Sony's WF-1000XM4 earbuds might be some of the best you can buy today, but they don't come cheap. At $279, it can be hard to justify that cost — no matter how great the ANC is. If you're looking for a similar design with a much smaller price tag, Sony's upcoming WF-C500 might be just the set for you.
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Sony is known for making some of the best true wireless buds on the market. These include the WF-1000XM3, which are one of the market leaders in their category, as well as the WF-SP800N, which are specifically designed for workouts.
Sadly, such great devices usually come with a high price tag. Indeed, the WF-1000XM3 usually cost a whopping $250, but they're now down to just $148 this Prime day and ship with a free $20 gift card that you'll be able to use later on. Similarly, the WF-SP800N traditionally sell for $200, but you can get them for $78 today.
Sony hasn't upgraded its true wireless earbuds since 2019, but thanks to several leaks over the last few months, we're starting to get a good idea of what to expect from the upcoming WF-1000XM4s. We got our first good look at press images for the XM4s a couple of weeks ago, and with two major leaks, we're now learning a lot more about their specs and performance.
The AirPods Pro might be made by Apple, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth a look from Android enthusiasts. Apple's flagship earbuds offer a comfortable in-ear fit, a wireless charging case, and top-of-the-line active noise cancellation that's among the best you'll find in earbuds this small. And right now, Woot is selling them for just $189.99, a savings of $60 off the MSRP.
Music is one of the best ways to motivate yourself when working out, which is why it's key to have a good pair of buds as your workout companion. Jabra is known for the quality and durability of its wireless earbuds, especially its Active range, which is designed to provide sweat resistance and comfort while you exercise. They're usually relatively costly, as they traditionally went for $140, but they're now down to just $90 on Amazon and Best Buy.
There are plenty of truly wireless earbuds on the market, but not many of them can claim to be as unique as the new Bose Sport Open Earbuds. They're IPX4 rated, can go for 8 hours of battery life on a single charge — and make virtually no skin contact, sitting above the ear and allowing listeners to stay aware of their surroundings in a way that practically no other earbud can do.
Good true wireless earbuds are getting cheap in a hurry. You can still spend hundreds for fancy features like ANC if you want, but you don't have to break the bank to get decent sound. OnePlus's first true wireless earbuds, the succinctly named Buds, were a great value at $80. The OnePlus Buds Z take it a step further — for just 50 bucks, these earbuds might lack polish, but they deliver on fundamentals.
It's the holiday season, and though you might not be traveling this year, it probably still means some extra noise. True wireless earbuds are a convenient, easy way to drown that out, but the higher-end pairs often cost quite a bit. Luckily, Klipsch is offering its T5 II true wireless earbuds for just $99 ($100 off) on Amazon.