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A Ton Of Our Favorite Headphones Are On Sale This Weekend

Happy Halloween! Despite festivities looking a little different than past years, the upside is you can still buy a bunch of candy on sale tomorrow (my favorite part of any candy-related holiday). Plus, there's a blue moon tonight—it's not really blue, but it's the term used for the second full moon in one month. How perfect for the witching hour.

Candy is important, but there are also a ton of discounts on our favorite headphones right now. If you're in the market for a new pair, now is the time to snag one. We've sorted them into a few categories, in case you're looking for a wireless model or earbuds in particular.

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Wireless Over-Ear Headphone Deals

Several of our top wireless picks are on sale, but check our Best Wireless Headphones guide to learn about other options.

  • Sony WH-1000XM4 for $278 ($72 off) : Our favorite wireless headphones at the lowest price we've seen them at. These cans are relatively new, and they only dropped to $300 on Prime Day. They're our current top pick thanks to their impressive sound quality, noise-canceling tech, and 30-hour battery life. Call quality is a step up over the previous model too.

  • Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless for $350 ($50 off): WIRED's Parker Hall says these headphones are reminiscent of studio headphones from the rock and roll era , and they sit comfortably on your head for hours due to the plush leather earpads. The sound quality is superb, though noise reduction isn't as strong as on the Sony above. You can get this deal from Best Buy as well.

  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT for $179 ($20 off): We've seen this price fairly consistently on the black model since March. Still, these are great if you're producing music, as they're known for durability and balanced sound. In his review, WIRED senior editor Michael Calore says the ATH-M50xBT are comfortable to wear all day. This is the Bluetooth version, but you still get a coiled studio cable if you like to switch between wireless and wired. The black model is also $179 on Audio-Technica's website.

Wireless Earbud Deals

Prefer earbuds? There are a bunch of wireless or completely wirefree models on sale.

  • 1More ColorBuds for $90 ($10 off): These are our favorite wireless earbuds. The ColorBuds are universally comfortable, coming with three sizes of silicone ear tips and small ear fins for securing. They sound great and have surprisingly punchy bass for headphones of this size. They're also IPX5 water-resistant and have six hours of battery life. Clip the on-page coupon to get this deal.

  • Jabra Elite Active 75T for $150 ($49 off): If you're rough on your tech, then consider these rugged earbuds. They're small with an ergonomic fit, but you get an IP57 rating to weather the elements. They pack 7.5 hours of battery life and have good sound and call quality. Jabra also added noise-canceling tech via a software update, but it's not as good as others we've tried. (If that's your main priority, see the noise-canceling section below.) You can get them at this price from Amazon too.

  • AirPods Pro for $200 ($50 off): Lately, the AirPods Pro have been consistently on sale. They're great for iPhone owners (or if you use an iPad or MacBook too) since they pair almost instantly. They're the first version of AirPods to have silicone ear tips, so they're much more comfortable than the non-Pro model. The noise reduction drowns out surrounding sounds, and the IPX4 rating makes them decent for workouts. You only get 4.5 hours of battery life, though. As with all wireless earbuds, the carrying case offers several hours of extra juice.

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Live for $140 ($30 off): These little beans are the most unique-looking wirefree earbuds you'll find. They sound surprisingly good and have six hours of battery life with noise canceling on. If you often find in-ears to be too big, these will probably fit you well. The Galaxy Buds Live are also on sale from Amazon.

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus for $120 ($30 off): The Galaxy Buds Plus don't look as cute and bean-like as the Buds Live, but they're also on sale. They don't have any noise-canceling abilities, but they last long with 11 hours of battery life outside the case. The Buds Plus also have improved sound and call quality over the original Galaxy Buds.

  • House of Marley Liberate Air for $99 ($38 off): These House of Marley earbuds are made from sustainably sourced bamboo, recycled aluminum, sawdust, and a fabric made of recycled plastic bottles. They sound superb, but calls might pick up the occasional background noise. As noted in our wirefree earbuds roundup, it's worth noting that despite the sustainable materials, these still aren't very repairable, which is a big sustainability-related concern facing wirefree earbuds today.

  • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 for $250 ($50 off): These are an honorable mention in our roundup. They have some of the best sound quality you'll find, but they're pricey for what you get. Noise reduction is available, but they're not among our favorite active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones.

Workout Headphone Deals

A bunch of our favorite workout headphones are on sale too.

  • Beats Powerbeats for $130 ($20 off): They are our very favorite workout buds. They have the same stellar sound quality as the wirefree PowerBeats Pro, but we like the behind-the-neck wired connection. It means you can rest them around your neck when you're done listening. They're also super secure and won't fall out of your ears. These work best for iPhone owners, but you can use them with an Android phone (with some limited features). The sale is also available at Best Buy.

  • Jaybird Vista for $100 ($80 off): The Jaybird Vista is our runner-up, despite lacking a behind-the-ear wire or over-ear clip for security. They're super tiny, light, and comfortable, and they're some of the ruggedest earbuds around. Jaybird's EarthProof construction seals the components inside a tiny plastic bubble, so unlike many buds, they can withstand full immersion in water. They sound great and have an impressive 16 hours of battery life.

  • JBL True Wireless Flash X for $130 ($40 off): These stay put like no other, even in smaller ears, so they're great for exercising outdoors. They have 10 hours of battery life and physical buttons built into the Under Amour logos, plus Bluetooth 5.0 makes connecting to a phone a quick task.

  • Master & Dynamic MW07 Go for $180 ($20 off): These are slightly more expensive than our other picks, but they're great for audiophiles and they stay in during workouts. They can withstand a quick rinse of water thanks to an IPX6 rating, and have 10 hours of battery life.

  • Status BT Structure for $36 ($43 off): These are affordable already, so the added discount is nice for a pair of earbuds with a dual-driver system (very unusual for sport headphones in this price range). If you're an audiophile looking for cheap earbuds with good, balanced sound, snag these. They have a comfy over-ear clip and are IPX5 rated to protect against sweat. They last for more than 10 hours on a single charge.

  • Plantronics Backbeat Fit 2100 for $60 ($40 off): Before trying the Powerbeats, WIRED staff writer Adrienne So's favorite workout headphones were the Backbeat Fit 2100. They're not the best-sounding earbuds, but they're IP57 rated for water-resistance, stay secure on the ears (and around the neck), and you can let ambient sound in—important if you're exercising outdoors.

  • Phiaton Bolt BT 700 for $120 ($20 off): These are great workout earbuds, with wingtips that fit more securely than other wirefree buds. The real draw, though, is the case that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. When you're done working out, pop the buds into the case and continue listening through the speaker.

Noise-Canceling Headphone Deals

Many of the headphones above have noise-canceling capabilities, especially the Sony WH-1000XM4, which is our current favorite. If you're looking for more options that block out sound well, you'll find them here and in our Best Noise-Canceling Headphones guide.

  • Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II for $199 ($100 off): This is a fairly common sale we've seen on these aging headphones (8/10, WIRED Recommends), but they're still a great pair with good noise-canceling tech, nice sound quality, and 20 hours of battery life. They're comfortable, too.

  • Master & Dynamic MW65 for $350 ($149 off): These are pricey even on sale, and a part of the reason to get them is shallow: They're extremely attractive, unlike most other noise-canceling headphones. But they're more than pretty. The MW65 (9/10, WIRED recommends) allow you to hear tiny details that otherwise disappear—like the shaky edges of your favorite singer's voice.

  • Epos | Sennheiser Adapt 660 for $254 ($45 off): We've seen these drop briefly to $156, so it might be worth waiting for a bigger sale. WIRED staff writer Parker Hall says they're easily the highest-performing wireless headphones you'll get for the price. With the Adapt 660 (8/10, WIRED Recommends), you'll get excellent sound, a comfortable fit, and high-quality noise-canceling tech for less than our favorites from Sony and Bose. They're also really lightweight.

  • Jabra Elite 85h for $150 ($100 off): These are a rugged pair that can withstand abuse, with replaceable ear pads and a water-resistant coating. They also have 36 hours of battery life with active noise canceling turned on, so you won't have to think about charging too often. This isn't the best option if you need perfect silence, but you'll probably only notice that in the loudest of environments.

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