I’m the anti-hero Taylor Swift sings about. I listen to the same song over and over and over again, scratching that part of my brain that just loves every moment of it. Luckily for me, this Black Friday, there are speaker deals from Sonos and Google that will sound good with every replay. Luckily for my husband, friends, and anyone else in my vicinity, there are also plenty of deals on headphones from our favorite brands, like Jabra, Apple, and Beats, to drown my tunes out. If you’re looking to listen to whatever you want with the best sound possible, we’ve assembled all the best Black Friday headphone and speaker deals here.
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These earbuds may seem like the AirPods Pro you bought a few years back, but the second generation (9/10 WIRED recommends) come with some much-needed upgrades, including longer battery life and better overall sound quality. Plus, the noise cancelation is top-notch in the industry right now, giving you all the opportunity to drown out the rest of the world and binge that new true-crime podcast you’ve been dying to start.
The Sony WH-1000XM5 (9/10 WIRED Recommends) may sound like a mish-mash of letters, but they also hold high regard amongst the WIRED staff. This pair of wireless headphones consistently ranks as our top choice in the category, offering great sound, good looks, and 30 hours of battery life. That means I could listen to “Karma” 514 times before my fixation or battery life give out.
Sometimes, you just gotta drown out the rest of the world. The Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earbuds (7/10 WIRED Recommends) offer up great noise cancelation and eight hours of battery life. They sound great and are a great option for folks trying to focus during work calls, listen to their favorite audiobook, or stream the entire Taylor Swift discography before the Eras tour.
A good soundtrack can set the tone for your workout sesh, and the Beats Fit Pro Wireless (9/10 WIRED Recommends) are some of our favorite earbuds for exercising, especially for iPhone users. These are comfortable to wear, the battery lasts a while, and the noise cancelation is perfect for tuning out any huffing and puffing going on on the treadmill next to you.
If you’re looking for earbuds that fit a smidge more securely, the Beats Powerbeats Pro (8/10 WIRED Recommends) fasten over your ears for a snug grip. They’re great for workouts, or even for someone who’s on the go and doesn’t want to worry about a bud breaking free while they power walk down Fifth Avenue. Unfortunately, the case isn’t pocketable, but the Powerbeats Pros still create great sound and noise isolation with a battery that lasts nine hours.
Former WIRED editor Jeffrey Van Camp couldn’t help it—he loved the Beats Studio3 Over-Ear Wireless Headphones (8/10 WIRED Recommends). Though they bordered on being too bass-heavy, the headphones still sounded great no matter what he listened to. The Beats Studio3 pair easily with your iPhone, look really good and offer noticeably good noise cancelation.
Our top workout earbuds, the Jabra Elite 7 Wireless Earbuds are a pair of great-sounding noise-canceling buds. What really makes them great for the gym are the silicone tips, molding to fit your inner ear and stay comfortably in place. Recently, these were as low as $75, but for $20 more we still think they’re worth it.
Some of our favorite cheap headphones are even less expensive. Coming in at $10, the Jlab Go Air Pop headphones last for up to eight hours before needing a charge, and they sound good enough. Unlike many cheap headphones, they actually have a ton of cute colors to choose from, so you can listen in style while you’re at it.
The Pixel Buds Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are super comfortable wireless earbuds to wear, have great sound (especially bass), and sit in an egg-shaped case that supports wireless charging. Battery life is solid—seven hours—and the active noise canceling does a decent job of silencing the outside world. There’s also a good transparent mode to let ambient sounds in so you’re more aware of your surroundings.
Sonos is good at speakers. Like really, really good. The Sonos One is a voice-controlled speaker with some of the best sound quality around, seamless setup and integration in your Sonos app, and sleek styling. If voice control isn’t for you, the Sonos One SL is $159 ($49 off) and gives you all the goodness without any of the microphone mania.
A portable Bluetooth speaker adds a little extra fun to your picnics and parties. We love the regular Roam (9/10 WIRED Recommends), and we think the Roam SL is just as good without voice control. The only downside is that the wireless charging pad ($49) isn’t included.
Google’s Nest Audio smart speaker (8/10 WIRED Recommends) can start a timer, play your favorite song, and answer your burning questions about capybaras without missing a beat. But it’s a great speaker too. Ask Google Assistant to start your tunes and rock out. You can pair two for stereo sound.
Black Friday Retailer Sales
Want to browse the sales yourself? Here are a few top retailers participating in Black Friday deals.