The Best Deals on Headphones and Speakers

The Best Deals on Headphones and Speakers

Whether you’re listening to Folklore on repeat, a new true crime podcast to push yourself through long runs, or your favorite movie’s killer soundtrack (video), a few simple audio upgrades can make the whole experience even better. If you’re on the hunt for the best of the best but would also like to spend less, we’ve got you covered. Our Deals team has scoured the corners of the internet to find the best deals on the gear you need to take your audio experience to the next level.

Great headphones for casual use

Jabra Move Style Edition Wireless Headphones
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Jabra Move Style Edition Wireless Headphones
Deal price: $57; street price: $90

Audio gear junkies know there are different headphones for different occasions—what works great for precise audio editing, for instance, would be terrible to use on a run. If you’re looking to add to your collection and want something for casual listening, the Jabra Move Style Edition Wireless Headphones are a solid choice. Our pick for best wireless headphones under $100, the Move Style headphones have all the features you’re probably looking for: great sound quality, good battery life, a comfortable fit, and a reasonable price tag. These headphones also come equipped with easy-to-use controls, cushioned over-ear cups, and a removable cord to use if the battery dies. Though this isn’t the best deal we’ve seen for the Move Style headphones, it’s only the second one we’ve seen so far this year. If you’re looking for more color options, they cost $1 more on eBay but come in navy.

Read our review of the best headphones under $100.

The best wireless headphones

Jabra Elite 75t Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
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Jabra Elite 75t Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
Deal price: $150; street price: $180

Maybe you’re tired of your wired headphones tethering you to your laptop. Or maybe you’re looking for a good pair of earbuds that’ll block out your upstairs neighbors (who sound as though they’ve taken up Irish step dancing) during work hours. If you want to optimize your work-from-home setup, a pair of wireless earbuds can help tremendously. The Jabra Elite 75t, our top pick for best wireless headphones, sound great and feel comfortable, and they are highly convenient. They’re also small and light, and they have an active battery life of seven and half hours—just enough time to get you through your workday (and all those Zoom calls). We’ve seen deals on refurbished models that came with a lower price tag, but we still think this is a solid drop on a brand new pair of our favorite wireless earbuds.

Read our review of the best wireless earbuds.

Cheap yet reliable earbuds

Skullcandy Sesh Wireless Earbuds
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Skullcandy Sesh Wireless Earbuds
Deal price: $30; street price: $45

If you often lose track of small items or haven’t owned a nice pair of wireless earbuds before, it can be hard to drop around $200 on something so easy to lose. Save yourself the heartache and wallet-ache of misplacing one of your pricey earbuds by getting a cheaper option like the Skullcandy Sesh. Minimal and lightweight, the Sesh earbuds outperformed the majority of wireless earbuds in their price range, and they offer good sound, a clear microphone for phone calls, and an array of basic features. The Sesh earbuds have a relatively short battery life of three hours, but carrying them in the case (which is small enough to put in your pocket) will add another seven. They are on sale for $30, making this a good time to pick up a pair of basic wireless earbuds. And if you’re a Target REDcard holder, don’t forget to use your discount for an additional 5% off and free shipping.

Read our review of the best earbuds under $50.

A better alternative to AirPods

Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds
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Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds
Deal price: $200; street price: $250

If you know you’re into the truly wireless earbuds life but you just can’t convince yourself to spend $250 on a pair of AirPods—which can easily fall out of your ears and down a sewer grate—get the Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds instead. With all the benefits of AirPods and none of the drawbacks, the Powerbeats pair easily with an iPhone, have “Hey Siri” voice activation, and, unlike AirPods, offer full track and volume controls. They also stay in your ears securely, offer water- and sweat-resistance, and hold a longer, nine-hour charge. Though the Powerbeats’s charging case is larger than that of the AirPods, it provides a quicker charge, adding about 90 minutes of runtime after only five minutes (!) of charging. The Powerbeats are now down to $200—this discount includes all available colors of the Powerbeats (and puts them at $50 less than the full price of the AirPods Pro, too).

Read our review of the best wireless earbuds.

Affordable workout headphones

Jabra Elite Active 65t Workout Headphones (Refurbished)
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Jabra Elite Active 65t Workout Headphones (Refurbished)
Deal price: $55; street price: $100

Unfortunately, the price of this item has risen and it’s no longer a deal. For more deals information, check out our Deals page.

If you’re looking for a new pair of sweat-proof wireless headphones to use on your daily runs, but you don’t want to drop a lot of money, you can’t go wrong with the refurbished Jabra Elite Active 65t Workout Headphones. Though the Active 65t headphones are a former pick, with a shorter battery life and more-complicated buttons than our current pick, our testers would still recommend this pair of moisture-resistant wireless earbuds if you’re looking for something more affordable than our top pick. And if the thought of buying refurbished earbuds makes you uneasy, the Active 65t headphones come with a 180-day warranty from Jabra and a 30-day return window.

Read our review of the best workout headphones.

The best speaker for Apple aficionados

Apple HomePod Speaker
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Apple HomePod Speaker
Deal price: $200; street price: $250

Unfortunately, the price of this item has risen and it’s no longer a deal. For more deals information, check out our Deals page.

You troll the internet on a Macbook, track your runs on an Apple Watch, and maintain a graveyard of outdated iPods. You’re probably reading this on your iPhone right now. If that’s the case, then the Apple HomePod is the speaker for you. It’s the best-sounding wireless smart speaker available, easily controlled by Siri. Though it’s not as compatible with music services like Spotify, the HomePod does work great with Apple Music. And if you’ve been thinking about outfitting your home with HomeKit, Apple’s user-friendly platform for iOS users who want to build their own smart-home system, the HomePod is our pick for HomeKit-compatible speakers. This smart-home hub doubles as a high-quality speaker, and it is a great choice for Apple loyalists. And, now that it’s back down to the lowest price we’ve seen, there’s hardly been a better time to splurge.

Read our review of the best HomeKit-compatible smart-home devices.

High-quality bookshelf speakers

Q Acoustics 3020i Bookshelf Speakers
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Q Acoustics 3020i Bookshelf Speakers
Deal price: $268; street price: $300

Unfortunately, the price of this item has risen and it’s no longer a deal. For more deals information, check out our Deals page.

Bookshelf speakers like the Q Acoustics 3020i are perfect for the person who has an extensive record collection. Easily hooked up to your stereo or turntable, the 3020i speakers deliver a fantastic sound with strong bass and accurate, clear vocals. They also create a wide and deep soundstage that our testers said made it easy to pick out instruments and re-created the feeling of a live show (and if there’s ever a time to simulate a concert, it’s now). The 3020i speakers also have the best build quality of any others in this price range, with high-quality posts (instead of cheap spring-clip connectors), magnetically attached grilles, and rounded corners that are less likely to chip. We think the 3020i speakers would work especially well in smaller spaces, since they’re slightly more compact than some of our other bookshelf speaker picks. This is the first drop we’ve seen for our top pick in our guide to bookshelf speakers, making now a good time to pick up a pair for a nice discount.

Read our review of the best bookshelf speakers.

A portable speaker with excellent sound

Sony SRS-XB33 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
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Sony SRS-XB33 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Deal price: $118; street price: $150

Unfortunately, the price of this item has risen and it’s no longer a deal. For more deals information, check out our Deals page.

If you’re the type of person who likes to have something always playing in the background, a portable speaker you can bring around the house is a great way to listen to your life’s soundtrack. Whether you want to blast heavy metal while you work out in your basement–turned–home gym, sing along to the Hamilton soundtrack in the shower, or listen to The Daily in the morning while you make breakfast, the Sony SRS-XB33 will make it sound great. With a clear, full, bassy sound, this speaker gets close to the performance of a small set of desktop speakers, but has the perk of portability. The Sony SRS-XB33 speaker is a little bigger and heavier than our top pick, but its excellent sound quality will make the extra bulk worth it. This speaker is now down to $118, which is a solid drop for the Sony SRS-XB33 if you want it now. But if you don’t mind waiting, we think this speaker will drop to $100 as it ages.

Read our review of the best home Bluetooth speakers.

source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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