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Early Prime Day headphone deals: Big discounts on Sony earbuds, Soul S-Fit for $56

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Prime Day would not formally begin till subsequent week, Oct. 13, however we’re already beginning to see value drops for a wide selection of merchandise. Within the headphone area, it is a return to some reductions on Sony headphones that we have seen beforehand. Particularly, Sony has once more slashed costs on final 12 months’s WF-1000XM3 in addition to the newer WF-SP800N, which is waterproof and options noise canceling, and the entry-level WF-XB700 Additional Bass, which is again right down to the bottom value we have seen, at $78. We have collected the highest offers under.

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The WF-1000XM3 earbuds listing for $230. They briefly dipped to $170 earlier this 12 months, however at $178, they’re nonetheless one of the best sounding wi-fi earbuds on this value vary and likewise characteristic lively noise cancellation know-how to scale back ambient noise.

The one disadvantage is the WF-1000XM3 earbuds aren’t rated as sweat-proof or waterproof headphones. That stated, I’ve used them for mild exercises with a little bit of a sweat on the health club with out a downside. They use Bluetooth 5.zero with help for AAC, however not aptX.

Word that we have been anticipating Sony to launch the next-generation WF-1000XM4, however at this level, we could not see these earlier than 2021. 

WaterproofNo (lacks IPX certification).

Read our Sony WF-1000XM3 review.

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It took some time, however now we lastly have a brand new true wi-fi noise-canceling sports activities mannequin from Sony: the WF-SP800N. Funnily sufficient, I wrote on the finish of my largely optimistic overview that I might wish to see them extra within the $160-$175 vary. They had been not too long ago right down to $127, however the present $148 value remains to be $50 under listing, and $20 under their normal road value.

This is not fairly the WF-1000XM3 with a waterproof physique. It is lacking Sony’s QN1e processor, however there’s nonetheless quite a bit to love about it, together with excellent sound, strong noise canceling and good name high quality. It is positively a major improve over the WF-SP700N, which got here out in 2018, and its “arcs” (sports activities fins) lock the buds in your ears. Simply be sure to get a decent seal from one of many included ear suggestions or else each the sound and noise canceling might be lackluster.

WaterproofSure (IP55 splash-proof).

Read our Sony WF-SP800N review.

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The WF-XB700 is within the firm’s Additional Bass line and lists for $130. I’ve tried them and actually favored their match. Their sound high quality would not measure as much as that of the WF-1000XM3 or WF-SP800N (it lacks some readability), however in the event you like bass, they’re respectable sounding earbuds. I believed they had been a little bit costly at $130. At $52 off, or $78 — matching their all-time low — they’re a way more attractive choice.

WaterproofSure (IPX4 splash-proof).

Read our Sony WF-XB700 Extra Bass first take.

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Soul’s S-Match true wi-fi earbuds are type of a budget-oriented model of the Jaybird Vista, which lists for $180. The S-Match do not sound pretty much as good because the Vista — sound high quality is respectable however not nice — and so they aren’t in the identical league so far as construct high quality. However they’re light-weight, snug to put on and have a compact case. They’ve an IPX67 water-resistance score, which suggests they are often totally submerged in shallow water for a short while and survive. Battery life is rated at 6.5 hours. 

I most likely would not purchase them for $80 however they’re extra attractive at $56. They’re going to be at that value for under a day, however I think this deal will return. A number of coloration choices can be found.

Water-proofSure (IPX67 waterproof).

First printed earlier this 12 months. Up to date to mirror the return of sale costs and Prime Day.

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