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The excellent Jabra Elite 85h noise-canceling headphones are down to $237 ($63 off) for Prime Day

Even though Bose and Sony lead the noise-canceling headphone market, there are a bunch of great options out there you can consider. One of them is Jabra's Elite 85h bluetooth headset, which features active noise cancelation, USB-C connectivity, and a 3.5mm port. The device was released back in January for $300, but is now available for just $237 for Prime Day.

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The best Prime Day deals on smart speakers, headphones, and audio

Every big multi-billion dollar tech conglomerate offers a personal digital assistant for their locked-in ecosystem, and some are better than others. If you're big into home automation and services integration, though, then the odds are that you use Google's Assistant or Amazon's Alexa. So whether you're looking to expand the reach of your home's smart speaker coverage or just interested in picking up a pair of dumb Bluetooth headphones, we've got a list of Prime Day deals for you.

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Libratone's Track Air+ true wireless earbuds offer ANC and charge over USB-C or Qi

Danish audio brand Libratone has a reputation for attractive speakers and headphones that also sound pretty decent. Its Made for Google USB-C earbuds and made and more wireless-but-wired Track+ models both impressed us, so we're excited to see the company launch its first true wireless earbuds.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are just $238 ($112 off) from Rakuten

Just a few months ago, any discount on the then-new Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones was a rare appearance. However, these highly rated active noise-cancelling cans have been dropping price lately, and they're now available for just $237.96 from Rakuten after a promo code.

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Review: Audio-Technica's $300 noise-cancelling headphones offer great sound quality and not much else

The ~$300 active noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphone market is heating up. Bose was arguably the pioneer of the segment, but many other audio companies have since thrown their hats into the ring. One of the latest entrants is Audio-Technica, a company with plenty of reputation to uphold.

Having spent several weeks with the ATH-ANC900BT, I've found that it's deserving of the Audio-Technica logos on it in terms of sound quality, but it falls short in other arenas. It reminds me a lot of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II in many ways, both good and bad. Ultimately, I don't think it's worth the $299 asking price given all of the issues.

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Sony will include the awesome WH1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones ($350 value) with Xperia 1 pre-orders

Sony is about to launch a new flagship Xperia smartphone, and it really wants you to pre-order it. Pre-order bonuses are nothing new, but Sony is offering a very enticing deal. If you pre-order the Xperia 1, Sony will throw in a pair of WH1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones worth $350.

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The best wireless headphones, USB-C earbuds, and smart speakers you can buy (Summer 2019)

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 this summer.

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Review: Jabra's Elite 85h noise-cancelling headphones are winners

Noise-cancelling headphones are popular among business travelers, those in loud, open office spaces, and frequent commuters for a reason: they make life just a little bit less stressful. But good ones remain a product largely aimed at those with a good amount to spend - Bose and Sony's popular models retail for $300 and $350, respectively. The new Jabra 85h are priced to match Bose's jetsetter staple (seriously, the number of QC35s you'll see in business class cabins on airplanes is crazy), but have already dropped to $250 in promo sales.

While matching or even undercutting Bose for price, Jabra's headphones offer noticeably superior noise cancellation in most situations, better audio, and much better battery life.

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[Update: Back on Amazon and Microsoft] Microsoft Surface active noise canceling headphones get a $100 price cut, now $250

The Bose QC35 II headphones get all the attention when it comes to being the best active noise canceling product on the market, but there are other contenders worth considering, especially when the price is part of your buying criteria. The Surface headphones are a good alternative, but their MSRP was too similar to the QC35 for them to fiercely compete, as both were worth about $350. Nevertheless, Microsoft's product is receiving a $100 price cut, which makes them a very interesting competitor to the most popular ANC headphones around

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Pixel Buds firmware update reduces lag and improves connectivity

Google tried to take on Apple's AirPods with its Pixel Buds, but as we all know, that didn't work out too well – the Pixel Buds aren't truly wireless and connect to each other with a cord, and coupled with some additional issues like poor audio and a finicky charging case, they never stood a chance. However, if you bought them prepared for these problems, you still got headphones with stellar Google Assistant support and quick pairing, so there's that. Now, the Buds are receiving a new firmware update that packs reduced lag, better connectivity, and improved battery stats.

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