Here are the best early Black Friday deals on headphones in the US

Here are the best early Black Friday deals on headphones in the US

We’re still a week away from Black Friday, but early deals include a wide range of headphones at deep discounts. We’ve mostly focused on TWS headphones, but there are also a few over-ear models.

Starting with Samsung, the company is developing its own Shop Samsung app and offering exclusive discounts. The Galaxy Buds FE were already the cheapest in Samsung’s TWS lineup, and now even more so. These sub-$100 headphones have ANC and multi-point connectivity and promise up to 6 hours of listening time (with ANC turned on).

Note: When you follow the Samsung-specific links below, you will be asked whether you want the online store or the Shop Samsung app. Choose the app to get additional discounts not found in the online store.

The alternative is to get the Galaxy Buds2. These are very similar, but add wireless charging support to the case and 360 sound to the speakers. FE models have wingtips that provide a more comfortable and secure fit in some people’s ears.

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro is better than its siblings with dual speakers – a tweeter + tweeter in each earbud. They also have an IPX7 water resistance rating, which is more reassuring than the basic IPX2 that the Buds2 and Buds FE offer.

Google’s Pixel Buds Pro have always cost less than the Galaxy Buds2 Pro and that remains the case with the latest discounts. These buds only have an IPX4 rating, but they’re better than the Buds2 (and there’s only $20 between them). The Pixels headphones also have better battery life than the Samsung headphones.

The Google Pixel Buds A-Series are a cheaper option (half the price of the Buds Pro). However, instead of using ANC, Google tried to be clever with Adaptive Sound, which tries to mask the noise rather than cancel it out and doesn’t work well because it alters the sound – good enough for calls, but distorts the music noticeably.

You can still go cheaper – at just $30, the OnePlus Nord Buds 2 have ANC (they promise to crush up to 25dB of noise). It’s obviously not the best, but it’s more than what competitors offer at this price point. They have good sound, latency and battery life too.

If you’re splurging and spending $100, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 have much better ANC and we found them very comfortable. It supports the LHDC and LC3 codecs for high-quality audio, plus cool tricks like spatial audio, too.

The Sony WF-1000XM5 has excellent noise-canceling capabilities, thanks mostly to its foam ear tips. It’s also physically smaller than the XM4 generation and offers better sound quality (which was actually great).

It’s time for some ear models. The Sony WH-1000XM5 has better ANC than its predecessors (although it’s not quite as good at lower frequencies). Note that there is no water resistance on it.

The older Sony WH-1000XM4 still offers great sound quality and ANC, and the XM5’s new hinge design isn’t as ergonomic as the old one. Combine that with the lower price and this could be the better choice for you.

Finally, a pair of gaming headphones. Both Sony INZONE models have boom microphones that automatically mute when rotated out of the way. Both can use a wired connection (actually, the H3 is wired only) for the lowest possible latency. INZONE H9 also comes with a low-latency wireless dongle and can simultaneously connect via Bluetooth to another device such as your phone. Both the H3 and H9 support 360-degree spatial audio.

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