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Want a great pair of noise-canceling headphones that can completely block any background chatter and make you feel like you’re in your own little universe? Check out this wireless Sony pair (WH-1000XM3).
They’re now on sale for $278 — $72 off — and are considered one of the best noise cancelling headphones of the year.
Sony really did it up by giving these headphones 30 hours of battery life. And if you’re in a rush you can get five hours of use on a 10-minute charge. Smart control touch sensors are built into the ear cups, which by the way are extremely plush and comfortable.
The headphones are also lighter than previous models so you’ll barely realize you’re wearing them. Thanks to a “swivel and fold” design, they tuck neatly into an included carry case for easy travel. And when you’re on the plane, a special feature optimizes the sound for high altitudes.
You can sync the headphones via the companion smartphone app to bring in more or less ambient noise. This pair also comes with quick access to your smartphone’s voice assistant, including Siri for Apple iPhone, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The headphones adjust to your personal situation too, optimizing the sound based on your head size, hair and if you’re wearing glasses. Cool.
The headphones — available in black or silver — come with a 3.5mm wired headphone jack, USB-C charging cable and airplane adapter.
Shop it: $278 (was $350), amazon.com
Need a second opinion?
“As someone who owns Bose noise cancelling headphones, these new headphones have blown me away,” wrote a five-star Amazon reviewer. “The noise cancelling is a noticeable step up from the QC35, I currently have. It's light (a tad heavier than the Bose), comfortable (I usually can't stand having most headphones on for a long time as my ears tend to get sore - no issues 3 hours in with this pair), and have a sound quality that blows the Bose or any other noise cancelling headphones I've tried out of the water. Being able to cup the right headphone to pause the noise cancelling to listen to people talking to you without taking off the headphone is a pretty cool feature.”
Shop it: Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-canceling headphones, $278 (was $350), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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