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The best Cyber Monday deals on headphones from Apple, Bose and more

Apple Airpods and other NBC Select-approved headphones are on sale right now.
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Cyber Monday is almost over, and retailers are offering notable discounts on headphones, earbuds and Apple Airpods during the event.

We’ve put together a list of the best deals on headphones — from Airpods to Beats — that we think you’ll love. We will keep updating the list with new opportunities to save over the next few days.We also compiled a list of Black Friday bestsellers, so you can see what other Select readers are shopping for during the sale event.

Best Cyber Monday 2023 Airpods and headphone deals

All of our recommendations below are based on our previous coverage and reporting. We also included headphones we’ve tried ourselves, including Select Wellness Award and Giftable Tech award winners. We’re also running deals through price trackers, like CamelCamelCamel, to ensure each product is either at its lowest price ever or its lowest price in at least three months.

Apple AirPods (2nd generation) with Lightning

4.7-star average rating from 598,089 reviews on Amazon

These second-generation AirPods are a popular wireless earbud option and work best with other Apple products — they pair and sync more easily with iPhones and MacBooks than other earbuds, in our experience. They also have a five-hour battery life on their own, but the charging case can boost the total battery life to over 24 hours, according to Apple. Unlike AirPods Pro or Pro Max, these do not have automated noise cancellation or interchangeable silicone ear tips.

Soundcore Life Q30

4.5-star average rating from 59,243 reviews on Amazon

Lowest price ever

If you need a great pair of noise-canceling headphones, these are one of the best options under $100. (They recently earned an NBC Select Giftable Tech award for best budget headphone.) They have automated noise cancellation that helps minimize extraneous loud sounds from air conditioners or planes. The headphones have up to 40 hours of battery life, and a quick five-minute charge gives back four hours of use, according to the brand.

Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones

4.4-star average rating from 252 reviews on Amazon

Lowest price ever

These are the headphones NBC Select reporter Harry Rabinowitz uses most at work — they have strong noise cancellation, which is helpful when you need to focus. The NBC Select Giftable Tech award winner (for best noise-canceling headphones) have buttons on the ear cups that control noise-cancellation modes, volume and playback. These also come with an audio cable you can use to physically plug the headphones into computers and airplane seatback players as needed.

The previous model of these headphones, the original Bose QuietComfort 45, are also steeply discounted.

AirPods (3rd generation)

4.5-star average rating from 13,131 reviews

Complete with spatial audio features that tailor sound to the shape of your ear, these water- and sweat-resistant AirPods can last up to six hours on a single charge, according to the brand. These do not have noise cancellation features or transparency mode, however. 

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen, USB-C)

4.7-star average rating from 2,511 reviews on Amazon

AirPods Pro are some of the best wireless earbuds on the market. Our editors use these earbuds daily for commutes, calls and to listen to music while exercising. In our experience, they have a crisp sound and excellent noise-canceling features. These second-generation models come with multiple ear tips and touch-sensitive volume controls for easy adjusting. This version has a USB-C port for charging instead of a Lightning port.

Apple AirPods Max

4.7-star average rating from 8,632 reviews at Best Buy

These wireless, over-the-ear headphones pair comfort with spatial audio, according to Apple. They have active noise cancellation and transparency mode — you can switch between the two with the push of a button — and up to 20 hours of battery life on a full charge. The ear cushions are made of memory foam and are encased in a knit-mesh canopy.

Beats Studio Pro Headphones

4.3-star average rating from 1,094 reviews on Amazon

Lowest price ever

At half off their usual price, the Beats Studio Pro is a great deal for premium noise-canceling headphones. You can use them for up to 40 hours before they need to be charged, and they offer active noise canceling and transparency mode, according to the brand. These headphones also have the same head-tracking and spatial audio features as the AirPods Pro, and come in four colors.

Sony WH1000XM4 Wireless Headphones

4.7-star average rating from 53,229 reviews

Lowest price ever

These long-lasting, noise-canceling headphones provide a comfortable and well-balanced auditory experience for listeners, according to the brand. Reviewers rave about their value for the price and seamless bluetooth connection capabilities. They come in three distinct colors and can offer as much as 5 hours of listening time with only 10 minutes of charge, according to Sony.

Beats Studio Buds

4.3-star average rating from 78,970 reviews on Amazon

These earbuds work on both Android and Apple devices, have active noise cancellation and transparency modes, plus they support Apple’s Spatial Audio feature. The earbuds, which are nearly half off, can get up to 8 hours of battery life — and up to 24 hours when paired with the case. There are six colors to choose from.

Best Cyber Monday 2023 headphone sales

Here are the best Cyber Monday earbud and headphone sales that we think you’ll want to know about. 

  • Bose: Up to 50% off headphones, speakers and more
  • Shokz: Up to 30% off earbuds sitewide
  • JBL: Up to 70% off select items
  • Best Buy: Up to 53% off select items
  • Target: Up to 50% off select items
  • Skullcandy : Up to 40% off select items

When is Cyber Monday 2023?

Cyber Monday takes place every year the Monday after Thanksgiving. Cyber Monday 2023 falls on Nov. 27. But Black Friday and Cyber Monday are no longer just 24-hour events, experts say. They’re morphed into weeks of doorbuster deals, and some early sales start in October or November. Throughout the next few days, we’ll continue updating you about new savings opportunities, as well as tips about what to buy during the event and what you may want to wait on purchasing.

Why trust Select?

Harry Rabinowitz is a reporter for NBC Select who has covered deals and sales for over two years. Ariadne Night is the editorial assistant for Select who has covered deals and sales for three months. To round up the best Cyber Monday tech deals, they found discounted headphones and Airpods either at their lowest price ever or their lowest prices in three months.

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