Everything is way too loud, all the time—we live in a world of constant noise, distractions, and mind-numbing media that we feed ourselves by the heapful. If serenity is a commodity, noise cancelling headphones are a currency. We’ve located and reviewed the five best noise cancelling headphones on the market by some of the most-trusted brands to give you a little more control and tranquility in your day.
Bose is the gold standard in noise cancelling headphones: their technological advancements come close to sensory deprivation (in the best possible way).
You’re not going to get much quieter than over-ear headphones like these. Bose has paired with Amazon to enable Alexa’s voice-activated commands for music, queries and more, while still offering excellent noise reduction.
Utilize the power of these headphones for full immersion in music, and flick on Bose AR to get access to exclusive apps to make this pair even better. With a comfortable headband and long-lasting battery, nothing compares.
Well, almost nothing. Sony is a strong second place contender, and come in at a fraction of the price. Through digital noise cancellation technology, Sony cuts out all the background chatter and lets you focus on what’s important.
Whether you’re using them in a coffee shop so you can get some quality work done on your laptop, or you simply need to cancel out the world for ten minutes a day to find some peace, Sony’s over-ear headphones are designed to last for years of use.
From the comfortable cushioning to the thirty-five hour battery (and ten-minute recharge time), everything is state-of-the-art, including the AI-powered next-gen onboard technology.
Beats is known for its sound quality, but in a plot twist that nobody saw coming, they proved to be experts in eliminating sound as well.
These come in the same flair that most Beats products come in, with a ton of aesthetic selections, and a twenty-two hour battery life that only takes ten minutes to charge. The downside is that if you flip to music playback, it’s only got three hours on the battery life.
Beats paired up with Apple here to bring you the W1 chip, giving a better connection on all Bluetooth devices for uninterrupted immersion and enjoyment.
You knew Bose would pop up again. These headphones have an adjustable range on their acoustic sound cancellation, but also come with a compatibility feature for Apple iOS devices that gives you notifications and allows you to answer calls, all from your headphones.
These have a separate version (available in the link) that are also designed for Android devices, but with slightly less accessibility features. Tune everything out, engage in what you love, and reduce your stress by reducing the noise pollution around you.
Lesser-known brands have to stand up to the likes of Bose, Sony and Beats, and they do it like this: Cowin offers an impressive thirty-hour playback time, deep bass boost, and a microphone to answer phone calls, all for an incredibly low price (which is why they have some of the most reviews of any noise cancelling headphones anywhere). Pop them off by swiveling the ear cups in a ninety-degree angle when you need to talk with someone, and slip those smooth cushions back over your ears when it’s time to resume your peace and quiet. With excellent audio playback and a high functioning Bluetooth receiver, it’s almost everything that the other guys are offering, but without eating up your budget.
Silence is Golden
Whether it’s accompanying you on a plane trip or you’re just trying to tune the world out while you meditate at home for fifteen minutes, we could all do with a little more quiet in our day.