There was a time when a noise cancelling device was considered a niche product. With noise pollution taking a toll all across the world, devices like noise cancelling headphones are slowly entering the mainstream market. To put the noise and other distracting sounds at bay, users are investing in noise cancelling headphones to enjoy dedicated music without getting affected by the cacophony around them.
Frequently coming across noise cancelling devices in the airplanes, buses, trains and almost every other form of transportation is enough to prove how popular they’ve become among the public. To be honest, it is really hard to see why they’ve gained attention in the recent times. The basic purpose of using a pair of noise cancelling headphones is that they massively reduce the background noise, means you won’t get distracted by the rumbling of airplanes, trains, or buses.
Apart from that, your music becomes clearer with no hints of distortion. Moreover, with these headphones tucked on your ears, you do not even have to listen to music or any other audio file at a higher volume. You can also listen to it at a lower volume, which is normally recommended for the ears, and still won’t get distracted by any deafening sound nearby.
Even under normal circumstances, we would still recommend using noise cancelling headphones and not the traditional pair of headphones in terms of not getting distracted by the outside sound.
Best Noise Cancelling Headphones of 2017
We’ve put up a list of some of the best noise cancelling headphones that have come out in 2017. Since the year is about to end, we do not want you to miss out on the best discounts that some of these headphones have to offer. If you’re keen on enjoying your music without any distractions, then take a look at the following pairs of noise cancelling headphones best buy choices:
Built with a superb noise cancelling technology, the Sony MDR-1000XM2 serves as an excellent revision of an already incredible pair of headphones. Priced similar to a pair of Bose QC35s i.e. $348, these headphones outshine QC35 as far as performance and feature-set are concerned.
There are three reasons why you’d want to pick Sony headphones over the Bose: Sony has an ambient noise mode, letting in mid-to-high frequency tones for instance when announcements are made over a loudspeaker. Second is its Quick Attention mode. With this mode, you can let in the outside sound without taking off the headphones. This feature is really helpful especially when you’re giving an order for something on a plane or speaking to a colleague for a brief moment before getting back to your work. The third reason is the addition of LDAC codec.
The only downside of having Sony headphones is the fact that it has a shorter battery life as compared to the Bose. If short battery life doesn’t bother you, then you must go for them.
Bose QuietComfort 35
On number two spot, we have Bose QuietComfort 35. Bose is known for bringing out excellent noise cancelling headphones. With QC35, Bose has cut the wires off its flagship noise cancelling headphone with tremendous success. Yes, this particular pair of headphones offers wireless connectivity. So, with this pair of headphones, you not only get to enjoy your music without any distractions but also become free from cabling. That doesn’t mean it has no cable at all. It does come with a cable and you can make use of it in case you want to use the headphones with a device that doesn’t support Bluetooth.
Another major plus point of investing in a Bose pair of headphones is that you do not have to worry about it running out of battery. Bose is known for offering larger battery life, which is actually long enough for the long flights.
QC35 is priced at $329, around same as Sony’s headphones we talked about above, and is one of the best noise cancelling headphones you can get for yourself.
Philips Fidelio NC1
We picked Philips Fidelio NC1 because along with a great economical price, $299, this pair also presents an elegant noise cancelling solution. Unlike Bose QC35, these on-ear headphones don’t offer wireless feature but we wouldn’t ignore the other benefits it offers. With a more compact set, these headphones offer great comfort and a very good battery life that offers noise cancelling solution for around thirty hours. We believe this time is enough to cover even a long-haul flight.
If you’re looking to invest in a cheap noise cancelling headphones, then NC1 should be your pick because even its sound performance is extremely warm and well balanced. Being set at slightly lower price than Bose and Sony do not necessarily mean that NC1 compromises on its sound performance.
Bose QuietComfort 25
A few years ago, if someone asked us which pair of noise cancelling headphones was the best out there then we would have recommended Bose QC25 without having any doubt. The low, mid, and high frequency came through clear to our ears, without crisscrossing each other. Music of all kinds sounded crystal clear, without any distortion or distraction from the outside world. But we’re talking about what we would recommend a few years ago. The time has moved on and so has Bose. Since then, Bose has launched not just one sequel to QC25 but two – QC35 and QC35 11 which comes with built-in Google Assistant. These sequels are the ones which we’d recommend over the QC25 anytime.
However, that doesn’t mean we would not recommend QC25 at all. If we talk about this pair of wired headphones all alone, let us tell you that they come with a fine sound performance. Equipped with one AAA battery, this pair provides a good noise cancelling performance that can go up to thirty-five hours. They’re also not very expensive and can be bought at $179 if
If you’re a Sony Xperia owner, then this wireless pair of headphones might be a must-get item for you as they sound really good even with a built-in noise cancelling tech. The inclusion of high-end codecs such as LDAC, AAC, and aptX does help Sony’s headphones sound even better than the Bose’s QuietComfort series but eventually, you will be slightly disappointed to find noise cancelling solution a bit ineffective in them.
Having said that, after conducting thorough testing, we have concluded that these phones are still the closest competitor to Bose. If you are willing to overlook a few drawbacks, then this top-notch wireless noise cancelling headphones are a must-have for you. Stacked with incredible features, it provides an excellent sound performance. We definitely recommend you to go ahead with Sony’s headphones if its high price ($349) does not bother you.