I've been testing headphones for 30 years, and several Sony headphones have received a coveted Editor's Choice award and rank among the best headphones and best wireless earbuds I've tested. Sony's awesome Headphones Connect app integration is one of the best I've used, and stacked with useful features to help you get the perfect sound for whatever you're listening to.
Each model in the list below offers superb comfort, sound quality and value for money at the full MSRP, so you can rest assured they are even better value at these discounted prices. But if I had to pick my favorite deals, then the Sony LinkBuds S for $128 at Amazon are a winner. This is an excellent discount on a popular model with Sony's top-tier brand experience for less. If it's over-ear headphones you're after, it's hard to beat the Sony WH-1000XM4 for $239 at Walmart.
Keep scrolling to find the best Sony deals you can buy right now, and remember to follow our Black Friday deals coverage for more outstanding sales to shop.
Black Friday Sony headphone deals — Quick links
- Sony WF-C700N: was $119 now $89 @ Best Buy
- Sony WH-CH720N: was $149 now $94 @ Walmart
- Sony LinkBuds: was $179 now $128 @ Amazon
- Sony LinkBuds S: was $199 now $128 @ Amazon
- Sony WH-1000XM4: was $348 now $239 @ Walmart
- Sony WF-1000XM5: was $299 now $239 @ Walmart
- Sony WH-1000XM5: was $398 now $314 @ Walmart
Best early Black Friday deals on Sony headphones
Sony WF-C700N: was $119 now $89 @ Best Buy
Lowest Price! The Sony WF-C700N are one of the best wireless earbuds we’ve tested. In our Sony WF-C700N review, we praised their excellent sound, strong noise cancellation and great call quality. They’re also lightweight and last for 7.5 hours of listening time with ANC on. The Sony WF-C700N are at their lowest price ever right now.
Sony WH-CH720N: was $149 now $94 @ Walmart
As the follow-up to the company's WH-CH710N over-ear headphones that launched in 2020, the WH-CH720N bring improved noise canceling, 35-hour battery life with noise-canceling enabled, and full Sony Headphone Connect app support. These are one of the best wireless noise-canceling headphones I've experienced at $149.
Price check: $99 @ Best Buy
Sony LinkBuds: was $179 now $128 @ Amazon
Open-ear headphones may be all the rage now, but Sony's LinkBuds were one of the first I encountered that allow ambient noise to freely pass through to your ear. There's no denying that the unusual design may not be for everyone but they come stacked with useful features, including Sony’s DSEE Extreme technology to upscale low-resolution audio, as well as 360 Reality Audio support. They sync up to the Sony Headphones app on iOS and Android, and work with smart assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant.
Price check: $128 @ Walmart | $128 @ Best Buy
Sony LinkBuds S: was $199 now $128 @ Amazon
The Sony LinkBuds S have a lot to offer: active noise cancelation and ambient awareness (or transparency) modes that switch automatically based on your activity backed by Sony's awesome Headphones Connect app. Auto-play and auto-pause features are on board, plus you get top sound quality and reliability.
Price check: $128 @ Best Buy | $129 @ Walmart
Sony WH-1000XM4: was $348 now $239 @ Walmart
Our Sony WH-1000XM4 review found these headphones offered great performance, superior comfort, and had impressive battery life of up to 38 hours playback. Despite being superseded by the XM5 (below), they continue to rank as one of the most popular over-ear ANC designs on the market. This isn't the lowest price we've seen on these, but is the best discount right now.
Price check: $249 @ Best Buy | $248 @ Amazon | $248 @ Crutchfield
Sony WF-1000XM5: was $299 now $239 @ Walmart
The Sony WF-1000XM5 top our list of the best wireless earbuds on the market. In our review, we said these buds build on the strengths of their predecessor with strong ANC, outstanding sound, and one of the best user experiences around. And with a smaller and lighter design than their predecessor, they're more comfortable to wear for long periods. This $50 off deal price is on the black option only.
Price check: $248 @ Amazon | $249 @ Best Buy
Sony WH-1000XM5: was $399 now $314 @ Walmart
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 $85 discount at Walmart drops the headphones down to their lowest price ever.
Price check: $328 @ Amazon | $329 @ Best Buy
Best Black Friday deals on Sony headphones — what to look for in 2023
Many factors come into play when shopping for the best headphones, but your decision should always come down to intended use. That being said, you’ll want to take the following categories into account before settling on any pair.
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. 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.
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.
Battery life: Sony's battery life has stayed pretty consistent over the years, offering some of the strongest playback times we've seen across the over-ear and earbuds sectors. Wireless over-ears typically manage around 30 hours of playback time with ANC, while wireless earbuds can last anything from 6 to 12 hours per charge (depending on the model) but offer extended playtime with their bundled charging cases.
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.
Pricing considerations: Obviously, 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. 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 constantly needing to recharge your audio gear, or the sound quality is poor.
As the saying goes: timing is everything; and right now there are plenty of early Black Friday deals to help you get the best tech for less.
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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.