Best back to school headphones: 15 recommended deals from $38

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The best back to school headphones help students stay focused and interruption-free during study sessions. Noise-cancelling headphones are especially useful when you're heading to class whether you're trekking across campus or commuting on the subway. 

If your audio gear needs a refresh for the new semester, the best headphone deals of the summer are at every corner. No matter your budget or use case, you can find the right back to school headphones for below retail right now. Just about every audio retailer under the sun is slashing prices on audio devices today. So if you're ticking items off your back to school essentials list, it's a great time to snag some headphones on the cheap.

We're currently seeing the best discounts of the season on select headphones from the best audio brands. Student or not, it's one of the best times of the year to score savings on top-rated headphones by Apple, Beats, Bose, Jabra, Sennheiser, Sony headphones and others. 

From Sony's budget on-ear headphones to Apple's premium ear cans, shop our recommended back to school headphones below.

Today's best back to school headphone deals

Sony WH-CH520 Wireless Headphones: $59

Sony WH-CH520 Wireless Headphones: $59 $38 @ Amazon
Save $21 on Sony WH-CH520 wireless headphones. They feature 30mm drivers, Google Assistant/Siri support, and a built-in mic for crystal-clear calls. What's more, you'll get up to 50-hours of battery life in between charges, customizable sound via the Sony Headphones Connect App and an immersive surround sound experience with 360 Reality Audio.

Bose QuietComfort 45 Headphones:  $329

Bose QuietComfort 45 Headphones: $329 $279 @ Amazon
Save $50 on the Editor's Choice Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones. They boast class-leading noise cancellation, a durable, comfortable design, and up to 24 hours of battery life. 

Price check: Best Buy $279| Target $279

Sony WH-XB910N: $249

Sony WH-XB910N: $249 $148 @ Amazon
Save $101 on Sony WH-XB910N wireless noise cancelling headphones. This is a great bargain given that they offer some of the same features as their high-end siblings. We’re talking active noise cancelling, one-tap Google Fast Pair support, and compatibility with all Sony sound technologies (360 Reality Audio, DSEE, LDAC). 

Price check: Best Buy $149

Sony WH-CH720N Wireless Headphones: $148

Sony WH-CH720N Wireless Headphones: $148 $98 @ Amazon
Sony WH-CH720N Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphone is Sony's lightest headband-style audio wearable yet. Comfortable to wear, the Sony WH-CH720N delivers high quality sound and has a built-in mic for crystal-clear hands-free calls. And with up to 35 hours of battery life on a full charge and multipoint connection for up to two devices at one, the Sony WH-CH720N has a leg up on competing pricier headphones. 

Cheaper option: Sony WH-CH510 for $49 

Apple AirPods 2nd Gen:  $129

Apple AirPods 2nd Gen: $129 $99 @ Amazon
Save $30 on the AirPods 2nd generation with lightning Charging Case. These wireless earbuds are powered by Apple's H1 chip for fast wireless connectivity with Apple devices. Get up to 24 hours total listening time with the included charging case. This one of the best AirPods deals in town. 

Apple AirPods 3rd Gen: $169

Apple AirPods 3rd Gen: $169 $149 @ Amazon
Apple's 3rd generation AirPods are among the best wireless earbuds to buy. They're sweat and water resistant with spatial audio provides 3D sound. On a full charge, you get up to 6 hours of play time and up to 30 hours with the MagSafe charging case.

Apple AirPods Pro 2: $249

Apple AirPods Pro 2: $249 $199 @ Verizon
Save $50 on the 2nd generation AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro 2 feature Apple's H2 chip for better noise-cancellation, 3D sound, and longer battery life. Personalized Spatial Audio which creates a unique profile based on the size and shape of your head and ears.

Price check: Amazon $219

Sony WF-C700N Earbuds: $119

Sony WF-C700N Earbuds: $119 $98 @ Amazon
Save $21 on Sony WF-C700N Earbuds and block out the world with noise cancelling and superior sound. Designed with all-day comfort in mind,  WF-C700N Earbuds are lightweight, ergonomic and stay put in your ears. They're the perfect study companions to have for immersive focus and uninterrupted learning.

Beats Studio Buds: $149

Beats Studio Buds: $149 $99 @ Amazon
Save $50 on the Beats Studio Buds and get them for their lowest price yet. Beats Studio Buds deliver powerful, balanced sound and feature Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) and transparency mode. The earbuds ships with three sets of eartips for a secure, comfortable fit and acoustic seal. What's more, the Beats Studio Buds are IPX4-rated sweat and water resistant and provide up to 8 hours of battery life (up to 24 hours combined with charging case).

Sony LinkBuds S: $199

Sony LinkBuds S: $199 $128 @ Amazon
Save $42 on the excellent Sony LinkBuds S with this back to school headphones deal. These wireless earbuds feature Sony signature sound, superb noise-cancelling and useful features for the price.

Price check: $129 at Best Buy

Jabra Elite 7 Pro Earbuds: $199

Jabra Elite 7 Pro Earbuds: $199 $119 @ Amazon
Now $80 off, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro are among the best AirPods Pro alternatives to by. It features adjustable active noise cancellation, IP57 dust and water resistance, and up to 30 hours of battery life (with charging case).

Sony LinkBuds Earbuds: $179

Sony LinkBuds Earbuds: $179 $129 @ Best Buy
Save $50 on the eye-catching Sony LinkBuds wireless earbuds. They feature an open ring design that sits flush on the ear for comfort and a secure fit. For students always on the move, Sony LinkBuds blend natural and digital sound for the perfect balance between immersive music and awareness.

Beats Solo 3 Wireless: $199

Beats Solo 3 Wireless: $199 $129 @ Amazon
Save $70 on Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones at Amazon. Give you booming sound and 40 hours of battery life. Save on these stylish, bass-heavy headphones this back to school season. 

Google Pixel Buds Pro: $199

Google Pixel Buds Pro: $199 $139 @ Amazon
Save $60 on the Google Pixel Buds Pro — the brand's best wireless earbuds yet. They feature 11mm drivers and a 6-core audio chip for stellar audio performance — free of background noise. IPX4 water-and-sweat resistant, the Pixel Buds Pro are great for workouts.

Beats Fit Pro: $199

Beats Fit Pro: $199 $159 @ Amazon
Save $40 on the Beats Fit Pro. Listen to music, talk on the phone, use Siri, and more with your Beats Fit Pro. These noise cancelling earbuds provide up to six hours of battery life and an additional 18 hours with the charging case. Powered by the same Apple H1 chip found on AirPods, the Beats Fit Pro instantly pairs with Apple devices and supports Automatic Switching between devices. You can also share your music with another pair of Beats or AirPods.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: $229

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: $229 $165 @ Samsung
Save $64 on the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro via the Samsung Education Offer Program. The Galaxy Buds2 Pro are the first Samsung earbuds to feature 24-bit audio. They're 15% smaller than the Galaxy Buds 2 and feature IPX7 water-and-sweat resistance, ANC and Ambient mode. 

Price check: $189 at Best Buy

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: $279

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: $279 $199 @ Walmart
Save $80 on the 1st generation Bose QuietComfort wireless earbuds. These provide a comfortable fit, Bose class-leading active noise cancellation and easy-to-use touch controls.

Sennheiser Momentum 4: $379

Sennheiser Momentum 4: $379 $284 @ Amazon
Save $95 on Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless Headphones and tune out distractions. These over-ear headphones feature 42mm dynamic drivers to deliver superb sound. The brand's latest adaptive noise cancellation technology lets you quiet the chaos. With transparency mode, all you have to do is touch your ear to hear what's going on around you. Fine tune your audio playback with built-in EQ, presets, and sound modes.

Price check: $299 at Best Buy

Cheaper option: Sennheiser HD 450BT for $125

Apple AirPods Max: $549

Apple AirPods Max: $549 $477 @ Amazon
Save $72 on the AirPods Max — Apple's chic over-ear wireless headphones. These stylish ear cans feature Apple's powerful H1 chip, nine microphones and 40mm drivers. With spatial sound, the AirPods Max provides an audio experience like no other. 

Price check: $479 at B&H

Cheaper option: Bose QuietComfort 45 for $329

Hilda Scott

Hilda Scott uses her combined passion for gadgets and bargain shopping to bring you the best prices on all things tech. She has a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from Hunter College and 11 years of tech and entertainment journalism. Her work has been featured on Tom’s Guide, iTechPost,, Parlemag, Enstars, and Latin Times. When she's not scouting for the best deals, Hilda’s catching up on her favorite TV shows and pro-wrestling matches.