I've been covering audio for over 20 years — here are 5 Black Friday headphone deals I recommend

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These are the best Black Friday headphone deals I've found with at least 50% off right now — each model comes from a legendary name in the world of audio, and have some of the biggest discounts I've seen on the best headphones around.

Why trust me? I've been testing audio products for more than 30 years, so I know what to look for when it comes to recommending the best headphones for all budgets and styles.

All of my picks below manage to balance great performance, comfort and value for money at the full MSRP, so you can rest assured these headphones are a real bargain at half price or less. Plus, all are the lowest prices I've seen for these models in this year's seasonal sales so far. I've no idea how long these deals will last though, so make sure you grab them while you can.      

Remember to follow our Black Friday deals coverage for more outstanding deals to shop across all Tom's Guide's tech and lifestyle categories. 

5 Black Friday headphone deals with 50% off right now

Top Black Friday headphone deals with 50% off

JBL Tune 510BT: was $49 now $24 @ AmazonPrice check: $24 @ Best Buy

JBL Tune 510BT: was $49 now $24 @ Amazon
A budget-friendly option, these wireless headphones offer playback for up to 40 hours, and can be recharged in as little as 2 hours. They have JBL Pure Bass sound and although I haven't tested this model, they receive 4.6 out of 5-stars from Amazon customers for sound quality and value for money. Also consider the JBL Tune 710BT for $39 @ Amazon.
Price check: $24 @ Best Buy

Sennheiser HD 450BT: was $199 now $99 @ AmazonPrice check: $99 @ Best Buy

Sennheiser HD 450BT: was $199 now $99 @ Amazon
These wireless headphones boast signature Sennheiser sound and strong noise cancelation. Our Sennheiser HD 450BT review said they provided great sound and solid active noise cancelation at an affordable price. The 30 hours of battery life with ANC turned on is impressive, and with a comfortable fit, you won't want to take these headphones off.
Price check: $99 @ Best Buy

Sennheiser HD 599 SE: was $199 now $99 @ Amazon

Sennheiser HD 599 SE: was $199 now $99 @ Amazon
For audio lovers, this is the Black Friday deal to jump on. At under $100 these over-ear, open-back headphones are the real deal for critical listening, offering neutral sound quality, large soundstage and great imaging via custom 38mm drivers. They're comfortable for long listening sessions and, best of all, affordable.

Philips Fidelio L3: was $349 now $140 @ Amazon 

Philips Fidelio L3: was $349 now $140 @ Amazon
These flagship over-ear headphones from Philips sport wireless Bluetooth connectivity and effective ANC. Although, we have yet to review this particular model, we have hands-on experience and can vouch for their first-class performance, comfort and battery life that runs to 32 hours with ANC.

Beats Studio Pro: was $349 now $169 @ AmazonPrice check: $169 @ Walmart|$169 @ Best Buy

Beats Studio Pro: was $349 now $169 @ Amazon
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: $169 @ Walmart | $169 @ Best Buy 

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 off to a great 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.