Secret sale: Grab Sony's iconic noise-canceling headphones for a ridiculous $101 off

Rudie Obias
·3 mins read

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Sony Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones (international version). (Photo: Sony)
Sony Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones (international version). (Photo: Sony)

Want a great pair of noise-canceling headphones that can make you feel like you’re in your own little universe? Amazon just took the iconic Sony WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth Headphones down to their all-time lowest price.

The reason why this pair is so inexpensive? You have to know where to look—namely, at the international versions of your favorite products. The international version of the Sony headphones is on sale for $247—that’s less than they were on Black Friday—while the US version of the same headphones is $348.

So what’s the difference between the international headphones and the ones sold in the US? Well, in terms of hardware and software, nothing. They are the exact same model. The only real difference: The one-year warranty on the international headphones is from trusted Amazon seller Portable Guy instead of Sony. No worries here: The seller has earned a 91 percent positive rating from nearly 1,200 reviewers.

Long battery life

Sony really did it up by giving these headphones 30 hours of battery life. And if you’re in a rush you can get five hours of use on a 10-minute charge. Smart control touch sensors are built into the ear cups, which by the way are extremely plush and comfortable, according to Amazon shoppers.

“As someone who owns Bose noise-cancelling headphones, these new headphones have blown me away,” wrote a five-star Amazon reviewer. “The noise cancelling is a noticeable step up from the QC35 I currently have. I usually can't stand having most headphones on for a long time as my ears tend to get sore—no issues three hours in with this pair.”

Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones (international version). (Photo: Sony)
Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones (international version). (Photo: Sony)

Sleek and smart

The Sony headphones are lighter than previous models, so you’ll barely realize you’re wearing them. And thanks to a ‘swivel and fold’ design, they tuck neatly into an included carrying case for easy travel or stowaway.

You can sync the Sony wireless headphones via the companion smartphone app to bring in more or less ambient noise. The pair also comes with quick access to your smartphone’s voice assistant, including Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa. The headphones adjust to your personal situation too, optimizing the sound based on your head size, hair and if you’re wearing glasses. Cool.

“I’m impressed,” shared a satisfied Amazon shopper. “The sound quality is excellent and the noise canceling is great. I use them for music and television and to block out my loud neighbors. For these tasks the Sonys are outstanding.”

The international version of these Sony headphones—available in black or silver (priced at $259)—come with a handy carrying case, a 3.5mm wired headphone cable, USB-A-to-USB-C charging cable and an airplane adapter.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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