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Google Meet brings noise cancellation to Android and iOS apps

Google Meet brings noise cancellation to Android and iOS apps

Google Meet (formerly Hangouts Meet) has become an essential tool for workplaces and schools across the world, following the rise of COVID-related lockdowns and work-from-home measures. Google has been rapidly adding features over the past few months, and the latest improvement is noise cancellation on mobile platforms.

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These noise-canceling headphones from Anker are just $36 on Newegg ($29 off)

These noise-canceling headphones from Anker are just $36 on Newegg ($29 off)

Noise-cancelling technology has become more accessible over the past few years thanks to decent budget options like Tribit's QuietPlus 72. Anker makes solid headphones as well, and the company's latest sale is tough to beat. From now until tomorrow, you can pick up a pair of Anker Life 2 headphones with active noise-cancellation from Newegg for just $35.99 — a 45% discount.

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Anker's Soundcore Life 2 ANC headphones are just $40 on Newegg

Anker's Soundcore Life 2 ANC headphones are just $40 on Newegg

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.

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Sony WH-CH710N review: Great noise-cancelling headphones for under $200

Sony WH-CH710N review: Great noise-cancelling headphones for under $200

Sony makes some of the best noise-canceling headphones around, especially the WH-1000XM3 (which is overdue for a replacement). The WH1000XM3 is a premium set of headphones that regularly goes for around $300, and competing products like the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Jabra Elite 85h aren't far behind. While Sony doesn't have a sequel to the WH-1000XM3 ready yet, it does have a new budget alternative: the $200 WH-CH710N.

The Sony WH-CH710N offers nearly everything I want out of a pair of headphones, and it does so at a price range that isn't ridiculous. While the sound quality isn't mind-blowing, there's still a lot to like here.

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Shure introduces its first true wireless earbuds along with noise-cancelling headphones

Shure introduces its first true wireless earbuds along with noise-cancelling headphones

Shure is known for its industry-leading microphones and other professional production gear, but the company is also in the consumer audio business. At CES 2020, Shure has introduced its new AONIC line of products, consisting of its first true wireless earbuds, the AONIC 215, and the wireless noise cancelling AONIC 50 over-ear headphones. It doesn't share too many details on the two products just yet.

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These stupid-cheap Anker Soundcore Life Q20 noise-cancelling headphones are a steal at $40 ($20 off) on Amazon

These stupid-cheap Anker Soundcore Life Q20 noise-cancelling headphones are a steal at $40 ($20 off) on Amazon

When you think of owning a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, big brand names with $300+ price tags probably come to mind. Luckily, you don't have to pay these tolls to get a great audio experience. Case in point: You can pick up a pair of Anker Soundcore Life Q20 wireless active noise-cancelling headphones for as low as $39.99 ($20 off) on Amazon.

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Sony’s $250 Extra Bass headphones can’t compete with the 1000XM3 — even on price

Sony’s $250 Extra Bass headphones can’t compete with the 1000XM3 — even on price

Most ANC headphones on the market, Sony's own WH-1000XM3 included, are fairly neutral-sounding. But given how popular Beats headphones are, it was only a matter of time before a bass-focused ANC offering popped up in the market. The WH-XB900N Extra Bass caters to that specific audience, and at $250, it undercuts the 1000XM3's MSRP by $100.

However, the XB900N feels like it's lost a lot more than that $100 in value when compared to the 1000XM3. It's worse in every measurable metric, and not just by a little. Consider the recent discounts that have brought the 1000XM3 to sub-$250 prices, and you can quickly see that it doesn't make much sense to recommend the XB900N at all.

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

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

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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[Deal Alert] Bose QC35 II with Assistant down to $299 ($50 off) at multiple retailers

[Deal Alert] Bose QC35 II with Assistant down to $299 ($50 off) at multiple retailers

Bose's QuietComfort line has always prioritized, as you might have guessed, quiet and comfort. The QC35 was already a critically-acclaimed set of Bluetooth headphones for its excellent noise-cancelling tech and sheer comfort, and the QC35 II added Google Assistant on top of all that. The QC35 II has now been discounted at several retailers, including Amazon, Bose, and Best Buy, by $50 to $299.

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