Choose your headphones deals carefully. We’ve seen discounts on AirPods Pro, our top noise-cancelling cans, fave wireless earbuds and more. 

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Choose your headphones carefully. A good pair can outlast a phone when treated right, and Black Friday is the single best time of the year to pick one up. 

Let’s not squander it. We’re not going to suggest any £18 pairs of earphones, now available at £2 off this Black Friday. We have looked through hundreds of headphone deals and simmered the selection down to the pairs people want, those more people should want, as well as some less commonly seen sets you may not have considered. 

There are true wireless earphones, full-size headphones and some higher-end pairs only really suitable for home use that delivery the best sound quality of them all. 

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Apple AirPods Pro with MagSafe Charger for £185 (£55 off)

Apple’s Black Friday headphone discounts are routinely among the most popular, even when you only get £10-20 off. This year’s discount is a little more substantial, at £55 off Apple's own price. The AirPods Pro with MagSafe Charger are Apple’s very latest earphones. They are similar to the last version, complete with refined sound quality and strong active noise cancellation. MagSafe wireless charging is the change this time, although the case still has a wired port. This is likely why we’re seeing a better discount than we might usually get from a recent Apple pair. 

Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones for £160 (£40 off)

Headphones have become more techy in recent years, and that can make them appear to age faster. However, the 2018 Sony WH-1000XM3 might be this year’s best Black Friday headphone buy for those who want a high-end pair of all-purpose headphones without the usual high price attached. Despite being superseded by the WH-1000XM4 (down to £249), they still outclass many more expensive new pairs. They have excellent noise cancellation, dynamic sound, a sleek appearance and long battery life. While Sony made noticeable tweaks to the sound and ANC in the newer generation, this pair is like scoring a first-class plane ticket for EasyJet money.

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ for £90 (£30 off)

The headphones and earphones with the most dramatic-looking Black Friday discounts aren’t always the easiest to recommend. For that you’re looking at something like the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+. This pair is currently £30 off its original price, £10 less than the weeks before Black Friday. However, their sound and battery life are excellent, the earpieces are unobtrusive and the charging case is small. Their IPX5 water resistance makes them sport-ready too. Active noise cancellation is the potential stumbling block: the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ don’t have it. 

Sony WF-1000XM4 for £200 (£50 off)

Sony’s “WF” series true wireless earphones have dominated our WIRED Recommends round-up for some time now. The two most recent generations are on sale during Black Friday: the WF-1000XM3 for £113 and the new WF-1000XM4 for £200. Check your budget and make your choice, but the latest version is a significant step up. They are much better-looking earphones, for one, have improved active noise cancellation and greater clarity and dynamism to their sound. 

Philips Fidelio X2HR/00 for £94 (£30 off)

The Philips Fidelio X2 range is a Black Friday favourite. This was once one of the most lauded ranges of mainstream at-home headphones. Fidelio’s star has dimmed, and we get the benefit with the opportunity to snag a sumptuous pair of headphones for under £100. They have ultra-comfortable velour pads, a head-cradling headband and a slightly wider soundstage than rival Sennheiser models around this price. Don’t even consider them for outdoors use, though, as they are open-back headphones. They let noise in, they leak sound out. This pair sold for around £130 before Black Friday, but originally cost more than £300.

Jabra 75T Active Wireless Earbuds for £100 (£80 off)

Jabra made some of the first great true wireless earphones, and has tweaked its designs over the years without discarding their signature slightly sporty look. You’re unlikely to find a more feature-rich true wireless pair than the Jabra 75T Active for under £100. They have IP57 water resistance, high enough to take a rinse under a tap. Their sound is muscular but controlled. And, thanks to a software update, they even have active noise cancellation. These would be our current top pick for sports use. 

Audeze LCD-2 Classic for £666 (£83 off)

Hifionix has not specifically listed this Audeze LCD-2 Classic deal as belonging to Black Friday, but you get £83 off compared to almost all other retailers regardless. Selling for £666, maybe this hifi retailer is showing its disdain for the whole event. Either way, you get a solid discount off some of the best headphones available for under £1,000. These are planar magnetic headphones, which use a larger driver whose surface does not distort to the same degree as a classic dynamic driver, resulting in less harmonic distortion. Like most planar magnetic headphones the Audeze LCD-2 Classic are a little heavy, but their sound is worth the weight. 

Sennheiser HD 660 S for £344 (£85 off)

Before pricey wireless headphones with active noise cancellation became the norm, Sennheiser was the top name to shop with for those willing to spend £300 or more on a pair. And it has quietly continued in the background, making stellar audiophile headphones that put zero of the budget into Alexa support or dynamic noise cancelling algorithms. The Sennheiser HD 660 S are all about sound, and might be the best place to put £350 this Black Friday if you want a pair to watch movies or play games late at night. Or listen to music at home without disturbing the neighbours. These are high fidelity open-back headphones made for close listening. Useless for outside use, but a dream for the indoors in terms of both sound and comfort. 


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