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An easy way to save on a great pair of headphones is to buy refurbished, with some highly rated models running anywhere from 20 to 50 percent off their typical price.

Refurbished headphones may have needed repairs or might have simply been cleaned up after being returned to the manufacturer fo other reasons. And while buying refurbished often means the products may not come in their original packing, you can score some real savings on a number of models that come recommended by our testers if you're willing to give that up.

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A number of smaller online services sell refurbished headphones, and some manufacturers sell refurbished products through their own websites. But larger retailers have offerings as well, and we’ve found the best selections online at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart.

Amazon has an entire “Renewed” department with products guaranteed to look and function like new, and they all come with a 90-day warranty. Best Buy has its own Geek Squad Certified Refurbished program, where the headphones come with Best Buy’s standard 15-day return policy. Walmart has a number of offerings as well, though the return policy varies by listing—check the individual pages for details before you click buy.

Here are some of the best deals on widely sold refurbished headphones you can buy right now.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, at Amazon

If you’re looking for over-ear headphones with an isolating design that will reduce the sound leaking in or out, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is one of the best options in our ratings. The ATH-M50x is an update to the iconic ATH-M50, and its standout audio quality lives up to the brand’s reputation. They sell new for about $150—already a great value—but you can knock off $30 by getting a refurbished pair from Amazon.

Beats by Dre BeatsX, at Walmart

The BeatsX delivers the bass-heavy sound that beats by dre fans love in a highly portable package. These wireless earphones have great audio quality, a quick-charging function that’s promised to deliver 2 hours of playback after just 5 minutes of plug-in time, and a conveniently designed neck collar that can be rolled up when you’re on the go. You can pick up a refurbished pair from Walmart for about $40 off the usual price.

Beats by Dre Solo3, at Amazon and Walmart

Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart will all sell you a refurbished pair of the the popular Beats Solo3, but Amazon and Walmart have them for under $200, a solid discount on the $300 you pay for a new set. (Best Buy's price is $270.) Our testers note that this wireless headphone’s signature bass has good impact and goes deep, and its generous advertised 40-hour battery life should keep your music pumping whether you’re listening at home or enjoying your tunes on the go.

Jabra Elite 65t, at Amazon and Walmart

The Jabra Elite 65t are true wireless headphones, meaning they don't have a cord connecting the two ear pieces. The 65t is a popular alternative to the ever popular Apple AirBuds, and according to our testers it accounts for a significant step up in sound quality. Refurbished pairs are available from Amazon and Walmart for $120, about $70 cheaper than you'd pay new.

Microsoft Surface Headphones, at Best Buy

You may not think of headphones when you hear the name Microsoft, but accoring to our tests, the company's first noise-canceling cans are a solid product. Aside from the high-quality sound and superb noise-canceling ability, the Microsoft Surface Headphones have some handy features that deepen their appeal, like a quick charging function and a built-in dial on one of the earcups that lets you turn the level of noise-canceling up or down on the fly. You can pick up a refurbished pair at Best Buy for $70 off the usual price.

Sony WF-SP700N, at Amazon

Like the Jabra earphones above, the noise-canceling Sony WF-SP700N has a true wireless design. These earphones deliver admirable noise cancellation and audio quality, and they feature built-in controls that allow you to let in more or less ambient sound. One thing to note is the 3-hour battery life, which is short but not unusual for true wireless models, and keep in mind that the carrying case has a built in battery that will recharge the headphones an additional two times. Amazon has refurbished WF-SP700N’s for $70, about 50 percent off the new price.

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