18 Black Friday Audio Deals

18 Black Friday Audio Deals

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Whether you’re in search of headphones that bring the best possible sound quality; noise-cancelling options to gain a bit of peace and quiet; portable speakers for tunes at outdoor gatherings; workout-worthy earbuds for at-home exercise; or surround sound speakers to upgrade your Netflix experience, Black Friday delivers a plethora of audio deals.

A tough little speaker

UE Wonderboom 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Photo: Rozette Rago

UE Megaboom 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Deal price: $100; street price: $180
Read our review of the best portable bluetooth speaker.

UE Wonderboom 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Deal price: $50; street price: $80
Read our review of the best portable bluetooth speaker.

Matching the lowest price we’ve seen, our top portable Bluetooth speaker pick, the UE Wonderboom 2, is down to $50. We don’t see deals like this often—the last time we saw this pick for $50 was in February—so jump on it if you’ve been waiting for one. The Wonderboom 2 was the consensus best in our blind tests, with clear vocals and adequate bass. And because the Wonderboom 2 is highly water-resistant (submersible to 1 meter), rugged (will survive falls off camp tables), buoyant (canoe-friendly), and compact (think: grapefruit-size), it’s a great companion for outdoor adventures.The larger, louder Megaboom 2 is also on a deep discount.

Wonderful, wireless audio

The Jabra Elite 85h headphones, shown against a mustard yellow background.
Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Jabra Elite 85h Bluetooth Headphones (Best Buy)
Deal price: $150; street price: $250
Read our review of the best bluetooth wireless headphones.

Jabra Elite 85h Bluetooth Headphones (Jabra)
Deal price: $150; street price: $250
Read our review of the best bluetooth wireless headphones.

If you’re interested in upgrading your audio experience, this big drop is an excellent chance to save on our top Bluetooth wireless headphone pick. The Jabra Elite 85h’s sound quality when playing music or movies is exceptional—the best we’ve found among noise-canceling wireless headphones. And while their noise-cancelling itself is not absolute top-of-class, it’s more than good enough to satisfy most needs. Long battery life, intuitive set up, and easily accessible controls complete the package. And each of the four finishes is discounted.

Bluetooth headphones with an extra charge

The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, shown against a mustard yellow background.
Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Sony WH-1000XM4 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones + Power Bank
Deal price: $278; street price: $348
Read our review of the best bluetooth wireless headphones.

Matching the lowest price we’ve seen, the Sony WH-1000XM4 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones + Power Bank is back down to $278. They’re another terrific pair of headphones—an also-great pick—and pack a bunch of useful features, including an automatic speak-to-chat function that cuts your music when you make a call. With a bit of fiddling of the equalizer, they can sound excellent, too. One downside: They’re not as effective as their competitors at cancelling airplane noise

Brilliant-sounding bookshelf speakers

KEF Q150 Bookshelf Speakers
Photo: Rozette Rago

KEF Q150 Bookshelf Speakers
Deal price: $300; street price: $500
Read our review of the best bookshelf speakers for most stereos.

Quoting our guide, the upgrade-pick KEF Q150 bookshelf speakers were “the overwhelming favorite in our tests because they delivered more detail and clearer sound than the other speakers we reviewed.” And now that they’re down to to $300, you can get them for the same price as our overall top pick. And that price applies to all three available finishes: white, oak, and black. Typically these deals last for quite a while, but if you’ve been thinking about upgrading your sound system, now might be the time.

Best-ever Bose

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
Photo: Rozette Rago

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (Best Buy)
Deal price: $300; street price: $360
Read our review of the best noise-cancelling headphones.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (Soapstone) (Amazon)
Deal price: $300; street price: $360
Read our review of the best noise-cancelling headphones.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (Dell)
Deal price: $300; street price: $360
Read our review of the best noise-cancelling headphones.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (Target)
Deal price: $300; street price: $360
Read our review of the best noise-cancelling headphones.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (refurbished) (Ebay)
Deal price: $250; street price: $300
Read our review of the best noise-cancelling headphones.

For pure noise-cancelling performance, the Bose 700 headphones are Wirecutter’s top pick (and “the best wireless noise-cancelling headphones set that Bose has ever released,” as we note in our guide). This sale matches the lowest price we have ever seen for them (albeit only in the white or soapstone colors). They’re lightweight, comfortable to wear for long periods, and the noise cancellation is adjustable on a 1-to-10 scale—a useful feature not only because you don’t always want or need maximum sound-blocking, but because many people experience “ear suck,” a feeling akin to ear-popping during an flight, when noise cancellation is too aggressive. The audio quality is not as good as that of the other headphones listed here, however, so if sound quality is a priority over noise cancellation, look to the other headphones deals first.

Music with muscle

Marshall Woburn II Bluetooth Speaker (Black)
Photo: Rozette Rago

Marshall Acton II Home Bluetooth Speaker
Deal price: $150; street price: $230
Read our review of the best home bluetooth speaker.

Marshall Woburn II Bluetooth Speaker
Deal price: $300; street price: $425
Read our review of the best home bluetooth speaker.

Our upgrade home Bluetooth speaker pick, the Marshall Woburn II, is down to $300 in all colors—matching the low we’ve seen for this model. In our guide, we call it the “muscle car” among home Bluetooth speakers, because it delivers powerful bass that smaller speakers can’t. (Can confirm: the one in Wirecutter’s test kitchen rattles the silverware drawers when it’s cranked up.) Both the Woburn and the smaller Acton II, also on a nice sale, are larger than our other portable Bluetooth speaker picks, however—more practical for use around the home and yard than for the campground or beach.

Simple and quiet

Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise-Cancelling Headphones
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Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise-Cancelling Headphones with promo code 42BKFCYM72
Deal price: $40; street price: $60
Read our review of the best noise-cancelling headphones.

The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise-Cancelling Headphones are the budget pick in our guide to the best noise-cancelling headphones, and these already wallet-friendly, over-ear Bluetooth headphones are an exceptionally good buy right now at just $40. The noise cancellation is effective, the sound quality is pretty good (though a bit bass heavy), and the lightweight chassis and soft foam earcups are comfortable. They offer 30-hour battery life, which is frankly impressive for a model in any price range. You can use these headphones in wired mode, and the controls are easy to operate. Although the Life Q20 lacks a lot of the bells-and-whistles of higher-end models, like EQ manipulation, adjustable ANC, touch controls, or always-listening voice activation, these budget headphones offer what you really need to achieve peace and quiet.

On-the-go music, all day long

The JBL Xtreme 2 speaker in hunter green, sitting on a cooler lid.
Photo: Rozette Rago

JBL Xtreme 2 Bluetooth Speaker (Black, Blue)
Deal price: $150; street price: $275
Read our review of the best portable bluetooth speaker.

JBl’s Xtreme 2 Bluetooth Speaker is designed to bring the party on the road. Much larger and louder than the UE Wonderboom, it nonetheless delivers impressive sound quality, and it can run for 19 hours on a charge—from dusk till dawn and through the morning after. And it’s on a steep discount now.

Good sound, easy to carry

Sony SRSXB43 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Sony SRSXB43 Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Target)
Deal price: $150; street price: $230
Read our review of the best portable bluetooth speaker.

Sony SRSXB43 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Deal price: $150; street price: $230 (Best Buy)
Read our review of the best portable bluetooth speaker.

Sony SRSXB43 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Deal price: $150; street price: $230 (Amazon)
Read our review of the best portable bluetooth speaker.

Our reviewers describe Sony’s portable Bluetooth speakers as “the midsize sedans” of the category. Not as compact as our top pick UE Wonderboom 2, not as large and thunderous as the JBL Xtreme 2, the XB43, a notable competitor in our guide, features superior audio quality in a reasonably portable package. It’s nicely discounted right now; the smaller XB33, an Also Great pick, is also on sale, though not quite as dramatically.

All-around sound

Polk Signature Series S15 Speakers
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Polk Signature Series S15 Speakers
Deal price: $115; street price: $200
Read our review of the best surround-sound speakers for most people.

A pick from our guides to surround-sound speakers and gear to build your own home theater, the Polk Signature Series S35 is available once again for $150. A center speaker, it slides underneath your TV without fuss and instantly upgrades the built-in TV speakers’ tinny sound with rich, clear audio. The S35 sells out fast at this price, so jump on the deal if you’ve been thinking about upgrading.

More deals on audio products we love:

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Noise-Cancelling Headphones (Amazon)
Deal price: $200; street price: $300
Read our review of the best noise-cancelling headphones.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Noise-Cancelling Headphones (Bose)
Deal price: $200; street price: $300
Read our review of the best noise-cancelling headphones.

A notable competition option with noise-cancelling features that rank amongst the best available, the QuietComfort 35 Series II are once again available for $200—matching the previous low. These Bose headphones are extremely comfortable and sounded great in our tests. However, they lack the adjustable noise cancellation of the 700 series, which helps prevent the eardrum-suck phenomenon.

Polk Signature Series S15 Speakers
Deal price: $115; street price: $200
Read our review of the best surround-sound speakers for most people.

Want a pair of cheap wired earbuds to stash in your gym bag? Go for the extremely affordable Koss FitClips. The hook-over-the-ear design of these workout headphones is flexible and comfortable, the sound is much better than the low price implies, and this pair has a universal single-button remote and mic.
Onanoff BuddyPhones Explore Kids Headphones
Deal price: $21; street price: $25 with on-page coupon
Read our review of the best kids headphones.

Down to $21 with the on-page coupon, this is a new low price for our runner-up pick for best kids headphones. While the BuddyPhones don’t have the best sound quality, these corded headphones are a comfortable and lightweight option for toddlers. A young child will quickly outgrow just about everything, but we think this pick nicely balances quality and affordability so you’ll still feel like you’ve gotten the most out of your purchase despite its shorter lifespan.

TaoTronics TT-BR009 Bluetooth Adapter
Deal price: $16; street price: $26 with on-page coupon
Read our review of the best bluetooth headphone adapter.

If you love your wired headphones but also want the option of using them with a Bluetooth device, a Bluetooth adapter is a simple solution. Down to $16, this discount is the best we’ve seen on our runner-up pick. The TT-BR009 sounds nearly as good as a wired connection and has a battery that lasts nearly 15 hours. The only design gripe we have: there’s no clip, so it can be hard to use on the move.

1More Dual Driver ANC Pro Noise-Cancelling Earbuds
Deal price: $108; street price: $150
Read our review of the best noise-cancelling headphones.

If you like the neck-band design, this is an excellent deal on our pick for best noise-cancelling earbuds. The 1More Dual Driver ANC Pro offers a 20-hour battery life (16 hours with noise cancelling on) and great noise reduction. Normally selling for around $150, don’t miss out on this deal that matches the previous lowest price we’ve seen.

Beats Solo3 Bluetooth Headphones
Deal price: $120; street price: $175
Read our review of the best bluetooth wireless headphones.

Beats Solo3 headphones are a good Bluetooth option that pair easily, have a 40-hour battery life, and offer nice highs and mids with a slight bass boost. A notable competition option from our Bluetooth headphones guide, our writers recommend this model only when you can find them under $150, so the $120 deal is a nice chance to save if you’ve had your eye on a pair.

Koss Porta Pro Headphones
Deal price: $20; street price: $35
Read our review of the best headphones.

A former pick and long-time budget audiophile classic, the Koss Porta Pro headphones are back down to the low of $20. Although you may experience some sound leakage, this is an overall solid deal on a good pair of wired headphones.

Q Acoustics 3020i Bookshelf Speakers
Deal price: $268; street price: $300
Read our review of the best bookshelf speakers for most stereos.

Available again for $268, this deal is another solid drop on the top pick from our guide to the best bookshelf speakers for most stereos. The Q Acoustics 3020i offers great build quality and a fantastic sound that reliably delivers strong bass and accurate, clear vocals. They’re a bit larger than our previous top pick, but they’re still relatively compact. If you’re looking for new bookshelf speakers, this is a rare deal in all colors.

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