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Black Friday headphones deals live blog: save on AirPods, Bose, Sony XM4 earbuds and more

Our pick of the best Black Friday headphone deals

Black Friday earbuds and headphones deals live blog
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The Black Friday deals are live and include plenty of big savings on headphones, from wireless earbuds to noise-cancelling over-ears.

We've seen offers on the most popular pairs on the planet and super-cheap alternatives, not to mention multiple discounts on five-star and What Hi-Fi? Award-winning models – some of which are reaching their lowest-ever prices.

To save you from spending hours scouring the sales, we're doing the job for you, picking out the best Black Friday deals on the best headphones. There should be something for everyone on here, no matter your preference and budget...

Best Black Friday headphone deals

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Sony

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Sony WF-C500 earbuds was £90 now £49 at Amazon (save £41) (opens in new tab)

If you want straight-up good-sounding wireless earbuds without fancier features like active noise cancellation, and your budget is under £100, look no further. We have just awarded these Sonys a What Hi-Fi? Best Buy Award as our favourite budget wireless earbuds. They already represented the pinnacle of great value, and that was before their Black Friday price drop.

Now just £49 at Amazon, John Lewis (opens in new tab), Box (opens in new tab) and Argos (opens in new tab) – and in some colourful finishes in addition to black and white, too – the WF-C500 prove just how far true wireless earbud technology has come, and how accessible they are today too.

Bose QueitComfort SE headphones Black Friday deal

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Bose QuietComfort SE was £239.95 now £189.95 at Amazon (save £50)

Who says you need to spend big bucks to get a pair of Bose wireless noise-cancelling over-ear headphones? While the most premium Bose 700 and Bose QuietComfort 45 are still around £250 even with Black Friday discounts, there is a more affordable option that can get you Bose sound and features for under £200: the Bose QuietComfort SE for £190 at John Lewis (opens in new tab), Amazon (opens in new tab) and Currys (opens in new tab).

If you're sitting there thinking "these look familiar", that's because they look almost identical to the QuietComfort 45 (and the QC35 II that came before them). They share many of their QC45's features too. In fact, Bose claims the SE have the same class-leading specs as their siblings, including brilliant noise cancellation. 

While we haven't tested the QC SE, the main difference that we can spot is that the SE come with a soft fabric travel case instead of the sturdier hard shell case of the QC45. They also appear to feature always-on ANC, meaning you can only switch between the noise cancelling being on, or on "aware mode" (Bose's transparency mode).

Bose QuietComfort SE £239.95 (opens in new tab)

Bose QuietComfort SE £239.95 £189.95 at Amazon (save £50) (opens in new tab)
These cut-price QuietComforts look sleek and stylish, adopting the QC45 stylish exterior in an all-black colourway. You'll find all of the best QC45 features here including brilliant active noise cancelling and a claimed 24-hour battery life. Also available at John Lewis (opens in new tab) and Currys (opens in new tab).

Sony WH-1000XM5 Black Friday deal

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Sony WH-1000XM5 was £379 now £296 at Sevenoaks (save £83) (opens in new tab)

Sony headphones are all the rage this (and every) Black Friday, and right on cue we've spotted a massive saving on the best wireless headphones around, the Sony WH-1000XM5.

The Sony XM5 headphones are now available for £299. This is the lowest-ever price on the new XM5 headphones, having originally launched at £379 – so that's a saving of more than £80.

We did see this low price during the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale but we certainly haven't seen the price tag go any lower. So if you want to take the plunge on these class-leading wireless, noise-cancelling headphones, now looks like a great time to buy.

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Sony WH-1000XM5 £379 £296 at Sevenoaks (save £83) (opens in new tab)
The latest and greatest Sony over-ear wireless noise-cancelling headphones have been reduced again for Black Friday, with a £53 saving that makes them even better performance-per-pound value. Five stars.

Bose QC Earbuds Black Friday deal

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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds was £249 now £134 at Amazon (save £115)

You might think Black Friday headphones deals are dominated by Bose and Sony. And you'd be partly right. To that end, we just couldn't ignore this deal on the original Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. Black Friday has seen these excellent wireless ANC buds drop to their lowest price ever. They're right up there with the best at the money, including the mighty Sony WF-1000XM4. Sound quality is superb, as is noise cancelling. They're also sweat and weather-resistant, which means they're great for exercise as well as your daily commute.

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds £249 (opens in new tab)

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds £249 £134 at Amazon (save £115) (opens in new tab)
The fantastic five-star true wireless earbuds combine brilliant noise-cancelling tech with natural, dynamic sound. They're worthy challengers to the original AirPods Pro – especially now they've dropped to this lowest-seen price at Amazon (see our review here (opens in new tab)).

In-ear headphones: Apple AirPods Pro 2

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Apple AirPods Pro 2 wireless earbuds was £249 now £229 at Amazon

Fresh from a five-star What Hi-Fi? review, the AirPods Pro have dropped in price. Apple's premium wireless ANC earbuds sound better the second time around, with this generation, in our opinion, the best-sounding yet. If you're already an iPhone or iPad user, the Pro 2 will slip effortlessly into your life and they're a fine alternative to the Sony WF-1000XM4 and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II of this world.

Apple AirPods Pro 2 (2022) £249 (opens in new tab)

Apple AirPods Pro 2 (2022) £249 £229 at Amazon (save $20) (opens in new tab)
The all-new AirPods Pro come with personalized spatial audio profiles, improved noise-cancelation, and better battery life, among other upgrades. These just released, but you can grab a pair with £20 off for Black Friday (see our review here (opens in new tab)).

Grado SR80x

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Grado SR80x headphones was £130 now £99 at Amazon (save £31)

We interrupt the wireless earbuds deals to bring you news of a smart saving on the Grado SR80x on-ear, wired headphones. They're a firm What Hi-Fi? favourite and a multiple Award-winner so they come highly recommended. They look retro but perform better than anything else we've heard at the money. The Grados might leak a little, but if you're planning on listening at home with a desktop hi-fi system, then these excellent over-ears will work well as the focal point of said system, thanks to their dynamic and transparent sound.

Grado SR80x headphones was £13 (opens in new tab)

Grado SR80x headphones was £13 (opens in new tab)0 (opens in new tab) new £99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you're looking for a great pair of headphones to use with a desktop system, then these Grados fit the bill perfectly. They sound superb and you can save a decent amount of cash thanks to this Black Friday deal (see our review here (opens in new tab)).