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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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Shazam can recognize music from apps, even if it's playing on headphones or in the background

Before Shazam or SoundHound existed, I remember searching for a year or even more before I found the name of a few songs I heard a couple of times on the radio. Now it's as easy as tapping a button and getting the result. And Shazam is bringing more handy improvements that make song recognition easier while using other apps or if you have headphones plugged in.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 refurb drops to an all-time low of $200 on eBay

At the start of this year, it was practically impossible to find the Sony WH-1000XM3 for less than MSRP. Since then, discounts have gradually become more and more common, though this latest deal is probably the best we've seen yet. A seller on eBay is offering manufacturer refurbished units for just $199.99 a pop, well under any previous deals we've seen.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones drop to $298 ($52 off) at Amazon, B&H, and more retailers

Sony's flagship wireless noise-cancelling headphones have been discounted several times since their release, but most have been by way of Rakuten site-wide coupon codes. For those of you who prefer to purchase from a more familiar retailer, the WH-1000XM3 is now being discounted at Amazon, B&H, Walmart, and more to $298 ($52 off).

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B&O refreshes Beoplay H9 headphones with Google Assistant and improved battery

Famed manufacturer of stylish and very expensive audio gear Bang & Olufsen is now selling an improved version of its super-luxe H9i noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones. The new H9 (no i) are strikingly similar to their predecessor, but now sport a dedicated voice assistant button and longer playback time.

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The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 earbuds can last 10 hours on a 10-minute charge

Alongside an impressive new series of phones, OnePlus also announced the second generation of its Bullets Wireless earbuds at today's launch event. The changes look minimal but we're told the earbuds have been completely redesigned with longer battery life, faster charging, and great sound in mind.

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Google and Qualcomm team up to simplify Assistant integration into Bluetooth devices

We've already seen a couple of third-party headphones optimized for Assistant, such as the Bose QC 35 II, the JBL Live, or the Sony WH-1000XM3, which allow you to directly interact with Google's digital helper, but also get your notifications read to you without having to touch your phone. The company now wants to make its assistant easier to integrate into headphones and has teamed up with Qualcomm to build a standard development kit to simplify this process.

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Master & Dynamic's MW65 active noise-canceling headphones are optimized for the Google Assistant

It's increasingly unlikely you won't have heard of Master & Dynamic, but just in case, it's an NYC-based startup that has looked to disrupt the high-end personal audio market in recent years. Its MH40 over-ear headphones launched in 2014 with a focus on quality materials and audiophile-level acoustics. 5 years later, the company is releasing its first set with active noise cancelation.

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Jabra Move on-ear Bluetooth headphones drop to just $40 (60% off)

Since I bought the Jabra Sport Pulse earbuds, I've been impressed with the brand's ability to design functional products with great sound quality. I liked them so much that when they died a few years later, I upgraded my gear to the Elite Sport buds. I found way better than the AirPods, thanks to their great audio output and how stayed in place. Given my experience with the brand, I can only recommend their products, which is why the Move headphones can be a nice option if you're looking for a wireless headset, especially because their price just dropped to $40.

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