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5 Best noise cancellation headphones of 2018

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You might have noticed that whenever you are commuting, the level of noise that your ears have to bear is very high. Many people opt to listen to music, podcast or even audio movie during their long traveling hours and the level of noise around makes the experience less pleasing. Sometimes we require a lone time with ourselves, or we want to temporarily cut the connection with the outside world and only listen to what we want to listen for some time. These are the main reasons why people require noise canceling Bluetooth headphones.

Deciding what noise canceling headphones you would like the most is a daunting task. We have to take many things into account such as the level of noise cancellation we require, or the quality of music and the comfort. To cater that we have compiled the list of the best noise cancellation headphones that you would like the most.

We tested many headphones and the ones listed below were the best of the bunch. They are in no specific order, but they have different strengths and weaknesses. Without further ado, let us get into our list.

Sony WH 1000XM2

When it comes to audiophiles many prefer Sony for its comfortable design, best acoustics and price. Starting with our list we have Sony WH 1000XM2 headphones. Even though quite a time has passed since Sony revealed these headphones, they are still one of the top priorities of the people who want noise canceling headphones. They sound great, have a variety of noise canceling options, and have the best price for the features. The fact that it allows many modes is enough for people who want noise cancellation.

Image: Sony
Image: Sony

These modes include ambient noise mode, it allows the noise with mid to high frequency tones which can be helpful in some cases like announcements over loudspeakers. The other mode is Quick attention mode it lets in all noise for a brief amount of time. It is helpful in places when you have to listen to a person once, or when you have to register your order and do not want to take off your headphones. Other than these, the headphones support the newer aptX HD standard coupled with LDAC codec which makes the vocals clear and enables high resolution audio playback.

The only thing it suffers from is the average battery life. The battery life is not bad, but it is unable to last longer than the competition though we recommend it for long journeys too as the battery lasts around 10 hours.

Bose Quiet Comfort 35 mark II

You know when a headphone is from Bose, no matter how much they cost you are sure to love them. Same is the case with the updated version of Bose Quiet Comfort 35 headphones. The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 mark II shares the identical feature set. The only thing better in these is that they now support Google assistant. So, if you have any question during the long journey you can now ask directly through your headphones.

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Image: Cnet

Unlike the above mentioned Sony’s headphones there are no profiles to choose from, but for most people that are willing to spend that much money on a headphone, it does not matter much. You get the top of the line sound cancellation and the acoustics are also one of the kind. They also support aptX HD and so are able to output high resolution audio. They also have a good wireless range and support NFC too. You can also pair them with two devices simultaneously.

So, you can switch from your tablet to your phone seamlessly.  However, if you have a choice between these and Sony WH 1000XM2 you should get Sony’s headphones as they are better for the same price.

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

When it comes to the sound output, no headphone can compete with the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones. They have many problems but if you are the person who can ignore one or two shortcomings here and there and prioritize the audio output then these headphones are made for you. The shortcomings, however, are to look for carefully. The noise cancellation these headphones offer is barely enough and the user interface these provide is not one that you would like too.

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Image: Sennheiser

On the other hand, the fact that the earpiece has the dual layered diaphragm and the universal aptX support makes it the best sounding noise canceling headphone on the list. The faults it has however are not ones that many users can ignore. Lastly, the battery life is only 8 hours long. So, we can only recommend these to the people who are low on the budget but want the best sound output and noise cancellation support.

Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2

Noise cancellation headphones can be a little too much expensive and many of us cannot afford these pricier devices. So, if you do not want to spend much on your headphones but want more for you what you are paying then look no further and pick Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2.

These headphones are the cheapest of the list. Their noise canceling ability is not as strong as the offerings from Sony or Bose but still provide enough isolation for most commuters. What they lack in the noise cancellation department is easily suppressed by the ergonomics and the sound quality of the headphone. They also claim that the sound output you will get from these is bass riched which will add excitement and thrill to any track of any genre and prevent you from drowning out.

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Image: Plantronics

These wireless headphones have the longest working range of the list, you can enjoy the output at a distance from the device outputting audio. They also support aptX-LL which many headphones in this genre ignore. Since they can output sound at a very low latency it makes them apt gaming headphone too.

For gamers who want the best sound quality and the added benefit of the sound cancellation. Overall, they do not have the best noise cancellation technology you will notice some noise leak into your ears but the audio output and the price is compelling enough to make us recommend these.

Bowers and Wilkins PX wireless

Bowers and Wilkins is another well known brand among audiophiles but they did not have any noise cancellation headphone until 2018. The PX wireless is their first acoustic device that supports noise cancellation technology and their first device foray impresses. They not only sound great but have some smart features that make them one of their kind.

For example, they turn on automatically as soon as you put them on your head. They also support USB Type C charging so you can charge them through the standard Type C wire.

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Image: Bowers and Wilkins

The only downside of these headphones is not they do not sound as great as the other headphones on this list. They have good noise cancellation and one of the best battery life here. The sound quality is not bad, but when you have tested the sound output from Sony and Bose’s flagship devices anything that is slightly on the bad side of the curve would seem worse.  That said, if you love their devices you will surely love PX wireless too.


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