I am an anti-hero Taylor Swift sings about. I listen to the same song over and over again, scratching the part of my brain that loves it every minute. Luckily for me, this Friday, there are Sonos and Google speakers that will sound better with each repeat. Fortunately for my husband, friends, and everyone else around me, there are also plenty of headphone deals from our favorite brands, like Jabra, Apple, and Beats, to keep my music flowing. If you’re looking to listen to whatever you want with the best audio, we’ve rounded up the best Black Friday headlines and speakers right here.
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These headphones may look like the AirPods Pro you bought a few years ago, but the second generation (9/10 WIRED recommends) comes with some much-needed improvements, including longer battery life and better sound quality. Plus, the noise cancellation is the best on the market right now, giving you the ability to blast the world and devour that new podcast you’ve been dying to start.
The Sony WH-1000XM5 (9/10 WIRED Recommends) may sound like a mish-mash of labels, but they’re also highly regarded by the WIRED staff. These wireless headphones consistently rank as our top choice in the category, offering great sound, great looks, and 30 hours of battery life. This means that I can listen to “Karma” 514 times before it drains my battery life.
Sometimes, you just have to leave the world behind. The Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds (7/10 WIRED Recommends) offer noise cancellation and eight hours of battery life. They sound great and are a great option for people trying to focus on work calls, listening to their favorite audiobooks, or downloading Taylor Swift’s entire album before the Eras tour.
Good music can set the tone for your workout sesh, and the Beats Fit Pro Wireless (9/10 WIRED Recommends) are some of our favorite workout headphones, especially for iPhone users. These are comfortable to wear, the battery lasts a while, and the noise canceling is great for smoothing out any hums and barks that happen on the treadmill next to you.
If you’re looking for headphones that fit a smidge more securely, the Beats Powerbeats Pro (8/10 WIRED Recommends) fit your ears for a comfortable fit. They’re great for working out, or even for someone who’s on the go and doesn’t want to worry about a bud breaking while walking down Fifth Avenue. Unfortunately, the case isn’t in a pocket, but the Powerbeats Pros still produce sound and sound isolation with a battery that lasts nine hours.
Former WIRED editor Jeffrey Van Camp couldn’t help it—he loved the Beats Studio3 Over-Ear Wireless Headphones (8/10 WIRED Recommends). Despite being quite heavy, the headphones still sound great no matter what they’re listening to. The Beats Studio3 pairs easily with your iPhone, looks great and has excellent noise cancellation.
Our top-of-the-line fitness headphones, the Jabra Elite 7 Wireless Earbuds are a pair of premium noise-canceling headphones. What makes them perfect for the gym are the silicone tips, molding to fit your inner ear and fit comfortably. Recently, this was as low as $75, but another $20 we still think is worth it.
Some of our favorite cheap headphones are cheap. Coming in at $10, the Jlab Go Air Pop headphones last up to eight hours before a charge, and they sound good enough. Unlike a lot of cheap headphones, they have a lot of beautiful colors to choose from, so you can listen to something random while you’re at it.
The Pixel Buds Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are wireless headphones that are comfortable to wear, sound great (especially bass), and are egg-shaped that support wireless charging. Battery life is solid – seven hours – and the noise canceling does a good job of blocking out the outside. There is also a clear option to allow sounds to be played so that you can be more aware of your location.
Acts of the Speaker
Sonos is great for speakers. Like really, really good. The Sonos One is a voice-controlled speaker with great all-around sound, seamless setup and integration into your Sonos app, and stylish styling. If sound control isn’t for you, the Sonos One SL is $159 (a $49 discount) and offers all the benefits without the microphone mania.
A portable Bluetooth speaker adds a little excitement to your picnics and parties. We like the regular Roam (9/10 WIRED Recommends), and we think the Roam SL is great without the sound control. The only downside is that the wireless charging pad ($49) is not included.
Google’s Nest Audio smart speaker (8/10 WIRED Recommends) can start a timer, play your favorite song, and answer your burning questions about capybaras without missing a beat. But he is very talkative. Ask Google Assistant to start your music and shake. You can combine two for stereo sound.
Black Friday Retailer Sales
Want to browse the sale yourself? Here are a few retailers participating in Black Friday sales.