Best noise canceling headphones in 2019


#1 Sony WH-1000XM3

Advanced noise cancellation combined with intelligible features and a ton of sound-optimization features make the Sony WH1000xM3 a superior upgrade over its predecessor.

The all-new HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 improves noise neutralization and audio processing while achieving exceptional high-fidelity sound. Comfort is another area where these sound-silencers excel, taking on a lighter and more slender form than previous versions, for better wearability. Battery life remains a series highlight, and the addition of USB-C charging definitely ups the ante, rewarding listeners with 5 hours of use on a 10-minute charge.

#2 Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2P

If you’re looking for Bluetooth noise cancelling over-ears with an even better battery than that of the Sony WH-1000XM3 but don’t want to break the bank, get the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. They’re very good headphones for office use, and are decent for commuting too.

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 have an outstanding 30-hour battery life that will last you multiple long days of audio playback. They take only a little over than 2 hours to charge, which is fairly quick, and have additional battery saving features like smart pause and auto-off. The BackBeat Pro 2 have an exciting sound that is rich in bass and well-suited for genres like hip-hop and EDM that have a lot of thump and rumble.

#3 Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Thanks to their minimalistic design, comfortable fit, and clean, precise audio quality, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC headphones are the clear-cut winner against similarly-priced cans. While the NoiseGuard technology isn’t as dynamic as what you’ll find in Bose or Sony’s cans, the HD 4.50 ensures a quiet commute on the road and doesn’t affect the sound profile.

#4 Anker SoundCore Space NC

If noise isolation is of utmost importance to you but you can’t justify the cost of some of the more expensive noise cancelling models out there, get the Anker SoundCore Space NC. They don’t sound as good as other Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones we’ve reviewed, but they isolate noise very well for their price.

The Anker SoundCore Space NC isolate noise very well and cancel out the rumble of plane and bus engines to a good degree without leaking too much sound. Their battery is decent and fairly long lasting, providing 21 hours of continuous playtime, but does take nearly 3 hours to fully charge. They also have a deep, bass-heavy sound that is sure to please fans of music with intense bass.

#5 Bose QuietComfort 35 II

The QuietComfort 35 II lets you go wireless while still enjoying Bose’s superior active noise-cancellation tech. Screaming babies, subway cars and planes are no match for these premium cans, which are plenty light and comfy for enjoying the 20 hours of playtime on a charge.

The controls are a cinch to use and the sound quality is top-notch among Bluetooth headphones. And if that wasn’t enough, Bose has added a dedicated Google Assistant button, so that you can quickly inquire about the weather, a new restaurant or last night’s game.

#6 B&O Play Beoplay H8i

Available in beige-and-gray or black models, the supra-aural (on-ear) Beoplay H8i headphones look stylish and luxurious, with different types of leather used on the headband and earpads. The on-ear fit is quite comfortable—the earpads are generously cushioned with memory foam, and the headband, which looks less padded, is still quite easy on the scalp in terms of pressure or long-term fatigue.

The earcups, which block out a solid swatch of room noise passively, manage to create an immersive experience despite not sealing off the entire ear completely.

All functions are handled by a three-button on-ear control pad at the bottom of the right earcup. A central button controls playback, call management, track navigation (with multiple taps), and voice assistance, and there are dedicated volume up and down buttons on either side of it. When held for five seconds, the central button also puts the headphones into Bluetooth pairing mode.


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