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Best Prime Day 2020 headphone deals: Save $50 on AirPods Pro, $100 on Bose QuietComfort 35 II 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 runs via Wednesday, Oct. 14. Between Amazon’s hefty financial savings and comparable gross sales from Walmart and Best Buy, now is a good time to be on the hunt for any kind of headphones, from wi-fi earbuds to epic over-the-ear noise-canceling headsets with comfortable ear cups.

Thus far, we’re seeing the form of deep reductions on Sony headphones that we have historically seen round Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Sony has lowered costs on final 12 months’s WF-1000XM3, in addition to the newer WF-SP800N, which is waterproof and options noise cancellation. The entry-level WF-XB700 Additional Bass is on the lowest worth we have ever seen, $78. We’re additionally seeing Apple headphones return to a low worth of $199 (at the same time as a new AirPods Studio over-ear headphone stays rumored). 

We anticipate to see extra wonderful headphone reductions all through Tuesday and Wednesday, so should you’re out there for a selected kind of headphone (say ones with Bluetooth connectivity, noise cancellation or true wireless earbuds) hold checking again.

Word 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 dear, but it surely’s $50 off what you will pay on the Apple Retailer, and $20 lower than their typical worth 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 reward 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 gadgets — akin to your telephone and PC — on the identical time. That signifies that if a name is available in when you’re utilizing the headphones along with your laptop, the audio will swap to your telephone once you reply the decision.

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 most likely 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 an excellent all-around selection.

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 believe the 700 performs higher total, there are individuals who choose the QuietComfort 35 II. 

Whereas the QuietComfort 35 II lists for $350, it is normally on sale for $300 or much less. Nonetheless, $199 is concerning the lowest worth 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 would wish to see them hit $99, that is about the most effective worth you will see for the usual AirPods. The Airpods with the wi-fi charging case are on sale for $150 (they record for $200 but in addition promote for lower than that).

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

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The WF-1000XM3 earbuds record for $230. They briefly dipped to $170 earlier this 12 months, however at $178, they’re nonetheless the most effective sounding wi-fi earbuds on this worth vary and likewise function lively noise cancellation expertise to cut back ambient noise.

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

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

Water resistantNo (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 constructive evaluation that I would wish to see them extra within the $160-$175 vary. They have been just lately right down to $127, however the present $148 worth remains to be $50 beneath record, and $20 beneath their typical road worth.

This is not fairly the WF-1000XM3 with a waterproof physique. It is lacking Sony’s QN1e processor, however there’s nonetheless so much to love about it, together with excellent sound, stable noise canceling and good name high quality. It is undoubtedly a major 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 good seal from one of many included ear ideas or else each the sound and noise canceling can be lackluster.

Water resistantSure (IP55 splash-proof).

Read our Sony WF-SP800N review.

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The WF-XB700 is within the firm’s Additional 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 somewhat costly at $130. At $52 off, or $78 — matching their all-time low — they’re a way more attractive possibility.

Water resistantSure (IPX4 splash-proof).

Read our Sony WF-XB700 Extra Bass first take.

First printed earlier this 12 months. Up to date to mirror the return of sale costs and Prime Day.

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