device sound From shitty speakers in your TV to mediocre speakers in your laptop, it can be a bit of an afterthought. If you’re looking to upgrade, Amazon Prime Day is a great time to get some discounts. Don’t worry! We’ve scoured the web for the best Prime Day headphone and speaker deals so you can relax and enjoy your day.
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Check out our guide to the best wireless headphones for more options.
These are (almost) everyone’s favorite earbuds. The Pixel Buds A-Series (8/10, WIRED Recommends) offer AirPods-matching audio and 5 hours of listening time, and pair instantly with Android devices. They’re even compatible with iPhones, but you can’t use Google Assistant there. Their typical selling price is $79.
A step up from the A-series earbuds (for Android users), the Pixel Buds Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are super comfortable, offer up to 7 hours of playtime, and come with a sleek wireless charging case . Their prices have fluctuated between $159 and $199 over the past few months.
Another great option for Android users is the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 (9/10, WIRED Recommends), which produce great sound quality and have built-in noise cancellation. You can get 5 hours of battery life with the noise-canceling feature on, but that jumps up to 7.5 hours with the feature turned off. The more expensive Galaxy Buds2 Pro are also on sale for $180 ($20 off), though we’re mostly recommending these to Samsung owners.
If you tend to sweat easily while wearing headphones, these are the headphones for you. The Jabra Elite 7 Active fits in every ear without falling out and has up to 8 hours of battery life. Aside from the $99 price for Christmas, this is the cheapest price we’ve seen.
The Beats Fit Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are great wireless headphones that fit comfortably, sound great, and integrate seamlessly with iOS and Android. They also have active noise cancellation and decent microphones. They feature Apple’s proprietary H1 headphone chip, which works just like AirPods when used with the iPhone. These also work great on Android and come with an app that lets you perform a fit test and customize the controls.
Some people (myself included) just can’t carry headphones around, no matter how well made they are. For us, the Beats Powerbeats Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) provide security. They come with ear hooks, so no matter how far you move them, they’ll stay in place. Plus, the battery lasts up to nine hours on a single charge. This deal is $10 cheaper than what we’ve seen during a recent sale.
Read our guide to the best wireless headphones to learn more.
These are our top recommendations for overall wireless headphones. Sony has been making great headphones for years, and the WH-1000XM5 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are no exception, even if the name is a mouthful. They have premium microphones, sleek designs, comfortable ear cups, and amazing sound. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever tracked.
Hard to find cheap headphones and Durable enough, but the Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT (9/10, Wired Recommend) does just that. They feature a classic design, are super comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and offer up to 60 hours of battery life on a single charge.
These headphones are expensive even when they’re on sale, but they’re some of the best premium wireless headphones you can buy (9/10, WIRED Recommends). They look beautiful, sound clear and sound great, and they also feature noise-canceling technology. When you don’t want to listen wirelessly, use a high-quality digital-to-analog (DAC) converter.
These exude luxury (9/10, WIRED Recommends). Seriously, they have memory foam padded leather earcups that are super comfortable. They’re made of plastic, but they’re high-quality, and they make the headphones light on the head. Audio is excellent, though it doesn’t have the same noise cancellation as the options above.
These are our top picks in our guide to the best kids headphones. If you’re giving your child headphones, you’ll need to limit the volume to prevent hearing damage. These Belkin headphones are up to the job, with 30 hours of battery life and solid construction.
Our guide to the best gaming headsets has more details.
Our pick for the best gaming headset to upgrade is the Nova Pro, a wired version of our favorite wireless headset (8/10, Wired Recommends). It also features the same DAC that lets you switch between devices, adjust the EQ, and adjust mic volume. Plus, these headphones are very comfortable to wear.
The SteelSeries 9X is our favorite Xbox headset yet. They feature comfortable ear cups for hours of wear, a retractable microphone for talking to your team in online games, and up to 20 hours of battery life. A PS5/PC compatible version is also on sale.
The Arctis Nova 1X is our top pick for gaming headsets under $100. Since it’s a wired headset, it’s compatible with any platform – PC, PS5, Xbox, Switch, you name it. It feels just as solid as other top-tier SteelSeries headphones, and has excellent sound quality for its price.
The Cloud Alpha Wireless scored the rare and prestigious 10/10 in our review. Yes, they’re comfortable, sound great, and have a handy mic, but the battery life will blow your mind. Most wireless earbuds have a battery life of 30 to 40 hours, but the Cloud Alpha has a battery life of up to 30 to 40 hours. three hundred. Our reviewers were actually able to get more listening time out of this.
Despite their looks, the JBL Quantum One is still one of our smartest headphone picks. We love these headphones for their excellent 3D audio, but the included JBL software can even detect your head position to turn down the volume when you move away from the monitor. The headphones were also discounted to $150 for almost a month in May and June, so this deal isn’t exclusive to Prime Day.
As small as a hockey puck, the Clip 4 can be taken almost anywhere. Just use the carabiner clip to attach it to your day hiking bag, bike handlebars, or beach-going folding chair. It’s also waterproof so you don’t have to sweat pool water, rain, or sweat.
This Sony speaker’s three upward-firing drivers send sound around your room, rather than directly into your ears like most Bluetooth speakers. It also comes with Google Assistant and Alexa, as well as Wi-Fi support, so you can shout your commands at it too.
Our best soundbar guide has even more product recommendations.
A soundbar is a great way to easily get better audio from your TV, and the Vizio M-Series 2.1 is one of the most affordable ways to do it. It comes with an HDMI ARC connection so your TV remote can control the volume, and you can even pair your phone to it via Bluetooth to stream music.
Vizio makes some of the most affordable soundbar systems on the market, and we’re big fans of this model (9/10, WIRED Recommends). You get a subwoofer, surround speakers, and a soundbar that bounces sound off the ceiling for Dolby Atmos height channels. It’s an astoundingly immersive system for such a low price, and if you haven’t already bought a soundbar, it really will take your viewing experience to the next level.
Read our guide to the best speakers for more ideas.
SteelSeries’ first foray into desktop speakers was enough for me to finally replace speakers I’ve had for almost 20 years. Arena 7 features two desktop speakers with RGB LEDs that you can integrate into other gaming peripherals, plus a powerful subwoofer that sits under the table.
The SteelSeries Arena 3 system is a bit simpler than the Arena 7, and a lot less expensive. It lacks RGB LEDs or a separate subwoofer for the Arena 7 speakers. However, its 4-inch drivers not only deliver solid sound, but with this deal, it’s an excellent package for under $100.
The SteelSeries Arena 9 system, on the other hand, expands the Arena 7’s speakers into a full surround sound system. The front speakers and subwoofer are identical, and the Arena 9 adds two rear speakers and a center speaker that use the same drivers but lack RGB LEDs.