Now is the time to rock out with your wallet out to groovy bargains on everything under the sun, and especially anything in the electronics category. Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring out stellar deals, many of which we've already covered. But if you're looking to literally rock out, there are deals to be had on headphones and earphones.
Beats by Dr. Dre
Shown above is the Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones - LINE Friends Special Edition. It's an authentic Beats headset, only themed after LINE Friends, which are characters based on the stickers from the messaging app LINE. The characters are more popular in Hong Kong, but if you're looking for some flair, this headset fits the bill. It's on sale at Amazon for $219.99. That's not cheap, though it's cheaper than the regular $299.99 selling price.
If you're looking for a more conservative aesthetic and want a higher end headset, the Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones are also on sale at Amazon, for $279.99. This headset is regularly priced at $349.99, so you're saving $70. The Beats Studio3 line offers real-time audio calibration, active noise cancellation, and up to 22 hours of battery life (it takes 10 minutes to charge 3 hours worth of playback).
For those who prefer earphones over headphones, the Beats Powerbeats 3 Wireless Earphones - Neighborhood Collection is on sale at Target for $89.99, down from $199.99. These are Bluetooth earbuds that promise up to 12 hours of battery life, with a 5-minute charge time good for 1 hour of playback, according to Beats. These are also sweat and water resistant, which combined with the secure-fit ear hooks makes them suitable for jogs and workouts.
Switching gears to Bose, a brand that people seem to really like or loathe, there are several tantalizing deals available. One is for the Bose SoundSport Wireless earphones. They're on sale at Amazon for $99, which is $50 cheaper than the list price. This set offers Bluetooth and NFC pairing aided by voice prompts, sweat and weather resistance, and Stay Hear+ tips to keep the earphones in place during workouts.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones is one of the more popular products in the Bose catalog with several interesting features, not the least of which is Alexa voice control. You can summon Amazon's digital assistant to access music, information, and more. It also boasts a noise-rejecting dual-microphone system and three levels of noise cancellation. It's on sale at Amazon for $299, down from $349.
Next up is the Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II. The name of this headset says it all, or at least most of it—the earcups wrap around the ear, and these are wireless cans via Bluetooth. You can actually switch between two Bluetooth source devices with this headset, allowing you to watch a video while staying connected to your smartphone. This headset is on sale at Amazon for $199, down from $279.
Circling back to the earphone category, the discount isn't quite as deep on the Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones, but these are nice earbuds. They're sweat and weather resistant, and feature three different pairs of StayHear+ Sport tips (in sizes small, medium, and large) for a secure fit. Bose says they're good for up to 5 hours of play time with each charge, plus an additional 10 hours with the included charging case. You can find them on sale at Amazon for $169, down from $199.
Sony, Bang & Olufsen, and Others
If you're not interested in Beats or Bose, there are several other options while still scoring a deal. One of them is Sony's WH-CH700N Wireless Headphones. This is a noise-cancelling headset featuring Bluetooth and NFC support. Sony says you can squeeze up to 35 hours of playback out of this headset in between charges. It's on sale at Amazon for $98. Amazon shows it as being temporarily out of stock, but you can still add it to your cart and buy a set, and it will ship when Amazon replenishes its inventory.
Looking for a premium set of wireless earphones? Bang & Olufsen's E8 earbuds are on sale at Amazon for $199, down from $299, a price point that puts them in high-end territory. They have touch controls to field phone calls and switch tracks, and also to activate features and voice commands simply by tapping.
If you're in the market for something more affordable and are willing to venture into off-brand territory, there are several discounted products available. Here are a few that seem to track well among Amazon shoppers, based on the high number of positive reviews...
- Senso Wireless Sports Earphones: $22.97, Amazon (clip coupon in link to save an additional 5 percent)
- MX10 Wireless Earphones for iPhone: $36.97, Amazon (clip coupon in link to save an additional 5 percent)
- Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones: $52.88, Amazon
If you spot a deal on a headset or set of earphones that we haven't listed here, feel free to let us know in the comments section below!