Best headphones and speaker deals for Black Friday 2018: Bose, Beats, Sony bargains

Black Friday getting closer and closer, which means lots of discounts are on their way. In fact, it may not be here yet, but that hasn’t stopped a number of retailers from offering great savings on all of your favourite audio brands. 

If you’ve been holding off on buying those awesome over ears you’ve been eyeing up for months until they’re discounted, or simply looking at the most cost-effective way to get your Christmas gift list completed, this is where you need to be. 

Best headphone and speaker deal quick links

Below are quick links straight to the Black Friday deals pages for the top retailers, just in case you’re looking for something that we haven’t covered. 

Amazon Black Friday
Currys PC World Black Friday
AO.com Black Friday
Argos Black Friday
John Lewis Black Friday
Very.co.uk Black Friday
On/over-ear Headphones

For some, the comfort and sound quality offered by over and on-ear headphones far outweighs the lightweight portability of in-ears. And, with so many new models being release, it means some of the still awesome, but slightly less fresh models get tasty discounts. 

• Beats Studio3 Wireless noise cancelling headphones (porcelain rose): save £100.99, now £199 (was £299.99). Beats Studio3 Wireless earned rave reviews for offering a really comfortable fit, great sound and stupidly long battery life. What’s more, that W1 Chip inside also means super easy pairing with iPhones and automatic pairing across all Apple devices sharing that same Apple ID. View the Beats Studio3 Wireless offer at Very

• Bose QC35 II noise cancelling headphones: save £40, now £289 with discount code N9MF9 (was £329). Apply the five character discount code at checkout and you get some of the finest ANC-equipped over-ear headphones on the market. The second generation QuietComfort35 headphones feature the same comfortable fit, amazing noise cancelling, sound and portability as the first generation, but add Google Assistant to the mix. View the Bose QC35 II deal at Very. 

• Bose QC25 noise cancelling wired headphones: save £160.05, now £129.90 (was £289.95). Before the wireless QC35 came along, there was the much-loved QuietComfort 25. With both Android and iOS-optimised models discounted, you can pick up the original noise cancelling champs for a hefty discount. View the Bose QC25 deal on Amazon

• Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 wireless headphones (black): Save £114.01, now £134.99 (was £249.00). B&O has built a reputation for stunning headphones, in both sound and design. Its mid-range H4 is no exception, offering minimalist looks, 19 hours of battery life and premium audio from its 40mm dynamic drivers. View the Beoplay H4 headphones offer on Amazon

• Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 wireless headphones (charcoal grey): Save £114.01, now £134.99 (was £249.00). B&O has built a reputation for stunning headphones, in both sound and design. Its mid-range H4 is no exception, offering minimalist looks, 19 hours of battery life and premium audio from its 40mm dynamic drivers. View the Beoplay H4 headphones deal on Amazon.

• Beats Solo3 Wireless on-ear headphones: save £90.99, now £159 (was £229). The Solo3 Wireless is the Studio3’s smaller on-ear sibling and features smaller cans, but the same comfortable fit and fashionable design. The trendy Neighbourhood colourway collection is currently discounted and offers up to 40 hours of battery life, an enjoyable sound profile and the W1 Chip for easy iPhone pairing. View the Beats Solo3 Wireless deal at Very. 

In-ear headphones

Whether you’re into running, or you just don’t want to carry around a bulky pair of headphones with you, in-ears are an ideal solution. 

• Samsung Gear Icon X2: save £70, now £129 (was £199). Samsung’s Gear Icon X are much more than just a pair of in-ear wire-free earphones. Thanks to some built in motion sensors, they’re capable of measuring activities and providing feedback during running sessions, and take you on programmed sessions. They sync with Samsung’s Health app too. View the Icon X2 deal on Amazon. 

• Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H5 wireless: save £89.01, now £139.99 (was £229). Like its H4 over ears, the H5 in-ears offer fantastic custom-tuned sound. They ship with a number different ear tips, are dust and splash resistant as well as featuring magnets so the tips snap together. View the Beoplay H5 deal on Amazon.

• 1More quad-driver Hi-Res wired in-ear headphones: save £72.66, now £127.33 (was £199.99). 1More’s in-ears are among the best sounding, best equipped around. With its diamond-like carbon dynamic driver, balanced armatures and rugged aluminium construction you not only get Hi-Res quality sound with full mids/bass, but also a stunning looking and long-lasting pair of wired earphones. View the 1More offer on Amazon. 

• Sony XBA-N1AP Premium High-Res Audio in-ear headphones: save £30.01, now £119.99 (was £150.00). If you’re not read to hop on the wireless earphone bandwagon still, the Sony’s are arguably one of the best pairs of wired earphones going. You get clear sound, 1.2m cord and a frequency response of 4Hz-40,000Hz. View the Sony XBA-N1AP offer on Amazon. 

• Optoma BE Sport3 wireless: save £17.00, now £42.99 (was £59.99). Optoma’s affordable sports earphones have garnered praise for offering performance that far outweighs their price. With 10 hours of battery life, IP55 water/dust resistance and a secure in-ear fit, they’re ideal budget running partners. View the Optoma deal on Amazon. 

Speakers

Gone are the days where homes would all have powerful, big Hi-Fi speaker systems. Now, they’ve been replaced by small but still great-sounding smaller, more versatile options. Whether you’re looking for something to have set up in your kitchen, bedroom or office, there’s a lot to love about these mini beasts.  

• Amazon Echo (second gen), save £35, now £54.99 (was £89.99): The second-gen offers a fabric-covered design and all the skills of Alexa, recently boosted with stereo pairing and compatibility with the Echo Sub. It’s the cornerstone of an Echo home. View the Echo deal here

• Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen): save £25, now £24.99 (was £49.99). It’s only a few weeks old, but the new, fabric-covered small Echo Dot is virtually half-price. It features four far-field microphones, Bluetooth and an audio out, so you can use it with your favourite speakers and audio equipment. View the 3rd gen Echo Dot offer on Amazon.  

• Google Home Mini: save £20, now £29 (was £49) . Google’s small, smart-macaron is now cheaper than ever and offers all the important features of the original full-sized model. But, because it’s small it’s not as difficult to hide away somewhere or squeeze it onto a shelf. Sound is loud enough to fill a small room, and it acts as a Chromecast device for easy multi-room music playing. View the Google Home Mini offer at AO.

• Google Home: save £50, now £79 (was £129). Google Home was the company’s first smart speaker, and still among the most useful and fully featured. What’s more, with its inoffensive design and attractive textures, it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Of course, it’s also a decent speaker for playing your music through and – like all other Home products – is also useful as a Chromecast device. View the Google Home offer at Currys.

• Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker: save £94.01, now £134.99 (was £229). The Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker is among the most well-reviewed Bluetooth speakers on Amazon. Its all-aluminium dome is truly stunning, and its splash and dust resistance means you can take it outdoors with you, and play up to 24 hours of music before needing to plug it back in again. View the Beoplay A1 deal on Amazon. 

• Beats by Dr Dre Pill+ Bluetooth speaker: save £45, now £119 (was £164). The Pill+ by Beats is a handy, loud and long-lasting portable speaker featuring 12-hour battery life, a Lightning connector for charging and the ability to pair with a second Pill+ for a more immersive stereo audio feel. Its simple button system makes it easy to control, and the downloadable app makes it more customisable. View the Beats Pill+ deal offer at Very

• Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM Ltd edition Panther Bluetooth speaker: save £29, now £99 (was £128). Ultimate Ears makes some of the best looking, best sounding loud Bluetooth speakers around. It’s blasts audio out its entire 360-degree circumference, is water and stain resistant and can play music for up to 20 hours on a single charge. View the Ltd Edition UE Megaboom deal on Amazon.  

• Yamaha YAS-93 front surround soundbar system with dual built-in subwoofers: save £69.95, now £109.99 (was £179.95). Yamaha makes great audio equipment, and this is no different, offering stunning value for money. With its dual front speakers and dual built-in subwoofers, you get a great range of treble, mid and bass notes. It’s slim, low-profile and small enough to but in front of your TV, or can be mounted on the wall. View the Yamaha YAS-93 offer on Amazon. 

• Marshall Acton Bluetooth wireless speaker: save £70.00, now £99.99 (was £169.99). With its retro guitar amp stylings, complete with those iconic volume/tone dials, this is an awesome-looking speaker. Its 41W of power is plenty to fill small/medium sized rooms. What’s more, with Bluetooth and 3.5mm connectivity you can connect just about everything to it. View the Marshall Acton deal at Currys.

• LG PK7 XBOOM Go portable Bluetooth speaker: save £100.99, now £99.00 (was £199.99). If small, powerful and outdoor-friendly speakers are on your gift list this year, the LG might just fit the bill. It offers water resistance, Bluetooth and a 3.5mm aux input as well as up to 22 hours of playback on a full battery. Plus, Curry’s is also offering a free 6-month Tidal subscription or 3-month Deezer sub when you buy this speaker. View the LG PK7 XBOOM Go offer at Currys. 

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