Best Noise-cancelling Headphones

Last Update: May 18, 2024

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones

88%

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Apple AirPods Max*

82%

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CONS:

  • Smart Case does little to protect the headphones
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  • Smart Case does little to protect the headphones
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  • Smart Case offers no protection from the elements
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Beats Studio Buds +

80%

PROS:

  • Easy iOS integration and support for Google Fast Pair
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  • Excellent noise cancellation for the price
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  • Hands-free Siri access
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Urbanista Los Angeles

80%

PROS:

  • Stylish design
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  • Quality noise cancellation for the price
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  • Impressive audio performance with rich, deep bass and crisp highs
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CONS:

  • Noise cancellation slightly impacts sound signature
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  • No in-app EQ
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  • Noise cancellation slightly impacts sound signature
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Anker Soundcore Liberty 4 NC

80%

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  • Average water-resistance rating
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  • Average water-resistance rating
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  • Default sound signature has noticeable sculpting
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Sony WF-1000XM5

91%

PROS:

  • Upgraded driver and DAC yield improved sound and better dynamic range
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  • Excellent audio performance with robust bass depth and crisp highs
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  • Multipoint pairing
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Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) With MagSafe Charging Case (USB‑C)

90%

PROS:

  • Seamless integration with Apple devices
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  • Charging case has a built-in speaker, USB-C port
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  • Excellent active noise cancellation
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Beats Studio Pro

80%

PROS:

  • Very good voice-calling performance
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  • Improved sound quality, noise canceling and ear pad design
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  • Spatial audio with head tracking for Apple users
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Apple AirPods Pro 2 (USB-C)

91%

PROS:

  • Top-notch transparency mode
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  • Well-designed controls and now dust-resistant
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  • Well-designed controls and now dust-resistant
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CONS:

  • No support for high-resolution audio with other Apple devices except headset
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  • No support for high-resolution audio with other Apple devices except headset
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  • Still no XL ear tips
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Apple AirPods Pro (2nd-gen, 2022, Lightning)

90%

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EarFun Free Pro 3

90%

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Wyze Labs Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones

90%

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CONS:

  • Tiny degradation in frequency response when using active noise cancellation
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  • Tiny degradation in frequency response when using active noise cancellation
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  • 1/4-inch and airline adapters not provided
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Mark Levinson No. 5909 noise-cancelling headphone

80%

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Bowers & Wilkins Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2e

90%

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CONS:

  • ANC prowess still lags Bose and Sony
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  • Still no support for surround sound formats like Dolby Atmos
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  • Not as flashy as the competition from Bose and Sony
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