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Sony’s best noise-cancelling headphones are down to their lowest price today

 

Sony’s best noise-cancelling headphones are down to their lowest price today
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Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by nice discount on Sony’s WH-1000XM4, as the high-end wireless noise-cancelling headphones are currently down to $278 at various retailers. That’s more than $70 off Sony’s MSRP, about $50 off its typical street price online, and tied for the largest discount we’ve tracked to date, which we also saw on Black Friday.

At the moment, the WH-1000XM4 are our top pick among noise-cancelling headphones. There are certainly better-sounding headphones for the price, but the XM4’s bass-forward sound is still enjoyable for those who like a boosted low-end, and it’s possible to customize the audio profile through Sony’s companion app. Either way, the XM4s are very comfortable to wear for hours at a time, get an excellent 30 or so hours of battery life, and have several useful features, such as USB-C charging, a “speak to chat” function that automatically mutes music when you speak to someone else, and a great “ambient sound” mode that blends external noise with your music while you’re outdoors. More than anything else, their noise-cancelling quality is excellent, muting lower-frequency rumbles and, to a lesser-but-still-impressive extent, higher-pitched tones alike.

A pair like Bose’s Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 has better call quality, a more neutral sound, and the ability to customize noise-cancelling strength, but overall, we think Sony’s pair is the better deal, particular at this price. Elsewhere, our deals roundup also includes discounts on Apple’s M1 Mac Mini and Magic Keyboard, a budget pair of noise-cancelling headphones from Anker that we like, LG’s latest OLED TVs, and more. You can check out our full roundup below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

  • Sony WH-1000XM4 Bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones for $278 at Amazon, B&H, and Adorama (normally $325).
  • Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones for $42.39 at Amazon (normally $60).
  • Apple Mac Mini (2020 model)—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $649 at Amazon and B&H (normally $699).
  • Apple Magic Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd gen) and iPad Air (4th gen) for $199 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $289).
  • Anker PowerLine II (3ft, 3-pack) USB-A to Lightning cable for $23.99 at Amazon (normally $32).
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS4, Xbox, Switch) for $29.88 at Amazon and GameStop (free next-gen upgrade—normally $40).
  • ASTI LectroFan Classic white noise machine for $32.17 at Amazon (normally $40).
  • Roku Streambar soundbar + 4K HDR media streamer for $101.84 at Amazon (normally $125).
  • Netgear GS308 8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch for $17.99 at Amazon (normally $21).
  • 55-inch LG BX (2020 model) 4K HDR OLED TV for $1,296.99 at Amazon and B&H (normally $1,320).
The 2020, M1-equipped Mac mini.
Enlarge / The 2020, M1-equipped Mac mini.
Samuel Axon

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple Mac Mini (2020 model)—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $649 at Amazon and B&H (normally $699).
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go laptop—Intel Core i5-1035G1, 12.4-inch 1536×1024, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $649 at Amazon (normally $700).
  • WD Black SN850 (500GB) M.2 NVMe internal SSD for $119.99 at Amazon (normally $150).
  • WD Elements (12TB) external desktop hard drive for $197.99 at B&H (backordered—normally $215).
  • Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse Bluetooth mouse for $24.12 at Amazon (normally $32).
<em>The Last of Us Part II</em>.
Enlarge /The Last of Us Part II.

Video game deals

  • Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS4, Xbox, Switch) for $29.88 at Amazon and GameStop (free next-gen upgrade—normally $40).
  • Desperados III (PS4, Xbox) for $19.99 at GameStop (normally $30).
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $29.99 at Amazon and GameStop (free next-gen upgrade—normally $45).
  • Collection of Mana (Switch) for $19.99 at Amazon (normally $25).
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (Switch) for $9.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (normally $15).
  • Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate Edition (PS5, Xbox) for $39.99 at Amazon (normally $55).
  • Mario Tennis Aces (Switch) for $37.89 at Amazon (normally $45).
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4) for $30 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $40).
  • The Last of Us Part II (PS4) for $29.83 at Amazon and Walmart (available for $20 used at GameFly—normally $38).
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2: Launch Edition (Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $29.99 at Amazon (normally $40).
  • Mafia: Definitive Edition (PS4, Xbox) for $29.97 at Amazon (normally $40).
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (Switch) for $14.96 at Walmart (normally $25).
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch) for $49.94 at Amazon (normally $60).
<em>Immortals: Fenyx Rising</em>.
Enlarge /Immortals: Fenyx Rising.
Ubisoft

Gaming deals

  • New users only: Microsoft Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 3-month membership for $1 at Microsoft (auto-renews by default—normally $31).
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7X wireless gaming headset for Xbox, PC, Android, Switch for $131.99 at SteelSeries (use code: FORM—normally $150).
  • Hori D-Pad Controller (L, Black and Gold) for Nintendo Switch for $19.99 at Amazon (normally $25).
  • Hori Split Pad Pro (Black) handheld controller for Nintendo Switch for $40.49 at Amazon (normally $50).
  • Sony DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment for DualShock 4 controller for $19.96 at Amazon (not compatible with PS5 games—normally $30).
LG's BX OLED TV is one of the best premium TVs for most people.
Enlarge / LG’s BX OLED TV is one of the best premium TVs for most people.
LG

TV and home entertainment deals

  • 55-inch LG BX (2020 model) 4K HDR OLED TV for $1,296.99 at Amazon and B&H (normally $1,320).
  • 65-inch LG CX (2020 model) 4K HDR OLED TV for $1,947.99 at Amazon and Sam’s Club (clip $47 coupon—normally $2,150).
  • 65-inch Vizio M8 Series Quantum M65Q8-H1 (2020 model) 4K HDR LED TV for $648 at Walmart (normally $750).
  • 55-inch Hisense H8G (2020 model) 4K HDR LED TV for $479.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (normally $520).
  • Roku Streambar soundbar + 4K HDR media streamer for $101.84 at Amazon (normally $125).
  • Sonos Beam (refurbished) smart soundbar for $319.20 at Sonos (normally $399).
  • Watchmen (Blu-ray + digital) for $13.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (normally $23).
Sony's WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones.
Enlarge / Sony’s WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones.
Jeff Dunn

Electronics deals

  • Sony WH-1000XM4 Bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones for $278 at Amazon, B&H, and Adorama (normally $325).
  • Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones for $42.39 at Amazon (normally $60).
  • Apple AirPods with wireless charging case for $129.98 at Sam’s Club and Walmart (normally $159).
  • 10.9-inch Apple iPad Air (64GB) tablet for $559 at Amazon (normally $599).
  • Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm) smartwatch for $339 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $370).
  • Beats Solo Pro Bluetooth noise-cancelling on-ear headphones for $149.99 at Woot (normally $260).
  • Jaybird Tarah Bluetooth sports earphones for $29.99 at Amazon (normally $60).
  • Netgear GS308 8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch for $17.99 at Amazon (normally $21).
Apple's AirPods.
Enlarge / Apple’s AirPods.

Smart home device deals

  • Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display for $44.99 at Amazon (normally $60).
  • Amazon Echo Show 8 smart display for $79.99 at Amazon (normally $95).
  • Eufy RoboVac 11S robot vacuum for $169.99 at Amazon (normally $245).
  • iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum for $199.99 at Amazon (normally $235).
  • iRobot Roomba e5 robot vacuum for $249.99 at Amazon (normally $270).
  • Roborock S5 Max robot vacuum for $418.69 at Amazon (use code: SDS5MAXB—normally $530).
  • Roborock S4 Max robot vacuum for $359.99 at Amazon (clip $70 coupon—normally $430).
The LectroFan Classic white noise machine.
Enlarge / The LectroFan Classic white noise machine.
Jeff Dunn

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Apple Magic Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd gen) and iPad Air (4th gen) for $199 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $289).
  • ASTI LectroFan Classic white noise machine for $32.17 at Amazon (normally $40).
  • Anker PowerLine II (3ft, 3-pack) USB-A to Lightning cable for $23.99 at Amazon (normally $32).
  • Anker PowerWave Pad Qi wireless charger—10W Galaxy/7.5W iPhone for $9.34 at Amazon (normally $12).
  • Prime only: Aukey Omnia Mini PA-B1 20W USB-C PD wall charger for $10.12 at Amazon (clip 25% coupon—normally $15).
  • RavPower RP-PC112 61W USB-C PD wall charger for $19.99 at RavPower (use code: 112GAN—normally $28).
  • Samsung EVO Select (512GB) microSDXC card—UHS-I, U3 for $64.99 at Amazon and Samsung (normally $75).

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