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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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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.

 


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.

 


JVC HA-S65BN

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.

 


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.

 

 

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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Please note that prices on these products below reflect the prices as on the published date of this article. 

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