After weeks of build-up and deals of all shapes and sizes, the dust is finally settling on Black Friday, and we can say with some confidence where the best value lies in the sales. Some of the Sony Black Friday deals really caught our eye, so we’ve rounded up our top five standouts.
While our expectation is that these deals will probably last the weekend, Amazon prices change like the wind, so don’t leave it too late if you’re upgrading your audio.
1. Sony WH-1000XM5 (save $52)
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It may be a modest price drop, but it needs some context — this is over $50 off one of the best pairs of over-ear headphones on the market for the first time. Don’t be surprised if they’re back at retail price by next week and stay that way.
When our sister site, SoundGuys, reviewed the Sony WH-1000XM5, they said, “The predecessors to the Sony WH-1000XM5 were king of the hill, and this new headphone takes that crown.” Everything about these cans is premium, so if you’ve got the budget to meet the deal price, they’re our top choice.
2. Sony WH-1000XM4 (save $120)
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Speaking of their predecessor, the Sony WH-1000XM4 are still top-of-the line, and head and shoulders above most of the headphone market. With the Sony WH-1000XM5 now available, you can now get an amazing price on the previous model in the Black Friday sales.
The great sound, improved noise-cancelling, and good battery life earned these headphones a phenomenal rating from SoundGuys. The smart features like auto-pause and Bluetooth multipoint add to the package and make these a top all-around option for most people. You’ll get 20 to 30 hours of playback on a single charge from the ample battery.
3. Sony WH-CH710N (save $82)
Sony products are well worth splurging for, but if you have a slimmer budget in these testing times, then the Sony WH-CH710N is your best over-ear option. We were very impressed to see the price of these headphones drop to just $68 in the Black Friday sales.
Active noise-cancelling, comfortable padding, and good battery life are just a few of the features we like about these headphones. They also offer Ambient Mode that lets you hear your surroundings and a strong Bluetooth connection with AAC.
4. Sony WF-1000XM4 (Save $102)
Our top pick for earbuds is the Sony WF-1000XM4. Like their over-ear counterparts, these are among the finest earbuds money can buy, and the Black Friday sales have led to a record-low price on the model.
Sound quality is a given, but these ‘buds also feature 360 Reality Audio support, excellent isolation, active noise-cancellation, and an IPX4 rating.
5. Sony WF-C500 (save $42)
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A pair of budget-friendly earbuds completes the list, but nothing is sacrificed in terms of quality. The Sony WF-C500 ‘buds are down to just $58 in the Sony Black Friday sales, and they make a sweet stocking stuffer.
The Sony WF-C500 may not have big, splashy features, but they offer a solid listening experience and a carefully selected collection of features — including spatial audio — that should please everyone from commuters to gym buffs.