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Black Friday headphones deals — early sales and what to expect in 2021

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If you're already keeping an eye on best Black Friday headphone deals, we've got great news for you. Audio devices are known to go on sale around this time of year, with retailers discounting even the priciest of headphones.

So if you've been holding off on buying one of the best headphones on the market, rest assured, since judging by the last few years, we can pretty much guarantee epic discounts and offers when Black Friday deals start.

In fact, some of the early Black Friday headphone deals are already active. For instance, you can get the JBL Tune 120TWS just dropped to $59 at Amazon, which takes 50% off the original price, making it the best affordable headphone deal we’ve seen so early in the Black Friday season. 

One deal even discounted one of the most expensive pair of over-ear headphones: Amazon currently has the Apple AirPods Max on sale for $449. That's taking a whole $100 off, making it the biggest price cut that these headphones have ever received. 

Best early Black Friday headphones deals 

Wireless over-ear headphone deals

Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones
LOWEST PRICE EVER

Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones: was $349 now $248 @ Amazon
Editor's Choice:
We chose the Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones as the best overall in our headphones roundup, and for good reason. The sound quality and level of noise cancellation is top-notch, they have intuitive touch controls, and the battery lasts for an impressive 30 hours even with ANC on. Currently priced at $248, they're an absolute steal.

AirPods Max

AirPods Max: was $549 now $449 @ Amazon
Lowest price ever! The AirPods Max are Apple's premium, retro-style headphones. They feature large ear cushions, a digital crown, active noise cancellation, and Spatial Audio. The latter feature uses head tracking to offer a surround sound experience. The headphones are on sale for $449, which is $100 off and their lowest price ever. 

Jabra Elite 85h Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Jabra Elite 85h: was $249 now $189 @ Amazon
With their powerful noise cancellation and record-breaking 36-hour battery life, the Jabra Elite 85h are among the best noise cancelling headphones you can get. At $60 off, it's one of the best headphone deals you'll find if you're looking for solid performance. 

Wireless earbud deals

AirPods 2021

AirPods 2021: $179 @ Amazon
The new AirPods 2021 will be available on October 26. However, they're now available for preorder at Amazon. The third-gen AirPods now offer Spatial Audio, which creates immersive listening experiences for music-listening, movie-watching, and more. They're also IPX4 sweat and water resistant, a feature that was previously exclusive to the AirPods Pro. We expect Black Friday headphones deals to take at least $25 off Apple's new buds. 

Apple AirPods w/ Standard Case

Apple AirPods w/ Standard Case: was $159 now $119 @ Amazon
The 2019 Apple AirPods feature a faster chip and longer talk time than the first-gen AirPods. If you're not willing to commit to a higher price tag of the AirPods Pro, this pair of earbuds is the one for you. For a limited time, they're $40 off at Amazon, so make sure to act fast, while the deal is still active. 

AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro: was $249 now $179 @ Amazon
Apple's AirPods Pro are now on sale, saving you a total of $70. These premium earbuds are perfect for everyday use as well as exercise. The AirPods Pro offers active noise cancelling, water- and sweat resistance, and comes with a wireless charging case. Walmart offers the same price

Powerbeats Wireless Earphones

Powerbeats Wireless Earphones: was $149 now $123 @ Walmart
With these earphones, your morning run will be enhanced thanks to their outstanding audio quality. Rivalling Apple's Airpods, the Powerbeats deliver pure sound reproduction, enhanced clarity and improved dynamic range. And you can easily pair it with your preferred Apple device, thanks to the pre-installed Apple H1 headphone chip. 

JBL Tune 120TWS
TOM'S GUIDE-APPROVED

JBL Tune 120TWS: was $99 now $59 @ Amazon
This deal takes a whole 50% off the original price. JBL's wireless earbuds pack a punch with a 5.8mm driver for solid bass performance. With 16 hours of battery life shared between the headphones and their charging case, you'll be able to rock out all day long.

Black Friday headphone deals — what to expect

While Black Friday is more than a month away, we can already predict some of the most obvious sales that are bound to happen again. We're expecting huge discounts on the industry's best over-ear headphones and wireless earbuds, from the likes of the Apple AirPods Pro to the Bose 700. 

In fact, last year, we saw Sony's WH-1000XM3 Headphones drop from $349 to $229 on Amazon. And the latest XM4 model was over $70 off too. We've previously awarded the Sony WH-1000XM4 the number one spot in our best wireless headphones roundup, so make sure to snatch this model fast once the deal appears, as demand will be high. 

Denise Primbet

Denise is a news writer at Tom’s Guide covering all things tech, gaming software/hardware, streaming, and more. She regularly produces short-form news articles as well as long-form content, including reviews, buying guides, how-tos, and features. When she's not live-streaming horror games on Twitch, she can be found exploring East London while playing Pokemon Go. She’s also a part-time piano enthusiast and regularly experiments in the kitchen. You can reach her at denise.primbet@futurenet.com.