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 Ulf Kaiser 1 week ago

Nura NuraLoop

Bluetooth in-ear headphones with neckband, otoacoustic hearing measurement and noise-cancelling

Nuraphone, unique headphones that work with a special type of hearing measurement, was introduced by the Australian manufacturer Nura about two years ago. Now their in-ear version, NuraLoop is available. We ask: Was it worth the wait?

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Bluetooth by Ulf Kaiser 2 weeks ago

Sony WH-1000XM4

Lavishly appointed over-ear headphones with noise cancelling, Bluetooth and LDAC

The successor to the Sony WH-1000XM3 from 2018, one of the most popular over-ear headphones with noise-cancelling ever, has been eagerly awaited. Sony already conquered and successfully defended a top position in the market since the introduction of this product series in 2017 (MDR-1000). Accordingly,...

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Bluetooth by Maike Paeßens 3 weeks ago

Aukey EP-N5

Low-priced, good sounding True Wireless in-ears with ANC

The cable-free EP-N5 in-ears from the Chinese manufacturer Aukey offer noise suppression, support Bluetooth standard 5.0 as well as a high-quality audio codec with the AAC format and, despite their low price, are equipped with touch control. As these headphones are water and sweat resistant,...

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Editor's recommendations: Noise Cancelling Headphones

All round success and a genuine recommendation for all those who expect a high value for money for scarcely 300 euros. The Bowers & Wilkins PX5 are on-ear headphones at the highest technical level, which is right at the top when it comes to sound. The Bowers & Wilkins PX5 shows their strengths both as travel headphones, and as a constant companion in everyday urban life between open-plan offices, underground trains and cafés.

Ralf Willke
Ralf Willke 10. October 2019
Bowers & Wilkins PX5

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