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Best Prime Day 2020 headphone deals: Save $100 on Bose QuietComfort 35 II, $25 on Beats Powerbeats Pro, $50 on AirPods Pro and more

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, PJDM’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is formally right here and runs by way of Wednesday, Oct. 14. Between Amazon’s hefty financial savings and related gross sales from Walmart and Best Buy, now is a superb time to be on the hunt for any sort of headphones, from wi-fi ear buds to epic over-the-ear noise cancelling headsets with comfortable ear cups.. 

Thus far, we’re seeing deep reductions on Sony headphones that we have historically seen round Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Sony has lowered costs on final yr’s WF-1000XM3, in addition to the newer WF-SP800N, which is water resistant and options noise cancellation. The entry-level WF-XB700 Further Bass is on the lowest value we have ever seen, $78. We’re additionally seeing Apple headphones return to a low value of $199 (whilst a new AirPods Studio over-ear headphone stays rumored). 

We anticipate to see extra superb headphone reductions all through Tuesday and Wednesday, so should you’re available in the market for a particular sort of headphone, say ones with Bluetooth connectivity, noise cancellation or true wireless earbuds, preserve checking again.

Be aware that you’re going to should be an Amazon Prime member to get these unique offers.

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New iPhones were unveiled Tuesday, and they’re going to come with out wired headphones within the field for the primary time ever. Within the meantime, Apple’s present prime of the road noise-canceling true wi-fi headphones are actually again to promoting at $199. That is nonetheless expensive, but it surely’s $50 off what you may pay on the Apple Retailer, and $20 lower than their standard value at Amazon.

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Sony’s newest noise-canceling headphones get a $50 low cost for Prime Day and Amazon throws in a $25 present card to sweeten the deal.

The brand new WH-1000XM4 has improved voice calling (in comparison with the WH-1000XM3) and likewise provides multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you possibly can join to 2 units — akin to your telephone and PC — on the identical time. That implies that if a name is available in whilst you’re utilizing the headphones along with your pc, the audio will change to your telephone whenever you reply the decision.

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 in all probability nonetheless have the sting for voice calls, however the 1000XM4 headphones are arguably a tad extra comfy and now have another slight enhancements to noise cancellation and sound that make this mannequin a fantastic all-around alternative.

Read review.

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When Bose launched its new flagship Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones, it did not drop the QuietComfort 35 II from its headphone lineup, and that is nonetheless a prime noise-canceling mannequin. Whereas I feel the 700 performs higher general, there are individuals who choose the QuietComfort 35 II. 

Whereas the QuietComfort 35 II lists for $350, it is often on sale for $300 or much less. Nevertheless, $199 is concerning the lowest value we have seen for it. It is also on sale at Greatest Purchase.

The usual AirPods with the wired charging case have been promoting for $125 on Amazon. However for Prime Day, the worth is $115, making an additional $10 financial savings. Whereas I might wish to see them hit $99, that is about the very best value you may see for the usual AirPods. The Airpods with the wi-fi charging case are on sale for $150 (they checklist for $200 but additionally promote for lower than that).

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Beats Powerbeats Professional checklist for $250 however often promote for $200. These earbuds are $175 for Prime Day, which is about as little as we have seen them. Be aware that solely the black and white fashions are on sale for $175.

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The WF-1000XM3 earbuds checklist for $230. They briefly dipped to $170 earlier this yr, however at $178, they’re nonetheless the very best sounding wi-fi earbuds on this value vary and likewise function energetic noise cancellation expertise to cut back ambient noise.

The one disadvantage is the WF-1000XM3 earbuds aren’t rated as sweat-proof or waterproof headphones. That stated, I’ve used them for gentle exercises with a little bit of a sweat on the health club and not using a downside. They use Bluetooth 5.zero with assist for AAC, however not aptX.

Be aware that we have been anticipating Sony to launch the next-generation WF-1000XM4, however at this level, we could not see these earlier than 2021. 

WaterproofNo (lacks IPX certification).

Read our Sony WF-1000XM3 review.

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It took some time, however now we lastly have a brand new true wi-fi noise-canceling sports activities mannequin from Sony: the WF-SP800N. Funnily sufficient, I wrote on the finish of my largely optimistic evaluation that I might wish to see them extra within the $160-$175 vary. They have been just lately right down to $127, however the present $148 value remains to be $50 beneath checklist, and $20 beneath their standard road value.

This is not fairly the WF-1000XM3 with a water resistant physique. It is lacking Sony’s QN1e processor, however there’s nonetheless quite a bit to love about it, together with excellent sound, strong noise canceling and good name high quality. It is undoubtedly a big improve over the WF-SP700N, which got here out in 2018, and its “arcs” (sports activities fins) lock the buds in your ears. Simply ensure you get a decent seal from one of many included ear ideas or else each the sound and noise canceling might be lackluster.

WaterproofSure (IP55 splash-proof).

Read our Sony WF-SP800N review.

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The WF-XB700 is within the firm’s Further Bass line and lists for $130. I’ve tried them and actually favored their match. Their sound high quality would not measure as much as that of the WF-1000XM3 or WF-SP800N (it lacks some readability), however should you like bass, they’re respectable sounding earbuds. I assumed they have been slightly costly at $130. At $52 off, or $78 — matching their all-time low — they’re a way more attractive choice.

WaterproofSure (IPX4 splash-proof).

Read our Sony WF-XB700 Extra Bass first take.

First printed earlier this yr. Up to date to mirror the return of sale costs and Prime Day.

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David Carnoy