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The 2020 holiday shopping season is shaping up to be a great time for a new pair of headphones. Black Friday sales started early this year, and there are plenty of big discounts on a wide variety of popular models as we head into Cyber Monday.

Whether you’re looking for new headphones to boost your working-from-home setup or eyeing some early gift ideas for a music-loving friend, you’re sure to find a pair to meet your needs. Retailers are offering steep discounts on models from manufacturers including Apple, Beats, and Bose, with headphones that come with features such as Bluetooth and noise cancellation.

Before you add a pair to your cart, make sure you’re following a few simple tips to maximize your bargain hunting, and check out the detailed reviews in Consumer Reports’ headphones ratings.

Here are the best Cyber Monday deals on headphones we’ve seen so far.

In-Ear Headphones

1More Triple Driver Wired Earphones

    These wired earbuds are available from 1More at a nice discount for Cyber Monday. The company is popular among audiophiles for great sound at a low price, and this model, the Triple Driver, gets an exceptional rating for audio quality in our tests. It comes with a variety of eartips to help get the perfect fit, and built-in controls for volume and playback.

     


    CR’s test results: 1More Triple Driver portable stereo headphones

    Apple AirPods (2nd Gen.) with Wireless Charging Case

      This is the classic version of Apple’s AirPods without noise-canceling tech. Unlike the Pro model, these don’t do very well in our tests—their mediocre sound quality keeps them from earning a Consumer Reports recommendation. Regardless, you can’t argue with the design, convenience, and handy features, and their overwhelming popularity speaks for itself. This is the second-generation model, in which Apple included hardware meant to improve the call quality and a new charging case that can be powered using a wireless charging mat. Deals on this model aren’t unheard of, but this $20 off deal is a decent discount. 

       

      CR’s test results: Apple AirPods (second-generation) true wireless earphones

      Apple AirPods Pro

        The AirPods Pro add active noise cancellation to Apple’s ever popular line of true wireless headphones. That’s not the only upgrade, either—our testers find that they have much better sound quality than their predecessors, and they’re the first AirPods model to earn a Consumer Reports recommendation. The AirPods Pro don’t go on sale very often, making this an appealing discount.

         

        CR’s test results: Apple AirPods Pro true wireless earphones

        Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds

          The 1000XM3 headphones are a popular noise-canceling model from Sony with a true wireless design, meaning there’s no cable connecting the earpieces. They get solid marks in our ratings for audio quality and blocking out sound. They have touch controls, adjustable levels of noise cancellation, a generous battery life, and a slew of other features. They aren’t our No. 1 noise-canceling pick, but at this price they’re a great value—the headphones are worthwhile even at full price.

           

          CR’s test results: Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones

          Over-Ear Headphones

          Beats Beats Solo Pro Noise-Canceling Headphones

            These noise-canceling headphones are usually a little too expensive to justify their performance, but they’re a decent deal, and some colors are discounted as low as $170 right now. The Solo Pro Wireless gets an above-average rating for sound quality in our tests, and the noise cancellation is superb. Before you pick them up, though, you may want to check out other noise-canceling options available for $200 or less.

             

            CR’s test results: Beats Solo Pro noise-canceling headphones

            Beats Studio3 Over-Ear Headphones

              The Beats Studio3 deliver above-average sound and superb noise cancellation. But at their usual price of $350, they typically don’t make our lists of top picks because there are cheaper models that perform just as well or better. For under $200, though, the Studio3 may be worth the cost of entry.

               

              CR’s test results: Beats Studio3 over-ear headphones

              Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II

                Bose recently launched an upgraded model this year, the Bose 700, knocking the QuietComfort 35 Series II from its flagship status. The newer headphones have appealing improvements and new features, but the QuietComfort 35 Series II gets the same fantastic ratings for sound and noise cancellation in our tests. That means you have a great opportunity here to score a deal. It’s easy to find this model at a discount these days, but this is about $50 to $80 less than the most common prices we’ve seen.

                 

                CR’s test results: QuietComfort 35 Series II over-ear headphones

                Sony WH-1000XM4 Over-Ear Headphones

                  Sony’s flagship noise-canceling headphone is one of the most popular models on the market, and it does well in CR’s tests. We give it high marks for sound quality, and it performs even better at blocking out unwanted noise from your environment. It has touch controls, adjustable levels of noise cancellation, a generous battery life, and a slew of other features. Target is selling this model at a nice discount from the usual $350 sticker price. 

                   

                  CR’s test results: Sony WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones

                  Sony WH-910N Over-Ear Headphones

                    The H910N earns high marks for sound quality and a superb rating for noise cancellation. It comes with appealing features, including a function meant to automatically let in more or less outside noise depending on your environment, and touch controls for volume, skipping tracks, and more. According to Sony, it has a quick-charging feature and a 35-hour battery life.

                     

                    CR’s test results: Sony WH-H910N over-ear headphones