The 10 Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones Buying Guide: Geargreed welcome’s you to its latest round-up for the best noise-cancelling headphones that you will be able to buy in 2018 as of today.
Back in the day, when technology introduced the noise-cancelling technology people were very skeptic about it or they couldn’t afford the buy a nice pair of noise cancelling headphones. Today, in 2018 these type of headphones are the mainstream, they are what people are considering to be the “IN” thing to buy when it comes to headphones. You can easily spot them anywhere, from airplanes aisles, airplanes seats, trains and even buses. Basically they are the best and most controversial accessory to own when travelling especially when travelling alongside strangers.
It’s pretty easy to understand why they are such a popular product. Noise-Cancelling headphones reduce any background noise which means the engines of a plane become less disturbing, the massive amount of noise that is created on buses due to many people talking becomes non-existent and that helps enjoy your favorite music even more.
It makes the sound quality of your music more enjoyable because you don’t have to turn the volume all the way up to block any outside noise. You are finally able to listen your favorite song at ideal volume settings. Trust me your ears will thank you for that.
Even if you can’t afford to buy the latest and greatest noise-cancelling headphones pair, a basic model will do just fine. The difference than a traditional pair of headphones is massive in terms of blocking outside noise. However, if you are looking into something more complete and of higher sound quality because your budget allows it, our top picks for the best noise-cancelling headphones will take your listening experience to the next level as well.
Talking about the true definition of the silver lining when it comes to headphones. Let’s proceed to the good stuff and dig into the best noise-cancelling headphones of 2018 available today:
1. Sony WH-1000XM2
The Sony WH-1000XM2 are an awesome revision, a re-creation of an awesome pair of headphones. Those headphones are of course the MDR-1000x which we all know how amazing and unique their sound and noice cancellation is. The WH-1000XM2 sound clean, crisp and they feature a noise-cancellation out of this world. They might have a smaller battery life than Bose’s flagship over-ear headphones, but they completely outperform the Bose QC35 in every aspect.
One of the reasons you would want to choose the Sony headphones over the Bose is not only the matching noise cancellation, but they revealed three features that Bose just doesn’t offer. Number one is of course the ambient noise mode that allows only mid-to-high frequency tones. That means that when there is an announcement over a loudspeaker, for example one an airplane they will allow the sound to pass so you can hear it. Another reason is the Quick Attention mode that allows all outside noise in without even taking off the headphones. That can be useful when ordering a drink for example on airplane or when you want to speak to a colleague without taking them off. The last reason that Sony has added on this amazing pair of headphones is the LDAC codec. The LDAC enables Hi-Res Audio playback even though the aptX HD standard is right there in case you want to use it.
Crystal clear sound, amazing quality, beautiful design, amazing build quality, fully packed with featured and the pricing matches the competition. Honestly the Sony WH-1000XM2 are the number one pick for Geargreed regarding the best noise-cancelling headphones. You just can’t go wrong with these and they can last for a while.
2. Philips Fidelio NC1
Philips showcased a much more “luxury” noise-cancelling option when they released the Fidelio NC1. These on-ear headphones are not under the wireless category because they don’t offer Bluetooth connectivity like the Sony’s but that’s not a reason to not check these out. They are priced just under $300 and they offer a compact solution which is very comfortable to wear for long hours thanks to it’s long battery life.
Inside the box you will find a pair of headphones, a hard case for storage and an amazing rechargeable battery that can last close to 30 noise cancellation hours. The sound performance is well balanced and provides a warmer feeling than the rest of the competition. Overall, a great option if you are comparing price to performance in the category of the best noise-cancelling headphones to buy today. You get a lot for your money.
3. Bose QuietComfort 35
Number three in the list of the best noise-cancelling headphones out there is none other than the Bose QuiteComfort 35. They are a bit more expensive than the Philips NC1 but they offer one key feature that is missing from the NC1 and that is the Bluetooth connectivity. Being free from cables is something that the majority of people love. You don’t have to deal with all the hussle and tangling that a cable creates. Cable free life is the best and is the life where technology is heading. Great move by Bose.
The Bose QC35 offer a cable free life and an increased battery life for longer hours of music enjoyment. There’s also a cable provided in case you would like to use them without using Bluetooth or your device doesn’t support Bluetooth technology.
How much do they cost you might ask? Well these babies will set you back just under $350. They are obviously in the premium end of this list but if you are serious about your noise-cancellation quality and performance then these sit right next to the Sony’s. They are without a doubt the number two pick of Geargreed for the best noise-cancelling headphones available to buy today.
4. Bowers and Wilkins PX Wireless
The Bowers and Wilkins PX Wireless offer a variety of tricks up their sleeve alongside an great sound quality. One of these tricks is that they are able to turn on and off automatically because they are understand if you are wearing them or not. They also sport a USB-C charging port which is where the technology is heading and that means that Bowers and Wilkins wanted to offer a future-proof pair of headphones.
The biggest drawback that we identified with this pair of headphones is that it lacks the depth of sound that the headphones of Sony and Bose offer. They are a bit flatter without that ambient sound that the competition provides.
Conclusion, if you like the Bowers and Wilkins headphone look from the past then you will fall in love with these. They are definitely worth to be in this list but they are not one of the top picks.
5. Bose QuietComfort 25
Taking a look in the past, a few years back, the Bose QuietComfort 25 were one of the best, if not the best noise-cancelling headphones ever made and definitely one of the best we ever used. The highs were super clear and clean and they sounded amazingly alongside the mids. They never got mixed up and you could understand every single element of a song. Any song on these sounded so unique and so perfect that you didn’t want to stop wearing them. The noise-cancellation was so amazing that whenever we put these one, we felt like we were on another planet, a different universe, taking a journey inside the music itself. Our ears felt blessed everytime.
However, as mentioned above that was a few years ago and technology has moved on and without a doubt we have too. Bose has released two versions since then, the QC35 and the QC35 II that offers Google Assistant built in. Both versions sound way better than the QC25 and we would recommend either of them instead of the QC25.
If you are skeptical though or low on budget, or not into wireless music enjoyment then the QC25 are your best options when it comes to extremely clean sound and build quality. They provide 35 hours of battery with only one AAA battery. A true sound experience. You will love them for sure. At least we did that’s why they are on this list of 2018 and honestly they are one of the best noise-cancelling headphones out there.
6. AKG N60NC Wireless
The AKG N60NC Wireless headphones are in the on-ear noise cancellation category. If you are on-ear person then these would be a great pair of headphones for your taste. They are definitely in the mid range in terms of price but they offer an amazing value for money. They offer awesome sound quality and their noise-cancellation performance is without a doubt very close, almost matching the more premium headphones of this list.
They are a complete package that you wouldn’t regret getting. We will say that these are a true bargain for what they offer. Amazing sound quality, awesome noise-cancellation and the build quality is one of the best we’ve seen out there at this price range. What more can you ask for?
7. Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
The Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC offer noise-cancellation that matches their competition but they feature a much more musical sound quality. They are defenitely one of the top three picks in terms of the best noise-cancellation out there. They are much more affordable than the Bose and the Sony, they are very lightweight, super easy to travel with either on airplanes, trains or even buses. They are a great all-rounder pair of headphones.
Regarding the design, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC are less bulky, lighter and more focused on their aesthetics than the Bose and the Sony. Obviously for us to include them on this list, it means that they sport top notch sound quality just as the best of the competition and they are just as good in the noise-cancellation department.
You can’t beat the price to performance with these. Another great offer from Sennheiser.
8. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
After the first release of the Platronics BackBeat Pro, Platronics decided to re-design and re-create a brand new fresh pair of headphones without any problems and without any issues and the result is the Platronics BackBeat Pro 2. The BackBeat Pro 2, kept all the amazing things that the first version had and has improved everything that was lacking. They improved the weight and the bulkiness which is a major step.
Regarding pricing, these are definitely low priced for what they are. It’s like stealing legally from the company and they allow it. At least that’s how it feels. If you signup for the Backbeat Pro 2 you get a package that is travel friendly, sports an incredible battery life, extreme comfort for your ears for long hours of use and you also have the ability to connect and pair two devices as one. Last but not least the sound quality is top notch. Everything sound clean, clear and is easily comparable to the Sony’s and the Bose’s. At a price point around $150 they should be on top of your wishlist at all times. Get them before it’s too late! Our two cents.
9. Sennheiser PXC 550
We can’t recommend them without a hesitation but if you are into Sennheiser, well you do know their sound quality and you do know the company stands behind every customer and product they get out of the warehouse. For some of you these issues might not be deal-breakers but for us they put these further down the list. Other than that, the great sound experience can’t be compared.
10. Samsung Level On Pro Wireless Headphones
Probably the most confusing pair of noise-cancelling headphones on this list and one of those that you weren’t sure if it was meant to be included or not. It’s a pair of headphones that doesn’t really feel like a unique product rather an addon of a different Samsung product. For example, they feel like an addon to The Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Of course they will work with any Bluetooth device and 3.5mm device out there, but you would get the best sound quality out of these if connected to a Samsung Device due to the Ultra High Quality (UHQ) codec.
Regarding comfort without any hesitation these are one of the comfiest pair of headphones out there and one of the cheapest. We can only recommend these if you are on a budget or if you are going to listen mostly out of Samsung devices. Other than that, we can’t really say much about the Samsung Level On Pro wireless Headphones. It’s an addon to the Samsung Galaxy lineup instead of a different unique category.