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