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Best Noise Cancelling Headphones of 2020

by Bernadette Braganza May 09, 2020

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones of 2020

Whether you’re working from home, travelling via flights or would just like some peace in life, a noise cancelling headphone is the solution. Before moving to our picks of the best in the category, here’s how noise cancelling headphones work:

The headphone emits frequencies that are similar to the noise frequencies in the surrounding area. When both frequencies meet, they cancel each other out and give you that peaceful silence. You can read more about this technology here.

Now, let’s move on to why we’re here. Presenting, the best noise cancelling headphones of 2020:

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Philips TAPH805

Wireless Music with active noise cancellation!

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Philips TAPH805

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Philips TAPH805 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Philips TAPH805

The Philips TAPH805 gives you more than a day's worth of music listening time offering best-in-class 30 hours of battery life (Active noise cancellation off) in a single charge of 2 hours. However, with Active noise cancellation on, the headphone lasts up to 25 hours. It also supports two levels of rapid charging, where 5 minutes of charge gives you 2 hours of playtime and 15 minutes of charge gives you 6 hours of battery life. Push the active noise cancellation button on and Lose yourself to music by cancelling out all the unnecessary ambient noise around you. However, when you are in the streets you have to be aware of what's happening around you and hence you've got the Awareness Mode. The TAPH805 features acoustic echo cancellation that eliminates annoying echoes while you are talking on call for undisturbed connection. The Philips TAPH805 sports extremely soft ear cushions and has a foldable design. The headband of the headphone is adjustable and smooth. You can easily fold it flat and inwards making the headphones portable. You can put these headphones in the carrying pouch and take them with you while you are travelling or commuting

Enjoy powerful sound output with Philips TAPH805. It sports a flawlessly tuned 40 mm neodymium acoustic driver that helps these headphones to deliver rich bass and precise midrange frequencies. The headphone offers perfect sealed fit which enables passive noise isolation for immersive music listening experience. From twinkling pianos to blistering guitars enjoy every nuance of your music with the Philips TAPH805. This headphone supports Hi-Res audio and when it is connected to a high-res audio source it offers CD-Like audio quality letting you hear the details of the sound with clarity and precision. Controlling music, turning active noise cancellation on and off or activating the awareness mode, all of it is uber easy with easy controls on the headphone. For further convenience, you can activate your voice assistant with a single touch. This will allow you to get your notifications read, call or text your friend over direct voice commands.

What we like

  • Enjoy up to 30 hours of music time (25 hours with ANC)
  • Featuring superior Active Noise Cancelling
  • Adjustable headband with soft cushioned earcups
  • Foldable design for portability
  • Supports Hi-Res audio and voice assistant
  • Easy gestures for music controls and more
  • With integrated mic and echo cancellation
  • QuickCharge: 5mins for 2 hours and 15mins for 6 hours

Why you should buy it

Do not get disturbed by your surroundings while listening to music. With Philips TAPH805 you get active noise cancelling for immersive music listening experience. You also get around 30 hours of playtime (25 with ANC) along with comfortable design, quick charge, echo cancellation and more.



Sony WH-1000XM3

The best in the industry

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Sony WH-1000XM3

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Sony WH-1000XM3
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Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Sony WH-1000XM3

No article on noise cancelling headphones can begin without talking about the industry’s best. The Sony WH-1000XM3 is the 3rd generation headphone from the brand’s Wireless Headphones 1000X series.

These Sony noise cancelling headphones are stuffed with features like an Atmospheric Pressure Optimizer, gesture controls and smart sensors. It uses the latest QN1 processor to cancel out all background noise while the inbuilt SENSE ENGINE adapts the amount of noise cancellation depending on what background elements you want to listen to (Eg. airport announcements, people talking, etc.).

What we like

  • Hi-Res audio certified
  • Long-lasting 30 hours battery life
  • High-end QN1 noise cancelling processor
  • Sony | Headphone Connect App to further personalize your headphone

Why you should buy it

If you’re looking for one of the best-in-class noise cancelling headphones by Sony, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go for the WH-1000XM3. Of course, if taking calls along with noise cancellation is a priority, we’d suggest taking a look at the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 below.


Skullcandy Crusher ANC

Explore sound like never before!

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Skullcandy Crusher ANC

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Skullcandy Crusher ANC Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Skullcandy Crusher ANC

Get ready to listen to music like never before with the all-new Skullcandy Crusher ANC. It features a combination of three high-grade technologies of adjustable sensory bass, active noise cancellation, and personal sound which will deliver a personalised music experience. The Skullcandy Crusher ANC is designed to provide some of the best bass experience. It comes with the brand new patented drivers that offer the widest range of sensory bass. This ensures that you do not just hear the bass, but also experience it like never before. You can adjust it as per your convenience. Sometimes you need to cut yourself off the external world and lose yourself to music. That's precisely why the Skullcandy Crusher ANC features active noise cancellation.

This feature detects your surroundings and reduces external noise so that nothing comes between you and your music. You can customize the sound of your headphones with the Skullcandy app. This app features real-time audio testing, allowing you to create a personal sound profile that adheres to your preference. This set sound profile is saved in the headphone which then optimizes the audio to make it sound the way you like. Hundreds of hours are invested in perfecting and each and every Skullcandy headphones at Utah- The Skullcandy headquarters. The result is a custom-tuned headphone that helps you feel even the minutest nuance of music. Each headphone is designed by highly skilled Skullcandy engineers who are music lovers at heart, just like you.

What we like

  • Featuring adjustable sensory bass
  • With digital active noise cancellation
  • Wireless convenience with personalised sound
  • Around 24 hours of battery life with rapid charge
  • Integrated Tile tracker

Why you should buy it

Enjoy immersive music listening experience with the Skullcandy Crusher ANC. The combination of Adjustable Sensory Bass, Active Noise Cancellation, and Personal Sound allows you to enjoy a better audio experience which is fine-tuned to meet your unique hearing.


Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

The leader in ANC

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Image by Sarah Tew via CNET

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Image by Sarah Tew via CNET Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Image by Sarah Tew via CNET

The name says it all. Before Sony started releasing its ANC wonders, noise cancelling headphones by Bose held the coveted position of being the latest in cutting-edge tech.

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 boasts 11 levels of noise cancellation letting you adjust how much background sound you’d like to hear. The brand also brings the virtual world to listeners with Bose AR.

What we like

  • Four-microphone system for absolutely clear calls
  • In-built Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Customisation through the Bose Music App
  • Bose AR for smarter living

Why you should buy it

The Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 is the stepping stone to the future in smart audio tech. If you can afford the additional 10K this pair commands, go for it!


Bowers & Wilkins PX7

The premium wireless noise cancelling headphones

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Bowers & Wilkins has made a mark on the audio world thanks to their high-end speakers; and now, they’ve adapted this technology to create premium, high-quality headphones.

The PX7 has high-speed audio codecs like Qualcomm aptX HD and AAC along with the latest Bluetooth v5.0. Inspired by the strength and agility of the world's fastest race cars, the woven earcups and headband announce its high-end luxury.

What we like

  • Qualcomm aptX HD and AAC for high-quality wireless audio
  • 2 years warranty
  • Enjoy 30 hours of a luxurious audio experience
  • Sensors that autoplay & pause

Why you should buy it

The premium quality of the headphone can be felt as soon as you hold it in your hands. Added to this, B&W’s experience of high-end audio ensures the best sound a noise cancelling headphone can give.



The noise cancelling headphones for those on a budget

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Bowers & Wilkins PX7

There’s no reason for silence to burn a hole in your pocket. The JVC HA-S65BN may be a budget-friendly headphone but it knows how to do its job right i.e. keep the noise out and the music in.

At just under Rs. 5K, you get 11 hours battery life, a detachable cable (for when the battery dies) and 30mm drivers that pump out that bass-heavy sound.

What we like

  • It’s one of the cheapest ANC headphones you can get
  • 11 hours of pure silence
  • Extra bass sound to rock out to
  • Foldable and easily portable

Why you should buy it

If you’re on a budget and can do without the bells and whistles that the others in this list come with, you can’t go wrong with the JVC HA-S65BN.


Sony WF-1000XM3

A noise-cancelling true wireless earbud like no other!

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Sony WF-1000XM3

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Sony WF-1000XM3 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Sony WF-1000XM3

The Sony WF-1000XM3 is a feature-rich and advanced true wireless earbuds from Sony. The main highlight of these earbuds is its HD Noise-Canceling Processor QN1e which offers industry-leading noise cancellation. These earbuds are highly sensitive to ambient sounds, owing to its dual microphone sensor technology. Experience unrivalled sonic experience with high-grade audio driven by small-yet-powerful 0.24" driver units that deliver rich sound with extreme clarity. Even the compressed music files will sound better on these earbuds, thanks to the Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX™) technology. User comfort is taken care of with by the ergonomic design of these earbuds providing day-long wearing comfort. Enjoy strong connectivity with advanced Bluetooth chip, optimized antenna design and low latency that makes wireless streaming smooth. The ergonomic tri-hold structure and high-friction rubber surface make the earbuds comfortable and secure in your ears. To add to it, they come with 3 sizes of triple-comfort earbuds and 4 sizes of long hybrid silicon rubber earbuds for optimized fit. You can enjoy up to 6 hours of music time on these earbuds and with the charging case, you get an overall noise-free music playtime of around 24 hours. However, if you turn off noise cancelling, the earbuds will last for 8 hours and with the charging case, it will last up to 32 hours in total. For more juice, a 10-minute quick charge in the charging case gives you up to 90 minutes of playtime.

Don't miss calls with Sony WF-1000XM3 as they are designed to offer clear audio either on one of the earbuds or both, as per preference. For smarter listening, the earbuds feature innovative SENSE ENGINE™ technology to enhance your listening experience. With quick attention feature, you can place a finger over your earbud to reduce the volume and let in ambient sound for a quick chat with someone around you. To make this better, the adaptive sound control feature enables the earbuds to adjust the sound setting based on the surroundings. Additionally, the proximity sensor in each earbud adjusts the sound upon realising whether you are using one earbud or both the earbuds. For further convenience, pull out the earbuds and the music pauses on its own, put them back and the music resumes. You get a host of options to personalise your experience using the Sony Headphones Connect App. What's more, you ask? The WF-1000XM3 is compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Siri. These earbuds have intuitive touch controls to manage the noise cancellation mode and music playback. You can even manage the touch controls using the Headphones Connect App. The Sony WF-1000XM3 sports a minimalistic and design along with a magnetic charging case. These earbuds let you enjoy 360 reality audio to experience music the way you would experience it in a studio or a live concert.

What we like

  • Best-in-class noise cancellation with amazing sound
  • Fashionable design for complete wireless freedom
  • HD Noise-Canceling Processor QN1e
  • With Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX™)
  • Low audio latency for best audio-video sync
  • Optimised ergonomic design
  • 24 hours of listening and Quick charging
  • Best hands-free calling
  • SENSE ENGINE™ technology and Quick Attention Feature
  • Adaptive Sound Control and proximity sensor
  • Customise music with Sony Headphones Connect app
  • Supports Google Assistant, Siri and Amazon Alexa
  • Intuitive touch control settings and 360 Reality Audio

Why you should buy it

The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds are the premium true wireless earbuds that offer excellent audio quality with best-in-class noise cancellation. It has a host of excellent features including a strong battery life, stylish and ergonomic design, intuitive touch controls among others.


JAYS q-Seven Wireless

Stylish Swedish ANC headphone

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - JAYS q-Seven Wireless

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - JAYS q-Seven WirelessImage via Daily Web Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - JAYS q-Seven WirelessImage via Daily Web

At around the Rs. 10,000 price point, the JAYS q-Seven Wireless can definitely punch above its weight. It brings with it the Swedish brand’s signature minimalist design and warm sound.

Known for its comfort, the q-Seven does not disappoint and allows for long listening sessions even with ANC on. For those who’d like to reconnect with the world, the HearThrough mode allows ambient sound in. In addition, the earcup controls allow you to adjust playback and take calls easily.

What we like

  • Long 30 hours battery life
  • Compatible with Google Assistant and Siri
  • Plush earpads that allow for superior comfort as well as noise isolation when ANC is off
  • Intuitive controls

Why you should buy it

If you’re looking for something better than the JVC HA-S65BN, but at an under Rs. 10K price point, the q-Seven Wireless will certainly not disappoint.

Other Honorable Mentions


Sony WI-1000XM2

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Sony WI-1000XM2

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Sony WI-1000XM2 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Sony WI-1000XM2

While active noise cancellation technology is mainly used by headphones, you do get some in-ears that use it. The newly launched Sony WI-1000XM2 is one example of this.

It uses similar technology to the above-mentioned WH-1000XM3, the major differences being the battery life (10 hours), controls (inline remote & mic) and of course the in-ear form factor. The WI-1000XM2 also features a Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX for better sound output.

What we like

  • Hi-Res audio certified
  • Magnetic earbuds that keep the cables from tangling
  • Bluetooth with AAC for high-quality audio streaming
  • Quick charging feature so you’re never out of battery

Why you should buy it

If you need active noise cancellation but are more comfortable with in-ears instead of on or over-ear headphones, the Sony WI-1000XM2 is the way to go


Apple AirPods Pro

Noise cancelling true wireless earbuds

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Apple AirPods Pro

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Apple AirPods Pro Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Apple AirPods Pro

While not the first in true wireless tech to venture out into the noise cancellation market, the Apple AirPods Pro is touted as one of the most advanced of its kind.

Unlike the previous generation of AirPods that featured an earbud fit, these are designed to fit like in-ears (which is, according to most, even more comfortable). The ANC tech has a ‘Transparency’ mode that lets you hear ambient sound even while the noise cancellation is on.

What we like

  • Apple’s H1 Chip for faster and steadier connectivity
  • Total battery life of 24 hours for long music sessions
  • The same magical AirPods sound
  • Multiple ear tips for a better fit

Why you should buy it

If you’re into the Apple eco-system or want active noise cancellation without the hassle of cables / or a headband, this one’s for you.


Shure AONIC 50

With studio-like sound and an adjustable ANC support!

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Shure AONIC 50

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Shure AONIC 50 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones - Shure AONIC 50

These premium headphones are designed to elevate your music listening experience to the next level while enjoying complete wireless freedom. The Shure Aonic 50 delivers studio-quality sound which is a result of decades of professional experience. To make the sound more immersive, Aonic 50 comes with adjustable noise cancellation as well. There are times when we need to keep up with our surroundings and therefore this headphone features environment mode that allows ambient sound to flow in. You can enjoy up to 20 hours of non-stop music on the go or at the comfort of your home. These headphones are designed to last longer and are highly portable with a flat foldable design.

Controlling music playback, answering and rejecting calls can be done with just the push of a button. It is easily connectable to mobile devices, tablets and laptops using Bluetooth 5.0. It also supports hi-end Bluetooth codecs such as the Qualcomm aptX, aptX HD, aptX Low Latency audio, Sony LDAC, AAC, and SBC. If the battery dies you can continue listening to your music in wired mode with 3.5mm analog audio jack. You can further manage noise cancellation and environment mode using the dedicated ShurePlus Play app. The Shure Anoic 50 is available in two colours black and brown and a protective case, 3.5 mm audio cable and USB-C charging cable comes included in the box.

What we like

  • Delivering pure studio-grade audio
  • Featuring adjustable noise cancellation
  • With environment mode to keep you aware
  • Around 20 hours of playtime
  • Designed for comfort and durability
  • Convenient fingertip controls
  • Premium headphone amplifier
  • You can connect to wired devices
  • Supports ShurePlus™ PLAY app

Why you should buy it

The Shure Aonic 50 is a wireless noise-cancelling headphone which is designed to deliver studio-grade sound quality along with adjustable noise cancellation. It is extremely comfortable to wear and is highly durable. Shure Aonic 50 offers up to 20 hours of music listening on the go.




So there you have it. Which of these is your favourite pick? If you have any doubts or would like to know about noise cancelling headphones, our Headphone Gurus are always here to help.



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