If you’ve ever found yourself in the situation of having to turn the volume up to the max on your headphones just so you can overcome outside noise, then you’re probably in need for a pair of noise cancelling headphones.
Noise-cancelling headphones work to isolate and eliminate unwanted outside noises while preserving the original audio signal. This way you can listen to music, movies, audiobooks at low level volumes even when you’re in a noisy environment, like an airplane for instance.
These type of headphones come in all shapes and sizes, from big over ear cans to tiny earbuds, below you’ll find the 5 best noise-cancelling headphones reviewed.
Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones
1. PSB M4U 2 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
The PSB M4U 2 headphones are tuned to perfection for every kind of music genre delivering incredible bass, midrange, and treble response. The difference between the PSBs and other noise cancelling headphones is the use of a low noise linear amplifier which isolates outside noise instead of the standard class D amp.
The headphones feature an integrated Tri-Mode archetype and offers three listening modes: active, passive, and active noise-canceling. The noise cancelation system on the M4U 2s uses 4 noise-canceling microphones, two on each earcup, to provide more accurate processing.
The PSB M4U 2’s noise cancelling is definitelly above average. Also this is the best sounding active noise canceling pair of headphones. So if you want high quality noise canceling without having to sacrifice sound reproduction quality the PSB M4U 2 is probably what you were looking for.
PSB M4U 2 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Video Review
2. Harman Kardon NC Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones
The Harman Kardon noise-cancelling headphones have a built-in rechargeable battery to power the noise cancellation which lasts for up to 40 hours and can be recharged through a USB cable. The headphones will still work even when the battery is finished when connected by the supplied bypass cable to a playback device. No other noise canceling headphones offer passive playback.
Performance wise these headphones do not sound at all like a noise-cancelling model, and I mean this as a compliment. For a noise canceling model the Harman Kardons sound fairly natural and accurate with a pleasant but not overreaching bass.
The inline remote and mic works perfectly well with your iPod, iPad and iPhone devices gives you the opportunity to turn your Harmans into a headset for making and taking calls. The remote allows you to raise and lower volume, skip tracks forward and back, and pause/play your music.
Harman Kardon NC Over-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones Video Review
3. Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
As with all Bose noise-cancelling headphones, you have to activate the noise cancelation in order to here the music and once the batteries die so does the music. Fortunately the QuietComfort 15s have an outstanding battery life, up to 35 hours of listening.
The sound detail these headphones offer is pretty impressive, with a tighter and punchier bass and a clear, smooth mid-range.
The highly effective noise cancelling circuitry features microphones inside and outside each earcup to sense the sounds around you and reduce the noise. Proprietary ear cushion technology blocks some of the noise before it even reaches your ears.
Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones Video Review
4. Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphones
The MDR-NC500D headphones incorporates Sony’s patented AI noise-cancelling system, giving them the ability to analyze and reduce all the buzzing by 99 percent at 160Hz. Once it’s registered all atmospheric rattle, the MDR-NC500D automatically adjusts sound by enabling one of its airplane, bus or office NC modes.
The built-in rechargeable battery can last up to 28 hours with a single charge.
When it comes to sound reproduction Sony does not disappoint. MDR-NC500D delivers clear and sparkly high end details, right mids aswell as a present but not overpowering bass response.
As you have noticed these headphones are digital noise cancelling which means that the headphones use a digital equalizer combined with a software engine in order to cancel ambient noise and reduce stress on your ears. It also allows the headphones to react in-kind to various environments, such as an airplane, a train, or an office, which all generate different types of noise.
Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Cancelling Headphones Video Review
5. Polk Audio ULTRA FOCUS 8000 Noise-Cancelling Headphones
The 40mm dynamic balance drivers incorporated in the Polk Audio ULTRA FOCUS 8000 headphones feature Polk’s Optimized Active Tuning which generates up to 15dB of noise cancellation. The end result is distortion free output when playing all media formats, delivering a refined sound stage that produces clean midrange and deep bass.
These headphones come with a decent number of useful adapters for airplane, mobile, stereo and Skype. A very cool feature is the Push-To-Hear Ambient Control which mutes the audio and amplifies outside sounds so you can hear without removing the headphones.
The gold-plated 3.5 mm connector is designed to fit all your i-gadgets, while the flat planar cable design completely eliminates coiling, so your headphone cables won’t tangle up.
Polk Audio ULTRA FOCUS 8000 Noise-Cancelling Headphones Video Review
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