If you're looking for a new set of headphones to give as a gift this holiday season, the first thing you'll notice is that you're faced with a multitude of options. There's no shortage of headphones, which is why our "Best headphones for the holidays" roundup has so many products in it.
You can check out that, but I've also cobbled together this list of best headphone deals for those who prefer brevity -- and fewer options.
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Bose SoundSport FreeSarah Tew/CNET
Bose's truly wireless headphones started out at $250, then dropped to $200 and are now on sale for $170. They deliver better sound than Apple's AirPods.
Jabra Elite Active 65tSarah Tew/CNET
Jabra's Elite Active 65t, which earned CNET Editors' Choice award, has been on sale sporadically this holiday season. Normally $190, once again it's $50 off, or $140. It's available at Amazon and Best Buy.
Sony WF-SP700NSarah Tew/CNET
While I had some small quibbles about these Sony totally wireless sports earphones, they're a decent deal at $130 (down from $180). You can also find refurbished versions for less than $100.
When I wrote up my early impressions of the Jaybird Tarah wireless sports headphones, I said I liked them but thought they should cost about $20 less. Well, they're on sale now for $80, or $20 less than their list price of $100.
Plantronics BackBeat Go 410Sarah Tew/CNET
While its battery life could be a little better, the Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 is one of the best values for an in-ear noise-canceling headphone. It's $30 off right now ($100).
Sennheiser PXC 550Sarah Tew/CNET
If you don't want to shell out $350 for the Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphone, the very solid Sennheiser PXC 550 is on sale for around $250 (it lists for $350).
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless for $115 (save $50)Amazon
V-Moda's original Crossfade Wireless headphone is down to $115 on Amazon. The newer Crossfade II Wireless is a little better (the earpads are thicker and more comfortable and the sound is a touch better). But this is a good price for a well-built over-ear Bluetooth headphone.
Sennheiser HD1 Wireless
The Sennheiser HD1 Wireless, the headphone formerly known as the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless, has a list price of $400. Best Buy has it for $250. Its noise canceling isn't as strong as that of competing models from Bose and Sony, but it sounds excellent.
1More Triple Driver BTSarah Tew/CNET
We were fans of the wired 1More Triple Driver in-ear headphone, which cost $100. The wireless version is now available and on sale for the same price (it lists for $150). I've tried it and it sounds good.
Bose SoundSport WirelessSarah Tew/CNET
Bose's popular SoundSport Wireless is on sale for $120, which is $30 off. It's been around for a while but is still a very solid wireless sports headphone.
Tribit XFree TuneSarah Tew/CNET
The Tribit XFree Tune is always priced at $50, but it's also always a good bargain. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better-sounding -- and better built -- full-size Bluetooth headphone for the money.
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