With a new school year just around the corner, now is the time to ensure students have the right tools to both concentrate, and let loose. (Surely we don't mean pills!) We recommend both a pair of noise-cancelling headphones (or earbuds) and a Bluetooth speaker setup, like a Jawbone JAMBOX, both of which are amongst our picks for top headphones and speaker deals.
JBuds J2 Premium Hi-Fi Noise Isolating Earbuds
Store: JLab via Amazon
Price: $6.99 with free shipping via Prime
Lowest By: $3
Is It Worth It?: You can tune in or tune out with a pair of these Editors' Choice noise-isolating earbuds for $7. Get them in Onyx Black (pictured) or six other color combinations for cheapest price we've ever seen. They feature a gold-plated 3.5mm audio jack and three sets of silicone ear pads.
Sennheiser HD25 Amperior Headphones
Store: VM Innovations
Price: $170.99 via coupon code "B2S13" with free shipping
Lowest By: $9
Is It Worth It?: You might say that Amperior is superior when it comes to headphones! Ideal for DJ use, these headphones are built to operate under high sound pressure levels, with neodymium ferrous magnets and aluminum voice coils. They also feature rotatable ear cups and a frequency response of 16-22,000 Hz.
Want more Sennheiser sonic satisfaction? VM Innovations also offers, via the "B2S13" coupon code, the Sennheiser PMX 680 Adidas Sports Earbuds for $29.99, and refurbished Sennheiser HD25 Amperior Headphones in Blue for $130.14. A 90-day VM Innovations warranty applies on the refurbished headphones.
Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Noise-Canceling Over Ear Headphones
Store: Blutek USA via eBay
Price: $199 with free shipping
Lowest By: $50
Is It Worth It?: These famous Dr. Dre headphones come with noise-canceling technology, which uses built-in tiny microphones to create opposing-phase sound waves that knock out ambient noise. They're available in five colors, including Black (pictured) and require two AAA batteries (included) to operate the noise-cancelling feature. These headphones feature a detachable cord, audio adapter, carrying case, and in-line remote and mic.
Aliph Jawbone BIG JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker
Store: Best Buy
Price: $189.99 via a valid .edu email address with free shipping
Lowest By: $60
Expires: August 17
Is It Worth It?: The opposite of headphones, this Editors' Choice speaker boasts a microphone, 3.5mm jack, microUSB port, 33-foot wireless range, and up to 15 hours of continuous play. What's more, it comes in three colors, including White (pictured), Graphite, and Red. To get this deal, though, you'll need to enter a valid .edu email address to get a coupon code that knocks the price down from $249.99.
TDK Wireless Sound Cube
Store: Woot Sellout
Price: $79.99 with $5 s&h
Lowest By: $54
Expires: August 12
Is It Worth It?: Prefer your tunes to come through a cube rather than a rectangular prism? This speaker features Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, four 2" full range drivers, two 5.25" passive radiators, one 5.25" subwoofer, 3.5mm auxiliary input, USB port, and a remote control. And it's at an all-time low price of $54.