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Best Prime Day 2020 headphone deals: Save $50 on AirPods Pro, $75 on new Sony WH-1000XM4

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 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 headphones. 

To this point, 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 waterproof 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 (at the same time as a new AirPods Studio over-ear headphone stays rumored for Tuesday). 

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

Observe that you will should be an Amazon Prime member to get these unique offers.

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New iPhones were unveiled Tuesday, and they’ll come with out wired headphones within the field for the primary time ever. Within the meantime, Apple’s present high of the road noise-canceling true wi-fi headphones at the moment are again to promoting at $199. That is nonetheless expensive, but it surely’s $50 off what you will pay on the Apple Retailer, and $20 lower than their normal 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 reward card to sweeten the deal.

The brand new WH-1000XM4 has improved voice calling (in comparison with the WH-1000XM3) and in addition provides multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you may join to 2 gadgets — comparable to your cellphone and PC — on the similar time. That signifies that if a name is available in when you’re utilizing the headphones along with your laptop, the audio will change to your cellphone while 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 snug and still have another slight enhancements to noise cancellation and sound that make this mannequin an incredible 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 high noise-canceling mannequin. Whereas I believe the 700 performs higher total, there are individuals who favor the QuietComfort 35 II. 

Whereas the QuietComfort 35 II lists for $350, it is normally 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 value is $115, making an additional $10 financial savings. Whereas I might prefer to see them hit $99, that is about the very best value 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. Observe 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 yr, however at $178, they’re nonetheless the very best sounding wi-fi earbuds on this value vary and in addition characteristic lively noise cancellation know-how to scale back ambient noise.

The one disadvantage is the WF-1000XM3 earbuds aren’t rated as sweat-proof or waterproof headphones. That mentioned, I’ve used them for mild exercises with a little bit of a sweat on the fitness center and not using a drawback. 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 largely constructive overview that I might prefer to see them extra within the $160-$175 vary. They have been not too long ago all the way down to $127, however the present $148 value remains to be $50 beneath record, and $20 beneath their normal avenue value.

This is not fairly the WF-1000XM3 with a waterproof physique. It is lacking Sony’s QN1e processor, however there’s nonetheless rather a lot to love about it, together with superb sound, stable noise canceling and good name high quality. It is positively 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 decent seal from one of many included ear suggestions 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 Further Bass line and lists for $130. I’ve tried them and actually favored 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 respectable sounding earbuds. I believed 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 yr. Up to date to mirror the return of sale costs and Prime Day.

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