If you’re reading this, then you’re clearly a music fan with impeccable taste. We know you demand the very best sound from your headphones – and there are some amazing cans out there including active noise cancellers, budget wireless headphones, and cheap noise-cancelling headphones. But if you’re looking to go wireless and want impressive sound at a reasonable price, Sony’s offerings are well worth taking a closer look at.
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Cheap Sony headphones: what should you go for?
If you want the best combination of performance and features, then Sony’s WH-1000XM4 demand your attention. These incredible headphones are our frontrunners for best of the year, and combine sensational performance with features seemingly liberated from Skynet’s R&D division.
We’re also still big fans of the cracking Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds. Rarely have earbuds so small sounded so huge.
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If you're on the lookout for a new set of cans for yourself or in the market for a present for someone else, Sony's range is definitely worth exploring. After all, the Japanese giant has a long tradition of making kick-ass audio tech, mixing premium sound quality with impressive comfort and features.
You'll find our picks below and don't forget that, while Sony offers some outstanding products, there are also regular savings to be made on other headphones, along with smart speakers, turntables and streaming devices, giving you the opportunity to take your listening pleasure to the next level, without sapping your savings.
Cheap Sony headphones deals: what to expect
You wouldn’t expect to find the best Sony headphones in the bargain aisle, but they do offer great value for money, and if you’re looking for something that’ll pay you back with listening pleasure, they’re well worth the investment. Here's a closer look at the models that should be at the top of your wishlist.
Sony WH-1000XM4 deals
These new headphones are more outrageously talented than Bruce Dickinson. Combining state of the art noise cancelling with AI powered smart features, they literally herald a new era of head-fi technology.
Features like Speak-to-Chat and Adaptive Sound Control mean they’ll always sound their best, regardless where you are, in fact you’ll only ever need to take them off to charge them – which won’t be that often as they can run for 30 hours when powered up.
Noise cancelling is best in class, and they sound superb too. To find out why we love them so much, go read our full Sony WH-1000XM4 review.
Sony WH-1000XM3 deals
The Sony WH-1000XM3 may just about be the best deal in Sony headphones right now. That’s because they’ve had a huge price cut to make way for the all-new, all-smart WH-1000XM4s.
The thing is, they sound just as good as the newer model. The key difference between the two is the feature set, and if you’re happy to trade the XM4’s leading edge AI niceties for serious cash saving, then you can spend what you save on Black Sabbath’s Paranoid Super Deluxe collector’s edition, or something equally worthy.
The WH-1000XM3 have a lightweight build and soft, seductive ear pads. They’re generous on features, too, with 30 hours of battery life, voice control and a ‘Quick Attention’ mode that enables you to instantly quieten your music when you need to hear something important.
Sony’s exceptional noise cancellation technology remains undimmed. Expect these to be phased out as stock dwindles, so move fast if you want to bag a bargain.
Read our Sony WH-1000XM3 review
Sony WF-1000XM3 deals
Sometimes, a full set of over-ears just won’t cut in. That’s when true wireless earbuds come into their own. They live in a pocketable charging case that can keep them juiced for days – and Sony’s WF-1000XM3 are one of our favourites. They feature the brand’s signature noise cancelling (which remains uncannily good even on these stylish buds), and sound excellent, with great stereo imaging and a deep bass.
The WF-1000XM3 are also optimised for Google Assistant, enabling you to control your music, get the latest football scores or manage your schedule, all with the power of voice. You get a lot of earphone for your money.
Read our Sony WF-1000XM3 review
Sony WH-1000XM2 deals
They may be getting long in the tooth, but the Sony WH-1000XM2 remain an easy recommendation when it comes to noise cancelling headphones. The silver-gold version can be found for a little over £220, and that’s small beer for cans of this class.
Prog, punk or metal, these Sony headphones handle all with confidence, thanks to their powerful 40mm drivers and distortion-reducing S-Master HX technology.
They’re Hi-Res Audio capable too. Sony is spoiling us.
Sony WF-1000X deals
If you’re working on a tight budget, you can still pick up a pair of Sony noise cancelling true wireless earbuds for a song. Powered by a 6mm dynamic driver, the Sony WF-1000X deliver sound quality that belies their price, with impressive levels of detail and clarity.
They're also Alexa compatible, although battery life is limited, so you'll get no more than three hours per charge with noise cancelling switched off.
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