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The best Prime Day headphones deals 2020: what to expect and where to find the biggest bargains

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 is on the horizon. Originally created by Amazon, but now a global phenomenon which is almost as big as the Black Friday behemoth, Prime Day is a great opportunity to pick up a bargain on everything from smart speakers and video doorbells, to high-res music streaming subscriptions, vinyl and booze. For music fans, it’s the Prime Day headphones deals that are often the biggest incentive to part with cash. 

Will Prime Day 2020 deliver slashed prices on Apple AirPods Pros, or bargain basement Sony WH-1000XM3s now the XM4s have been launched? Whether you’re looking for a cheap pair of budget wireless headphones for rocking Spotify playlists on your commute, or you fancy some noise cancelling earbuds for sweating it out at the gym, we’ll be sharing all the latest headphones news and deals right here.

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The latest headphones deals (UK)

The latest headphones deals (US)

When is Prime Day?

When is Prime Day 2020?

This year, Prime Day is slated to take place on 13 and 14 October (watch this space for official confirmation). Usually Prime Day kicks off in July, but for obvious reasons that didn’t happen this year. 

The 13/14 is when some of the biggest bargains will be unleashed, but previous experience indicates that you can expect to start seeing great Prime Day headphones deals kicking in from early-September.

With Black Friday coming the following month in November, the discounts will come hard and fast right the way through until Christmas. Talking of the C-word, Prime Day could be a great opportunity to get the jump on your Xmas gift buying – no-one likes paying the price of leaving things to the last minute.

Will I need an Amazon Prime subscription to take part?

If you want to pick up a bargain straight from Amazon, then yes. If you don't want to pay the subscription fee, once workaround is to sig up for a free trial closer to the time, grab your gear, then cancel once you’ve had your fill. 

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 deals

Where can I find the best Prime Day headphones deals?

Deals will be everywhere around Prime Day 2020, and navigating through the noise can be as stressful as it was trying to buy tickets for Slipknot’s last UK tour. 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

How can I prepare for Prime Day?

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. 

What Prime Day headphones deals can I 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-1000XM3 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.

Buying guides

Can’t wait until Prime Day? Explore our headphones buying guides today:

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.

2019 deal highlights

2019 highlights: Prime Day headphones deals

Sony WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones £330, £269
Rock up to to 30-hours of music listening per charge with these none-more-black cans. Other features include noise cancelling, high-res audio and Alexa/Google Assistant voice control.View Deal

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless: £380, now £175
Last year you could own a pair of premium wireless over-ear headphones for a massive £204 off the retail price. These puppies boast 22-hours battery life and active noise cancelling for improved isolation.View Deal

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless earphones: £89.99, £56.49
It's rare to find a genuinely decent pair of in-ear 'phones without busting that bank, which made this deal even tastier. You could get over £30 off and enjoy dynamic sound and rugged style.View Deal

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Headphones:  £450, now £225
The H9is are an updated version of the Beoplay H9s, which impressed TechRadar with their battery life and luxurious design – and the new limited edition H9is are even more luxurious, with a travel-inspired design.View Deal

Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones: £199.95, now £109.95
The ultimate in airport fashion, these bad boys from Bose remain were the travellers's favourite in 2019, and at this Prime Day price they were an absolute steal. They're comfortable, they're robust, and they cancel noise better than most.
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Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones: £199.95, now £124.95
Identical to the above, but white. Wear these and you'll not only look like a seasoned jet setter, but you'll look like you've just stepped off a yacht in Monaco. High-falutin' hi-fi with a classy exterior.  
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Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones: was £249.95, now £142.99
Dr Dre might not be an actual doctor, but he knows a thing or two about ear furniture, as the huge success of the Beats range demonstrates. The Solo3s were available at this price in a vast range of colours.  View Deal

AKG K92 High Performance Headphones: £49, now £34
Prime Day was the opportunity to get a pair of 5 star headphones at an unbeatable price. Our sister mag What Hi-fi gave the K92s 100%, claiming "AKG has struck gold – the K92s might just be the best value headphones we've heard in years."View Deal

Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones: were £249.95, now £119.99
We have these and can confirm that they are, to use a technical term, the dog's bollocks. We bought ours when they were slightly more expensive, so Prime Day was a great opportunity to snag them at a reasonable price.View Deal

Beats X wireless headphones: £110 £64.99
You could save £20 off these tough Dre BeatsX wireless headphones last year. They offer rich low-end and 8-hours battery life. They're available in satin silver, but the black model is best, obvs.View Deal

Jabra Wireless Sports Earbuds: was £169.99, now £118.99
We've got too many pairs of headphones. Ones for long haul. Ones for the daily commute. Ones for work. But we don't have any for the gym, and these Bluetooth beauties look just right. Comes with built in Alexa, so you check if you're still alive.
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Sennheiser Bluetooth Headphones: was £179.99, now £99.99
These black and red bluetooth wireless headphones have been given the once-over by our friends at What Hi-Fi, who say, "If you want wireless convenience combined with excellent sound quality, this is another pair you’ll seriously want to consider."View Deal

AKG K271 Over Ear Closed Headphones: £87, now £54.99
These pro-standard headphones came at a bargain price during Prime Day 2019. Powerful, with a rich and detailed sound, they're serious headphones that will block out the world, keep the sound in, and last a long time too (their cable is replaceable).View Deal

Sennheiser HD 599 SE Headphones: was $199.95, now $99.95 
Top of the Sennheiser 500 range, these open back headphones are a set of deluxe cushioned hi-fi listeners for the home. They come with cables for home and on-the-go and had one of the best discounts on Prime Day 2019.View Deal

Marshall Monitor Headphones: was $249, now $129.99
Yes, they're Bluetooth, and yes, they'll give you 30 hours of playtime before you need to recharge them, but the main reason to buy these cans last year was because you'd look like you had a couple of Marshall stacks clamped to your skull, and that's priceless.View Deal

Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones: $229.95, now $159.00
The ultimate in airport fashion, these bad boys from Bose remain the travellers's favourite, and at this Prime Day 2019 price they were an absolute steal. They're comfortable, they're robust, and they cancel noise better than most.  
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Sony WH-CH700N Headphones: was $199.99, now $89.99
Wireless Bluetooth noise cancelling over-ear headphones with Alexa voice control, described by our What Hi-Fi buddies as "just short of being exceptional", but with 50% off the usual price on Prime Day they were an absolute bargain.View Deal