Audio Deals

Audio gear ranges dramatically, from tiny in-ear headphones right up to mammoth 7.1 surround sound systems. But whatever equipment you need, the best sound quality costs money, which is where we come in - we've gathered the best deals around on headphones, speakers, and more, so check here regularly for the best prices, no matter what you're listening to.

Best Audio Deals

Headphones Deals

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro with Free AKG Y50 Bluetooth Headphones

From: Argos

Was: £298.99

Now: £179 (£119.99 off)

Save a bundle with this bundle that includes a free pair of AKG Y50 Bluetooth headphones worth £119.99! Ends August 16th.

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Speaker Deals

Google Home

From: Argos

Was: £129

Now: £99 (£30 off)

Get Google's smart speaker for £30 off from Argos. Read our review. Only until September 4th!

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Canon IXUS 185 Digital Camera

From: Amazon

Was: £119.99

Now: £88 (£30.99 off)

Amazon is offering this Canon compact camera with £30.99 off.

Amazon Prime Student

From: Amazon

Was: £79.99 per year

Now: 6 months free, then £39 per year (50% off)

You can get a six month trial of Amazon Prime absolutely free if you are a student. After that, you'll get Prime for only 3.99 per month, or £39 per year (depending on the plan you choose), which is a bargain when you consider its features. Find out more about Amazon Prime here.

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Audio Deals 2018

There are enough speakers and headphones out there that you can always find audio gear with serious price reductions. But it's equally easy to get misled into a deal that isn't as good as it looks - here's what to look for.

Speakers

Most likely you'll be in the market for a Bluetooth speaker so you can play music wirelessly from your phone, tablet, computer, or similar.

The best Bluetooth speakers start from around £150 (before discounts or deals), though you can also find plenty of Bluetooth speakers below £100, and you should look for features like 360-degree audio, Wi-Fi support, and a long battery life if you want something portable.

If you'd rather something to pair with your TV, a soundbar is often the simplest option - they feature a variety of inputs and even Bluetooth support to serve as a general speaker too. Otherwise, there's always 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound systems if you're really committed.

Finally, a word about smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. These usually aren't the best speakers around, but their voice controls and smart home integration are undoubtedly appealing - just don't expect them to match the sound quality of top speakers at the same price.

Headphones

Headphones come in even more varieties than speakers these days, but you're often looking for the same sort of features.

The best headphones tend to start from £100, and these days you can get great sound quality from in-ear, on-ear, or over-ear varieties - though there are plenty of cheaper headphones out there too.

It's likely you've considered picking up wireless headphones, which now have enough battery life to avoid being inconvenient - though the sound quality still can't quite match a cable. There are also more niche headphones designed specifically for sport or for kids.

No matter what type of headphones you buy, look for a wide frequency response, balanced sound profile (unless you know you like your audio with particularly heavy bass or treble), and make sure it's got the right sort of cable to fit your device.

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