Hearing about early Black Friday audio deals is music to our ears

Hearing about early Black Friday audio deals is music to our ears

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November is almost Thanksgiving and many people are already thinking about the importance of giving. It’s the season when the temperature drops and we are thankful for the lower retail prices. We’re all on the same wavelength if you’re looking for discounts on headphones, earbuds or speakers. Now, as Depeche Mode eloquently put it in 1986, “Let’s have a black celebration.” But when it comes to Black Friday … or Cyber Monday … you no longer have to save the date to get something great. There are deep discounts on premium products in the audio sector, and these deals will have you dancing to Harry Styles’ “As It Was” on repeat. If you’re looking for a gift that will make someone’s day, including yourself, feel free to check out


V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, $149. 99 (Was $330)

V-MODA has made the best DJ headphones lists (including ours) for years. There are good reasons. The Crossfade 2’s dual-diaphragm 50mm drivers and hi-resolution CCAW Japanese voice coil deliver formidable low-end, which makes them great for enjoying EDM, hip-hop, and/or pop whether you’re a festival headliner or just waiting for the drop while you wait for an important email. Heavy-duty hinges, a durable carry case and Bluetooth support allow you to easily pack the headphones and keep your energy up while you wait for important emails.

Looking to find something more stable and unconstrained? We love the synergy of the HiFiMan HE-R9 closed-back dynamic headphones and HiFiMan EF400 R2R DAC/amp. The HE-R9 ($249 down from $369) is a lightweight heavyweight, an extremely comfortable bass beast of a headphone that doesn’t sacrifice overall clarity. And the compact desktop EF400 ($499, down from $599) makes sure the ‘cans can–delivering a high-octane signal that’s punchy without being paunchy. These are a great pair. You can also pick up the DAC/amp alone to add a powerful, high-resolution response for any of the top-tier audiophiles and producers like Sennheiser or beyerdynamic.

The best headphones/earphones deals

Looking to save money on your audio purchases? These are the best earbuds deals we found:

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, $69 (Was $99)

The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is our top pick for shower speaker because it’s buoyant in more ways than one. The 360-degree sound–from two 40mm active drivers and two passive radiators, which produce a frequency range of 75Hz – 20kHz–is surprisingly powerful for such as ultra-portable orb. Plus it’s IP67 waterproof and it floats, so it’s ready for everything from bath time to whitewater rafting. We’ve declared the Wonderboom 3 our best budget speaker at $99, so it’s an insanely good deal at $69.

Tired of singing in the shower alone? The Sony SRS-XG300 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is an IP67 waterproof and dustproof cylinder with pulsing LED rings at its ends and a 25-hour battery to power its dual front-facing tweeters, X-Balanced woofers, and passive radiators, which bring more bounce to the ounce. It’s not the cheapest party speaker at $248 (usually $349. 99) but it might be the classiest and sassiest–one of our favorite combos. Easy to transport but still sleek, thanks to its retractable handle, the SRS-XG300 sounds as good as it looks if you like high-quality rumble (what else is a party speaker for, anyway). Although some may complain about the slightly recessed mids, Android users can still get an audiophile-level connection with Bluetooth 5.2 LDAC support. There are also MEGA BASS and rudimentary EQ options within the app. The end result is a crisp presentation with plenty of distortion-free kick–and you can even get more thump if you go with the SRS-XG500 below.

The best portable party speaker deals

Love the sound of even more bargains? Trusted budget brand Tribit has dozens and dozens of earbuds, headphones, and speakers available on sale for between 15 and 50 percent off. The sale includes another one of our favorite portable waterproof speakers, the StormBox 2.

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra Wireless Surround Sound System, $1,099. 99 (Was $1,499. 99)

We don’t have any problems with cords, but we love to learn about the latest wireless developments. Some of the most impressive advances have been in wireless surround sound systems, and the Nakamichi Shockwafe family has been one of our top picks even before systems like the 9.2.4-channel Shockwafe Ultra were offered at the currently unbeatable price of $400 off. The Shockwafe uses proprietary digital signal processing to sync wireless subwoofers with surround speakers. This allows you to enjoy Dolby Atmos immersion without the hassle of traditional surround sound systems. You want to take it to the next step? Go for the Shockwafe Ultra eARC SSE MAX with upgraded driver materials, amplification, and connections, currently at an all-time low of $1,477 (usually $1,899).

Need a streaming source The Apple TV 4K (2021) may not be the latest model, but it’s still an incredible deal at $99 (usually $179) and a great way to watch your favorite shows and movies, plus feed high-resolution audio from Apple Music or TIDAL to that new soundbar.

Prefer a stereo soundstage? The KEF LS50 Meta are our best overall pick for bookshelf speakers and are available right now for $1,299/pair (usually $1,599). The Uni-Q drivers are powerful and clear, with a natural sound and clear audio. And there are early Black Friday audio bargains up and down KEF’s compact cabinet lineup, from the uncompressed expression of the entry-level KEF Q350 ($499. 98, usually $749. 99) to the three-way standmount KEF R3 ($1,699. 98, usually $2,199.99).

The best home audio deals

Early BlackFriday audio prices are correct as of publication but are subject to change.

Tony Ware

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