Categories: Noise Cancelling

Relax and enjoy

With noise-cancelling headphones you can escape your daily routine. Fade out annoying background noise and dive into your own sound world or just enjoy the silence. Frequent travelers or office workers not only use this type of headphone for more listening pleasure, but also for peacefulness and quietness.

Active and passive noise canceling

Noise-cancelling headphones reduce unwanted low-frequency noise thanks to active electronics (ANC). The ambient noise from the outside is detected by microphones and the headphone’s electronics then generate these (noise) waves but with 180 degrees out of phase. These anti-sound waves and the noise then get mostly extinguished. Good models achieve his acoustic trick without distorting the sound of the original material. The correct ear-cup design (over-ear or on-ear) ensures that unwanted noise in the mid-range and high-range gets absorbed (so called passive noise cancelling). There are also headphone models that only rely on passive noise cancelling, but these are not nearly as powerful as the active models.

Advantages and disadvantages of noise cancelling headphones

Biggest advantage: Mainly audiobooks and film scores, which usually have a much larger dynamic range than music, can be played much quieter, because the ambient noise does not have to be drowned out.
Disadvantage: The active electronics of the noise cancelling headphones require batteries or rechargeable batteries. But with play times of usually 25 to 30 hours per battery it’s enough for a long-haul flight.

Many models can also be used as normal headphones when the noise cancelling electronics are turned off or the battery is empty. With good models, there will be no sound difference to the operation with active noise canceling.

The latest Noise Cancelling Headphones Reviews

Bluetooth by Redaktion 3 weeks ago

Skullcandy Crusher ANC

Over-Ear with noise-cancelling, sound personalisation and subwoofer

"Music You Can Feel" is Skullcandys motto. And you can take that literally, because when it comes to "feeling" music, hardly any of the American Lifestyle-Companies are kidding. While others give their headphones a modern bass tuning, Skullcandy simply builds a fat subwoofer into the...

3.4

Bluetooth by Carsten Kaiser 2 months ago

Master & Dynamic MW65

Wireless Headphones with Noise-Cancelling Functionality

The Master & Dynamic MW65 feature active noise cancellation as standard, Bluetooth connectivity and a balanced sound profile.

4.5

Bluetooth by Maike Paeßens 2 months ago

Soundcore Life Q20 von Anker

Affordable Headphones with Bluetooth Connectivity, ANC and Impressive Battery Life

With the Soundcore Life Q20, Anker adds to its wireless range with a pair of over-ears that are ideal for everyday listening thanks to respectable sound quality and active noise-cancelling properties. This robust Anker model is quick to charge and supports Bluetooth 5.0, while there...

4.3

Editor's recommendations: Noise Cancelling Headphones

All in all, the B&O Play Beoplay H9i scores well. It’s a superbly tuned headphone with accurate noise cancellation functionality, an impressive battery life and reliable Bluetooth connectivity. Aesthetics are first-rate, while usability gets another applause. In the high end price bracket, the H9i will likely perform well thanks to its sound reproduction values, effective noise cancellation and reliable gesture control. It’s a much better option for an everyday listening companion than its predecessor model

Ralf Willke
Ralf Willke 7. March 2018

With the WH-1000XM2, Sony introduces a headphone to the market which, like no other device, seeks to eliminate the pitfalls in mobile mode for the best possible sound enjoyment. With its excellent sound, it lays the essential foundation, which is accentuated by an elegant operation and impressive functions that work together to form a highly functional overall product. In the area of ​​noise suppression, by means of variable profiles and its ability to interact with the environment, it actually achieves an unprecedented level of effectiveness. The cost of MDR-1000X is moderate, so the recommendation to buy is clear for the new model.

Ulf Kaiser
Ulf Kaiser 2. March 2018

Year after year, Sony continues to evolve its flagship over-ear headphones and their noise-cancelling properties. The WH-1000MX3 is an impressive piece of technology that convinces in both sound and wearing comfort, with both underpinning the reason why this Japanese manufacturer leads the field in regards to noise suppression. The functionality is also comprehensive, while the ease of use is elegant. At the same time, there are a few drawbacks here and there. With the WH-1000MX3, however, you can indulge yourself with a piece of technological luxury that’s bound to find many enthusiasts singing its praises, particularly when used out and about. While the jump in functionality of noise cancellation and operation (via app) between first model MDR-1000X and the WH-1000XM2 was significant, the changes between the latter and this third version are less noticeable. Nevertheless, the new, dedicated processor offers a bit more performance in noise cancellation and the possibility to use it without music playback – all at the same price.

Ulf Kaiser
Ulf Kaiser 28. November 2018