Headphones in the 2016 Black Friday Ads

Black Friday 2016 is just around the corner. In this post, I am attempting to summarize the various headphones and earphones advertised in the published or leaked Black Friday ads. More will be added as I haven’t finished them all yet. So far we have…


Audiophile headphones very rarely make appearances at big chain store Black Friday ads, but there is a member of the Beyerdynamic ever-growing DT 7-8-9 line-up featured at Musician’s Friend. As you can size by the size of the blocks below, bluetooth is favored by the marketing departments…

  • Beyerdynamic DT770 STUDIO for $150 at Musician’s Friend
  • Fostex TX-1 for $20 at Musician’s Friend
  • Bose SoundTrue II Around Ears for $100 at HH Gregg (doorbuster)
  • JVC HA-SR185 for $10 at Walmart, $15 at MicroCenter


Beats continue to win the hype wars with the two latest models likely to feature prominently. But others are getting some glossy attention, including Skullcandy.

  • Beats Solo 3 at “lowest price of the year” at Overstock
  • Beats Solo 2 Wireless for $120 at Target, $150 at Best Buy
  • Sony MDRXB950BT Extra Bass for $90 at Best Buy
  • Bose SoundLink Around Ear II Bluetooth for $230 at Microsoft Store
  • JBL Synchros E40BT on-ears bluetooth for $60 at Microsoft Store
  • Philips SHB8750NC Bluetooth Noise-Canceling Headphones for $50 at Walmart
  • Skullcandy Uproar bluetooth on-ears for $25 at Sears and K-Mart and Walmart
  • Skullcandy Grind Wireless (Bluetooth) On-Ears for $50 at BJ’s Wholesale
  • Skullcandy Hesh 2.0 Wireless (bluetooth) for $50 at BJ’s Wholesale and Best Buy
  • unspecified brand over-ear Bluetooths for under $10 at CVS


With Best Buy scoring some kind of an exclusive on the new Jaybird X3, they are getting most of the attention…

  • discounts (without actual prices posted) on Sony and Jaybird wireless in-ears at Best Buy
  • Beats Powerbeats 2 wireless for $90 at Target
  • LG Tone PRO HBS-760 for $30 at Walmart, $33 at BJ’s Wholesale
  • Jabra Sports Wireless (bluetooth) earbuds for $50 at BJ’s Wholesale
  • 2pk of Samsung Level U Bluetooth for $50 at BJ’s Wholesale, 1pk for $30 at Meijer


A couple of Bose models and the wired non-magical Apple earpods lead the way, along with the obligatory single-figure models, and the free after store rewards Philips earbuds that seem to be a Black Friday staple almost every year.

  • Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones for $40 at Best Buy
  • Bose Quiet Comfort QC20 in-ears for $200
  • Apple Earpods for $25 at HH Gregg
  • Beats Tour 2 in-ears for $50 at HH Gregg, $65 at Target
  • JBL Sychros E10 earphones for $20 at Microsoft Store
  • Skullcandy Smokin Buds 2 neckback bluetooth earphones for $30 at Best Buy
  • JVC Gumy and Riptiz earphones for $5 at K-Mart
  • 2pk of Samsung Active Wired earbuds for $20 at BJ’s Wholesale
  • Philips Earbuds Free with Plenti points at Rite Aid