Bose QuietComfort 20
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H3
Sometimes we want to stop hearing what is happening around us, and dive deep into our imagination while listening to our favorite tracks. The best way to achieve that is to get a pair of noise-cancelling earbuds. That’s why, we reviewed the 5 best noise-cancelling earbuds in the market for this year. Let’s take a look at them.
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5. Cowin HE8D
Buying a pair of noise-canceling earbuds is not an easy task, because most of the earbuds branded as noise-canceling either lack the feature or have a premium price point. So I would recommend checking for products that deliver immense value for their price while they are at it. The Cowin HE8D do just that, with their decent active noise cancellation technology, good sound quality, great design, and amazing comfort, and when you consider its price it is an absolute bargain.
First off, I should mention that these earbuds are not truly wireless as they are connected with a wire, but they have a pleasing and simple design, on its plastic body that has a finish of black and silver. I was impressed by the whole quality of the product because its price would suggest otherwise, and I can comfortably say that these are pretty durable, the cable is pretty thick and I didn’t see it tangling as easily.
The earbuds had a decent level of comfort, nothing pretty unusual, however, they delivered a pretty snug and secure fit, good isolation to prepare a base for the active noise cancellation features. I also found out that they won’t fall from your ears as easily as other earbuds in the price range.
Besides the earbuds themselves in the package of the Cowin HE8D, you will find three pairs of ear tips in various sizes to ensure the best fit, a carrying case to store your earbuds safely, and the USB charger which has the option to charge your earbuds from your smartphone. Overall the build and the design of the device is pretty good, stylish and durable.
The noise-cancelling feature is pretty good in this device, but there is a catch because you can’t deactivate it and it is on all the time. It monitors and blocks ambient noise all the time, it does it efficiently too, as it can do it for noises up to 28 decibels in the frequency range between 20Hz and 2000Hz thanks to the AMS AS3421 chip.
It is worth stating that these headphones are IPX4 sweat-proof, making them perfect for your morning runs, and sound quality is delivered by the pair of 1.57-inch Liquid Polymer diaphragm driver that can generate amazing frequencies. Definitely one of the best noise-cancelling earbuds out there.
4. TaoTronics TT-BH042
As I said earlier it is pretty difficult buying a pair of earbuds with noise cancellation technology, it gets even harder as you go deeper into the budget-range, however, there is an absolute gem there, the TaoTronics TT-BH042. These earbuds are pretty versatile with their soundscape, they rock a pretty minimalist design, good noise cancellation, decent microphone, impressive battery life, and many more in this incredibly affordable package. Let’s check out what else these budget earbuds have to offer.
The TaoTronics TT-BH042 come in a nice design that is slim and pretty understated, in their all-black body except for the outer part of the earbuds that rock a shiny metallic silver finish. I noticed that the cable of the device was pretty good and very durable, and it didn’t tangle thanks to the magnets on the earbuds that keep them together at all times.
This design makes them very versatile and flexible so you can wear them in different settings, for example, you can wear them when you are doing sports, but you also can wear them comfortably on your commute and flights. In the package, you will find three pairs of ear tips in various sizes so you can find the perfect fit for your ears without any problem.
The controls for the device are located on the right side of the cord, it doesn’t have some sort of complicated controls, just volume controls that also allow you to skip tracks, the play/pause button, and the power button.
With the ANC turned off the battery life of these earbuds is pretty impressive, managing a playback time of about 16 hours, which was surprising considering the size and the lightweight of these. The wireless performance was pretty good too as I didn’t notice any interference or stutters in the playback and while taking calls.
The sound quality is pretty mediocre, as it has no aptX support, just a Bluetooth audio codec, but it is decent and it gets loud enough for pleasant hearing, and the active noise cancellation didn’t degrade the sound.
For the asking price of the TaoTronics TT-BH042, you can’t find anything better than these.
3. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H3
If you are buying any product from the Danish high-end tech manufacturer Bang & Olufsen be prepared to pay a hefty sum, however, they always deliver quality, performance, and features, and are not just a pretty face. The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H3 is a great example of the company’s amazing work. These noise-canceling earbuds deliver excellent accurate neutral soundscape, with a beautiful design that will stand the test of time, a vented design to give you the open-end effect, and amazing wireless connectivity, if you can afford its premium price these earbuds are worth it.
Design-wise the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H3’s are excellent with their stainless steel earpieces, that is just the right size and weight, on the outer part of them you will spot the Bang & Olufsen logo, that has the aforementioned air vents around it for a larger soundstage, this tasteful design is available in multiple colours, including Black, Gray, Red, and my favourite one Champagne, which looks very premium and rich.
Inside the package of the device you will find four memory foam ear tips in various sizes ranging from XS to L and four silicone tips if you prefer to go that way, so you will get the perfect fit for your ear, the controls of the device are located on the left-hand side control panel which houses the microphone as well.
The biggest difference between this and the original model of the product is the active noise cancellation, which you will notice from the round control unit that is attached to the cable. It delivers a battery life of about 20 hours with noise cancellation active, which is very nice, but you can use them passively if you run out of battery. It is worth mentioning that the noise cancellation is pretty effective, as it cancels ambient and motor noises significantly.
The sound performance of the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H3 is pretty amazing, delivering a pretty solid and neutral performer, almost as a critical listening headphone, with a natural response to the frequency and lifelike sounds.
If you don’t want to compromise quality in your noise-cancelling earbuds, the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H3 is your best bet.
2. TaoTronics TT-BH07
Coming in as the best runner up for noise-canceling earbuds, the TaoTronics TT-BH07 delivers plenty of desirable qualities at the budget price, and when I say budget, this is extremely affordable. Amassing over 4000 reviews on Amazon and with a high rating, it is amazing, with its nice set of features, noise cancellation, magnetic earpieces, and just amazing value for its price, but they don’t sound as good but something is expected to be off in the budget range.
Right out of the box, these earbuds make a good first impression as they look like they are worth more than their price tag would suggest. They are very lightweight, the cable has a good durable design and the earbuds themselves are a little on the larger side, but they look pretty good and have some pleasing aesthetics to them.
It doesn’t have a neckband unlike other models which makes them extremely comfortable and ready for sports, and thanks to its IPX6 sweat and waterproof rating, you can’t go wrong with it. The large hooks on the earbuds can be removed if you wish to, and overall I can say that I am pleased with its design and build quality.
These earbuds have a battery life of about 5 hours, which is good for going to the gym or for your morning runs, however, if you want them for a long flight, for example, they won’t be enough. Interestingly enough the TaoTronics TT-BH07 is equipped with aptX Bluetooth chipset for amazing wireless connectivity, that is the best connection in the market, and I was really surprised that it was present at this device, seamless and solid connectivity all around, no lag or stutter.
These headphones deliver a very flat sound, with not much response, however, for their price they are pretty good. They are fairly balanced, however, with not overpowering bass or extremely sharp highs, but dull overall, as it lacks some kind of liveliness, although you should have already expected this at the price of these earbuds.
If you want a cheap piece of ANC earbuds, you can not go wrong with the TaoTronics TT-BH07.
1. Bose QuietComfort 20
The winner of our best noise-cancelling earbuds list comes from Bose. Nobody can deny the prowess that Bose has in the headphone business, because year after year it has set industry standards, with their quality, comfort, and now with their industry-leading noise cancellation. Their Bose QuietComfort 20 is no different, as it offers many desirable qualities in a small premium package, but they have a premium price as well, however, it justifies every single cent of its price.
If you have used or seen the Bose Triport in the past, you will see their similarity in design, as it has the same single colour body with a candy stripe cable and an overall similar nature. On top of the unassuming design that Bose likes so much, it packs amazing noise cancellation into this small package, however, they are a little heavy when you take the power brick into consideration that is needed for the noise-cancelling feature of these earbuds, interesting and strange but functional, the only issue about them would be the storage, but they fit right in, into even slim-fitting jeans.
One of my favourite parts of these earbuds is their soft silicone rubber ear tips that get into your ear canals and grip the cartilage to provide a ringing sound that enhances the whole experience, and it is also worth stating that they won’t move once they are there.
At this price, nothing would expect less than excellence from the Bose QuietComfort 20 in the noise cancellation department, and it delivers without surprise. As their name implies these earbuds deliver amazing noise cancellations, something unseen in any earbud, they block every outside noise, including motor noises, the wind, crowded metro, air conditioner and anything that would be ruining the experience, Bose has hit the sweet spot with these.
The audio quality is also exemplary, especially the bass fidelity, as it boasts a better quality now. The overall listening experience is solid with a nice refinement through the frequency range and smooth experience overall.
If you are willing to pay for the premium price point of the Bose Quiet Comfort ’20s, then be prepared to be amazed for the extraordinary quality.