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(Pocket-lint) - Headphones deals are always really competitive, and that's good for you because most popular brands get great discounts for Black Friday and the following Cyber Monday week.

Whether you're looking for the best value noise-cancelling cans, a great pair of buds, or just looking for the best deal you can get on AirPods and Sony headphones, this is the place to be. We're continuously searching and finding the best Black Friday savings on audio equipment, and updating every day.

Black Friday kicks off officially on 26 November 2021, followed by Cyber Monday on 29 November, but deals have been cropping up since the beginning of November, and we've been tracking the deals to make sure you don't miss the opportunity. 

Which retailers have the best headphone deals?

Headphones are popular items, with many people owning more than one pair or type, for different situations. There's no shortage of opportunities to buy headphones so you'll find them at most electricals retailers.

US headphone retailers

UK headphone retailers

We've scoured the stores to pull out the best deals. These aren't just the cheapest headphones you can find, these are the best prices on some of the best headphones around. We've divided each section into the headphone type either in-ear or over ear, to help you find what you're looking for.

Best US headphones deals | Best UK headphones deals

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Best US Black Friday headphones deals 

On-ear and over-ear deals | In-ear headphone deals

On-ear / over-ear headphones

Apple AirPods Max - $70 off!
Sony WH-1000XM4 - save $102
Sennheiser HD 450BT - Half price
Beats Studio 3 - Save $180!
Sennheiser Momentum ANC over-ear - Save $150

In-ear headphones

AirPods Pro with MagSafe case - now $179
Beats Powerbeats Pro - save $100
Sony WF-1000XM4 - save $60
Beats Studio Buds - 1/3rd off
Bose QuietComfort Buds - save $80
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 - $172
Jabra Elite 85t - 35% off
Bose Sport Earbuds - save $30
Jabra Elite Active 75t - down to $99

Best Black Friday UK headphone deals

On-ear and over-ear deals | In-ear headphone deals

On and over-ear headphones

Bose 700 Headphones - Save £50
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX - £100 off
Nuraphone - £105 off

In-ear headphones

AirPods Pro with MagSafe case - just £185
Beats Powerbeats Pro - save £70
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds - save £70.95
Sony WF-1000XM4 - save £51
Jabra Elite Active 75t - Save £80!
Sennheiser CX True Wireless - Just £91
Jabra Elite 85t - save £70
Technics AZ70WE - Save £90.99

Which headphones will have discounts on Black Friday?

Many headphones will have discounts during the Black Friday sales, but there are obviously some models to really look out for. There will be deals on Apple's AirPods and these are always popular, but you're likely to find discounts on other popular brands too, like Bose or Sony. Sony's WF-1000X, with excellent noise cancellation is always worth looking out for.

The same applies to over-ear headphones, with the WH-1000X models proving one of the most popular choices, alongside the Bose QuietComfort options, which are great for travel - and usually get a decent discount. These are some of the best headphones to look out for, but there are also usually deals on gaming headsets and sports headphones too.

What to look out for when buying headphones

There's a lot to consider when it comes to buying a pair for headphones and getting the right fit and features for you can enhance the listening experince and make sure you get the best from your music, movies or calls.

Firstly, what type of headphones are you shopping for? In-ear headphones have the advantage of being compact, so they're great to have in your bag taking up almost no space, while over-ear headphones can offer a better listening experience, with superior sound and enhanced noise cancellation - as well as often offering better comfort when worn for long periods.

After that, there's a decision to be made about whether you want active noise cancellation or not. This feature is hugely popular, able to cut out things like aircraft or road noise, but can go as far as blocking out just about all exterior noise. Some people find this relaxing, some find it too isolating - and some headphones offer different levels of ANC.

Then there's support for functions such as Spatial Audio on Apple devices, or Dolby Atmos for music support, all of which add to the feature set, but often the price too.

The other consideration might be waterproofing. If your headphones are going to be used for sport, you need to know they can withstand sweat or rain - something you definitely want to check on the spec sheet before you buy.

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Writing by Cam Bunton. Editing by Adrian Willings.