Chances are that you are here to find a set of headphones that can cancel out the loud noise and roaring noise made by an airplane or a train so that you may sleep or rest peacefully or you just want to silence the booming music made by your neighbor that almost gives a headache. And you are not sure how much to spend to get a quality pair of headphones.
Following today’s list of Active Noise Cancelling Headphones ranging from as low as 50 US dollars to 200 US dollars and above, you will find a suitable set of headphones that will provide you the sound quality and silence through the noise cancellation you want, under the price range you choose. Also, most of the products mentioned usually are discounted and are available at a lower price than retail, so make sure to see latest price of individual items.
Active Noise Cancelling Headphones from 200 US dollars and above:
BOSE QC 35 ||
BOSE Quiet Comfort 35 (2’s) is the top pick for best overall headphones for the high end price segment. Bose provides the most balanced and high quality that you should expect at such high prices and those qualities are:
1) Best Sound Quality
2) Comfortable ear cups or cushions
3) Balanced Active Noise Cancelling
4) Up to 20 hours of Battery life
Now the argument might be here that the Sony WH1000XM4 provides the best ANC in the industry and while that is true, the former 2 qualities is what, in which the QC 35 2’s take the crown for the higher end price range. If you want to constantly use headphones for longer periods and want to avoid having heat and discomfort due to sweat around your ears and are willing to sacrifice just ever so slightly on ANC, then these BOSE QC 35 || will be the better buy for you at this price range.
The second best option, which is really obvious is the Sony WH1000XM4. For an even higher price that you pay for the Bose, you will experience the industry leading Active Noise Cancellation. And yes, this is very true that these set of wireless headphones have better ANC than any other headphones, so why really is it at the second place? Well, reasons might be, which are really opinions confirmed from multiple users is that using these headphones can be a bit of an issue for longer periods as the ear cups are tight, it almost feels like it will crush your head. Although, they are comfortable but at this price range, Sony really had to work on the comfort of the headphones itself, as it matters too. Some of the highlighting qualities of the Sony WH1000XM4 are:
1) Industry Leading Active Noise Cancellation
2) Touch Sensor Controls
3) Up to 30 hours of battery life with quick charge
Jabra Elite 85h
Next up in this price range, is Jabra Elite 85H, in which you get an amazing high quality pair of Active Noise Cancelling over ear headphones. Being third on this list, you can easily see that Jabra Elite are a serious competition to Sony or Bose at a lower price tag. Some of the highlighting qualities of the Jabra Elite 85h are:
1) Water Resistant, a feature that does not officially come with neither Sony nor Bose
2) Up to 36 hours of battery life (with ANC on) and Fast charging capability
3) Up to 8 microphones to cancel out noise and provide an immersive experience
4) Premium Sound quality, Jabra has made no compromises at this price level, which is a good thing.
JBL Live 650BTNC
A list without a pair of JBL is incomplete and the selection for the price of around 200 US dollars, JBL Live 650BTNC are the chosen one. The underrated sound house provides real good quality pair of wireless noise cancelling headphones. Although, the noise cancelling is decent enough to cancel out some noise, these should not be the primary option if you just want active noise cancellation. ANC is there, just that there are better ones. Moving on to the sound, a bass heavy person, would enjoy the crazy thumps these provide even at higher volume levels and no loss of sound quality (sign of a quality headphone). Some of the highlighting qualities of the JBL Live 650BTNC are:
1) Up to 20 hours of battery life with ANC
2) Built-in Google and Alexa Assistant support
3) Connect to two devices simultaneously on Bluetooth
4) Decent Active Noise Cancelling
5) Quality sound profile with bass thumps
6) Foldable Design
Sennheiser PXC 550-II
Last, but not least the Sennheiser PXC 550-II are the ones to go for if ultimately comfort is the one you most prioritize along with active noise cancellation. Not just comfort, the sound quality is also by far of superior quality as Sennheiser is promising to deliver their legendary sound quality with these PXC 550-II.
The catch comes in with the ANC. The noise cancellation is not terrible for the price, although Bose and Sony do a much better job at this price range.
Some of the highlighting qualities of the Sennheiser PXC 550-II are:
1) Long lasting comfort and foldable design
2) Up to 30 hours of battery life
3) Access to Alexa, Siri or Google assistant on a touch of a button
4) Pair up to two devices at the same time
Active Noise Cancelling Headphones from 100 to 200 US dollars:
In this slightly more affordable price range, the overall top pick is the Cowin E9. Cowin is known for making affordable headphones yet providing high quality and value for the money.
The new Cowin’s are an improved version of the previous flankers in this series and perform even better. It is really difficult to understand where did the affordable headphone maker skip on while producing such headphones. The sound quality, active noise cancellation, comfort and much more is there and some might say even better than some 300 to 400 US dollars headphones.
Some of the highlighting qualities of the Cowin E9 are:
1) Overall best choice in this price range
2) More than adequate active noise cancelling
3) Decent comfort with soft ear cushions
4) Up to 30 hours of battery life
5) Superior sound quality
Next up in this price range is Skullcandy Hesh. If you are in the search for one of the best sound ever on a headset, you have to try a Skullcandy. The Hesh wireless have satisfactory active noise cancelling, which can block out really any noise like loud music in a mall etc. The microphone quality seems to be really good here and these are comfortable too. As simple as it is, these are a fine set of wireless over ear headphones by SkullCandy,
Some of the highlighting qualities of the Skullcandy Hesh are:
1) Competent Active Noise Cancelling
2) Up to 22 hours of battery life with rapid charge
3) Comfortable fit for big heads
AKG N700NC M2
You might have heard of AKG with their collaboration with Samsung during recent years. AKG has a quality contender for this price range and they are AKG N700NC M2. These by design can are plastic but have decent build quality and they fold up and get into your handbag or back pack without taking too much space.
On the sound quality, AKG is famous for their tuned sound profile and they are just as much delivering. The noise cancelling is reasonable, but for the asking price it could have been better. They are not terrible like turn on ANC and you can still hear others, it is more like that the outside noise is present but at a low extent. Some of the highlighting qualities of the AKG N60 NC:
1) Compact foldable design, great for travel
2) Up to 30 hours of playback with just ANC turned on
3) AKG signature sound quality
4) Moderate noise cancelling
5) Plastic build at this price range does not seem suitable
Active Noise Cancelling Headphones from 100 USD or less:
Cowin E7 Pro Upgraded
Cowin once again appears but now with an even lower priced wireless ANC’s. These are Cowin E7 Pro Upgraded. Upgraded in the name means they changed ear cushions in the previous E7, for an even better and more comfortable soft ear cushions that allows to keep using these for hours. Speaking of hours, the Cowin E7 Pro boasts up to 30 hours of battery life with bluetooth 4.0. These offer an incredible active noise cancellation that blocks of the noises during flight, train and other low frequencies. Moreover, the earcups here are flexible meaning that they can rotate and rest on your chest as the headset is around your neck and the overall build quality is quite solid. The sound quality is an improvement over previous generation and surprisingly, when ANC is turned on. it tends to provide even better, crisp and clear sound, a slight loophole to get increase their sounding capability. Some of the highlighting qualities:
1) Satisfactory active noise cancellation
2) 30 hours of battery life
3) Upgraded ear cushions for better comfort
4) Solid build quality
5) No reason to switch to SE7 as there are some changes, but either of them are good to go
Cowin SE7 is yet again another bomb pair of wireless ANC’s by Cowin to challenge the budget headphone segment. The SE7 are lightweight and are extremely sturdy in build quality and with breathable soft ear cushions. Meaning that it is fairly easier to wear them for hours and even forget that they are still on top of your head. Although, they can be slight tight on the ears, a minimal adjustment after a few hours do the trick of making them comfy again. The active noise cancellation works just as well, blocking out airplane cabin noise, street noise and more. The addition of Bluetooth 5.0 also enables to have less disconnections with phone while being away from mobile device at longer distances, as long as the headphones are within the specified range. On sound quality, if you already own a set of E7 Pro’s, you might notice some slight positive differences as the sound is now richer and more fulfilling. Some of the highlighting qualities of the Cowin SE7 are:
1) Satisfactory active noise cancellation
2) 30 hours of battery life
3) Bluetooth 5.0
4) Enhanced sound quality with richer and better sound
5) Foldable design with rotatable ear cups
6) No reason to switch to E7 Pro as there are some changes, but either of them are good to go
Mixcder E9 can be a reasonable alternative for the more expensive options in this list, as the Noise cancellation is very satisfactory and certainly raise the bar for the offerings of low end budget headphones. The ANC on these block out certainly a noisy crowd nearby and block out the engines during mid flight but weird enough the sounds generated by the ambulance siren can still be heard. The sound quality is genuinely impressive enough to compete against other headsets that require more money out of your pocket. Over to the build quality, they are decent and lightweight and the ear cups are rotatable so that they rest on your chest while the E9’s are around your neck so they do not bother your natural neck movements. Furthermore, the noise cancelling headset by Mixcder consists of 35 hours of battery life so you should be good to go for a day and more. Some of the highlighting qualities of the Mixcder E9 are:
1) More than adequate active noise cancelling
2) Impressive sound quality
3) 35 hours of battery life with the ability to quick charge for 5 minutes to get up to 2 hours of usage
4) Bluetooth 5.0 that helps to minimize disconnections and increased performance
Anker SoundCore Life Q20
Last but not least, if you are on extremely low budget, then the Anker Sound core Life Q20 are probably best suited for you. The price might be on the lower side, but the qualities it offers are not. In fact, these set of wireless over ear headphones boast 40 mm drivers that provides Hi-Res exceptional sound quality at this price range and you can continue to listen on these wireless headphones for long periods as they offer 30 hours of battery life and up to 60 hours of battery life with slightly decreased volume and couple of features turned off. Build quality wise, they are light, adjustable, big enough to cover your ears and comfort is decent. The noise cancellation is surprising but compared to other expensive ANC headsets, these do well enough on it’s own. Some of the highlighting qualities of the Anker Sound Core Life Q20 are:
1) Battery life: Up to 30 hours with all features on and up to 60 hours with few adjustments. It also comes with quick charge, meaning you can charge for 5 minutes and listen for up to 4 hours.
2) Incredible Price/performance ratio
3) Sound Quality: Hi-Res audio with the option to increase Bass.
4) Active noise cancelling is up to par with other expensive headphones
5) Foldable and compact design for effortless travel