Sony’s WH-XB900N over-ear, wireless headphones are steeply discounted at Amazon. Normally $248, they’re $100 off of that price, which is a big 40 percent discount. These headphones offer digital noise cancellation, and while that will help to make things a little quieter, it’s likely not nearly as effective as active noise cancellation that, in the case of Sony’s $350 flagship WH-1000XM4, relies on microphones, an algorithm, and dedicated processor to help hush the outside sound. But for the money, they should get the job done. They share a few similarities to Sony’s flagship model, including their touch interface, USB-C charging, and they have the same attention mode that lets you hear what’s happening around you by holding a hand over the right ear cup.
I don’t expect this deal to last longer than today, but we’ll have to see.
More headphone deals are coming in from Jaybird, which is discounting its Tarah Pro wireless in-ear headphones that are suited for runners. These usually cost $159, but they’re $100 now through Saturday. Compared to the standard Tarah model, these offer a vastly superior 14-hour battery life, or at least that’s the claim. And with their Switch Fit design that lets them easily convert into an over-the-ear design, they seem like a good fit if you’re looking for headphones that will stay in your ears during a run.
Lastly, time is running out to preorder the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. They both officially release in the US this Friday, August 21st, and Samsung will cut off its preorder perks at some point the day before release. If you preorder the Note 20, you’ll get $100 ($150 back for the Note 20 Ultra) in Samsung credit toward “curated bundles and select products like Samsung TVs, Galaxy Buds Live, tablets and more.”