The days of going into a big box store to buy CDs and DVDs are quickly fading, but if you still prefer physical media, Amazon is becoming the place to buy it. Beyond just the media itself, there are tons of discounts on players, speakers, and more, so be sure to stock up while it's all discounted.

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Best in class: Bose

Bose is a company that knows it has a product people want. Bose audio has a stellar reputation for quality, and Bose products are usually made to be the best they can be. Unfortunately, that means Bose products do not go on sale a whole lot. Often, the best deals we see are when new generations of the same product come out. Last year's Prime Day, for example, featured the Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth speaker and the Bose QuietComfort 35 noise-canceling headphones, both of which have newer models available now.

This year for Prime Day, if Bose is your focus you should be looking at products like Bose's genuinely wireless SoundSport in-ear headphones, which have dropped as much as $70 this year, or the Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones, which are still amazing but getting long in the tooth. The QC25 has dropped as low as $150 in the last year.

Best of Bose

Bose QC35 II

The wildly popular Bose QC 35 got a little better with the refreshed QC 35 II. These offer easy access to Google Assistant, have some of the best in class noise cancellation and battery life, and are insanely comfortable to wear. If you are in the market for a new pair of headphones, these may be the ones for you. Check out our full review!

A great option: Sony

Like death and taxes, one certainty in life is Sony's WH1000XM2 noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones will be on sale around Prime Day. These are fabulous headphones voted some of the best Bluetooth headphones around, and we have seen them go on sale a lot this year. Whether they drop $50 or more or someone comes out with a regular price + gift card type deal, which we have also seen, there will be something.

Other Sony headphones bound to go on sale include the Studio Monitor lineup with models like the MDR-7506 or some of Sony's more budget-conscious Bluetooth headphones like the XB-950, which dropped $30 for Prime Day last year.

Best noise cancelation

Sony WH1000XM3

Sony's latest noise-canceling headphones are a frequent traveler's best friend. The $348 WH1000XM3s block out the sounds of airplanes, train stations, and crowded coffee shops better than any of the competition, and pump out excellent sound quality while they're at it. Best of all, they're super lightweight and have Google Assistant built right in!

Serious quality: Senheisser

Sennheiser headphones are a perfect option if you're a music listener who also dabbles in audio editing. The well-revered brand manufactures headphones with crystal clarity appropriate for studio usage, though that doesn't mean you can't rock out with them at home too. During last year's Prime Day, the price of the HD 598 SR Open-Back headphones dropped from $170 to $110.

A good pair of headphones can hold its value for years, and these are still priced at just above $170 today. We might see a discount on them this time around too, but I have a feeling there might be another pair of Sennheisers which drop in the price instead.

Best high-end headphones

Sennheiser HD800 S

A huge 56-millimeter driver and unique (patented, even!) transducer design make the Sennheiser HD 800 S sound great, and the excellent craftsmanship and materials used make them the best overall headphones when you're looking in the high-end. They're 300 Ohm, so you'll need the right phone or media player to use them, but the big soundstage and comfortable fit make the HD800 S a great set of headphones and our top pick when it comes to the category. These come with a 6.3mm XLR audio interface, so be sure to buy the adapter to use them with your phone!

Techies love em: Audio Technica

If you care just as much about the look as you do about the sound, then search no further than Audio-Technica. This company's headphones are notable for their sleek style and, unlike some other companies, they don't compromise on the sound just because they look great. Last year's Prime Day sale brought the ATH-M50x headphones down to $112 — a low price which still hasn't been beaten to this day. Considering those are Audio-Technica's most popular headphones, we might see another deal on them. How about a drop to $100 this time?

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

With the ATH-M50xBT, Audio-Technica took its best-selling headphones and cut the cord. They sport the same great design as the wired version, which means they're going to be just as durable. Crucially, Audio-Technica hasn't altered the sound signature, making the ATH-M50xBT one of the best-sounding Bluetooth headphones at this price point.

More affordable: Other options

This past Prime Day offered some super affordable options too from lesser-known brands, such as the Jabra Move Wireless Headphones which dropped down to $55, and the Status Audio HD Ones which were available for just over $9. There were even gaming headsets on sale like the HyperX Cloud Revolver headset which was priced at $90.

You can also expect to see some enticing offers from brands like Anker and Aukey. Their headphones are generally inexpensive at regular price and well-rated, so scoring a pair on sale from them usually ends up being a great buy at a low price.

Best value over-the-ear headphones

TaoTronics Active Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones

TaoTronics isn't a particularly well-known brand, but the company's well-made over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones offer incredible value. With lush sound and deep (though not entirely accurate) bass, TaoTronics' Bluetooth headphones provide around 70% of active noise cancellation of the Bose QC35 for less than a quarter the price. Better yet, they last up to 25 hours on a single charge.

All Audio Deals

The shockingly-loud Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 Bluetooth Speaker is $30 off at Amazon
Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 Bluetooth Speaker
$119.99 $149.99 Save $30

This 360-degree speaker can float on water and lasts for up to 15 hours on a single charge so you can keep listening all day long.

Start off your vinyl collection with a retro-inspired Victrola or Coca-Cola turntable on sale from $50
Victrola and Coca-Cola Retro Turntables

Woot's discounting versatile record players with features like integrated CD and cassette players, Bluetooth functionality, built-in speakers, and more. Some of the deals are even set to last for just one day only.

Anker's tiny Soundcore Ace A1 Bluetooth speaker offers big sound at 50% off
Anker Soundcore Ace A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
$12.95 $25.99 Save $13

This compact Bluetooth speaker offers powerful sound with a rechargeable battery that can last for up to six hours, a built-in microphone, and more. Score one of its best prices yet by clipping the coupon on its product page at Amazon.

Snag two Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers for the price of one
Amazon Echo Dot two-pack
$49.99 $99.98 Save $50

Didn't get a chance to shop Prime Day? This BOGO offer on Amazon's Echo Dot speakers is nearly as enticing, and you don't need to be a Prime member to take advantage of it.

Easily boost your audio with Logitech's Z313 speaker system on sale for $28
Logitech Z313 2.1-channel speaker system
$27.72 $32.00 Save $4

This thing is easy to set up and comes with a control pod that makes adjustments easy, too.

Build your home theater with a pair of Klipsch floorstanding speakers on sale for $549
Klipsch R-625FA Dolby Atmos floor standing speakers pair
$549.00 $800.00 Save $251

Along with Amazon's deals featuring some other Klipsch speakers, you can really upgrade your audio at home today.

The Duet 50 earbuds can be your affordable AirPod alternatives at 20% off
Back Bay Duet 50 Wireless Earbuds
$35.98 $44.98 Save $9

Take calls, run in the rain, save big, and listen for up to 40 hours with the included charging case. What's not to like?

Grab the AmazonBasics Retro Bluetooth speaker while it's on sale for $85
AmazonBasics Vintage Retro Bluetooth Speaker
$84.53 $115.00 Save $30

This deal started during Prime Day but never went away after the big event.

Rock out anywhere with Anker's Premium Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speaker at 40% off
Anker 20W Premium Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speaker
$33.59 $55.98 Save $22

This compact portable Bluetooth speaker packs an impressive punch with its two passive subwoofers, MaxxBass technology, and dual ten-watt drivers.

Boost your TV's sound with the Soundcore Infini 2.1-channel Bluetooth Soundbar at 25% off
Anker Soundcore Infini 2.1-channel 35-inch Bluetooth soundbar
$59.99 $79.99 Save $20

Start streaming music from your phone straight to your soundbar with the lowest price ever on this 34-inch Anker Soundcore Infini Soundbar.

Block out the noise with TaoTronics wireless active noise-cancelling headphones on sale from $40
TaoTronics SoundSurge 60 Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
$39.99 $69.99 Save $30

The SoundSurge 60 headphones feature active noise-cancelling and a Hyper Charge that gives you a couple hours of playtime after just five minutes plugged in. You'll need to clip the on-page coupon and then enter the code below to score this deal.

Listen to Weezer's Blue Album on vinyl while it's down to $11
Weezer Blue Album vinyl record
$10.98 $17.00 Save $6

Oh it is so. It's been more than a year since this album has gone on sale, and this is one of the best prices ever.

There are just two days left of Dell's Black Friday in July sale
Dell's Black Friday in July sale

Dell's huge Black Friday in July sale has been going strong all month long, but it's about time for it to come to an end. This is your last shot to check out these low prices on tons of tech before the deals end on Sunday night.

Lenovo's Smart Clock offers a new way to wake up with the Google Assistant at $20 off
Lenovo Smart Clock with the Google Assistant
$59.99 $79.99 Save $20

The Lenovo Smart Clock can stream music, control compatible smart home devices, and even lets you voice control it to set alarms and more using the integrated Google Assistant.

Here's how to score three months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free
Free Amazon Music Unlimited with purchase

Amazon's including three months of Music Unlimited for free with select purchases of products like Echo devices, CDs and DVDs, and board games.

Roland's BTM-1 Bluetooth speaker lets you connect a guitar to play along at 30% off
Roland BTM-1 Bluetooth Speaker with Guitar Input
$139.99 $199.99 Save $60

This stylish speaker is packed with various ways to connect instruments and devices; it even lets you use its AUX input and Bluetooth functionality simultaneously.

Rock out with the new BlitzWolf Bluetooth 5.0 True Wireless Earbuds at 35% off
BlitzWolf BW-FYE5 Bluetooth 5.0 True Wireless Earbuds
$32.49 $49.99 Save $18

These water-resistant true wireless earbuds can last for up to 15 hours using the included charging case. You'll just need to enter the code below to snag this deal.

Prime members can snag the lowest price yet on Phiaton's noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones
Phiaton BT 120 NC Bluetooth Headphones
$61.99 $79.99 Save $18

It pays to be a Prime member, especially in July, and today's deal is saving them over 20% off these well-reviewed Bluetooth headphones for a limited time.

You'll fall in love with Audible Escape at just $3 per month
Audible Escape subscription

A range of deals on Audible are now available for Prime members in celebration of Prime Day this month, including three months for only $5 each and Audible Escape subscriptions for only $3 per month.

Try Aftershokz's well-reviewed wireless bone conduction headphones at their best price yet
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones
$79.95 $99.95 Save $20

These wireless Bluetooth headphones were designed with athletes in mind and feature dual noise-cancelling microphones so you can take calls hands-free.

Best Cheap Headphones in 2019

We spend a lot of time talking about high-end headphones like the Bose QC35 II and the Sony WH-1000XM3 — and for good reason, they're incredible products — but nothing says you have to spend over $300 just to get some good headphones for casual listening. Panasonic, Monoprice, COWIN, and even Google all make great, affordable headphones to fit almost any budget.

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Smartest headphones: Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds

For better of worse, most phones these days ship without a headphone jack, so USB-C earbuds are your best bet for wired audio. Google's Pixel Earbuds support 24-bit digital audio, and have some great smart features tucked inside — you can access Google Assistant, Google Translate, and your latest notifications all from the inline microphone controls.

$30 at Google Store

Most comfortable: Panasonic ErgoFit Earbuds

For phones that still tout the more traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, the Panasonic ErgoFit earbuds prioritize comfort for a fit you can wear all day. Aesthetically, they're nothing fancy, and sound quality for music and phone calls is decent at best, but you'll hardly notice the ErgoFits in your ears, and they feature in-line controls that work with Android.

$11 at Amazon

Great for calls: NoiseHush NX80

Whether you're talking to your friends or just your voice assistant, the NoiseHush NX80 has a great noise-canceling microphone built into the in-line controls, along with a flat, tangle-free cable. It sounds surprisingly good for music playback, too, and comes with a two-year warranty.

$19 at Amazon

Budget Bluetooth: Monoprice Hi-Fi Reflective Sound Earbuds

Monoprice's Hi-Fi headphones are Bluetooth-compatible, held together by a short flexible cord, and they sound fantastic. Their "reflective" design points the drivers away from the ears so the sound reflects back, which keeps your ears from ringing and delivers far better sound than you're paying for.

$30 at Amazon

Best Bluetooth headphones: OnePlus Bullets Wireless

For $70, you can't ask for much more from the Bullets Wireless earbuds. They sound fantastic, with great (but not overwhelming) bass and clear high end, they recharge with the same USB-C cable that likely charges your phone, and the neckband design keeps them from getting tangled or in your way.

$69 at OnePlus

Best budget ANC: COWIN E7 Pro

Noise-canceling is usually a premium feature reserved only for expensive headphones, but COWIN's E7 Pro headphones are an excellent exception to that rule. They're bulky, but that makes room for abnormally large 45mm drivers and well-cushioned earpads for a comfortable and great-sounding experience.

$61 at Amazon

Best for workouts: Jaybird X3

Jaybird is one of the most popular brands in fitness headphones, and the X3s feature a lightweight and compact design with a nano-coating that protects it from sweat and rain. The wings on the earbuds keep them from falling out during intense workouts, and despite their tiny size, the X3s last for 8 hours on a charge.

$88 at Amazon

How to get the Best Headphone Deals

Amazon's Prime Day is coming up! We expect it to land around mid-July, and there will be thousands of deals to sort through. While we don't know exactly what's going to happen on the big day, our Thrifter team has been covering deals for years. Headphones are always a big seller on Prime Day, and we know some brands and models are more likely to go on sale more than others. Whether you're looking for Bluetooth headphones, noise-canceling, in-ear, or truly wireless earbuds, we can break down exactly the sort of products you can expect to see in the next couple of weeks.

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