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Best Prime Day 2020 headphone deals: Save $50 on AirPods Pro, $52 on Sony Earbuds 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 kicked off on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and runs via Wednesday, Oct. 14. Between Amazon’s gross sales bonanza and related ones from Walmart and Best Buy, now is a superb time to be out there for headphones. 

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 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 for Tuesday). 

We count on to see extra wonderful headphone reductions all through Tuesday and Wednesday, so for those who’re out there for a particular sort of headphone, say ones with Bluetooth connectivity, noise cancellation, or true wireless earbuds, hold checking again.

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

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New iPhones are anticipated to be unveiled Tuesday, and they’re rumored to return 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 at the moment are again to promoting at $199. That is nonetheless dear, however it’s $50 off what you will pay on the Apple Retailer, and $20 lower than their typical worth at Amazon.

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The Jabra Elite 45h was launched a number of months again and is now on sale for $80, 20% off its listing worth of $100. It is among the best on-ear headphone values proper now, with good sound high quality, a sturdy design and cozy match (for on-ear headphones, anyway).

Simply as importantly, it is excellent for making calls with dual-microphone expertise and a sidetone characteristic that permits you to to listen to your voice within the headphones so you do not find yourself speaking too loudly. Accessible in a number of shade choices, it folds flat however does not fold up.

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The WF-1000XM3 earbuds listing for $230. They briefly dipped to $170 earlier this 12 months, however at $178, they’re nonetheless one of the best sounding wi-fi earbuds on this worth vary and in addition characteristic 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 mentioned, I’ve used them for gentle exercises with a little bit of a sweat on the gymnasium with no downside. They use Bluetooth 5.zero with assist for AAC, however not aptX.

Observe 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 principally optimistic assessment that I might wish to see them extra within the $160-$175 vary. They had been just lately all the way down to $127, however the present $148 worth continues to be $50 beneath listing, 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 quite a bit to love about it, together with excellent sound, stable noise canceling and good name high quality. It is positively 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 be sure to get a good seal from one of many included ear suggestions or else each the sound and noise canceling will likely 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 preferred their match. Their sound high quality does not measure as much as that of the WF-1000XM3 or WF-SP800N (it lacks some readability), however for those who like bass, they’re first rate sounding earbuds. I believed they had been a bit of costly at $130. At $52 off, or $78 — matching their all-time low — they’re a way more engaging possibility.

Water resistantSure (IPX4 splash-proof).

Read our Sony WF-XB700 Extra Bass first take.

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

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David Carnoy