Headphones are among the top buys of the Black Friday sales so far. Rivalries between top brands such as Bose, Sony and Bowers & Wilkins are so fierce, you tend to see discounts in almost all their top pairs each year. Not the old pairs they can’t shift from the warehouse, the latest, greatest sets.
Below you’ll find a spread of deals covering everything from true wireless earbuds to open-back headphones you can’t wear outdoors without irritating everyone around you. We still recommend the latter for 11pm movies when the neighbours won’t tolerate a subwoofer.
£25 off the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, now £225: Want best-in class noise cancellation in a true wireless earphone? You want the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, which wave away competition from the Sony WF-1000XM3 in this area. Sound is lush and smooth. And £25 off a brand new pair of high-end earphones, launched in September, is not a bad discount.
£80 off the Philips Fidelio X2, now £106: The Philips Fidelio X2 are proof of how well wired headphones age. Three years old and as fresh as the day they were released, they are an excellent buy if you want home headphones. Comfortable velour pads. Wide, balanced sound. Just make sure you’re fine with sound leakage as they are open-back headphones.
£50 off the Apple AirPods Pro, now £199: Apple finally got its AirPods earphones up to speed with the AirPods Pro. They have improved sound, active noise cancellation and, as ever, they get on famously well with iPhones. AirPods Pro deals often sell out during promo periods, so don’t wait too long deciding this one.
£20 off the Sony WF-1000XM3, now £150: The week before Black Friday we compared the Sony WF-1000XM3 to the Pixel Buds, Huawei FreeBuds Pro and Samsung Galaxy Buds. Guess which sound the best? The Sonys, by some margin. A £20 discount may sound slight, but these are still the best true wireless earphones for sound quality at £180.
£80 off Sennheiser HD 599, now £99: Open-back home headphones rarely get much attention these days, but this Sennheiser HD 599 deserve some. For under £100 you get sound that destroys anything available from a wireless set. Perfect for late-night movies and gaming.
£10 off the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1, now £80: £10? Is that it? This Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 discount is a far better deal than it appears. These were recognised by many as the single best performers at £120 for sound at release. And this is the first time we have seen them drop below £89 at Amazon. Sometimes the least showy bargains are the best buys.
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£33 off the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Earphones, now £47: Triple driver earphones like the 1More Triple used to cost hundreds of pounds. And their array is legit, with two balanced armatures and a dynamic driver for the lower frequencies. This pair was very well-reviewed at £80 when released in 2018. They are not wireless but the sound quality per pound is near-unbeatable at under £50. [Ends 23:30 today or when all claimed]
£50 off Jabra Elite Active 65t earbuds, now £79: Will only a big discount too? The Jabra Elite Active 65t are the best true wireless earphones you may not have considered yet. Jabra made one of the first truly great pairs in this category. They offer great sound quality, gym-ready water resistance and above average call mics.
£20 off Jabra Elite 45h, now £70: Each year some of the best Black Friday headphone deals come from Jabra. The reason is simple. It doesn’t have quite the brand clout of Sony, Apple or Bose. The Jabra Elite 45h are a great buy at £70. Soft on-ear pads, 50-hour battery life, and robust but well-balanced sound.
£20 off Amazon’s Echo Buds, now £100: Amazon makes earphones? That’s right. Noise cancellation is the main appeal here. They use Bose tech, for the best noise reduction you can get at the price. Want real high-end sound? Spend a bit more on the Sony WF-1000XM3 (above) instead.
£130 off B&W PX7, now £220: Bowers & Wilkins makes some of the most luxurious headphones in this class. The PX7 have pillowy soft pads, an elegant frame and both high-end sound and good active noise cancellation. A great alternative to the Sony WH-1000XM4, which cost a good deal more.
£5 off Sony WH-CH510, now £30: Not everyone can afford to spend £200 on headphones. The Sony WH-CH510 are headphones you can actually afford to buy someone as a Christmas present. Low weight. Long battery life. Smart enough looks.