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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable reviewer of mobile accessories and portable audio products, including headphones and speakers. He's also an e-reader and e-publishing expert as well as the author of the novels Knife Music, The Big Exit and Lucidity. All the titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, Nook e-books and audiobooks.
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The Baseus Bowie MA10 earbuds are an impressive value
Baseus Bowie MA10: Save $25
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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2: $100
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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3:$196
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Beats Studio Buds
Beats Studio Buds: $100
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JBL Live Pro 2: $100
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JBL Live Free 2: $100
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The Pixel Buds Pro are available in 4 colors
Google Pixel Buds Pro: $150
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$199 at Bose
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2: $199
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$115 at Amazon
Beats 3
Beats Solo3: $115
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Treblab Z2 headphones
Treblab Z2: $80
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Treblab Z7 Pro headphones
Treblab Z7 Pro: $144
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Sony LinkBuds: $138
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The Beats Studio Buds Plus have significantly improved performance
Beats Studio Buds Plus: $130
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Sony WH-1000XM5: $330
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The Echo Buds 2023 are a good AirPods 3 alternative for less
Amazon Echo Buds 2023: $40
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$299 at Bose
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700: $299
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$348 at Amazon
Sony WH-1000XM4: $228
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Shokz OpenRun Pro headphones
Shokz Open Run Pro: $140
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Sennheiser CX True Wireless earbuds and case
Sennheiser CX Plus: $100
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$38 at Walmart
Sony CH-520: $38 (expired)
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The Soundcore by Anker Liberty 4 NC feature improved noise canceling
Anker Soundcore Liberty 4 NC: $85 (expired)
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Sony WF-1000XM4: $198 (expired)
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Jabra Elite 45h: $100 (expired)

There are an absolute ton of earbuds and headphones on the market that you can pick from, whether you want to stick to a specific ecosystem, like Apple's or are more than happy to grab anything as long as it's good. Choosing can be overwhelming, and if you want to find a good deal, the effort required might put you off altogether.

To that end, we've rounded up some of the overall best deals out there on a huge selection of headphones and earbuds, with some pairs discounted heavily. We'll continue to update this page as offers come and go, so be sure to check back often for the best prices available. 


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Best wireless headphones and earbuds deals

The Baseus Bowie MA10 earbuds are an impressive value
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Like

  • Low price
  • Surprisingly good sound for the money
  • Active noise canceling and multipoint Bluetooth
  • Strong battery life

Don't like

  • Charging case is bulky
  • Earbuds are a little big

Priced at just $24 after you click an instant 20% discount coupon on Amazon, the Baseus Bowie MA10 delivers surprisingly good sound along with active noise canceling for its low price (you just don't see too many active noise canceling earbuds at this price). They're IPX6 water-resistant (meaning they can withstand a strong spray of water) and also have multipoint Bluetooth pairing and connect to a companion app. They stick out of your ears a bit but they did fit my ears comfortably.

The earbuds deliver impressive battery life, offering up to 8 hours on a single charger at moderate volume levels with an extra 132 hours in the charging case. Yes, you read right: 132 hours! However, the one big downside to these buds is that their charging case is rather large and bulky. If you can live with that, these are a nice bargain.

You can shop discounts on several pairs of Samsung's Galaxy earbuds right now, including the Galaxy Buds 2, which I tend to like the best of the current crop of Galaxy Buds. Right now, Walmart has the lavender color variant on sale for just $100, which saves you $49 compared to the usual price. Read our Galaxy Buds 2 review.

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Battery life Rated up to 7 hoursNoise Canceling YesMultipoint YesWater-Resistant Yes (IPX4-- splash-proof)

Featuring excellent sound, improved noise canceling and voice-calling performance as well a smaller, more refined design that includes stabilizing fins (so the earbuds stay in your ears more securely), the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 were among the best new true-wireless earbuds of 2022. They're also one of the best true-wireless earbuds overall, giving the Sony WF-1000XM4 a run for the money.

Read our Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 review.

Beats Studio Buds
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The Beats Studio Buds look a lot like the rumored stemless AirPods that people were talking about but never materialized -- as AirPods anyway. Geared toward both iOS and Android users, they're missing a few key features on the Apple side of things (there's no H1 or W1 chip), but they're small, lightweight earbuds that are comfortable to wear and offer good sound. They fit most ears securely, including mine -- I run with them without a problem -- but others may find a better fit with the Beats Fit Pro and their integrated wing tips.

Their lowest price to date is $90.

Read our Beats Studio Buds review.

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Battery Life Rated up to 10 hoursNoise Canceling Yes (Adaptive)Multipoint YesHeadphone Type Wireless earbudsWater-Resistant Yes (IPX5 -- protection against low-pressure water streams)

Over the years, JBL has put out some decent true-wireless earbuds, but nothing that really got me too excited. That's finally changed with the arrival of the Samsung-owned brand's new Live Pro 2 and Live Free 2 buds. Both sets of buds -- the Live Pro 2 have stems while the Live Free 2 have a pill-shaped design -- offer a comfortable fit along with strong noise canceling, good sound quality and voice-calling performance, plus a robust set of features, including multipoint Bluetooth pairing, an IPX5 splash-proof rating and wireless charging.

The Live Pro 2 and Live Free 2 are equipped with the same 11mm drivers, six microphones, oval tubes and oval silicon tips. Aside from the design, the biggest difference between the two buds is battery life; the stemless Live Free 2 is rated for up to seven hours, while the Live Pro 2 is rated for 10 hours. The Live Pro 2 is available in four color options.

Read our JBL Live Pro 2 first take.

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Battery Life Rated up to 7 hoursNoise Canceling Yes (Adaptive)Multipoint YesHeadphone Type Wireless earbudsWater-Resistant Yes (IPX5 -- protection against low-pressure water streams)

Samsung-owned JBL has a couple of new sets of earbuds, the Live Pro 2 and Live Free 2 that are surprisingly good. Both are equipped with the same 11mm drivers, six microphones, oval tubes and oval silicon tips. And they also combine a comfortable fit along with strong noise canceling, good sound quality and voice-calling performance, plus a robust feature set, including multipoint Bluetooth pairing, an IPX5 splash-proof rating and wireless charging.

Aside from the design -- the Live Pro 2 has stems while the Live Free 2 is pill-shaped -- the biggest difference between the two buds is battery life. The stemless Live Free 2 are rated for up to 7 hours, while the Live Pro 2 are rated for 10 hours.

The Live Free 2 fit securely in my ears and are smaller and superior to Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro, particularly in terms of comfort level. The buds are available in three colors.

Read our JBL Live Free 2 first take.

The Pixel Buds Pro are available in 4 colors
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Battery Life Rated up to 11 hoursNoise Canceling Yes (ANC)Multipoint YesHeadphone Type Wireless earbudsWater-Resistant Yes (IPX4 -- splash-proof)

The Pixel Buds Pro are Google's first earbuds to feature active noise canceling. While it's nice that they finally have a feature that a lot of true-wireless earbuds have had for a while, what ultimately sets the Pixel Buds Pro apart and makes them worth considering -- particularly for Android users -- is their distinct design and winning fit. That helps enhance their performance on both the sound quality and noise-canceling fronts. While not quite elite for voice-calling, they did perform well as a headset for making calls.

Read our Pixel Buds Pro review.

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Battery Life Rated Up to 6 HoursNoise Canceling Yes (ANC)Multipoint NoHeadphone Type Wireless EarbudsWater-Resistant Yes (IPX4 -- Splash-Proof)

Bose's second-gen QuietComfort Earbuds 2 are not only about 30% smaller than their predecessors, but their case is about 40% smaller and truly pocketable. They feature best-in-class noise canceling and improved sound, thanks to Bose's new CustomTune sound calibration system, which customizes the sound for your ears. Voice-calling performance is also significantly better than that of the original QuietComfort Earbuds.

The other big change is to the ear tips. Bose has ditched its one-piece StayEar wing tips for a two-piece Fit Kit system that features separate ear tips and "stability bands" in three sizes, giving you more flexibility to get a secure fit and tight seal.

Read our Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2 review.

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The Beats Solo3 wireless headphones, which have been around several years, are now down to $115 from their usual price tag of $200. These headphones come with the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of listening time. A built-in microphone allows you to make phone calls wirelessly.

Treblab Z2 headphones
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Not quite as nice as the Z7 Pro headphones but still worth it are the Z2 over-ear headphones. These are made to withstand jerk movement while you workout and have active noise cancellation. They can run for 35 hours without dying and are great for running and the gym. These headphones are made sturdy and can withstand a drop or two.

Treblab Z7 Pro headphones
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The Treblab Z7 Pro headphones offer comfort and noise cancellation along with premium sound quality. With 45 hours of playtime and fast USB-C charging, you can use these headphones all day and night without worry. Touch controls line both sides of the headphones, so you can simply tap on the side to pause a song. Volume controls are also on the headphones themselves. Just activate the instant coupon on the product page to get the discount. 

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Battery Life 5.5 hoursNoise Canceling NoMultipoint NoHeadphone Type Wireless earbudsWater-Resistant Yes (IPX4 -- splash-proof)

The LinkBuds are, in a sense, Sony's answer to Apple's standard AirPods. While they don't sound as good as Sony's flagship WF-1000XM4 noise-isolating earbuds, they offer a discreet, innovative design and a more secure fit than the AirPods, as well as good sound and very good voice-calling performance.

Like the third-gen AirPods, their open design allows you to hear the outside world -- that's what the ring is all about. That makes them a good choice for folks who want to hear what's going around them for safety reasons or just don't like having ear tips jammed in their ears. They also have a few distinguishing extra features, including Speak to Chat and Wide Area Tap. Instead of tapping on a bud, you can tap on your face, just in front of your ear, to control playback.

They're IPX4 splash-proof and thanks to their fins -- Sony calls them Arc Supporters -- they lock in your ears securely and work well for running and other sporting activities.

Read our Sony LinkBuds review.

The Beats Studio Buds Plus have significantly improved performance
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Battery life Rated up to 6 hoursNoise Canceling YesMultipoint NoWater-Resistant Yes (IPX4-- splash-proof)

Beats latest earbuds, which offer big improvements over the Studio Buds Plus, are on sale for $20 off, hitting their lowest price to date.

Read our Beats Studio Buds Plus review.

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Battery Life Rated up to 32 hoursNoise Canceling Yes (ANC)Multipoint YesHeadphone Type Over-ear wireless headphonesWater-Resistant No IP rating

When you have a product that a lot of people love, change can be risky. Such is the case for Sony's WH-1000XM5, the fifth generation of the 1000X series headphones, which were first released in 2016 as the MDR-1000X Wireless and have become increasingly popular as they've improved with each generation. Over the years, Sony has made some tweaks to the design, but nothing as dramatic as what it's done with the WH-1000XM5. Other than the higher $400 price tag ($50 more than the WH-1000XM4), most of those changes are good, and Sony's made some dramatic improvements with voice-calling performance as well as even better noise canceling and more refined sound. $330 is their lowest price to date.

Read our Sony WH-1000XM5 review.

The Echo Buds 2023 are a good AirPods 3 alternative for less
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Battery life Rated up to 5 hoursNoise Canceling NoMultipoint YesWater-Resistant Yes (IPX2-- splash-proof)

Amazon's 2023 Echo Buds impressed me in a few ways that I wasn't expecting. For starters, they sound good for inexpensive open earbuds, delivering decent clarity and ample bass. But they also have a robust feature set, including multipoint Bluetooth pairing, hands-free Alexa and ear-detection sensors that pause your audio when you take one or both buds out of your ears. 

Their sound falls short of that of Apple's AirPods 3, which deliver fuller bass and overall fuller, smoother sound (they're better at handling more complicated music tracks with a lot of instruments playing at the same time). But the AirPods 3 cost around $150 and offer only about 15% to 20% better audio. In short, if you're looking for open earbuds -- or "semi-open" as these types of earbuds are sometimes called -- the Echo Buds are good value at their $50 list price and even easier to recommend when they go on sale.

Read our Amazon Echo Buds 2023 review.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
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The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have been out a while but are still one of the best over-ear noise canceling headphones, with excellent sound, noise cancellation and top-notch headset performance for voice calls. Bose's newer QuietComfort 45 headphones probably have the slight edge in terms of comfort and offer a tad better noise canceling, but the Headphones 700 arguably sound a little better with slightly more refined sound. 

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Battery Life Rated up to 30 hoursNoise Canceling YesMultipoint YesHeadphone Type Over-ear wireless headphonesWater-Resistant No IP rating

Sony has released its new WH-1000XM5, but the WH-1000XM4 remains on sale. While I prefer the WH-1000XM5 -- it's a little more comfortable, has improved noise cancellation, more refined sound and significantly better voice-calling performance -- the WH-1000XM4 is still a great headphone and some people may prefer its slightly more energetic sound and how it folds up into a smaller case than that of the WH-1000M5. It also costs less, especially with its current discount.

Read our Sony WH-1000XM4 review.

Shokz OpenRun Pro headphones
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The Open Run Pros are Shokz' flagship bone-conduction headphones, and one of our overall favorite pairs for running. As their name implies, they're good for runners, joggers and other athletes who like to hear the outside world around them for safety reasons.

Expired deals

Deals we're previously noted on these headphones and earbuds have expired, but we expect to see these products at similarly discounted prices sometime in the future.

Sennheiser CX True Wireless earbuds and case
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The Momentum True Wireless 3 are Sennheiser's flagship true-wireless earbuds. But if you can't afford them, the CX Plus, which feature very good sound and decent noise canceling, is a good alternative for a lot less money (the step-down CX, which has no active noise canceling, costs even less). Battery life is rated at up to 8 hours at moderate volume levels and these are splash-proof, with an IPX4 rating. While they do stick out of your ears a fair bit, these are all-around solid noise-canceling earbuds that can count sound quality as their biggest strength.

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Sony released its new entry-level CH-720N noise-canceling headphones in 2023. They're quite good, but if you can't afford them (they list for $150), the company's new budget on-ear CH-520 headphones are an intriguing option for only around $50.

They lack noise canceling and are pretty no-frills, but they offer good sound for their price, are lightweight and comfortable for on-ear headphones, and also have excellent battery life (they're rated for up to 50 hours at moderate volume levels). Additionally, they have multipoint Bluetooth pairing, so you can pair them with two devices simultaneously, such as a smartphone and computer, and switch audio. Voice-calling performance is decent, though not up to the level of what you get with the CH-720N. 

Note that there's no wired option -- this is a wireless Bluetooth-only headphone. The CH-520 offers overall balanced sound with decent clarity. The bass has some punch to it but doesn't pack a wallop, and you're not going to get quite as wide a soundstage as you get from Sony's more expensive over-ear headphones. But these definitely sound better than Sony's previous entry-level on-ear headphones and sound better than I thought they would. I tried the white color but they also come in blue and black.

The Soundcore by Anker Liberty 4 NC feature improved noise canceling
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New for 2023, the Anker Soundcore Liberty 4 NC earbuds carry a lower list price than last year's Liberty 4 buds and are arguably better. They have improved noise canceling and better sound quality, along with support for the LDAC audio codec for devices that support it. (Many Android smartphones do, and in theory it offers slightly improved sound quality when paired with a music streaming service that offers high-res tracks.) They're lightweight buds that should fit most ears comfortably with four sizes of ear tips to choose from. 

The Liberty 4 NC buds have single custom drivers compared to the Liberty 4's dynamic dual drivers -- and a completely different case design -- but I thought they delivered more pleasant sound than the Liberty 4s. Their treble is a little smoother and they feature strong bass performance. They came across as fairly open, with a reasonably wide soundstage. You can tweak the sound profile in the companion app for iOS and Android. 

The buds come in several color options and are IPX4 splashproof, so they're suitable for running and gym use. They feature excellent battery life -- up to 10 hours on a single charge at moderate volume levels -- and there's also a transparency mode that lets ambient sound in and sounds pretty natural with only a very faint audible hiss. While the noise canceling is an improvement over the Liberty 4's and is effective, it falls short of what you get from Bose's and Sony's premium ANC earbuds. 

Like the Liberty 4, the earbuds have six integrated mics for noise canceling and making calls, and callers said they thought the buds did a pretty good job of reducing background noise, with my voice coming through relatively clearly. They're an all-around good performing set of buds for the money and they have a strong feature set, including ear-detection sensors and wireless charging.

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Battery Life Rated up to 30 hoursNoise Canceling YesMultipoint YesHeadphone Type Over-ear wireless headphonesWater-Resistant No IP rating

We awarded the Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds an Editors' Choice award and they're a great set of earbuds. However, they're now being discounted because Sony is rumored to be releasing its next-generation WF-1000XM5 buds this summer.

Read our Sony WF-1000XM4 review.

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Shokz' least expensive bone-conduction headphone, the Open Move, is on sale for $25 off. That matches its lowest price to date.

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Battery Life Rated up to 50 hoursNoise Canceling NoMultipoint YesHeadphone Type On-ear wireless headphonesWater-Resistant No IP rating

Released in mid-2020, the Jabra Elite 45h were essentially billed as the best on-ear headphones for the money and among the best headphones for work. While there's nothing terribly fancy about them, they are a great value for on-ear headphones, with good sound quality, a sturdy design and comfortable fit -- for on-ear headphones, anyway.

They perform well as a headset for making calls too, and include a sidetone feature that allows you to hear your voice so you don't talk too loudly. Battery life is also good and it has multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you can connect to both your computer and your smartphone at the same time, and easily switch between the two should a call come in on your phone.

We've seen these headphones on sale for as much as $50 off, so it may be worth it to wait and see if the price drops even further. 


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