Nowadays, noise cancelling headphones are very popular. They are mainly used by people who find travelling in public transport too busy or have to work in a busy place. The headphones contain a technique that filters out background noise and thus ensures that you can optimally enjoy your music and concentrate without any sounds around you. Many professional DJs who travel a lot also use noise cancelling headphones to have a flight that is as quiet as possible.
Most new models have a long battery life, which means that you can enjoy your music the entire day. If you sometimes forget to charge your headphones, keep this in mind when purchasing headphones. The battery duration is highly dependent on the type of headphones.
How does noise cancelling work?
The noise cancelling technique is very interesting! Because a microphone is built into the headphones, it receives the sound from the environment. This allows the headphones to determine which counter signal it should give to further limit the noise from outside. The steering is against a wave of audio, so you are less bothered by the noise outside.
Watch the video below for more explanation!
If you want to make the best choice with the purchase of new headphones, this top 5 is always the right choice! We have looked at quality, price/quality and an honourable mention.
1. Sony WH-1000XM3
Already the third generation of the Sony noise cancelling headphones series. In appearance, it looks like the previous model but has certainly received a visual update. The new copper accents have given the headphones a cooler look. The wearing comfort is now on a whole new level thanks to its thicker ear cushions and you can really wear it for hours on end, without you noticing. The sound can be adjusted according to preference with the accompanying app, so you can know where the accents should lie. The noise cancelling can also be adjusted via the app and is, as we are used to from Sony, extremely good. The battery lasts a particularly long time, namely 30 hours. The only drawback to these headphones is the price, namely € 375. Nevertheless, it is certainly the best noise cancelling headphone together with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II that you can buy at the moment.
2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II
If you should compare the Sony headphones with another, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II comes closest here. The Bose is mainly used by the businessman who travels a lot. This can probably also be deduced from the design. The headphones look very neat and the material from which they are made is of high quality. The technology that Bose uses for its noise cancelling works perfectly and also makes these headphones very comfortable. The sound is also very good! However, the battery lasts a lot less than that of the Sony, namely "only" 20 hours. The price of this headset is € 349.
affordable and good:
3. Sennheiser HD 4.50
Are you looking for a cheaper model? Then have a look at the Sennheiser HD 4.50. Sennheiser proves once again that with a budget you can also buy a very good noise cancelling headphone that can compete with the expensive models. These headphones are ideal for long train journeys or if you want to quietly read a book in the evenings. The design is just like that of the Bose, made for the business class traveller. It does not necessarily appeal, but just looks neat. The headphones are comfortable around your ear and the sound sounds great! The noise cancelling technique in these headphones also does its job and therefore we dare to compare these headphones with the expensive variants. The battery lasts approximately 20 hours and it has a price tag of € 149. Certainly worth a try.
4. JBL E65BT NC
JBL also has noise cancelling headphones in its lineup that competes with the Sennheiser from above. The design probably appeals to the average consumer more, because it has a classic headphone look with the round shapes. The ear cups are good but are not completely around your ear. The one finds an advantage, the other a disadvantage. The sound of the JBL is again what we are used to from the big audio companies. The midrange in particular sounds almost perfect. With almost every music style you will enjoy these headphones. The battery lasts approximately 24 hours, so less time than the Sennheiser 4.50. Though, the JBL has a cheaper price, namely € 119.
The honourable mention:
5. Beats Studio3 Wireless
There will probably be one similarity between the first four headphones: the design. They are all designed with a design for every consumer, so they are black or grey. Because headphones can also be a fashion accessory, the Beats Studio3 Wireless also gets a mention. The design is unique and the build quality is excellent. There is still a lot of hatred on Beats because the sound would not be worth the high price, but that has not been the case for years. The Beats do have a solid bass, so the sound is sometimes not completely balanced. But if you like this, this can also be an advantage. If you have other devices from Apple, it is also easily connected and you can enjoy all the features that Apple offers. The battery lasts the longest of the entire list, namely 40 hours. For the price of € 299, you can choose your favourite colour.
Hopefully, we were able to help you with the choice in the extremely large market for headphones. The prices of the headphones are based on the suggested retail prices of web shops, which may differ from certain promotions of stores. Do you have any additions to this article? Feel free to let us know in a response!