buy, whether you're an audiophile or not. It's the earbud to buy for family, friends, coworkers, or yourself if you want excellent sound quality, a secure and comfortable fit, and all the Apple magic when paired to an iPhone.
You don't have to pay a premium to get excellent audio when it comes to wireless earbuds. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, now for just $79 ($70 off), makes for the perfect Black Friday treat to yourself, or a stocking stuffer come Christmas. ZDNet's Jason Cipriani reviewed the earbuds when first released and labeled them as the go-to for Android users or those who weren't a fan of Apple's AirPods.
If you're looking for a bargain price on a pair of quality earbuds ahead of Black Friday, Amazon is offering $70 off a pair of Samsung Electronics Galaxy Buds Live earbuds. This model comes with active noise-canceling technology and a wireless charging case.
For a pair of cheap earbuds with a long playback time, Anker's Soundcore Life Note E wireless earbuds are on sale at Target. Anker says that you can expect eight hours of playtime per charge.
Other deals of note
- Up to 50% off select Jabra headphones, Amazon, $Various
- Up to 50% Off Belkin Audio Speakers and Headphones, Amazon, $Various
- Beyerdynamic Amiron Home High-end Tesla Over-Ear Stereo headphones, Newegg, $309 ($390 off)
- Sony Wired Earbuds, Target, $7.49 ($7.50 off)
- JBL Tune 125TWS True wireless In-Ear Headphones, Target, $49.99 ($50 off)
- Beyerdynamic Custom Game Interactive Gaming Headset, Newegg, $139.99 ($179 off)
- Apple AirPods (2nd Generation), Target, $114.99 ($15 off)
- Sony ZX Series Wired over-ear Headphones, Target, $9.99 ($15 off)
- Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Advanced Active Noise Canceling Earbuds, Target, $149.99 ($80 off)
- Philips Hybrid Active Noise Canceling (ANC) over-ear headphones, Amazon, $109 ($140 off)
- Up to 40% off Samsung Ear Buds, Amazon, $Various
- Monolith Over Ear Planar Headphones, Monoprice, $399.99 ($200 off)
- Dartwood True Wireless Earbuds, Target, $24.99 ($15 off)
- Skullcandy Indy ANC Noise Canceling True Wireless Headphones, Target, $79.99 ($49 off)
- Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, Best Buy, $199 ($80 off)
- LG TONE Free UVnano FN6 Wireless Earbuds, Newegg, $44.99 ($105 off)
- Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Wireless Earbuds, Anker, Newegg, $45.99 ($34 off)
- Up to 30% off Corsair gaming headsets, Amazon, $Various
- Alienware 7.1 headset, Dell, $69.99 ($30 off)
- Steelseries Arctis 7P headset for PlayStation 5, Steelseries, $99.99 ($50 off)
- Google Pixel Buds A-Series True Wireless headphones, Best Buy, $79.99 ($20 off)
- Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Flex Wireless Earphones, Best Buy, $39.99 ($30 off)
- Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Studio Buds, Best Buy, $99.99 ($50 off)
- Apple - AirPods Max, Best Buy, $479 ($70 off)
- Bose Sport Earbuds, Amazon, $149 ($30 off)
- Beats Flex All-Day Wireless Earphones, Walmart, $49.95 ($20 off)
- Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, Samsung, $119.99 ($30 off)
- TOZO Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds, Amazon, $49.99 ($10 off)
- Soundcore by Anker Life Dot 2 XR earbuds, Target, $79.99 ($20 off)
- Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, Amazon, $99.99 ($50 off)
- Beats Flex All-Day Earphones, Target, $49.99 ($25 off)