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Sony’s flagship noise-canceling headphones are back down to their lowest price yet

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Possibly the best purchase to make during quarantine

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A photo of Sony’s 1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones on someone’s head. Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

If you’ve found yourself wanting some peace and quiet, whether it’s from the upstairs neighbor’s kid stomping around above you or just to silence other distractions, today’s marquee deal has your name written all over it. The Sony WH-1000XM4 are $72 off at Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers — matching the lowest price yet that we’ve seen happen a few times now. We first saw this price drop occur during Prime Day last October, and it went on to become one of the most popular deals of 2020.

This model is almost identical to the previous generation (WH-1000XM3), with its similarly sublime audio quality and noise cancellation effect. What’s new in this set, though, is a sensor that automatically pauses music when you remove them, then resumes when you put them back on. It also has improved voice quality and, perhaps the biggest improvement, support for two simultaneous Bluetooth connections.

Image: Aukey

Apple’s USB-C 20W wall adapter costs $19, but you don’t have to pay that much to get the fastest-possible charging speeds for your iPhone. Aukey’s 20W USB-C wall charger is $7.69 at Amazon (usually $13) right now. You’ll need your own USB-C cord (either one that ends in USB-C if you own an iPad Pro or the latest iPad Air, or USB-C to Lightning for all iPhones). Of course, this is also a nice, affordable option that’s suitable for any USB-C device, be it an Android phone or a Nintendo Switch.

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Lastly, we wanted to point out that you can preorder this Transformers / Back to the Future mash-up collectible at GameStop. It’s $21 right now (usually $30). My colleague Sean Hollister snagged one from the first batch when it released, and he says it’s a well-designed figure. This batch is set to release in April.