Microsoft's first-generation Surface Headphones launched at an ambitious $350. Partially due to that price, they didn't really catch on (Microsoft seemingly acknowledged this blunder by introducing the second generation at an MSRP $100 lower). They're still good headphones, though — and today, you can nab a pair for just $82 from Woot.
Sony's really been upping its headphone game in the last few years, and now it makes some of the best-regarded sets on the market, in both full around-the-ear and true wireless bud style. Today no less than three of its most popular designs have dramatic discounts available, including the best-in-class WH-1000XM4 noise cancelling set.
Sony's WH-1000XM4 are, in the opinion of a sizable portion of techy people, the very best noise-canceling headphones you can buy. They took everything good about the prior generation — namely, great ANC and sound quality — and built on it with enhanced performance and additional features. Right now, you can snag a pair over at Adorama for $70 below their MSRP, and get a free power bank to boot.
They're nearly three years old now, but Sony's WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones are still among the best you can buy. They go on sale pretty frequently anymore, but not usually for this cheap: you can pick up a pair for just $200 today — or $180 for refurbished units.
ANC headphones can get pricey, but if you don't need the best of the best, there are some good bargains available. Case in point: the Razer Opus. Already fairly priced at their normal $200, you can cop a pair for $60 off right now at Amazon.
V-Moda's unique design aesthetic makes its headphones among the most striking on the market. Hot on the heels of revealing its new visual identity, the audio brand took to CES 2021 to announce its first pair of wireless headphones with active noise cancellation: the M-200 ANC.
Sennheiser is one of the most recognizable names in audio. Even though the company's wireless products sometimes lack features found in competitors from Samsung or Sony, they usually offer best-in-class audio. We've tried Sennheiser's Momentum True Wireless 2 and CX 400BT earbuds not long ago, and we came away impressed with the sound quality on both.
Sennheiser also released a pair of over-ear headphones recently, the HD 450BT. They feature active noise cancellation, Bluetooth 5.0, and 30-hour battery life, all for an MSRP of $199.95 (though it's currently on sale for $150). However, the design isn't for everyone.
Most of us will be having a pretty quiet holiday this year, but if you want it to be even quieter, you might be looking for some noise-canceling headphones. If you want a pair, but don't want to shell out the big bucks, you're in luck: Sony's WH-XB900N noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones are on sale for just $118 ($60 off) at multiple retailers.
Sony may not be among the most popular Android OEMs, but that doesn't mean its phones are subpar. We called the Xperia 1 Sony's best phone yet in our review last year, and now you can pick it up from Amazon for just $550 — and that's not all. This bundle also includes the top-tier XM3 wireless headphones with noise cancellation