Best Headphone Deals For Memorial Day 2024

Any holiday is a great time to look for discounts. Those who are looking to purchase a set of headphones will find some awesome deals going on for Memorial Day all across the web. However, there’s a lot to sort through, and you might not know what you’re looking for in the first place. There is a wide world of different types of headphones, from Bluetooth noise-canceling to open-back ear speakers made for audiophiles. Here’s a comprehensive guide on what we think the best deals are going on this Memorial Day.

The Sony WH-1000XM5 competes with flagships from Sennheiser and Bose.

Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones 

Sony WH-1000XM5 $398 $328

One of the most popular Bluetooth headphones on the market is going for a nice discount this Memorial Day. The WH-1000XM5 is known for its industry-leading noise-canceling technology and its spatial audio powered by 360 Reality Audio. Some of its competitors are still trying to meet the standards that have been set by the XM5, so it’s safe to say that it offers tons of value at its discounted price.

Strauss & Wagner ANCBT501 $129.95 $89.67

If you’re still trying to work with a budget, then the Strauss and Wagner BT501 is one of the best noise-canceling headphones you can get for less than a hundred bucks. For the standard price, the sound is quite impressive already, and with that price slashed, the BT501 becomes a no-brainer.

Sennheiser Momentum 4 379.95 $299.95

One of the best alternatives to the XM5 in terms of pure sound quality, the Momentum 4 is one of the best deals you can get. Sennheiser is known for making quality headphones, and their Bluetooth offerings are usually no different. The Momentum 4 is one of the best sounds you can hear over Bluetooth in its price range, so it’s not exactly a tough decision when the price is slashed.

Focal Bathys $699 $629

Even when the price is still a bit steep after being discounted, that doesn’t take anything away from the value of the Bathys. If everything on this list is a good Bluetooth headphone, the Focal Bathys is a great headphone that just happens to be Bluetooth. Wirelessly, the Bathys is one of the best sounds you can hear, but using the built-in DAC with a cable makes this one of the best closed-back headphones for less than a thousand dollars.

Over-Ear Audiophile Closed-Back Headphones

Focal Celestee $999 $799

A great closed-back headphone for audiophiles that’s under a thousand dollars, the Celestee is one of the best headphone deals you can get on sale this Memorial Day. The Celestee is a compact and easy-to-wear audiophile headphone that works great with your DAC/Amp setup or even a standard 3.5mm headphone port. It’s the perfect entry-level closed-back headphones available in Focal’s lineup that’s not the Bathys.

Kennerton Gjallarhorn GH50 JM Edition $1,299 $1,099

A lesser-known brand, but still a strong option for closed-back headphones especially at a discount. The GH50 is the only option on this list to feature a horn driver, giving it a unique sound that is both fun and detailed. They’re also extremely light and comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Sony MDR-Z1R $1,998 $1,798

If you’re looking for the best pair of closed-back headphones that will deliver the most bass impact, look no further than the Sony MDR-Z1R. While the size of these headphones is quite big, the scale of the sound warrants it. The Z1R uses 70mm drivers, and they deliver a huge sound that slams down with great impact. At a discount, the Z1R is a good deal if you’re looking for a hard-hitting set of headphones.

Ultrasone Edition 5 $2,499 $2,249.10

You don’t see the Ultrasone name getting thrown around a lot anymore, but the Edition 5 is still a solid option, especially when it’s discounted. While its S-Logic design isn’t for everybody, it still expands the soundstage exceptionally well for a closed-back headphone. It’s also a compact design with a cool aesthetic that signals a high-end look.

Open-Back Headphones 

Shure SRH1440 $374 $299

Those looking for a good pair of studio headphones that are open-back should take an interest in the Shure SRH1440. If you need some headphones to use as a professional studio tool, then you can get a good deal on the SRH1440 right now.

HiFiMAN Edition XS $499 $379

The HiFiMAN Edition XS is one of the best mid-fi open-back headphones you can get. Planar headphones aren’t normally this inexpensive so getting the Edition XS at a discount is definitely worth your time.

Sivga SV023 $449 $379.95

For the same price as the Edition XS, you can also get the Sivga SV023. This is a good option if you want a higher-quality open-back headphone with a dynamic driver. A headphone that is also easy to drive.

Focal Clear MG $1,499 $1,199

One of the best non-planar open-back headphones around is being discounted. The Focal Clear MG is as elegant in its sound as it is in its design. You can use the Clear MG for both professional use, as well as for casual listening. It’s one of the most useful audiophile headphones on the market, and at its current price for Memorial Day, I wouldn’t miss out on it.

HiFiMAN HE1000 Stealth $2,999 $1,399 

This is one of the biggest headphone discounts going on right now. If you’re looking for an endgame open-back headphone, the deal going on for the HE1000 Stealth is very generous. When a three thousand dollar headphone is going for the same price as other HiFiMAN headphones like the Arya, the choice might be clearer.

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