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Jam to your favorite tunes with Sony's Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones on sale for $180

Sony Xm3 Headphones Black
Sony Xm3 Headphones Black

Best Buy's featured deal of the day today is the Sony WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth active noise-canceling headphones (opens in new tab) on sale for $179.99. We've seen several deals on these headphones over the years, but this is the best price since 2019 at least. At MSRP the headphones were going for around $350, but more recently they've sold regularly for around $278. Either way, today's deal is a bargain, and it will expire at the end of the day.

It's a safe bet we're not going to see deals like this on the XM3 for much longer since they have been replaced by the newer and more advanced XM4. Of course, those headphones are not on sale and are currently going for close to $350 at Best Buy (opens in new tab) and Amazon (opens in new tab). Since Sony isn't making the XM3 anymore, this may be your last chance at a deal on headphones that were once considered the best of the best at what they do.

With the XM3 headphones, you'll get USB-C charging and a battery life that can last for up to 30 hours with a quick-charging feature thanks to that USB-C that allows you to charge the headphones for 10 minutes and still get five hours of playback when you really need it.

There are also multiple microphones built in that work to analyze and eliminate background noise. Use the Adaptive Sound Control to determine just how much of that noise you actually want to hear. That can be important if you need to hear the traffic around you while you walk down the street or something like that. One of the other unique features is called atomic pressure optimization. This setting actually allows the headphiones to adapt to higer altitudes and adjust your noise-canceling.

Coimpared to Sony's previous iterations, the XM3 is powered by a QN1 HD processor that works up to four times faster than previous generations. It also has a Dual Noise Sensor, which is technology that helps to weaken ambient noise. Plus, you can access Google Assistant with just the push of a button and get all your questions answered.

John Levite
Deals Editor

J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.

4 Comments
  • XM3's are any day better than the newer XM4's (because the newer model entirely drops support for the AptX codec suite). So if you are on Android or Linux, you are stuck with SBC processing (unless you have a Sony smartphone that supports LDAC).
  • Windows supports AptX too. I find the XM3's have much less lag on Windows using AptX compared to SBC but you have to disable the microphone handsfree profile. They're great for casual gaming and watching videos.
  • Too bad they have those awful gesture-controlled sensors that misfire all the time, especially when worn under a hood in wet weather
  • Not worth it at any price. They have a creaky sound that develops from the cheap plastic hinges that Sony uses. Sounds like you’re on an old wooden ship every time you look left or right.
    Go with the Bose NC 700. They’re flawless.