Bluetooth is very useful for many different things. It makes wireless headphones possible for one, and with tech like AptX and new audio codecs from the likes of Sony and Apple, it means they sound pretty good too. There is, for some of us, just one glaring issue — no matter how good your Bluetooth connection is or the technology that's been pumped into it, it's never going to sound as good as a decent pair of wired headphones with a physical connection to the audio source. Thankfully, Prime Day has given you the perfect opportunity to ditch Bluetooth and all its extra audio processing and find great deals on some of the best wired headphones and earphones.
Remember, Prime Day will only last until midnight tonight so if you're looking for a deal, whether that's any of the best Prime Day Apple Deals or the best Prime Day MacBook Deals, then you're going to want to go fast so that you don't miss out. You'll also need a Prime Membership for the Prime Day deals, so make sure you're signed up before you go deal hunting!
Wired in-ear monitors can be really cheap and really good
This pair of in-ears' price belies their true sonic capability. They sound amazing, with great bass and tight mids. And with that wire, you're getting the best signal from your device that you possibly can.
In-ear monitors are a great option for both listening to music and using them on stage if you're a musician. While their innards may be a little smaller than some of the over-head headphones out there, they can still pack a punch —remember that they're directly in your ear, so they don't have to work as hard to get the sound into those earbones. There are some fantastic options for in-ears this Prime Day, including the above KBear earphones.
These little guys are small, cheap, and, more importantly, sound great. They've even got removable cables so if the old cable breaks, you can pop a new one in. A $15 saving may not sound like much in the grand scheme of all the other Prime Day deals, but that makes these tiny powerhouses half price. My KBears have done me proud for a long time now and I can't see myself stepping away from them anytime soon.
Open-back over-ears sound like you're in the recording studio
The Fidelio range contains some excellent sounding options should you want to start on the rocky journey that is being an audiophile, and these are a steal at more than half price off. They're open-back, comfy, and made of metal — honestly, this is the high-end headphone deal of the century.
Philips makes some fabulous audio gear, and these are some of the cheaper headphones it offers. They're open-back for a massive soundstage and feature a removable cable should you require a different connection to the source.
These headphones feature an open-back design, so they make whatever they're playing feel lighter and airier, whilst creating a feeling of being surrounded by the music. This half-price deal makes them the lowest price they've ever been.
The classic audiophile go-to. They're large but light and airy. They've got an analytical sound that some will love but others may find that they're lacking in bass. Either way, this Prime Day deal is a phenomenal saving.
Open-Back headphones are great for a number of reasons — one of the biggest being their wider soundstage. Soundstage is how we audio weirdos like to describe how "wide" the music sounds. Where each instrument is coming from and how loud it is in relation to the rest of the music. Open-backs lack bass because they're open, meaning there's nothing to keep those lower notes within the earcups, and can thus sound a little lighter on the low end. But that wide-open soundstage makes you feel like the sound is surrounding you.
My pick of the above crop is the Sennheiser HD599 SE. They're light and comfortable, and their signature sound is more musical than the more expensive HD600s. If you go for any of these options, you're going to have a good time listening to your favorite tunes.
Wired always sounds better
The most important thing about great sound quality is that there should be as little as possible between your headphones and the sound source. No audio processing, no EQ programs, no apps that lower or raise bass. Nothing. Bluetooth is one of those things that can get in the way of good sound, as it can only carry a certain quality of music track. While Bluetooth has gotten better over the last couple of years at handling high-res audio, it's still not quite there. A wire will carry the highest res audio tracks straight into your headphones, so the signal that they're providing is the best it can be.
It's why so many of us, myself included, mourn the loss of the headphone jack on so many of our devices. I used to be able to get top-quality sound from my best iPhone but now, I either have to grab a dongle or stick with a wireless set of cans. When I'm out and about that's less of a worry but when I listen to music for fun, I'd rather ditch Bluetooth. Wired sounds better anyway.
If you're after more audio, I regret to direct you to our AirPods Prime Day Deals hub where you'll find some great deals on... shudder ...some Bluetooth headphones.
As the Buying Guides and Deals writer for iMore, Tammy puts over a decade of experience in finding the best prices of Apple products to work, helping you save money on the equipment that you want. An audiophile at heart, she loves all things audio and visual, but you’ll also find her drooling over the latest Macs and MacBooks. With a Masters in screenwriting, Tammy likes to spend her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays or driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.
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