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The best Black Friday 2022 deals on headphones and earbuds

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Getting tired of your current earbuds? There are big savings at many retailers, making this the ideal time to make an upgrade.

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.

Many deals are already up for the taking even before Black Friday technically gets underway. You can expect most of them 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.

  • Apple’s new AirPods Pro (second-gen) are $50 off, putting them at just $199.99. They look the same as the originals, but sound quality has improved significantly. Noise cancellation is also stronger, and the latest AirPods Pro add a handy swipe gesture to adjust volume. Read our review.

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 $50 cheaper than normal. 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.

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

  • The Galaxy Buds 2 from Samsung have dropped to $89.99 over at Best Buy in either black or purple. These compact, discreet buds offer good sound, a lightweight design, wireless charging, and up to five hours of continuous playback when using active noise cancellation (or 7.5 with it off). Read our review.

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.

  • Samsung’s quirkier, bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live are only $69.99 at Best Buy in the blue color, an $80 discount off their usual $149.99 price. (Other colors are only $10 extra.) If you own multiple Samsung gadgets but don’t like how silicone tips feel in your ears, the open-style Buds Live get you many of the same features and ecosystem benefits as the Galaxy Buds and Buds 2 Pro. Read our review.
  • Google’s entry-level Pixel Buds A-Series are $64.99 at Best Buy. Read our review.

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

  • Sony’s WF-C500 are a comfortable, no-nonsense pair of true wireless earbuds that nail the basics with reliable performance and decent sound quality. And you can get them for only $58 during the holiday sale. Read our review.
  • The Jabra Elite 3 earbuds also stick to the fundamentals and provide a snug fit, intuitive button controls, and good sound for the price. You can get them for $49.99, which is a $30 discount off their normal price. Read our review.
  • Amazon and Best Buy also have one of our favorite pairs of fitness buds, the Jabra Elite 7 Active (normally $179.99), on sale for under $100. These earbuds have a special coating that helps keep them planted in your ears during intense workouts.

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.

  • Anker’s Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro earbuds have a dual-driver design that delivers terrific audio quality, and they come with a wide mix of ear tips and fins for a stable fit. Right now, Best Buy has Soundcore’s flagship buds (normally $169.99) on sale for $99.99. Read our review.

  • 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, which is $80 off their usual asking price. Read our review.

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, 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.

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. 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 $128 during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Read our review.
  • Google’s Pixel Buds Pro are $50 off at multiple retailers, bringing them down to $149.99. These should be the go-to choice for anyone with a Pixel phone. Read our review.

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.

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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