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The best cheap headphone deals and sales for August 2020

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On the hunt for the absolute best headphone deals? You're in luck, there are a ton of  discounts available right now on a number of the best headphones from Apple, Beats, Jabra, Sennhseiser, Sony and many more.

We cover all the best headphones released, including over-ear headphones, noise-canceling headphones, and wireless headphones. However, friends still ask if they should buy a pair of no-brand cans they've seen piled high by the checkouts at a supermarket or clothing store. The answer is usually: probably not.

We get it. Headphones can be cheap. Like, dirt cheap. But as tempting as it is to go for those suspiciously low headphone prices. We'd advise spending just a little more, and you'll find a pair you'll love and can use for years to come.

The good news is you don't have to spend much at all. Some of the pairs we recommend below barely cost much more than a cinema ticket. Plus, you'll find even more savings available right now, with the best back to school sales offering big discounts on headphones and earbuds.

It’s with that in mind that we've narrowed down a list of headphones that not only sound good and feel good but are priced appropriately for all you cost-conscious audioholics out there.

The best headphone deals and prices

Best headphone deals

Skullcandy Grind

Check out these killer cheap on-ear cans from Skullcandy

Headphone type: On-Ear | Weight: .53 lb | Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz | Drivers: 40mm | Connectivity: Wired | Battery life: 12

Subdued, sporty design
Stellar sound
TapTech button and mic
No volume controls

We're not sure how Skullcandy crammed such excellent-sounding drivers into such a cheap headset, but somehow, some way, it absolutely did. The Skullcandy Grind is one of our favorite wired on-ear headphones – it's cheap, sounds incredible and looks awesome. Also, while most headphones make a statement using a logo, branding on these headphones is subtle, with a small logo stamped onto each of the sidearms. While Skullcandy isn't super transparent about the specs of its headsets, the Grind offers exquisite sound quality, complete with beefy bass response and articulate delivery of mids and highs. We tried a wide variety of music samples to see if we could find a weak point in these cans and, nope, we couldn't. The only weak point here is that it doesn't have volume controls built-in. But that's not a huge bummer.

Anker SoundBuds NB10

Need a workout buddy? Check out the Anker SoundBuds NB10

Headphone type: In-Ear | Weight: .64 oz | Drivers: 12mm | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Battery life: 6 | Bluetooth Range: 33ft

Really good bass response
Good fit
Chunky design

When looking for a good pair of wireless in-ear headphones, We’re always on the hunt for something that sounds good (duh!), feels comfortable to wear for long periods of time and, most importantly, doesn’t fall out mid-workout. The Anker SoundBuds NB10 does all of the above perfectly. 

What you'll love most about the Anker SoundBuds NB10 is its warm sound and spectacular bass response. The low-end isn't as heavy-handed as some other in-ear headphones, but that demureness makes it great both when you’re at the gym and when it’s time to hang up the towel and head home for the night.

Optoma NuForce BE Sport3

Top-tier WIRELESS in-ear headphones for cheap

Headphone type: In-Ear | Weight: .46 oz | Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz | Drivers: 6mm | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Wireless range: 33ft | Battery life: 10 hours

Good sound
Incredible insolation
Ultra comfortable
Some known battery issues

Why should you pick the Optoma NuForce BE Sport3 instead of the Momentum In-Ear, because it's one of the cheapest (and best-sounding) in-ear headphones we've ever found. And, good news, it's usually on sale to boot. Not only are these earbuds IP55 rated, making them rain, dust and sweat resistant, but they also have really balanced sound that works well for every genre and incredible noise isolation. They're perfect for the gym because they weigh just 18 grams and don't need to connect to your phone via a dangling, easy-to-knock off cable. Optoma says the frequency response goes from 20 to 20,000Hz, and it has a sensitivity of 102dB +/-3dB at 1kHz. On the debit side, though, there are some horror stories out there of the BE Sport3's batteries being a bit difficult to work with, so keep that in mind.

Marshall Major II Bluetooth

Wireless on-ear headphones that take the show on the road

Headphone type: Over-Ear | Weight: 7.13 oz | Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz | Drivers: 40mm | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Bluetooth range: 10m | Battery life: 30 hours

Iconic styling
Excellent coiled cable
Long battery life
Cheap build

You may know Marshall for its guitar amplifiers, often used on stage by rock stars and amateurs alike, but the company does way more than just amps. In the past few years, Marshall's produced several lines of headphones, a Bluetooth speaker or two and even a smartphone. Marshall's headphones have been universally solid offerings that target the fashion-conscious more than the audiophile. Its latest offering, the Marshall Major II Bluetooth, is the company's first wireless headphones and it continues Marshall's trend for focusing on fashion and fun rather than pristine sound quality and a great build.


Want over-ear headphones on the cheap? AKG has you covered

Headphone type: Over-Ear | Weight: 1.2 lb | Frequency response: 16Hz-20KHz | Drivers: 40mm | Connectivity: Wired

Great sounding
Comfortable to wear
Budget plastic construction
No detachable cable

When it comes to headphones, the general consensus is that you very much get what you pay for. But with AKG's K92, what you're getting is so much more. These headphones offer a level of sound quality that far outstrip their budget price tag. That being said, these are some of the largest cans you might ever find, and therefore might not be the best choice for anyone out there who has a petite noggin. Specs-wise, however, it's all good. The K92's professional 40mm drivers offer an extended 16 - 20,000Hz frequency response with a 113 dB SPL/V sensitivity level. It has a cable length of about 9 feet (3 meters) and weighs around 200 grams. 

Plantronics BackBeat Sense

Street-wise wireless headphones with smart features

Headphone type: Over-Ear | Weight: 4.8 oz | Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz | Drivers: 40mm | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Bluetooth range: 100m | Battery life: 18 hours

Attractive design
Universal controls
Ear cups don't fold

When the BackBeat Sense first launched a few years ago, it was way too expensive for the everyday audio listener. Sure, these headphones are good, but were they $200/£150 good? Probably not. Thankfully, it’s possible to find them for a much more reasonable price if you shop around. The design yields comfort and appeal. Its sound performance, battery life and features all deliver without a hitch. There are one or two problems here, but for a sweet set of headphones at this low of a price point we can't be harsh on 'em. These cans are worth every penny for someone looking to leap for a classy-looking set of wireless headphones.

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Amazon Echo Buds

Alexa powered earbuds

Weight: 7.6 grams | Battery Life: 5 hours | Connection: Wireless | Bluetooth: 5.0 | Noise Cancellation: Yes | IPX rating: IPX4 (earbuds only)

Built-in Alexa voice assistant
Active noise cancellation by Bose
Cheaper than AirPods 

The Amazon Echo Buds were released this past September with an affordable starting price of $129.99. The earbuds include Active Noise Reduction technology that was developed by Bose and feature an advanced microphone that allows you hands-free access to Amazon Alexa. The Alexa-enabled earbuds allow you to skip songs, adjust the volume, ask questions, and more completely hands-free. The sweat-resistant earbuds provide up to five hours of battery life and come in three different sizes for a secure and comfortable fit.

Apple AirPods

Apple's true wireless earbuds are now available at a discount!

Headphone type: In-Ear | Weight: .14 oz | Connectivity: Bluetooth | Bluetooth range: 10m | Battery life: 5 hours **Battery life (charging case):** 24 hours

Battery life is exceptional
Sound is great
One-size-fits-all design
Don't lose them! 

There’s a lot about the AirPods that we like. They sound great, their battery life and charging speeds run laps around the competition, and it’s hard to overstate just how seamless the pairing process is. Unfortunately, they can be rather expensive if you don't get them on sale. Considering the holidays are right around the corner, we expect to see these awesome wireless in-ears on sale sooner rather than later. Don't miss them! 

Beats Solo3 Wireless

Expensive, but good-sounding name brand headphones

Excellent wireless stability
Energetic, punchy sound
Firm headband pressure
Lack of fidelity for price

The Beats Solo 3 Wireless ace their wireless tech, with very solid Bluetooth, good range and class-leading battery life. There’s a huge difference here compared with often-flaky cheap Bluetooth sets. Their bass response is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, too – it’s not meant to be neutral or accurate, but by providing meaty thuds without major boominess, the Solo 3 Wireless do what Beats headphones should. 

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