The days of going into a big box store to buy CDs and DVDs are quickly fading, but if you still prefer physical media Amazon is becoming the place to buy it. Beyond just the media itself, there are tons of discounts on players, speakers, and more, so be sure to stock up while it's all discounted.
How to get the Best Headphone Deals
Amazon's Prime Day is coming up! We expect it to land around mid-July, and there will be thousands of deals to sort through. While we don't know exactly what's going to happen on the big day, our Thrifter team has been covering deals for years. Headphones are always a big seller on Prime Day, and we know some brands and models are more likely to go on sale more than others. Whether you're looking for Bluetooth headphones, noise-canceling, in-ear, or truly wireless earbuds, we can break down exactly the sort of products you can expect to see in the next couple of weeks.
Best in class: Bose
Bose is a company that knows it has a product people want. Bose audio has a stellar reputation for quality, and Bose products are usually made to be the best they can be. Unfortunately, that means Bose products do not go on sale a whole lot. Usually the best sales we see are when new generations of the same product come out. Last year's Prime Day, for example, featured the Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth speaker and the Bose QuietComfort 35 noise-canceling headphones, both of which have newer models available now.
This year for Prime Day, if Bose is your focus you should be looking at products like Bose's truly wireless SoundSport in-ear headphones, which have dropped as much as $70 this year, or the Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones, which are still amazing but getting long in the tooth. The QC25 have dropped as low as $150 in the last year.
Best of Bose
The widly popular Bose QC 35 got a little better with the refreshed QC 35 II. These offer easy access to Google Assistant, have some of the best in class noise cancellation and battery life, and are insanely comfortable to wear. If you are in the market for a new pair of headphones, these may be the ones for you. Check out our full review!
A great option: Sony
Like death and taxes, one certainty in life is Sony's WH1000XM2 noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones will be on sale around Prime Day. These are amazing headphones voted some of the best Bluetooth headphones around, and we have seen them go on sale a lot this year. Whether they drop $50 or more or someone comes out with a regular price + gift card type deal, which we have also seen, there will definitely be something.
Other Sony headphones bound to go on sale include the Studio Monitor lineup with models like the MDR-7506 or some of Sony's more budget conscious Bluetooth headphones like the XB-950, which dropped $30 for Prime Day last year.
Best noise cancelation
Sony's latest noise-canceling headphones are a frequent traveler's best friend. The $348 WH1000XM3s block out the sounds of airplanes, train stations, and crowded coffee shops better than any of the competition, and pump out great sound quality while they're at it. Best of all, they're super lightweight and have Google Assistant built right in!
Serious quality: Senheisser
Sennheiser headphones are a perfect option if you're a music listener who also dabbles in audio editing. The well-revered brand manufactures headphones with crystal clarity appropriate for studio usage, though that doesn't mean you can't rock out with them at home too. During last year's Prime Day, the price of the HD 598 SR Open-Back headphones dropped from $170 to $110.
A good pair of headphones can hold its value for years, and these ones are still priced at just above $170 today. We might see a discount on them this time around too, but I have a feeling there might be another pair of Sennheisers which drop in price instead.
Best high-end headphones
A huge 56-millimeter driver and unique (patented, even!) transducer design make the Sennheiser HD 800 S sound great, and the excellent craftsmanship and materials used make them the best overall headphones when you're looking in the high-end. They're 300 Ohm so you'll definitely need the right phone or media player to use them, but the big soundstage and comfortable fit make the HD800 S a great set of headphones and our top pick when it comes to the category. These come with a 6.3mm XLR audio interface, so be sure to buy the adapter to use them with your phone!
Techies love em: Audio Technica
If you care just as much about the look as you do about the sound, then search no further than Audio-Technica. This company's headphones are notable for their sleek style and, unlike some other companies, they don't compromise on the sound just because they look great. Last year's Prime Day sale brought the ATH-M50x headphones down to $112 — a low price which still hasn't been beaten to this day. Considering those are Audio-Technica's most popular headphones, we might just see another deal on them. How about a drop to $100 this time?
With the ATH-M50xBT, Audio-Technica took its best-selling headphones and cut the cord. They sport the same great design as the wired version, which means they're going to be just as durable. Crucially, Audio-Technica hasn't altered the sound signature, making the ATH-M50xBT one of the best-sounding Bluetooth headphones at this price point.
More affordable: Other options
This past Prime Day offered some super affordable options too from lesser-known brands, such as the Jabra Move Wireless Headphones which dropped down to $55, and the Status Audio HD Ones which were available for just over $9. There were even gaming headsets on sale like the HyperX Cloud Revolver headset which was priced at $90.
You can also expect to see some enticing offers from brands like Anker and Aukey. Their headphones are generally inexpensive at regular price and well-rated, so scoring a pair on sale from them usually ends up being a great buy at a low price.
Best value over-the-ear headphones
TaoTronics isn't a particularly well-known brand, but the company's well-made over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones offer incredible value. With lush sound and deep (though not quite accurate) bass, TaoTronics' Bluetooth headphones provide around 70% of active noise cancellation of the Bose QC35 for less than a quarter the price. Better yet, they last up to 25 hours on a single charge.
All Audio Deals
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air true wireless earbuds
The Liberty Air last for up to five hours per charge, while the compact charging case provides an extra 15 hours anywhere. There are integrated touch controls along with a noise-cancelling mic for crystal clear calls. Use the below coupon to save.
Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Bluetooth over-ear noise-cancelling headphones
These are hybrid Bluetooth headphones, which reduce ambient noise up to 90% thanks to 4 active noise-cancelling mics. They have 100% stronger bass using Anker's BassUp technology and 40-hour playtime on a single charge, which is impressive.
The HomePod connects to AirPlay and Apple Music so you can start rocking out with the powerful integrated speakers. There are built-in mics for asking Siri for information, setting timers, controlling HomeKit devices, and much more.
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ True Wireless Earbuds
The Galaxy Buds+ may look similar to the previous Galaxy Buds but they offer a much better 11-hour playtime with a further 11 hours of battery life in the case, plus integration with Spotify and improved call quality. 1-year B&H warranty.
Beats Powerbeats Pro
Built with sport in mind, the Powerbeats Pro have the same Apple smarts as AirPods but in a design that prioritizes comfort and stability. These earbuds last up to 9 hours with 24 hours from the charging case. They are also sweat and water-resistant.
Beats Powerbeats Wireless Earphones
The refreshed Powerbeats wireless earphones offer Apple’s H1 chip and up to 15-hours of listening time per charge. They also support Siri and are sweat and water-resistant. This is the best price we've seen yet and shipping is free.
Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds with Charging Case
The 65t have dual mics and true wireless Bluetooth stability that helps reduce audio drops. They will last up to 5 hours on a single charge of the battery with an extra 10 hours from the charging case. This deal also includes a $5 Newegg gift card.
Bose SoundLink II Around-Ear Wireless Headphones
Bose's SoundLink II headphones use Bluetooth 4.0 to connect wirelessly with your devices and can last for up to 15 hours on a single charge. Today's deal is for a factory refurb version of the headphones with a 1-year warranty.
Bose SoundTouch 10 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Get full, rich Bose audio anywhere in your house. Small enough to fit on a countertop or on your desk while you work. Uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and can be controlled by an app. It also works with Alexa.
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 true wireless headphones
The Liberty Air 2 last for up to 7 hours per charge, while the compact charging case provides an extra 21 hours. There are integrated touch controls along with noise-cancelling mics for crystal clear calls.
Anker Soundcore Spirit X2 True Wireless Earphones
Built with sport in mind, the Soundcore Spirit X2 have a wire-free design that prioritizes comfort and stability. These earbuds last up to 9 hours per charge, boosted to 36 hours with the charging case. They are also sweat and water-resistant.
Deals on Sonos gear are pretty rare outside of holiday sales, so now's the chance to add multi-room audio to some more spaces in your home or pick up a soundbar for your entertainment system for less.
Amazon Music Unlimited
Amazon Music Unlimited is a streaming service that's accessible on tons of devices and features millions of songs that you can play on-demand or download to your device. It's entirely ad-free, too. The deal is for new users of the service only.
Anker soundcore spirit sports bluetooth headphones
These sports earphones use Bluetooth 5.0 to connect to devices wirelessly. Take phone calls and listen to your favorite music at one of the best prices they've ever reached. Enter the below code at checkout to save.
SoundPEATS TrueFree+ True Wireless Earbuds
They have Bluetooth 5.0 for a reliable, fast connection, automatic power and pairing, and last for up to four hours per charge. The case can provide up to 10 full charges for the headphones. Clip the on-page coupon and enter the below code to save.
TIDAL High Fidelity Music Streaming
TIDAL has over 60 million tracks plus exclusive interviews, playlists, video and TIDAL X events that you won't find on other streaming services. Plus, music is streamed in lossless audio quality. Choose from Premium or HiFi plans for the same price.
Amazon Music HD
For a limited time, you can snag a 3-month trial of Amazon Music HD for free, saving you $45. It offers premium quality music with more than 50 million songs in HD and millions of songs in Ultra HD. New subscribers only.
Bose SoundLink Color II portable Bluetooth speaker
Various colorways of the well-reviewed Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II are now $30 off at Amazon while supplies last. They let you take calls hands-free, play music wirelessly, and listen for up to 8 hours on a single charge.
Beats Studio³ Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones
The Studio3 headphones feature 22 hours of battery life, dual-mode adaptive noise canceling, on-ear controls and support for taking calls or using Siri. The Gray colorway is down to this low price while supplies last.
Mpow S11 Bluetooth 5.0 In-ear Headphones
These waterproof Bluetooth headphones can last for up to ten hours on a single charge and let you take calls hands-free using the built-in microphone. Clip the on-page coupon and use the following code at checkout to snag this low price.
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