We’re officially crossing over to Memorial Day weekend. While most of us are already working from home, anyone could still use a break from the daily grind and look forward to a sale bonanza. Chances are, you can get whatever item you want on your shopping list at a huge steal. If it happens to be wireless noise-canceling headphones, Best Buy has discounted the Beats Studio 3, Beats Solo Pro, and Sony WH-1000XM3 — the latest installments in its Memorial Day sales.
— $200, was $350
Lovers of the Bass and those who want to flaunt their sheer style woun’t be disappointed with what the Beat’s Studio 3 has to offer in its classic package. Although it retained the same design as the previous model, it comes with the improved Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling (ANC) technology that actively eliminates ambient sound. Beats spruces it up a bit more with a feature for real-time audio calibration that keeps the clarity of sound, range, and emotion intact for a premium listening experience. You’ll surely be able to rock with this pair.
The Studio 3 stays consistent with Beats’ branding but its circuitry now runs with Apple’s proprietary W1 chip along with Class 1 Bluetooth connectivity. You’re basically getting an industry-leading classification for signal strength. Its battery can be stretched up to 40 hours with Pure ANC off or up to 22 hours for a full-featured all-day wireless playback. And if that still doesn’t cut it for you, you can count on a 10-minute charge to give you 3 more hours of play with Fast Fuel technology.
These Beats headphones guarantee comfort and durability with plush over-ear cushions on its earcups that come with advance venting and economic pivoting that ensures a snug and flexible fit no matter the head shape. It won’t let you down in portability either with a foldable headband you can easily stow and keep protected in its hard-shell carrying case. Plus, it has on-ear controls that allow you to skip songs, take calls, adjust the volume, or activate Siri with a mere touch of a button.
— $250, was $300
Another fashionable pair from Beats that has gone on sale are the Beats Solo Pro. It also offers impressive noise-cancellation that can automatically adjust its intensity based on your surroundings. So if you’re out and about on a busy street, its built-in algorithm turns up the notches for noise-cancellation and lower it when you’re in a fairly quiet place. With Apple’s H1 chip, you’ll be able to maximize proximity pairing that allows you to sync these headphones to your phone in no time at all. iOS users can even opt for iCloud pairing that allows you to listen from any iCloud-connected product.
You won’t be seeing a power button anywhere on the Solo Pro. It’ll just spark to life as soon as you unfold them while plopping them on will instantly trigger the pairing state. The only physical button you’ll find here is reserved for the noise-cancellation settings. A single tap will turn it on, and another tap will switch to a transparency mode that welcomes external sounds. Then, two consecutive taps will turn both modes off. These are considerably intuitive features but they don’t come at the cost of battery since it will consume the same power even when it’s just hanging idly around your neck. Nonetheless, you can bank on up to 40 hours of playtime without ANC on and take advantage of three-way calling on the rocker which also lets you control the volume, skip tracks, take calls, or activate a voice assistant.
The Beats Solo Pro also holds out promise for the environment. It is sourced from 36% recycled plastic with a sleek matte finish that looks good and is easy to clean. While you can rely on a secure fit, it might be too tight around the head for some.
— $280, was $350
And at last, the fairest of them all, the Sony WH-1000XM3, which is currently our top pick for the best wireless and noise-canceling headphones in the market. It certainly ticks all the right boxes for design, wearability, and superior audio reproduction. This pair will be the closest you’ll get to drownin out the rest of the world and hearing your music the way it is truly meant to be heard.
The noise-canceling features of Sony’s WH-1000XM3 in one word is superb as it eliminates everything from static noises to the general clamor in public settings. You also won’t be missing out on an immersive listening experience with a powerful audio processor that makes music, movies, and recordings come alive. It also has additional microphones that help isolate sound for crisp and clear calls.
Sony also kept that on-the-go in mind with a slim profile that allows you to experience the utmost portability. You’ll have no issue wearing these headphones for long periods of time either, with deep cup interiors and a padded headband. Its frame is not only foldable but also swivels flat for easy storage in the included hard-shell travel case. It is also estimated to have a battery life of 30 hours which is good enough for long trips. Moreover, it has a quick-charging feature that gives you five hours more of playback in just 10 minutes. You can also hook it up to the provided 3.5-mm cable to extend your listening session.
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