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Review: Sony's $350 WH-1000XM3 headphones live up to the hype

In today's $350 wireless, ANC-equipped over-ear headphones space, there are two primary competitors: Bose's QuietComfort 35 II and Sony's WH-1000XM3. Bose has long been championed as the king of the segment by many, but it seems impossible to talk about the QC35 II these days without someone butting in about how the identically-priced 1000XM3 is superior. After some time with the 1000XM3, I understand why everyone has been talking about it.

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Jabra's new Elite 85h noise-cancelling headphones have Alexa and Assistant built-in

Assistant-powered hardware is a hot commodity; people much prefer "smart" to "dumb" when it comes to speakers and headphones recently. So Jabra's new Elite 85h headphones — which combine Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant support together with all the other accouterments you expect in a pair of noise-canceling headphones — should end up being pretty popular, assuming they sound good.

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Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 and 810 review: Active noise cancelation at more affordable prices

Along with the three BackBeat Fit models that I reviewed a few days ago, Plantronics announced on Monday two new Go headsets: the in-ear Go 410 and the over-ear Go 810. The governing idea behind the two units is to bring wireless noise cancelation to the masses at a more affordable price. The company says it conducted studies with users and came away with the conclusion that 28% are looking for noise cancelation in their headsets, but 65% of them won't pay more than $150 for that. That seems about right, as I don't imagine many users have the spare cash to pay $300 or more for a pair of earbuds or headphones.

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[Deal Alert] Sennheiser HD1 Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation falls to $314 ($186 off MSRP) on Amazon

Sennheiser's a well-established name in the audio industry, and it should come as no surprise that its active noise cancellation-equipped HD1 Bluetooth headphones, at a $500 MSRP, are very good. We saw the HD1s fall to $399 back in September of last year, then to $350 last December. But Amazon's current price of $314.04 is the lowest we've seen in some time, and the HD1s might be worth your consideration.

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Libratone Track+ review: An almost perfect wireless in-ear active noise cancelling headset

Release after release, the Libratone name is becoming more familiar to me. While I raised my eyebrow the first time I heard Jeff mention it, I was quickly won over by its colorful and beautifully minimalist speakers. Over the past year, Libratone made more headway with us, Android fans, by releasing two products along with the Pixel 2: the Q Adapt USB-C in ear earphones (which Richard reviewed) and the Q Adapt Wireless on ear headphonesThen at CES 2018, Libratone followed up by announcing the TRACK+, a set of wireless in-ear noise cancelling earbuds. For $199, they had to stand up to the challenge of not only being good, but being near awesome to justify the price.

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Libratone TRACK+ are wireless in-ear earphones with adaptive and adjustable noise cancellation

You may have read the name Libratone a couple of times before on Android Police. The company specializes in minimalistic but superb audio products, like the One Click speaker that Jeff reviewed, and has recently been part of the Made for Google program with its Q Adapt in-ear (wired) and on-ear, the latter of which are even Google-certified with that Fast Pair capability.

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[Deal Alert] Sennheiser HD1 wireless headphones with active noise cancellation down to $350 ($150 off) on Amazon and Best Buy

The writing on the wall is larger than ever before for headphone jacks in smartphones, so it's no surprise that web searches for "bluetooth headphones" have hit an all-time high this holiday season. Sure, you could tentatively dip your toe in the water and save yourself some cash by trying out a pair of cheaper Bluetooth earbuds. But if you're feeling in the mood to be generous to yourself or a loved one, maybe it's time to spring for a pair of premium over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones — a pair like the Sennheiser HD1, which retails for $499.95 but is currently being sold for $349.95 on Amazon, the lowest they've gone for there.

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[Update: Best Buy too] Deal Alert: Sennheiser HD1 wireless headphones with active noise cancellation down to $399 ($100.95 off) on Amazon

Like it or not, Bluetooth headphones are becoming more and more popular these days. Whether we're talking about over-ear headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 35 or more compact solutions like the Bragi Dash, it's hard to deny that they're becoming increasingly popular. On the upper end of the wireless headphones market sits the Sennheiser HD1, which at its $499.95 MSRP, is one of the most expensive Bluetooth headphones you'll find for sale. Its current Amazon price of $399 makes owning the HD1s a little more realistic.

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Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review: The most bang for the buck wireless noise canceling headphones

The market for wireless noise canceling headphones has been booming over the past couple of years. One day, we were struggling to find one pair of headphones that offered both Bluetooth connectivity and noise cancelation, the next there were more choices than we could fit in one Amazon result page. Plantronics, Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, B&O, and more brands are coming on the market with their own take on the matter and the options can be a little confusing for everyone.

Do you go for the trusted noise cancelation of the $349 Bose Quiet Comfort 35, pay the extravagant sum of $499 to get a new Beoplay H9, believe the hype over the $399 Sony MDR1000X, or prefer the well-known $350-400 Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 or its newer offering, the $399 Sennheiser PXC 550?

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