Black Friday headphone deals — 7 big discounts I found on AirPods, Bose, Sony and more

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With Black Friday here, there are some big discounts on the best headphones to be had. Here, I've tracked down the best Black Friday deals at Amazon, Best Buy, Crutchfield and Walmart to find the best discounts on the newest models from Apple, Beats, Bose and Sony.

All are flagship headphones and wireless earbuds, and despite most of them launching this year, there are some big savings to be had if you know where to look.  

Why trust me? I've been testing audio products for more than 30 years, and I know what to look for when it comes to recommending the best headphones for all budgets. Here are the 7 best Black Friday headphone deals right now, and see our bigger Black Friday headphone deals roundup for more picks. 

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Best Black Friday earbuds deals

Apple AirPods Pro 2 USB-C (2023): was $249 now $189 @ AmazonLOWEST PRICE! Price check: $289 @ Best Buy

Apple AirPods Pro 2 USB-C (2023): was $249 now $189 @ Amazon
LOWEST PRICE! The new USB-C version of the AirPods Pro 2 have the same H2 chip to provide 2x more noise cancellation than their predecessors, plus they support Apple's new lossless audio protocol that will debut with the Vision Pro mixed-reality headset in 2024. They also offer Personalized Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking for a more immersive audio experience. Also consider the AirPods Pro 2 (2022) with Lightning charging case for $169 @ Walmart.
Price check: $289 @ Best Buy

Sony WF-1000XM5: was $299 now $239 @ WalmartSAVE $60! Price check: $248 @ Amazon |$249 @ Best Buy

Sony WF-1000XM5: was $299 now $239 @ Walmart
SAVE $60! Top of my list for the best wireless earbuds, Sony's newest earbuds build on the strengths of their predecessor with a smaller and lighter design that's comfortable to wear for long periods. In my Sony WF-1000XM5 review, I said that I loved the strong ANC performance and outstanding sound quality, and the user experiences via the awesome Sony Headphones Connect app is the best around. Getting the best fit can be a bit hit and miss, but once achieved, the performance with LDAC sources is spectacular.
Price check: $248 @ Amazon | $249 @ Best Buy

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds: was $299 now $249 @ Amazon
$50 OFF! Price check: $249 @ Walmart | $249 @ Best Buy

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds: was $299 now $249 @ Amazon
$50 OFF!
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds are the best earbuds in terms of active noise cancelation performance, plus new immersive audio technology, which creates a multi-dimensional soundstage with proprietary digital signal processing software, leaves a strong impression. In our Bose QuietComfort Ultra review we said that you’d be hard pressed to find a better choice for blocking out the world’s sounds.
Price check: $249 @ Walmart | $249 @ Best Buy

Best Black Friday headphone deals

Beats Studio Pro: was $349 now $169 @ Amazon
51% OFF! Price check: $244 @ Walmart | $169 @ Best Buy 

Beats Studio Pro: was $349 now $169 @ Amazon
51% OFF! 
Specifically designed to bring back that thumping bass Beats is known for, improved active noise cancelation, and boosted battery life (40 hours with ANC turned off, and 24 hours with it on). They offer spatial audio support and come with a strong brand look, but our Beats Studio Pro review found the clamping force high, which may affect comfort levels for some wearers.
Price check: $244 @ Walmart | $169 @ Best Buy 

Bose QuietComfort Headphones: was $349 now $249 @ Amazon$100 OFF!

Bose QuietComfort Headphones: was $349 now $249 @ Amazon
$100 OFF! This is the the first price drop I've seen since we reviewed the updated QuietComfort Headphones. They were quietly launched in October and come with enhanced sound, more features, and the same celebrated noise cancelation as their QC45 predecessor. The $100 Black Friday saving brings the headphones down to an all-time low price and they deserve to be snapped up before the offer ends.

Sony WH-1000XM5: was $399 now $321 @ Walmart
$78 OFF! Price check: $328 @ Amazon | $329 @ Best Buy

Sony WH-1000XM5: was $399 now $321 @ Walmart
$78 OFF!
The WH-1000XM5 are Sony's flagship noise-canceling headphones. They feature large, over-ear cushions, excellent active noise cancellation, and up to 40 hours of battery life, or up to 30 hours with ANC enabled. This $84 discount at Walmart drops the headphones down to their lowest price ever.
Price check: $328 @ Amazon | $329 @ Best Buy 

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones: was $429 now $379 @ AmazonSAVE $50! Price check: $379 @ Crutchfield | $379 @ Best Buy | $379 @ Walmart

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones: was $429 now $379 @ Amazon
SAVE $50! The QC Ultra Headphones replace the Bose 700 as the new flagship model, and combine class-leading ANC with intuitive features and universal spatial audio to deliver one of the most engaging, peaceful listening experiences money can buy. This $50 price drop is the first discount I've seen on this new model since it launched, and is a great saving on the best noise-canceling headphones money can buy.
Price check: $379 @ Crutchfield | $379 @ Best Buy | $379 @ Walmart

Black Friday headphone deals — what to look for in 2023

Although you can find the best headphone deals at any time of the year, Black Friday deals tend to break all price records and 2023 is looking like no exception. It's not only about price though, and many factors come into play when shopping for the best headphones, but your decision should always come down to intended use. That being said, its a good idea to take the following categories into consideration before settling on any pair of headphones.

1. Design: Are you looking for in-ear, on-ear or over-ear headphones? Wired or wireless? Luxury or sporty? Since these are headphones that will be used for multiple occasions, you want something that suits your lifestyle. Some models are more versatile than others, and I always have my AirPods Pro 2 with me for routine office commutes and trips to the gym. Whatever type you choose, make sure the headphones are well built, easy to carry, and comfy to wear for about 1 to 2 hours daily.

2. Sound quality: Different models offer different sound, and since you’re buying a pair to enjoy music individually, it’s important to find headphones that match your sound preference, be it heavy bass or distinctively clear to where you can hear the littlest nuances in recordings. Some of the best audiophile headphones provide a premium audio experience at a price that's more affordable than you'd expect. Some models offer personalized sound via companion app, which allows the user to create their own profiles and tweak EQ levels to their hearing.

3. Battery life: Sennheiser's Momentum Wireless 4 headphones set a high bar by offer 60-hour battery life, and most wireless over-ear headphones typically manage around half that. Wireless earbuds can last about 5 to 10 hours and offer extended playtime with their bundled charging cases — always make sure one is included.

4. Accessories: It's disappointing spending money on a new pair of headphones only to find that you need to buy the accessories separately. For wired models, the manufacturer must include the aux cable, and any headphones that come with a carrying case, charging cable, user guide, and extra ear cups or tips are solid purchases.

5. Pricing considerations: Obviously, if you're here then price is a big consideration when looking for the best headphones. Although there are always exceptions, big-name brands will typically command a bit extra, but generally speaking, the less you spend on a pair of headphones the greater the chance that sound and features will be compromised. Of course, there are some great deals to be had but going for a budget option isn't always the best choice, as any money you save on your purchase won't do you much good if you're sacrificing on features or sound quality. 

As the saying goes: timing is everything. And with sales season 2023 getting off to an early start, make sure you follow my Black Friday headphone deals page to keep track of the latest bargains. 

Lee Dunkley
Audio Editor

As a former editor of the U.K.'s Hi-Fi Choice magazine, Lee is passionate about all kinds of audio tech and has been providing sound advice to enable consumers to make informed buying decisions since he joined Which? magazine as a product tester in the 1990s. Lee covers all things audio for Tom's Guide, including headphones, wireless speakers and soundbars and loves to connect and share the mindfulness benefits that listening to music in the very best quality can bring.