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Sony's WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones are on sale for $278

Normally $350, these top-rated over-the-ear 'phones are mighty compelling at this price -- though you may want to wait for a better one.

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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 $278, a solid discount on one of our favorites. However, it's worth noting that earlier today, the price dipped (very briefly) to $228, and may do so again.

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 $121.

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 2019, followed by Carnoy's Sony WH-1000XM3 review.

As noted, we may see an even better deal as Black Friday approaches. But if you don't want to wait, this is a solid discount you can take advantage of right now.

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Originally published earlier this year. Updated to reflect new sale prices and availability.

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