Amazon Prime Day has served as an excellent time to pick up audio equipment on the cheap, especially earbuds and headphones. The technology in headphones has dramatically improved in just the last year, with average battery life per charge ballooning from just four hours to upwards of six or eight per charge in earbuds. For over-ear headphones, expecting more than 30 hours per charge is not out of the question. Additionally, noise-canceling technology has made improvements in both headphones and earbuds by leaps and bounds, so if you haven’t thought about looking to upgrade your personal audio, there has never been a better time. In addition to personal audio equipment, Amazon Prime Day will offer some of the best deals all year, so make sure you check out Prime Day deals that we think are worth jumping on before they’re gone.
Today’s best Prime Day headphone deals
- — $129, was $160
- — $160, was $200
- — $219, was $250
- — $299, was $350
- — $379, was $400
- — $91, was $130
- — $34, was $42
There aren’t yet any Amazon Prime Day deals because Amazon Prime Day hasn’t yet begun. It’s currently set to happen starting October 13 through October 14, after being moved from its normal July date. But if you’re looking for some headphones or earbuds right now and can’t wait, these are the best deals currently available.
What Prime Day headphone deals to expect
Though we like to keep our fingers crossed for deep discounts on the latest products, you might find even better deals on personal audio equipment that is maybe one generation old, but still fantastic. Older products are always treated to the most significant discounts, but there are flash deals of limited quantities that often see discounts down to the lowest prices you can expect.
For example, with Sony announcing the successor to the extremely popular Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones in the new Sony WH-1000XM4, it would come as no surprise to see the previous generation see discounts as Sony eliminates older inventory.
Though we aren’t sure just yet which headphones are going to be seeing deep discounts, we can guess that there will be a mix of well-known names as well as some great buds you might not have heard of that will still be excellent buys. We’ve been surprised by the performance of lesser-known entities like Earfun, Soundpeats, and Avantree who might not draw your eyes with brand power, but who make great products nonetheless.
So while you should come prepared to jump on limited-time deals for headphones like Apple Airpods and Airpods Pro, Samsung Galaxy Buds, Google Pixel Buds 2, Jabra headphones and buds, or Bose over-ear headphones, you might also want to be ready to take advantage of sales from companies from those we mentioned above to 1More, Tranya, JLab, and others. The market is full of outstanding earbuds from a wide variety of options, but also be aware that not every headphone from every brand is good, so make sure to cross-reference sales with our robust library of headphone reviews.
Should I shop on Prime Day or wait until Black Friday?
If you’re looking to invest in new audio equipment there’s no use waiting until late November. We don’t anticipate discounts varying by much on Black Friday or Cyber Monday compared to what we’ll see on Prime Day. It’s also smarter to get your holiday shopping out of the way sooner so you don’t get stuck with a hefty shipping delay come Black Friday. You also don’t want to worry about your top choice selling out on Prime Day and not getting a restock for Black Friday. Jump on these Prime Day headphone deals now and save yourself the hassle of worrying about whether your new AirPods will arrive in time for Christmas.
Are any Prime Day headphone deals too good to be true?
Every brand including Apple, Bose, and Google is going to see big discounts come Prime Day. Since there are so many great discounts out there you’ll want to put in a little research beforehand to decide which headphones are your top picks. This will save you a lot of time during Prime Day and you’ll be able to attack the best deals faster. Don’t be strayed by off-brand headphones with hefty discounts. Always stick to household names and check the reviews of whichever headphones you decide to buy. Beware of any suspicious deals — never buy from a brand you’ve never heard of before. These small tips will save you from heaps of disappointment during Prime Day.
How to choose new headphones
If you’ve ever tried shopping for headphones before, you know there’s a myriad of options out there. There’s a couple of questions you need to ask yourself when picking a set of headphones: What are you going to use your headphones for? Do you want a wired or wireless headphone? Are additional features like noise-cancellation important to you? And most importantly, how much are you willing to spend?
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense, always-trusted, wireless pair of headphones always go with the AirPods Pro. AirPods are great for wearing when you’re sitting around at home or putting in a heavy workout — especially with the added noise-cancellation features. They can also be used with voice assistance, making them quite worth the $200 price tag. They also function with Android phones, so you don’t have to be an Apple lover to buy the AirPods Pro.
That said, the AirPods Pro have a relatively short battery life, only lasting about four hours on one charge. If you want something with all-day battery life and a more isolated sound experience, you’re better off with a more traditional set of wireless headphones like the Beats Solo 3 or Solo Pro. These headphones usually have a battery life that extends close to 40 hours and come in a variety of fun colors to add a little personality to your everyday outfit. They’re also wireless and don’t slip off of your ears during your daily run. The Solo3’s are also more affordable. The Beats Solo3 retails at only around $200, so it’s better priced than the AirPods Pro or Powerbeats Pro.
For a lot of users, a $200 price tag is still a hefty investment, so if you’re looking for something more affordable without missing out on sound quality, compromise by going for a wired set of headphones. The 1More Triple Driver earphones are our top pick for an affordable wired headphone that still delivers bass-driven sound. They’re only $76, and that’s without any Prime Day discounts so if you don’t want to break the bank, stick with these.
A few other tips to keep in mind while shopping: Always check to see if you’re headphones are sweat- and water-resistant. Though most pairs are, it’s always good to know all the features of a product before you purchase it. Also, keep in mind the quality of the earcup when buying over-ear headphones. Memory foam padding on the earcup is your best option but leather earcups are pretty comfortable, too. It’s all really a matter of preference but a good thing to keep in mind. Over-ear headphones also require more care (and suffer more wear and tear) as you need to keep the earcups clean and odor-free.
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