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.
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
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'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
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?
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 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
SoundPEATS TrueFree+ True Wireless Earbuds
They have Bluetooth 5.0 for a reliable, fast connection, automatic power and pairing, and last for up to four hours per charge. The case can provide up to 10 full charges for the headphones. Clip the on-page coupon and enter the below code to save.
TIDAL High Fidelity Music Streaming
TIDAL has over 60 million tracks plus exclusive interviews, playlists, video and TIDAL X events that you won't find on other streaming services. Plus, music is streamed in lossless audio quality. Choose from Premium or HiFi plans for the same price.
Amazon Music HD
For a limited time, you can snag a 3-month trial of Amazon Music HD for free, saving you $45. It offers premium quality music with more than 50 million songs in HD and millions of songs in Ultra HD. New subscribers only.
Bose SoundLink Color II portable Bluetooth speaker
Various colorways of the well-reviewed Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II are now $30 off at Amazon while supplies last. They let you take calls hands-free, play music wirelessly, and listen for up to 8 hours on a single charge.
Mpow S11 Bluetooth 5.0 In-ear Headphones
These waterproof Bluetooth headphones can last for up to ten hours on a single charge and let you take calls hands-free using the built-in microphone. Clip the on-page coupon and use the following code at checkout to snag this low price.
Mpow Flame2 Sport Bluetooth Headphones
Listen for up to 12 hours on a single charge with these Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds that are IPX7 sweat-proof and waterproof so you can bring them to the gym or in the rain without ruining them. Clip the on-page coupon and use the following code to save.
ESR Mini Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds
ESR's true wireless earbuds last for up to 9 hours while on-the-go using the included charging case and feature a built-in microphone for hands-free calling. You'll also receive various sizes of eartips for a customized fit.
Bose Noise-Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700
Choose between Black, Silver, and Soapstone models of the new Bose Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700 and save $50 at Amazon. They let you access Alexa or the Google Assistant and can last for up to 20 hours on a single charge.
Echo Flex Plug-in mini smart speaker
This tiny smart speaker plugs right into an AC outlet in your home so you can speak with Alexa, stream music from services like Spotify, control compatible smart home devices using only your voice, and more.
Boltune Bluetooth 5.0 True Wireless Earbuds
These well-reviewed true wireless earbuds feature the latest in Bluetooth technology for a more stable connection, and they're water-resistant with a built-in microphone, too. Clip the on-page coupon and use the following code at checkout to save.
Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker
This Bluetooth speaker has a rechargeable battery that can last for up to 24 hours on a full charge so the party won't ever have to end early. The red model is down to an all-time low and the black version is just fifty cents more.
AmazonBasics Gaming Headset
This wired gaming headset is compatible with so many game consoles and other devices, from the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One to PS4, PC, mobile devices, and more.
Sony XB01 Bluetooth Compact Portable Speaker
This tiny Bluetooth speaker has an EXTRA BASS mode to help it keep the party pumped up even outdoors. It also features a splash-proof design, a built-in microphone, and a 6-hour battery life. Multiple colors are on sale while supplies last.
Bose SoundSport Bluetooth headphones
You'll get Bose quality audio with easy pairing via Bluetooth and NFC. The Stay Hear+ tips provide a comfortable fit even while working out. They are sweat and weather resistant and have up to six hours of battery life per charge.
Tribit XSound Go portable Bluetooth speaker
This well-reviewed 12W speaker offers clear highs and rich bass, and features a 24-hour battery life. It's IXP7 water-resistant and pretty durable as well. Clip its on-page coupon, then use the following code at checkout to score this low price.
Ghostek Rush Wireless Sport in-Ear Earbud Headphones
These sport earbuds are resistant to sweat and water, and feature Bluetooth 4.1 for wirelessly connecting with various devices. They can last for up to three hours on a single charge and drop 50% when you use the following code during checkout.
Anker Soundcore Motion Q Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
The speaker features two full-range drivers, dual passive radiators, and offers wireless stereo pairing. It's also IPX7-rated and waterproof so it can be fully submerged, and offers 10 hours of playback per charge. Clip its on-page coupon to save.
Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case
Amazon is the best place to go for discounts on Apple's latest devices, and thanks to the recent unveiling of the AirPods Pro, the latest AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are now down to one of their best prices in history!
Utaxo Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
Utaxo's headphones are packed with dual 45mm neodymium drivers and a CSR chip for impressive sound quality. There's even an integrated microphone for hands-free calls. Clip the on-page coupon & enter the following code to snag this low price.
Boltune Bluetooth V5.0 in-Ear Stereo Wireless Headphones
With a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars based on over 2,100 customer reviews, these headphones are some of the most popular you can buy at this price. Clip the on-page coupon and enter the following code at checkout to snag today's deal.
We spend a lot of time talking about high-end wireless headphones like the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 and the Sony WH-1000XM3 — and for good reason, they're incredible products — but nothing says you have to spend a lot 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.Read the full article
If you're straight up looking for really good sound for a low price, the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x are unbeatable. In terms of sound quality, they sound very natural with a wide soundstage. Nothing fancy, just wired over-ear headphones that sound really good, especially for the price.
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.
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.
If you love neckbuds and love making phone calls, the Samsung Level U Pro are right up your alley. The Level U Pro wrap around your neck for easy access, and the microphone quality is the best in its class.
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.
For this price, 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.
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.
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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