Black Friday headphone deals 2023 — best live sales right now
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Black Friday headphone deals 2023 — best live sales right now

Editor’s note: with Black Friday deals now winding down, make sure you check out our Cyber Monday deals page for up-to-date sales coverage.

With Cyber Monday sales around the corner, right now you can find some huge discounts on the very best headphones and wireless earbuds. 

Popular models from Apple, Beats, Bose, Sony and Sennheiser (plus plenty of others), have all seen big price drops and are some of the best headphone deals I’ve found so far this year. 

Why trust me? I’ve been testing audio products for more than 30 years, and I know what to look for when it comes to recommending the best headphone deals for all budgets. My expert ears have experience testing most of the models listed here. Many are winners of our coveted Editor’s Choice award for their balance of performance, comfort and value for money at the full MSRP, so you can rest assured these top-rated headphones and wireless earbuds are even better value at these discounted prices. 

If I haven’t reviewed a set then my expertise and knowledge of the brand, as well as what makes a great deal, means you can buy with confidence knowing that you’re getting the best performance for less.       

Right now, the best discount I’ve seen is on the Apple AirPods Pro 2 (2022), which are just $169 at Walmart. That’s a huge $80 off the original price, and the lowest price I’ve seen on these spectacular wireless earbuds! Sony headphones are also getting some big discounts with the WH-1000XM4 over-ear noise-cancelers at $239 at Walmart, while the Sony LinkBuds S are just $128 at Walmart. All are amazing sales on some of the best noise-canceling headphones that deliver a big brand experience for less. 

Remember to follow our Cyber Monday deals coverage for more outstanding sales to shop across all Tom’s Guide’s tech and lifestyle categories. 

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Best Cyber Monday headphone deals — what to look for in 2023

Although you can find the best headphone deals at any time of the year, Cyber Monday deals tend to break all price records and 2023 is looking like no exception. It’s not only about price though, and many factors come into play when shopping for the best headphones, but your decision should always come down to intended use. That being said, its a good idea to take the following categories into consideration before settling on any pair of headphones.

1. Design: Are you looking for in-ear, on-ear or over-ear headphones? Wired or wireless? Luxury or sporty? Since these are headphones that will be used for multiple occasions, you want something that suits your lifestyle. Some models are more versatile than others and I always have my AirPods Pro 2 with me for routine office commutes as well trip to the gym. Whatever type you choose, make sure the headphones are well built, easy to carry, and comfy to wear for about 1 to 2 hours daily.

2. Sound quality: Different models offer different sound, and since you’re buying a pair to enjoy music individually, it’s important to find headphones that match your sound preference, be it heavy bass or distinctively clear to where you can hear the littlest nuances in recordings. Some of the best audiophile headphones provide a premium audio experience at a price that’s more affordable than you’d expect. Some models offer personalized sound via companion app, which allows the user to create their own profiles and tweak EQ levels to their hearing.

3. Battery life: Sennheiser’s Momentum Wireless 4 headphones set a high bar by offer 60-hour battery life, and most wireless over-ear headphones typically manage around half that. Wireless earbuds can last about 5 to 10 hours and offer extended playtime with their bundled charging cases — always make sure one is included.

4. Accessories: It’s disappointing spending money on a new pair of headphones only to find that you need to buy the accessories separately. For wired models, the manufacturer must include the aux cable, and any headphones that come with a carrying case, charging cable, user guide, and extra ear cups or tips are solid purchases.

5. Pricing considerations: Obviously, if you’re here then price is a big consideration when looking for the best headphones. Although there are always exceptions, big-name brands will typically command a bit extra, but generally speaking, the less you spend on a pair of headphones the greater the chance that sound and features will be compromised. Of course, there are some great deals to be had but going for a budget option isn’t always the best choice, as any money you save on your purchase won’t do you much good if you’re sacrificing on features or sound quality. 

As the saying goes: timing is everything. And with sales season 2023 getting off to an early start, make sure you follow this page to keep track of the latest headphone bargains.