Noise-cancelling headphones are headphones which will essentially reduce unwanted ambient sounds using noise control. You’ll find a ton of models out there for you to choose from. But hey, if you’re having a hard time choosing, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the internet and created this list of top 10 noise-cancelling headphones of this year.
- Sony WH-1000XM3
The third-gen of Sony’s noise-cancelling headphones and considered the best noise-cancelling headphones to date. This pair of headphones is exceptionally good at noise reduction, and that’s why people seem to love it so much.
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It comes with a comfortable fit and fantastic sounds quality. That and a pretty impressive battery life i.e. up to 30 hours. While we don’t see any major upgrades from its predecessor, the WH-1000XM2, we do some subtle tweaks here and there. For example, a more comfortable pad along the bridge of the headphones and lighter design.
You can get them from Amazon for $348.
- Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
Now the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 sure isn’t any Sony WH-1000XM3s, but they are a pretty neat pair of headphones. What makes us say so? Well, traditional noise-cancelling headphones will block out ambient sounds from around you so you can hear your music clearly, however it doesn’t work the same way when you’re making a phone call.
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This is where Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones step in. They’re designed to not only give better sound but they also block out unwanted noises during a phone call as well as while playing music, pretty neat feature right there. In terms of noise cancelling it is definitely one of our top picks.
However you may find them a lot pricier than the previously discussed Sony WH-1000XM3s, $400 to be exact, and they also have a comparatively lesser battery life; 20 hours. That being said, you’ll still find them to be a pretty nice performer.
- Apple AirPods Pro
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Where they provide users with strong noise cancellation, they also come with a winning design and fit and that’s partly why users love them. They also come with a customizable transparency mode. This will allow you to switch so you can hear external noises, like any normal headphones.
So if you’re an iPhone user looking for a neat pair of noise-cancelling headphones, consider trying out the Apple Airpods Pro.
(We’ve also heard talk of Apple developing an upgraded, cheaper version of the Airpods Pro, to be released by 2022)
- Jabra Elite 85H
The Jabra Elite 85H will give other headphones a run for their money. Offering a stunning 36 hours of battery life (and up to 41 hours of battery life with ANC off), stellar design and plenty of options for personalization, we simply had to add this one to the list.
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They are also remarkably comfortable to wear over the head for longer periods of time and can be used to make calls, listen to music and pretty much anything. They also offer fast charging; up to 5 hours of battery power from a 15-minute charge. You can the Jabra Elite 65H at the price of $300.
- Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless
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There are three different noise cancellation modes and a built-in equalizer and the headphones also come with smart TILE technology which will allow you to locate your headphones. You’ll also find the industrial design to be quite comfy.
All in all, it does have some neat features considering it comes at the same price as the Sony model.
- Bowers and Wilkins PX Wireless
If you’re looking for a pair of headphones that come with style, the Bowers and Wilkins PX Wireless are the ones for you. They come with excellent sound quality, customizable noise cancelling features (automatic, low, high and off), and its aesthetic eye-catching design.
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The headphones also offer a transparency mode which will allow you to hear outside noise. They are available at the price of $400 and also come with AAC and aptX, and up to 30 hours of battery life.
- Bose QuietComfort 35 II
When Bose released its new flagship Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones it didn’t drop the QuietComfort 35 II from its headphone line up and it remains a top noise-cancelling headphone. While I think the 700 performs better overall, there are people who prefer the QuietComfort 35 II. It frequently goes on sale for less than its price so definitely look for it at a discount if you want to buy it.
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- JBL Tune 750BTNC
JBL has quite a reputation in the headphones industry, and rightfully so. Bottom line, they offer pretty decent sound quality at a pretty decent price. They feature active noise cancellation and impeccable sound quality and come in a lightweight over-ear design.
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Coming to the battery, the JBL Tune 750BTNC offers up to 15 hours of battery life and consumes only 2 hours to recharge.
All in all, they’re comfortable to wear; reliable, offer brilliant sound quality and noise cancellation and come at a highly reasonable price i.e. $130.
- Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds
Noise-cancelling tech isn’t usually available for earphones but Sony’s WF-1000XM3 true wireless headphones will surprise you. They offer excellent sound quality, perfect for listening to music and come with active noise cancellation. That and the sleek design make this quite a decent pair of noise-cancelling earphones.
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They come at the price of $230, pretty reasonable and a battery life lasting up to 24 hours or even more.
- Marshall Monitor II ANC
The Marshal Monitor II ANC is not the best, but overall they are pretty good and make for a decent pair of over-ear headphones. They come with high-quality sound and active noise cancellation technology.
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As for the design, they come with oval-shaped earbuds, padded headband and a leather design, and of course, the signature Marshall Logo.
They also come with their own app and can offer up to 30 hours of battery life with ANC and up to 45 hours without. You can get them at the price of $319.