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Sony's excellent WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones are on sale for $248 (Update: Expired)

This is one of the best deals to date for these top-rated over-the-ear 'phones, which retail for $350.

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If you're looking for top-shelf noise-canceling headphones and can't decide between the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000XM3, this deal might sway you in favor of the latter. For a limited time and while supplies last, Amazon has the Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones for $248 -- not quite the lowest price on record, but definitely preferable to the $350 list price. (Incidentally, that's also what you'd pay for the just-released Sony WH-1000XM4.)

Last October, CNET's David Carnoy declared the WH-1000XM3 the "noise-canceling headphone to beat." Although the rival Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have since arrived, they're probably not worth an extra $160. That said, the aforementioned XM4 is even better.

Read more: The best headphones of 2020

If you're new to these kinds of cans (slang for over-the-ear headphones), you'll want to check out our roundup of the best noise-canceling headphones of 2020, followed by Carnoy's Sony WH-1000XM3 review.

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Originally published last year. Updated to reflect new price.

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