Wireless headphones make a great gift—these just dropped for Black Friday

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Best headphones deals for the holidays

Whether you’re reliant on music to get you through a workout or require a great set of headphones to help you concentrate at work, it’s pretty much always a good time to upgrade your audio equipment. From earbuds to over-ear headphones and from sweatproof to cushiony, we’ve rounded up the most noteworthy headphones for the holidays. These make the perfect gift for yourself or friends and family — and with coupon code BFSAVE20, you can get early Black Friday access and save an additional 20% off the sale price.

Save $70 on Sony’s terrific noise-canceling wireless headphones

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Sony WHXB900N headphones
Bag yours before the discount disappears.
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If you want headphones that offer noise cancellation and outstanding sound quality, look no further than Sony’s brilliant WHXB900N over the ear wireless headphones with built in Alexa and the Google Assistant.

They look great and boast a comfortable fit, and they’re now $70 cheaper on Amazon. Get yours before the discount disappears!

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Save $52 on Sony’s brilliant, highly rated AirPods Pro alternatives

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Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless buds
The best wireless buds not made by Apple?
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Sony’s terrific WF-1000XM3 earbuds are widely regarded as the best alternatives to AirPods Pro. Some say they’re even better, despite their silly name. Bag yours today for a mere $178 — down from $229.99.

The buds offer up to 24 hours of playback with their included charging case, plus active noise cancellation, built-in Amazon Alexa and all-around terrific sound.

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Brilliant deals on Beats, Bose and Sony headphones for those who don’t like AirPods

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A whole bunch of options to choose from!
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If your ears just don’t get along with AirPods, check out these awesome deals on headphones from Beats, Bose, and Sony instead. You can save up to $119 on some of the hottest models for a limited time only.

There are both in-ear and on-ear options to choose from — as well as wireless speakers, if you prefer.

2020 Powerbeats Pro may have scored FCC approval

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This might be the 2020 Powerbeats Pro next to the 2019 one
2020 Powerbeats Pro look familiar in FCC filings.
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Apple got approval to release a pair of “totally wireless high-performance earphones” from the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday. But the company didn’t release this product, so exactly what they’ll offer is a mystery.

That said, information buried in the FCC filing shows these will be very similar to last year’s Powerbeats Pro. They might be the successor.

Apple slashes HomePod price in half for employees

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Apple debuts HomePod in India at its cheapest price yet
Are you excited at the prospect of a new HomePod?
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Apple is hooking up its employees with some huge discounts on a few of its audio products this week.

It’s unclear whether it’s being done to help employees be entertained while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic or an effort to move surplus units during a sales lull.

Apple’s unreleased over-the-ear headphones spotted in iOS 14 code

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Apple's making its own headphones to rival Beats.
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The clearest look yet at Apple’s upcoming over-the-ear headphones was unearthed from an early build of iOS 14 this week.

Icons for Apple’s unreleased over-the-ear headphones were spotted by 9to5Mac, revealing a few features about the headphones’ design as well as a possible timeframe on when they might launch to the public.

These great wireless headphones sport an even better price tag [Deals]

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Riot Headphones
These headphones deliver strong bass and clear audio for any Bluetooth-enabled device.
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The best way to listen to music or podcasts is without external distractions. So if you’re looking for new headphones, wireless, over-ear cans are the way to go. Even better if you don’t have to break the bank in the process.

Marshall brings active noise cancellation and USB-C to over-the-ear headphones

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These are some of the best looking headphones we've seen.
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Marshall’s best over-the-ear headphones finally gained active noise cancellation (ANC) with a big update that pushes the vintage-inspired cans into the modern age.

The new Monitor II ANC headphones were revealed by Marshall this morning and along with adding ANC to put them on par with AirPods Pro, the headphones also have a nifty multi-directional control knob that lets you easily control music and phone functions without touching your phone.

Dig into Presidents Day discounts on gear, gadgets and apps [Deals]

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Ring in Presidents Day with some of our favorite deals on wireless chargers, headphones, disk utilities and more.
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Any day that you can save on great digital goodies is a holiday to us. So these Presidents Day deals on gear, gadgets and apps deserve double celebration. They include deals as high as 99% on VPN protection, noise-canceling headphones, iOS coding training and more.