TCL is a bit under the radar when it comes to audio equipment, but it did make a splash with us earlier this year for its $80 active noise canceling wireless earbuds. Another big hit for people with spare change is the over-ear MTRO200BT headphones — they launched back in spring for $40, but are now even more affordable at 40% off on Amazon.
Wireless headphones have been around for years, but they've taken on increased importance now that phone manufacturers are leaving out the 3.5mm jack. Companies like Sony and Bose have been cranking out great options, but most of those products cost $200 or $300. That money can get you a lot of premium features like active noise cancellation and high fidelity sound — but do you need to spend that much? The Tribit QuietPlus 72 headphones cost just $70 and offer some premium features like ANC and multi-device pairing. However, the construction is lower quality, there are no customization options, and the ANC is merely okay — they don't excel in any one area.
Wireless headphones are becoming a necessity these days with more and more devices removing their headphone jacks. Jaybird has some solid options, but they're usually pretty expensive. The Tarah is one of its lower-priced offerings, and now they're even cheaper thanks to a substantial discount from Best Buy.
Sony's WH-1000XM3 headphones (above) are among the best when it comes to over-the-ear Bluetooth audio, and it looks like the successor will be launching soon. Just a few weeks ago, a teardown of the Sony's Headphones Connect app uncovered some features that the upcoming WH-1000XM4would bring. Now, a listing for the 1000XM4 has appeared on Walmart's website.
Marshall's been a familiar name in music hardware for decades now, and while we're always going to think about amplifiers first and foremost, over the past few years we've seen the brand spread to a new line of consumer audio gear. That's included plenty of smart speakers, headphones, and even one really weird smartphone with two audio jacks. Today I'm checking out an updated version of the wireless Monitor Bluetooth headphones, the new Marshall Monitor II A.N.C.
Sony's WH-1000XM3 headphones are pretty much the gold standard for over-ear Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones, topping the recommendation lists everywhere, including here. Building upon everything Sony's accomplished (including the derpy name), details surrounding the upcoming WH-1000XM4have leaked courtesy of a teardown of Sony's Headphones Connect app.
Noise-canceling headphones are gaining in popularity during lockdown, as they isolate from unwanted noise and help remain focused on work. Sadly, many of these cost at least $150, which can be too steep for most people, especially if they seldom need to use them. Thankfully, Anker's Soundcore Life 2 headphones are currently available for just $40, making them very affordable and a smart purchase given the current context.
Find yourself working from home, like so many of us are these days? If so, you may also need new ways to stay focused despite the potential noise and distractions of the home. Luckily, we have a deal on noise-canceling headphones that can help with just that. Amazon is currently selling the Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 wireless headphones in Graphite for only $41.88, saving buyers $38 off the usual retail price of $79.99.
There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to the ANC headphones category. Even though Bose and Sony offer the most popular products, luxury brand Montblanc just unveiled a new piece of tech that's about $200 more expensive than its counterparts. At this price, it offers premium built quality and Google Fast Pair, which set it apart from the competition.
Hey, are you listening to music right this second? Maybe a podcast? I bet you are. If you're looking to upgrade whatever it is you're listening on, you have a ton of options. Android Police tests all kinds of headphones and speakers, but those reviews are a whole lot of words to read. So here, as part of our Most Wanted series, is a digestible list of the audio gear we're really feeling in early 2020.