Skip to main content

Best Amazon Prime Day headphones deals 2021: the best discounts on day 2

The best Amazon Prime Day headphones deals 2021
(Image credit: Future)

Amazon Prime Day headphones deals are hotting up as day two gets well underway! Amazon Prime Day 2021 kicked off yesterday and ends tonight – and so far the retailer's biggest annual sales event hasn't disappointed. It's thrown up big discounts on some of the best headphones we've ever tested (and a few pairs that we haven't) and is continuing to do so throughout today and this evening.

Stick with us and we'll guide you to this year's best Prime Day headphones deals...

To be eligible for the discounts, you'll need Amazon Prime. Not a member yet? You can always sign up for the free 30-day free trial and then cancel it once the sale is done...

Last year, Amazon delivered quality and quantity, unleashing a host of excellent headphones deals on everything from Apple AirPods to premium noise-canceling cans from Sony, Bose and Sennheiser. And the online retail titan is once again going big for Prime Day 2021...

Best Prime Day headphones deals

Sony WF-1000XM3  $230

Sony WF-1000XM3 $230 $148 at Amazon (save $82)
Previously the benchmark for true wireless earbuds (until they were surpassed by Sony's new model, the WF-1000XM4), the WF-1000XM3 combine effective active noise-canceling with a real sense of musicality. This generous discount is very welcome indeed. Five stars

Sony WH-1000XM4 $350

Sony WH-1000XM4 $350 $298 at Amazon (save $52)
Amazon has cut the price of the new XM4 wireless ANC over-ears to under $300 – not bad considering they're some of the finest wireless noise-canceling headphones on the market, bursting with features and boasting superb sound quality. Five stars

Bose Noise Cancelling 700  $399

Bose Noise Cancelling 700 $399 $229 at Amazon (save $171)
This is one the best Bose deals we've ever seen – and on some of our favourite noise-cancelling headphones too. From sonic ability to design and comfort, the Bose 700 are highly attractive – especially if you want class-leading ANC. Four stars

AirPods 2 + Charging Case

AirPods 2 + Charging Case $159 $119 at Amazon (save $40)
The 2nd-gen AirPods with wired charging case are available at a new low price, thanks to a $40 saving. This model goes out of stock frequently but is currently available to buy at this low price on Amazon.

AirPods Max headphones $549

AirPods Max headphones $549 $522 at Amazon (save $30)
The AirPods Max are in stock on Amazon right now – and you can make a saving! This Prime Day AirPods Max deal is available on all of the colours in the range.

Sennheiser CX 400BT $200

Sennheiser CX 400BT $200 $80 at Amazon (save $120)
Fantastic sound quality but without all the noise cancelling and other expensive frills – these true wireless buds are absurdly good value at this Prime Day price. Don't hang around or they'll get expensive again.

Bose Sport Earbuds  $179

Bose Sport Earbuds $179 $159 at Amazon (save $20)
There's currently $20 off Bose's latest wireless earbuds at Amazon. Launched in October, they're IPX4 water-resistant, making them ideal for gym workouts. They're packed with features, too, including 15 hours battery life, Bluetooth 5.0 and quick charging. Five stars

$159

Amazon Echo Buds Gen 2 $159 $80 (save $79)
There's a big saving on Amazon's true wireless earbuds. These latest Amazon AirPods rivals offer noise cancellation, 15-hour battery life and built-in Alexa voice control, not to mention a 50 per cent discount.

Jabra Elite 85t $230

Jabra Elite 85t $230 $161.49 at Amazon (save $68)
In isolation, the Jabra Elite 85t fall into the ‘good not great’ category. But this generous discount helps their case. They aren't the most musical performers, but we like their smooth, mature sound, compact and comfortable design and decent battery.

AKG Y500 Wireless $150

AKG Y500 Wireless $150 $74.94 at Amazon (save $75)
"Juggling good sound quality, clever features, durable build quality and attractive design in equal measure is no mean feat, but AKG pulls it off while making it look easy" – that's what we said of these wireless on-ears under intense review. Five stars

Shure Aonic 3 $200

Shure Aonic 3 $200 $149 at Amazon (save $50)
Breathtakingly musical and comfy to wear, the Shure Aonic 3s set a new benchmark for in-ear headphones at this level. We struggle to think of a pair of in-ear headphones at this level that even come close to the Shures for transparency, detail, dynamics and musicality.

Sony WF-SP800N $200

Sony WF-SP800N $200 $81.70 at Amazon (save $116)
Sony's sporty wireless earbuds deliver an energetic and enjoyable sound, while the nine-hour battery life from just a single charge should be plenty for most workouts. Add robust build quality and you've got a serious bargain. Five stars

Sennheiser HD 450BT  $199.95

Sennheiser HD 450BT $199.95 $129.95 at Amazon (save $70)
These comfortable wireless noise-cancellers are already a strong mid-range option at their full price, so add a $50 discount and they become even more tempting. The Bluetooth connection is solid and secure, and they sound sweet as anything. Four stars

Sony WH-CH710N $200

Sony WH-CH710N $200 $112 at Amazon (save $60)
This Prime Day headphone deal sees the price slashed on these Sony over-ear wireless noise-cancellers. A distant relative to the class-leading Sony WH-1000XM4 (above), they boast Sony's new adjustable noise-canceling technology and 35-hour battery life.

When will Prime Day headphones deals start?

Amazon's two-day sales bonanza was delayed until October last year, but it's returned to its usual summertime date for 2021.

Amazon Prime Day takes place today and tomorrow (Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd June). More than two million deals will run between 12:01am on the 21st and 11:59pm on the 22nd.

With a bit of luck, we'll see generous offers on products such as the five-star Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, which came with a free $25 Amazon gift card in last year's sale.

Do you need to be a Prime member to get Prime Day headphones deals?

In a word, yes. Amazon does offer non-Prime members a good array of headphones deals but Prime subscribers get exclusive access to the deepest discounts. Not a Prime member? Amazon typically offers Amazon Prime free trials in the run-up to Prime Day. There's no long term commitment needed, so you can cancel at any time (right after the sale, if you feel like it).

The retail giant will once again offer Prime members £10 credit to spend on Prime Day when they spend £10 on small business products in Amazon’s store between the 7th and 20th June 2021.

It's also worth remembering that most major retailers operate price-matching policies so buyers don't have to pay over the odds. So expect plenty of unofficial 'Prime Day' headphones deals from Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Crutchfield. Keep an eye on specialist retailers such as World Wide Stereo, too.

What Prime Day headphones deals can you expect in 2021?

Best Amazon Prime Day headphones deals

(Image credit: Amazon)

Since Monday 7th June 2021, Amazon devices such as Echo, Fire TV and Ring have been discounted by up to 50 per cent. Indeed, the deals have already kicked off with four months of Amazon Music Unlimited free for new subscribers and Prime members can get up to 50 per cent off selected movies and TV shows through Prime Video.

Amazon won't release details of its full Prime Day headphones deals until just before the big day but we can give you a good idea of what to expect. How? By looking back at last year's best deals...

The hugely popular AirPods Pro – Apple's noise-canceling earbuds – were heavily discounted in the 2020 sale, dropping from $249 to $199. With the AirPods Pro 2 rumored to be on the way, we could see the original AirPods Pro sink even lower this year.

Sony's magnificent WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones are just about the best wireless headphones for the money and often discounted. Amazon knocked $50 off the MSRP last year but let's hope this year's deal is even bolder.

The superb 2019 Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds were replaced by the WF-1000XM4 buds recently, so look out for door-busting deals on what could be an outgoing model.

We're also expecting the tiny Samsung Galaxy Buds Live and standard AirPods (2019) to join the Prime Day party. Last year, you could pick up the entry-level AirPods for just $115 ($45 off the usual price).

While some of our favorite Amazon Prime Day headphones deals have returned a few times in recent months, there's a good chance we could see a handful of products drop to their lowest ever prices during the Prime Day deals extravaganza. 

Last but not least, it's well worth keeping an eye out for this year's time-limited 'Lightning' deals. The criteria for these deals are as follows: 

1. At least 20% or $50 (approx. AU$80) less than the current site price.

2. Must match/beat the lowest price of the year.

3. Strong sales history.

4. 3.5+ star rating.

Lightning deals typically last around 24 hours so you'll need to be quick off the mark. If you're after affordable headphones in this year's Prime Day sale, we suggest you bookmark Amazon's deals page. You can even add your chosen headphones to your Amazon shopping cart now, so you're ready to strike should they be discounted.

MORE:

Our guide to the best wireless headphones

Read up on how to choose the right pair of headphones

Save big with this week's best AirPods deals

What Hi-Fi?

What Hi-Fi?, founded in 1976, is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home entertainment products. Our comprehensive tests help you buy the very best for your money, with our advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies. Everything is tested by our dedicated team of in-house reviewers in our custom-built test rooms in London and Bath. Our coveted five-star rating and Awards are recognised all over the world as the ultimate seal of approval, so you can buy with absolute confidence.


Read more about how we test