Before I get into which are the best noise cancelling earbuds or in ear headphones, I just want to make it clear that noise isolation and noise cancelation are 2 completely different things.
First of all noise isolation involves how tight the earbuds fit in your ear canal. The better fit, the better the noise isolation will be. Noise isolation earbuds try to seal off your ear canal more thoroughly by extending the earbud into your ear canal.
While on the other hand noise cancelation earbuds incorporate technology that produces sounds that cancel out external sounds that are reaching your ears. Noise cancelling earbuds are generaly more expensive then noise isolating earbuds but they perform way better when it comes to eliminating outside noises.
So, now that we’ve gotten that out the way, here the 5 best noise cancelling earbuds.
- 1. Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling In Ear Headphones
- 2. AKG K391 NC High-Performance Noise Cancelling Earbuds
- 3. Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones
- 4. Polk Audio ULTRA FOCUS 6000 In-Ear Headphones
- 5. Phiaton PS 210 BTNC Bluetooth 3.0 Active Noise Cancelling Stereo Earphones
Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds
1. Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling In Ear Headphones
The QC 20 headphones by Bose are the best in ear noise cancelling headphones. They offer an unprecedented combination of superb sound, advanced noise reduction and in-ear convenience.
Noise cancelling headphones best serve their purpose in environments with low frequency droning sounds like airplane engines, car engines (and road noise), in-room/in-window air conditioners,etc. I’m not saying that the Bose QuietComfort 20is will make an airplane as quiet as a library, but there definitely the in ear headphones that come closest.
Bose’s TriPort technology and Active EQ merge to give your music depth and balance. The headphones feature a rechargeable Li-Ion battery which delivers up to 16 hours of listening time and can be fully recharged via a USB cable in 2 hours.
The QuietComfort 20i are ideal for the iPhone, iPad or iPod user, if you’re an Android fan then you’ll want the QuietComfort 20. They both have the same price and performance.
Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling In Ear Headphones Video Review
2. AKG K391 NC High-Performance Noise Cancelling Earbuds
The AKG K391s work both in active and passive noise cancelling modes, delivering a powerful bass response and a distortion-free, crisp sound signature.
Sound wise the AKGs remain distortion-free at top volumes, while maximum volume is loud but tolerable in passive mode, and uncomfortably loud in active mode.The USB rechargeable battery provides you with up to 40 hours of active noise cancelation listening time.
The AKG K391s are compact, with a lighweight but sturdy build, making them ideal for frequent flyers, daily commutes and so on.
AKG K391 NC High-Performance Noise Cancelling Earbuds Video Review
3. Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones
If there is one thing that Audio Technica knows is it’s transducers, and they’ve done an outstanding job with the ones they incorporated in the ATH-ANC23 headphones.
The ATH-ANC23 noise canceling in ears deliver a balanced, deep bass response, dynamic mid-ranges and excellent highs.
Noise cancelation on this pair of headphones is pretty impressive.
Tested in crowded and noisy environments, the headphones performed exceptionally well at blocking outside noises.
Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Video Review
4. Polk Audio ULTRA FOCUS 6000 In-Ear Headphones
The Ultra Focus 6000 noise canceling headphones by Polk deliver high quality sound with accurate details and a deep bass response.
The design of these headphones helps passively isolate outside noise fairly well, enhancing the bass response at the same time.
The Push-To-Hear Ambient Control instantly mutes audio and amplifies outside sounds so you can hear everything without removing your headphones.
Active noise cancelation on the Polks is powered by a AAA battery and together with it’s noise isolating design eliminates outside noise coming from your surrounding environment.
5. Phiaton PS 210 BTNC Bluetooth 3.0 Active Noise Cancelling Stereo Earphones
The Phiaton PS 210 BTNC are the first set of noise cancelling headphones to use the better sounding, more battery-efficient Bluetooth 3.0 technology. Phiaton’s EverPlay-X technology allows you to listen to music even after the battery dies or your playback device is not Bluetooth compatible.
The built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery can last up to 12 hours of calling, 14 hours of music playing, and up to 600 hours of standby with the active noise cancelling turned off.
“Noise Blocker”, a Phiaton proprietary active noise cancelling technology is said to eliminate up to 95% of ambient background noise, making the PS 210 BTNC headphones ideal for daily cummuters and frequent flyers.
Phiaton PS 210 BTNC Video Review
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