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Travel Tech Deal: Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones for $179 [Refurb]

Written by Charlie

If you want a great pair of noise cancelling headphones, grab this travel tech deal on Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones for under $180!

The Sony WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones are among the best out there and this ties the best manufacturer refurb price I have seen – just $199! Check it out! This is a pair of headphones that are better than the Bose QuietComfort 35II and you can get them for just $199 now!

Great Deal! Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones for $179 [Refurb]

Link: Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones for $179 (this is an affiliate link that supports the site – thanks for your support!)

I had this exact pair (and bought from the same seller as refurbished ones – great condition and work and look like new). I had sold them to give the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds a shot (I prefer earbuds overall) but still love the way the Sony headphones worked and felt.

What regularly retails for $349 (like the Bose QC 35 II) has been on sale new for as low as $279 in recent weeks. I have used the Bose QuietComfort 35 and the 35 II headphones and owned the Sony WH-1000XM3. I can say (and I join many more qualified voices than myself with this) that the Sony headphones beat the Bose in just about every way.

This is the same thing but without retail packaging (still ships with the contents and carrying case) – for $100 less than the sale price ($170 less than retail price new).

Likes and Dislikes

The only thing about the Sony headphones is that they are not as comfortable when hanging around the neck. This could entirely be a user-preference based on neck size/comfort but for me, the Bose were more comfortable. That is definitely not a huge dealbreaker for me since I rarely hang them around my neck.

The Sony headphones have great battery life, excellent noise cancelling ability and a really good companion app to customize the headphones to what you want. One more thing that may sound like a small thing but is huge for me is that they are USB-C charged. Just about every piece of tech I travel with is USB-C so that makes one less cable I need to bring on my trips now.

These are killer headphones for noise cancelling, especially on airplanes! It does a much better job than Bose with it and they show that Sony has really put the work into the 3rd generation models!

If you don’t believe me on the claim that the Sony headphones are better than Bose, do a search. There are a lot of tech gurus out there that feel the same way. Or, you can always try them out for yourself at your local tech store!

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • There headphones absolutely suck ! Just returns them. Bulky, poor sound and confusing interface. Don’t waste your money.

    • Sorry they didn’t work out for you. Maybe you had a bad pair? The sound is definitely better than most, including Bose, it is the same style as the Bose and the interface is definitely personal preference. I hardly consider a deal like this a waste of money for quality noise cancelling headphones.