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Best Prime Day headphones deals 2021: the official dates, plus all the latest Amazon Prime Day headphones bargains

Best Prime Day headphones deals 2021: the official dates, plus all the latest Amazon Prime Day headphones bargains
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More killer Prime Day deals

With summer hotting up, so are the deals. If you're on the hunt for a new pair of budget noise cancelling headphones, budget wireless headphones, or an ace pair of headphones for music, Amazon Prime Day is the time to shop. With the dates now officially confirmed for 21 and 22 June we're expecting the very best Prime Day headphones deals to start ramping up throughout this month.

Whether you're after a great Sony headphones deal, AirPods discounts, or a Beats bargain, this is the place to look. We've hunted down some great early deals too. You can check those out below.

Not sure what to expect? We've also included highlights of last year's best Prime Day headphones deals. Keep scrolling or hit the button above to head straight there.

For the minute, the best early Prime Day headphones deal up for grabs is a massive 70% off the Alexa-equipped Amazon Echo Buds. That's 58% off the usual asking price. 

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Prime Day headphones deals: Early UK deals

Can't wait to snag a Prime Day headphones bargain? Here are some of the best early deals you can snap up right away.

Today's top deal!

Amazon Echo Buds: Were £119.99, now £49.99
If you’re looking for a pair of wireless earbuds, then Amazon have unveiled a quite amazing deal for Prime members on their awesome Echo Buds. The price has been slashed by £70 – a 58% saving – making this an unmissable deal.View Deal

Beats X Earphones: Were £89.95, now £39.99
Hello! What’s this? Why, it’s a pair of Beats X earphones with almost £50 cut from the RRP. Thank you Zavvi! These are brilliant and for this price a must-have. Get 'em before they're gone.View Deal

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700: £349.95, now £294.95
The team over at Bose have lopped an impressive £55 off the price of their awesome 700 series. These are seriously good cans and are in our list of the best headphones for music for good reason.View Deal

Apple AirPods Pro: Was £249, now £179, save £70
The best AirPods Pro discount we've seen so far ahead of Prime Day. If you want super fast pairing, clear audio and ace noise cancelling to turn down the outside world, these are the buds to go for. They're currently available with a massive £70 discount at Laptops Direct.View Deal

Apple AirPods w/ Wireless Charging Case: £199, now £156
Apple might have moved on to other models in their popular AirPods range, but don’t forget these – they’re still pretty great... and Amazon have made them even better by knocking 22% off the RRP.View Deal

Marshall Major IV: Were £129.99, now £109
Marshall are one of the most recognised names in rock, and their home audio range is as good as you’d expect. The Major IV Bluetooth headphones are an awesome pair of cans and you can get them right now on Amazon with a few quid off.View Deal

Sony WF-1000XM3 in-ear headphones: Were £220, now £169
Until the new WF-1000XM4s were announced recently, the XM3s were some of the very best true wireless earbuds around. They're still no slouch in terms of connectivity, battery life (8 hours) and audio quality, and with £51 off at Amazon right now, they're cheaper than ever too. View Deal

Philips Fidelio X3: Were £299, now £220.12
Here at Louder, we love the Philips Fidelio X3 wired headphones. They’re robustly built for indoor use, are comfortable to wear and have superb sound. Amazon have reduced them by 17% ahead of Prime Day.View Deal

JBL Tune 700BT: Were £69.99, now £64.69
There’s a 30% saving on these Bluetooth crackers from JBL on Amazon, and for this price, we’d be tempted to buy two of them! A great set of headphones for an unbelievable price.View Deal

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 2020: Was £224.09, now £179.27
Reverb are currently offering 20% off the retail price of these cracking cans from audio specialists Bowers & Wilkins in dark grey. 30 hours of battery life and great sound for under £200. Nice!View Deal

Prime Day headphones deals: Early US deals

Marshall Mid ANC headphones: Were $279.99, now $200
We had to double take the price too! Amazon really have slashed $79.99 off the list price of the incredible Marshall Mid ANC headphones. Active noise cancelling is great and they sound fantastic.View Deal

Sony WH-1000XM4: Were $349.99, now $298
Louder's favourite over-ear noise cancelling headphones have been reduced by 15% on Amazon, making this a superb deal. The audio is beautifully balanced and the Sony WH-1000XM4 are comfortable enough for long listening sessions. View Deal

Philips Fidelio X3: Were $289, now $280.81
They’re on sale in the UK, and now US music fans can grab a deal on the brilliant Philips Fidelio X3 thanks to a neat saving over on Amazon. Turn it up!View Deal

When is Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day 2021 dates confirmed

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Prime Day usually takes place in July. 2020 was an exception to this rule due to Covid, with the event running much later in the year on 13 and 14 October. Amazon has now officially confirmed that Prime Day 2021 will be happening on 21 and 22 June this year.

Prime Day starts a 00.01am BST on Monday and ends at 11.59pm BST on Tuesday 22nd June. If you're in the US, Prime Day kicks off at 00.01am PT on Monday and ends 11.59pm PT on Tuesday 22nd June.

Do I need a Prime subscription?

If you want to pick up a Prime Day headphones bargain straight from Amazon, then yes. If you don't want to pay the subscription fee, one workaround is to sign up for a free trial closer to the time, grab your gear, then cancel once you’ve filled your boots. 

A monthly Amazon Prime subscription currently costs £7.99/$12.99 (which can be cancelled at any time), while a yearly option is better value at £79/$119.

Keep your eyes on non-Amazon retailers too as not all the action will happen on Amazon, with plenty of other big stores taking advantage of the buzz created by Amazon around Prime Day.

Where to find the best Prime Day headphones deals

Deals will be everywhere around Prime Day 2021, and navigating through the noise can be stressful. We’d recommend heading straight for Amazon, Argos, Currys and John Lewis in the UK, and Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy in the US. Traditionally they have been the first choice for picking up the best Prime Day headphones bargains.

If you can’t be arsed doing the research yourself, this page is the place to look. We’ll have deals snipers stationed everywhere in the lead up to and during the event and publishing our best finds right here.

A quick word of advice: if you come across an epic deal on a pair of AirPods, or some killer wireless headphones, don’t sit on it for too long on as these deals are almost always stock- or time-limited.

How to prepare

With that in mind, we’d suggest doing your research well ahead of time, so when the right deal comes along you’re ready to pull the trigger. Check out our buyer’s guides (see below), work out what you need from your next pair of headphones and set a budget. Offers will be flying at you from all angles and you don’t want to get blinded by choice. 

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What deals to expect

Whichever headphones you’re after, it’s likely you’ll find a good deal on them somewhere around Prime Day.

If you’re on a budget, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 or AKG Y50BTs. If noise cancelling is your bag, then the Sony WH-XB900N or Marshall Monitor II A.N.C. Bluetooth headphones are great options when budget is tight but you still want great audio and awesome battery life.

You should be able to save some decent cash on Apple AirPods Pros too, while you can’t go far wrong with a pair of the Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds or Sony WH-1000XM4 Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones, both consistently high scorers in our reviews.

If you’re a vinyl fan, the ‘phones to go for right now are the Beyerdynamic Amiron or Sennheiser HD660S.

Looking for something else? While we’re covering all the best Prime Day headphones deals, our pals at TechRadar will be hunting down the best deals on everything else - from video doorbells and pet food, to coffee machines and smart watches - so head over to their Amazon Prime Day deals page for the latest offers.

Buying guides

Can’t wait for the Prime Day headphones deals to start dropping? Start your research today by exploring our headphones buying guides:

What else should I look out for on Prime Day?

Want an Echo device? We strongly advice you wait for Amazon Prime Day. We're hoping for big discounts applied to the fantastic Echo Studio smart speaker, in addition to the compact Echo Dot. Last year, not only could you get your mitts on a cut-price Echo device, but Amazon was chucking in free subscriptions to their Music Unlimited streaming service, too.

Prime Day headphones deals: Last year's deal highlights

Here's a flavour of what to expect when the Prime Day headphone deals start dropping. Take a look at last year's biggest hitters:

AirPods Pro | Was £249, now £199
Another great Laptops Direct discount, especially seeing as AirPods Pros had been out for less than a year when this deal dropped. If you were looking for fast pairing, clear audio and ace noise cancelling, these were the buds to go for.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II | Were £229, now £209.99
The now-iconic QC35s are on their second generation model now and are some of the nest noise-cancelling cans you can spend your hard-earned on. For Prime Day Amazon was selling them with a tasty £30 discount.

Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones | Was £330, now £238.79
You could save over £100 on these market-leading noise-cancelling cans that have topped more best headphones lists than we've had hot dinners. They deliver 30 hours of battery life, too.

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 | Was £150, now £89.95
Last year you could get killer sound, water resistance and hours-long comfort for less than 90 quid. Choose from a black or stone finish.

Marshall Major III headphones: Were $149.99, now $99.99
Touted as "the next chapter in the revolutionary history of Marshall", the Major III Bluetooth headphones are their classic model redesigned with a sleeker look and an ergonomic fit. They've also scored an average of five stars from almost 50 user reviews.

Prime Day headphones deals: Last year's AirPods deals

UK deals

AirPods 2 + Wireless Case | Was £199, now £159
You could save £41 on the 2nd-gen AirPods complete with wireless charging case at Amazon right now. If you already have a wireless charging pad for your phone, this deal was a no-brainer.

AirPods 2 + Charging Case | Was £159, now £129
This deal at Laptops Direct slashed £30 off the awesome 2nd-generation AirPods with the standard charging case. They're still a strong seller so are rarely discounted.

US deals

AirPods 2 + Wireless Case renewed | Was $199, now $114.95
You could save $$$s on the 2nd-gen AirPods complete with wireless charging case at Amazon. If you already had a wireless charging pad for your phone, this deal was a no-brainer.

Prime Day headphones deals: Last year's Sony headphones deals

UK deals

Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones | Was £330, now £238.79
You could save over £108 on these market-leading noise-cancelling cans that have topped more best headphones lists than we've had hot dinners. They deliver 30 hours of battery life, too.

US deals

Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones | Was $348, now $257.96
You could save over $90 on these market-leading noise-cancelling cans that have topped more best headphones lists than we've had hot dinners. They deliver 30 hours of battery life, too.

Prime Day headphones deals: Las year's Bose headphones deals

UK deals

Bose QuietComfort 35 II | Was £229, now £209
The now-iconic QC35s are on their second generation model now and are some of the nest noise-cancelling cans you can spend your hard-earned on. Last year Amazon was selling them with a tasty £20 discount.

Bose Noise Cancelling 700 | Was £349, now £289
If the QC35s don't quite deliver the goods for you, then the Bose NC700s are the pinaccle of noise cancelling tech. £61 was a great discount for headphones we'd gladly pay full price for.

US deals

Bose QuietComfort 35 II | Was $349, now $209.99
The now-iconic QC35s are on their second generation model now and are some of the nest noise-cancelling cans you can spend your hard-earned on. Amazon was selling them with an incredible $150 discount.

Bose Noise Cancelling 700 | Was $399, now $289
If the QC35s don't quite deliver the goods for you, then the Bose NC700s are the pinaccle of noise cancelling tech. $20 doesn't seem like a huge discount, but believe us when we say these snazzy are worth it, even at full price.

Prime Day headphones deals: Last year's Beats headphones deals

US deals

Beats Solo3 wireless headphones | Was $199, now $169
On Amazon you could save $30 off these stylish wireless headphones, straight out of Dr Dre's lab. Featuring Apple's W1 chip and excellent Bluetooth connectivity, these stealthy cans are tuned for your listening pleasure.

Beats Solo Pro headphones: was $299.99, now $199.99
When it comes to style and design the Beats Solo Pro remain unrivalled in the headphones space. We love the choice of available colours – which is handy, as dark blue, light blue, and red were all available at this much cheaper price.

Prime Day headphones deals: Last year's Marshall headphones deals

UK deals

Marshall MID A.N.C.: Were £239.99, now £137.00
If you were looking for a new set of cans with active noise cancelling technology, then you didn't need to look any further than these. These Marshalls offer fabulous sound and boast close to 20 hours of wireless play when ANC is engaged – and 30 when played normally.

US deals

Marshall Monitor headphones: Were $249.99, now $119.99
Crisp sound, good Bluetooth functionality with a strong 30 hours of battery life, convenient built-in controls and 55% off made these a strong contender for those looking for a pair of slick new wireless headphones. Plus, they're Marshall, so they just look cool.

Marshall Major III headphones: Were $149.99, now $99.99
Touted as "the next chapter in the revolutionary history of Marshall", the Major III Bluetooth headphones are their classic model redesigned with a sleeker look and an ergonomic fit. They've also scored an average of five stars from almost 50 user reviews.

Prime Day headphones deals: Last year's Cambridge Audio deals

UK deals

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 | Was £150, now £89.95
You could get killer sound, water resistance and hours-long comfort for less than 90 quid. Choose from a black or stone finish.

US deals

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 | Now $89.95
If you’re in the US, the Melomania 1’s were also discounted. Snap them up before they sell out!

Best Prime Day headphones deals: Last year's Audio Technica deals

UK deals

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBB: Were £109, now £89.99
These special edition cans were built for those using pro monitors and are came in at less than £100 for Prime Day. Audio, as you would expect, is spot on, while they’re comfy to wear – even during long listening sessions.

Audio Technica ATH-M50XGM: Were £109, now £94.99
We love the look of these chunky cans – and luckily they deliver where it matters… the sound. That’s proven by the fact that pro sound engineers use them. If all that wasn’t enough, they come with a case to keep them in tip-top condition.View Deal

Best Prime Day headphones deals: Last year's Bowers & Wilkins deals

UK deals

Bowers & Wilkins PI4 headphones: was £269.99, now £149.99
If you were looking for something a little more lightweight, the PI4 Wireless In-Ear Headphones come with noise cancelation, a 10-hour battery life, and magnetic clips on the earbuds that pause your music when fastened together.View Deal

US deals

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 headphones: was $399.99, now $349.99
If you were looking for class-leading wireless, noise-canceling headphones, these cans were well worth considering – especially with this significant discount. Silver and space grey were included in the offer.View Deal