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The best live deals on headphones for Black Friday 2021

UPDATE: Nov. 26, 2021, 7:10 p.m. EST This story has been updated to include the latest pricing and deals from Apple, Beats, Bose, and more. Check out our top picks of the best deals.

  • BEST DEAL AT AMAZON: Apple AirPods Max are some premium wireless headphones with noise cancellation, a transparency mode, and spatial audio; they’ve never been this cheap before — $479 $549 (save $70)

  • BEST DEAL AT WALMART: Beats Studio Buds, an actual AirPods alternative (and we’re not just saying that because they’re earbuds) — $99.95 $149.95 (save $50)

  • BEST DEAL AT BEST BUY: Google Pixel Buds A-Series offer equally great sound and a comparatively comfortable fit as last year’s Pixel Buds (but for a fraction of the price) — $79.99 $99.99 (save 20%) + 3 months of YouTube Premium for free

  • BEST DEAL AT TARGET: Sony MDR-ZX110 Wired On-Ear Headphones — $10 headphones. What more can we say? — $9.99 $24.99 (save $15)

From $59 Samsung Galaxy Buds+ to $429 AirPods Max, deep discounts on headphones and earbuds were some of the stars of this year’s early holiday sales.

That doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon as we round the bend to Black Friday (Nov. 26, 2021), with retailers across the board dropping prices on audio gear from big-name brands like Apple, Beats, Bose, Samsung, and Sennheiser.

It’s not just older models, either: Even the new AirPods 3, Samsung Galaxy Buds 2, Google Pixel Buds A-Series, and Bose QuietComfort 45s have seen notable price drops for the shopping season. (The only ones we’re still holding out for are this month’s Beats Fit Pro, which haven’t gone on sale yet; fingers crossed that changes sometime over Cyber Weekend.)

You’ll notice that most major retailers are matching each other’s prices (with very few exceptions), which is great; if something sells out on Amazon, for example, you’ll usually be able to find it at Best Buy or Walmart.

Please note: All newly added deals have been marked with a ✨. Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, but check back often — we’re updating this page constantly.

Best deals on headphones at Amazon

Credit: Apple

Why we like them

We really like these headphones — they’ve got best-in-class noise cancellation, a transparency mode, and spatial audio — but we also really like the fact that they’re on sale. Amazon previously had the sky blue and space gray ones on sale for just $429 (or $120 off), which was their lowest price to date, but they have either gone out of stock or up in price (at least at the time of writing this).

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a pair of red beats studio buds in a red case

Credit: Beats

Why we like them

The Beats Studio Buds are perhaps the AirPods alternative: Mashable tech reporter Alex Perry said they “put Apple’s entry-level AirPods to shame.”

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Best headphones deals at Best Buy

the google pixel buds a-series in their charging case

Credit: Google

Why we like them

“There’s no reason to get last year’s [$180] Pixel Buds anymore,” says Mashable tech reporter Alex Perry — the new Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds offer the same “very good audio and comfortable form factor,” but retail for just $100. They’re now even cheaper than usual thanks to Best Buy’s 20% Black Friday discount, which it tops off with a free three-month trial of YouTube Premium just for kicks.

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Best headphones deals at Target

white pair of wired headphones

Credit: Sony

Why we like them

These Sony headphones are nothing fancy. I mean, they don’t even have Bluetooth. But they sound good and they’re only $10.

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