Whether it’s people on the train in the morning that won’t shut up, your noisy neighbor, or the construction going on outside your window, there’s nothing on this planet worse than your music or podcast being interfered with by outside noise. The best solution? Noise-cancelling headphones.
We’ve done our due diligence to help you make the best decision possible when buying a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Shopping for noise cancelling headphones can get overwhelming real quick, so we put together this list of the 13 best noise-cancelling headphones on the market right now for 2017.
Some things to keep in mind when shopping for headphones: know what kind of earphone you want before you start looking (in-ear, over-ear, etc.), try them on and try them out if you can, check up on battery life and the warranty before you buy, don’t expect miracles from them (no headphone is gonna block out the entire cheer-leading team’s practice) and remember, a premium product will come at a premium price.
13. CB3 Hush
Part of making this list is considering purchase value, as in bang-for-buck when buying noise cancelling headphones. When it comes to value, CB3s Hush headphones are near the top. At just $89.99, these headphones won’t break the bank but still deliver quality ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) performance. In addition to ANC capabilities, the Hush headphones are wireless via bluetooth and have a microphone for phone calls.
12. Beats Studio3 Wireless
I don’t need to tell you a ton about Beats by Dre because you’ve seen them, heard of them, and probably know someone who uses them. Plus, you likely have an opinion about the Beats brand that, regardless of what you read on the internet, won’t be changed. Having said all of that, Beats Studio3 Wireless are the high end headphones product from Beats by Dre. While this list started with some of the best value in noise cancelling headphones, Beats fall on the other end of that spectrum. That doesn’t mean these headphones aren’t a great product; features like the Apple W1 chip for super easy bluetooth connectivity, 22-hours of battery life, and pure ANC technology are all awesome. However, buying Beats headphones is like buying Nike socks. They looks great, people notice them, they do a great job but you’re paying for a name-brand logo when lower-priced products are comparable in quality or performance.
11. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint
Audio-Technica is known for its high-performance microphones and studio quality monitor headphones. While some Audio-Technica headphones can cost an arm, leg, and pot of gold, the ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint pair cost just under $100 and reflect Audio-Technica’s high-performance standards. These lightweight and comfortable headphones reduce background noise by 90% without compromising sound quality.
10. JVC HANC250
JVC has been in the headphones game for a long time and the HANC250 headphones show it. While this pair of headphones doesn’t feature wireless convenience, they offer phenomenal sound quality, 89% noise reduction, and the ultimate design for lightweight, convenient headphones for traveling.
9. AKG N60NC
The AKG N60NC is another example of great headphones that sacrifice wireless capabilities without compromising style or performance. Besides high quality sound and noise canceling performance, many will love the AKGs rechargeable battery. Enjoy the noise cancelling functionality up to 30 hours without recharging the USB port and without worrying about a replaceable battery’s power level.
8. Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2
With a travel friendly design, ANC technology, 24-hour battery life, and bluetooth wireless capabilities all at a sub-$200 price, the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 are a phenomenal value. In addition to all of the performance features, The Plantronics looks pretty futuristic and badass.
7. JBL Everest Elite 700
JBL went full mad scientist when they engineered the Everest Elite 700 headphones, in the absolute best way possible. These headphones have it all: a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, 40mm drivers that automate sound calibration for optimal noise reduction, and an app to sync with your phone for optimal customization. While pricier than some previous options, none compare to the level of technology used in the JBL Everest Elite 700 and for under $250 they are still a phenomenal value.
6. Bose QuietComfort 25
While this entire list could be the evolution of Bose noise cancelling headphones, I’m going to limit it to my favorites. If you want Bose brand, Bose style, and Bose quality but optimal price value then the QuietComfort 25 headphones are exactly what you’re looking to find. The QuietComfort 25 feature the quality of sound that has made Bose famous over the years and excellent noise cancelling performance but your setbacks here include wired usage and a $279 price tag (note: check Amazon regularly as they will list the Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones on sale sometimes).
5. Philips Fidelio NC-1
The Philips Fidelio NC-1 showcase Philips’ years of audio innovation and engineering of noise cancelling headphones. Featuring 40mm neodymium drivers for hi-fi sound quality and 30-hours of noise cancelling playtime per charge, the Philips Fidelio NC-1 perform as good as they look. Beyond that, these headphones were built for comfort and convenience thanks to memory foam cushions and a foldable travel design.
4. Bose QuietControl 30
The only in-ear/earbud style headphones on our list. And of course, they’re Bose. The Bose QuietControl 30 rival JBLs Everest Elite 700 headphones for technology innovation, most importantly they feature technology that allows you to control your own level of noise cancellation. In addition to noise cancellation control, these headphones feature Bluetooth and NFC pairing, 10-hour rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and a dual-microphone system that rejects noise specifically for phone call improvement.
3. Sony WH1000XM2
Similar toBose QuietControl 30, the Sony WH1000XM2 adapt the level of noise cancellation but Sony’s headphones self-optimize. The noise cancellation optimization even features atmospheric pressure adaption, so your headphones adjust to your flight. With Bluetooth and NFC connectivity, these headphones are built to be comfortable on the go while delivering audio quality that is second to nearly none.
2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II
The creme de la creme of Bose wireless noise cancelling headphones, the QuietComfort 35 II. These headphones have it all: dual-microphone system for improved phone calls, phone OS virtual assistant compatibility, adjustable noise cancellation levels, volume-based equalization optimization, Bluetooth and NFC pairing with voice prompts, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with 20-hours of wireless ANC or 40-hours of wired ANC. If you want the gold standard in wireless noise-cancelling headphones, look no further.
1. Sennheiser PXC 550
I dare anyone to find something they don’t like about these Sennheiser headphones. The PXC 550s were engineered for the bro on the go (or, as they put it, “the discerning business traveller”) and features all you could ask for from a high quality pair of wireless noise cancelling headphones: NoiseGuard technology that automatically optimizes noise cancellation, 3-hour USB-rechargeable battery, impeccable sound quality, an app to sync with for custom control, and triple mic design for optimal speech clarity.
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