Best Noise Cancelling Headphones For Studying

Bryan Nelson

Since final exams are approaching, i decided to review the best noise-canceling headphones for studying that you can buy this year. Studying with a pair of headphones that disconnect you from the surroundings is priceless because they help you focus and avoid distractions. That’s why, i recommend everyone get a pair. Let’s get started with the list.

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5. Sennheiser HD 4.50

Best Value

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
70%
Value
70%

It is pretty hard to see a person without headphones while commuting nowadays, and if you want the best isolation from the engine sounds, crowd noises and storms you have to opt for a pair of noise-canceling headphones. One of the best in the market is the Sennheiser HD 4.50, and if you know the company, you know that the manufacturer delivers always some excellent sound performance. On top of that, these headphones are pretty affordable but deliver so much for their price, including great battery life, solid design, comfort, and many more features. Without further ado, let’s take a quick look.

Taking a quick look at the Sennheiser HD 4.50 you will see that these cans are pretty lightweight which translates into enhanced comfort, thanks to their plastic bodies they weigh just 238 grams in total. Overall I can say that they look pretty utilitarian without a lot of detail and flash, but a minimal black with silver accents goes a long way in the world of commuters, amazing job here. The controls of the device are located on the right earcup which includes the power button, volume and call controls, without forgetting the USB charging port and the 3.5mm port are there as well. In terms of comfort, these headphones are pretty good, the clamping force is good enough and they are thickly padded but lack air circulation to the ears.

In terms of connectivity, the Sennheiser HD 4.50’s are pretty solid, thanks to their Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX technologies delivering solid connection without any interruption at all. The battery life of these cans is pretty solid as it delivered about 20 hours of battery life in a single charge with the noise cancellation active, and by turning it off you can get an extra 6 hours of battery life. The noise cancellation was super solid as well blocking all wind and motor noises, but it struggled a little with crowd noises, but it is acceptable at this price.

The sound quality was excellent just like any Sennheiser device, offering some great neutral response. The bass was pretty deep and punchy, without overpowering or bleeding into other ranges, the mids were pretty clear and I am impressed with the highs of this product, overall the performance is pretty solid.

For those that want to get the most bang for their hard-earned dollar, this is the best choice.

4. Jabra Elite 85h

Most Versatile

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
80%
Value
85%

Shopping for headphones is a pretty difficult task especially for models with noise cancellation. However, if you want the most versatile ones you have to opt for the Jabra Elite 85h, and these are very capable pair of headphones, to say the least, as they have tons of battery life, are extremely stylish, deliver great noise cancellation, boast amazing comfort and have a super solid sound performance.

The Jabra Elite 85h has a pretty stylish design coming in a solid faux leather carrying case and a soft fabric interior and once you open it up you will notice the quality from the get-go. In the package, you will also find a 3.5mm audio cable, an airplane audio adapter, and a USB Type-C charging cable. This may be the company’s first attempt at making a wireless pair of premium noise-canceling headphones, and they have hit the sweet spot, coming in with a minimalist but pretty sweet design that looks perfect and is built from high-quality materials. the comfort levels of these cans are pretty solid, as it has some pretty plush cushioning on the earcups and the headband as well.

The controls are also placed excellently and it feels intuitive unlike on some headphones that require taking some kind of a learning curve. You can also use the Jabra Elite 85h’s passively if you run out of battery or want to connect them to your PC or PS4. 4 preset noise-canceling modes in these are designed specifically for different purposes, for example, there is ANC for the Commute, In private, In public and not at all. You can also create your profile via the Jabra Sound+ companion app, and the SmartSound mode handles things pretty well. In terms of battery life, the Jabra Elite 85h is the very best in the market, delivering 36 hours of playback with the ANC on and 41 without it, and on top of that, it has fast charging which delivers 5 hours of playback with just 15 minutes of charging.

When it comes to raw performance and sound, the Jabra Elite 85h delivers an amazing performance. The bass was pretty thick and deep, however, it lacked a little punch, but it is not a deal-breaker since the mid-range was pretty good out of the box and it delivered a clear performance overall. The highs were also pretty good delivering some great sharpness and with a little tweaking via the Jabra Sound+ app you can achieve superb sound performance.

3. Bowers & Wilkins PX

Best Design

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Value
95%

Next up we have an amazing pair of headphones coming from Bowers & Wilkins, the PX. Thes headphones deliver one of the best sound performances in the market, and pretty capable noise-cancellation technology, on top of its amazing features. The design and build quality of these headphones is truly top of the class however, these are pretty expensive, and that is pretty much the only con these headphones have.

The Bowers & Wilkins PX won’t be much of a surprise in terms of design to other headphones in the company’s lineup and while they share some similarities they are a new design. They have an interesting industrial design that is highlighted by the Black/Gray finish that looks perfect in my opinion, but if you want more of an out-there design you definitely should take a look at the Gold version. The headphones have a lightweight aluminum construction and a material that the company refers to as a Ballistic nylon shell that is located on top of the headband and the outer part of earcups. Everything about the design of the Bowers & Wilkins PX is premium and even the logo itself has a quality texture, pretty rich from the get-go.

The manufacturer has put a lot of focus on the user experience, and by that, I mean that everything is pretty clean and intuitive delivering excellent connection and reliability, on top of that the controls are very intuitive and easy to use. The noise cancellation does a great job as well, at cutting down the noise in your daily commute and delivering a pretty clean experience on flights. From the companion app, you can change the tone of your headphone to more suit your preferences and in terms of battery life, it is good as well achieving about 22 hours in a single charge.

It is pretty easy to describe the sound of the Bowers & Wilkins PX since everything is cut so clearly, including detail, tonal balance, and transparency. They pretty much resemble an audiophile-grade pair of cans, not quite up to that, but pretty close, showcasing a lot of detail and cleanliness. Overall you can’t quite debate with the quality of these.

2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Most Comfortable

Our Ratings:

Durability
95%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

As far as noise-canceling headphones go the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is up there a close runner up, and they do it with amazing comfort, tons of quality in their build, solid connectivity, a lengthy battery life, Amazon Alexa built-in, and great audio performance. If you want one of the best headphones in the market and the definite best from Bose, you definitely should take a look at these.

In terms of design and aesthetics, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II has a pretty neutral and simple look, that may be considered bland from some, but on the contrary, these are pretty much one of the better-designed headphones in the market, since they are extremely neutral and will fit in every style. It has a full-plastic built with a black finish and despite their lightweight body of just 234 grams, which is tremendous for a wireless pair of cans with noise cancellation, it boasts some great durability and sturdiness. In terms of comfort, there is nothing that can be compared to these headphones, the padding is thick on both earcups and headband, and on top of that, the clamping force is just enough, setting new industry standards.

The noise cancellation performance can be adjustable thanks to its companion app, to low, full or off, and the battery life with the ANC on is about 20 hours, which is great. The Amazon Alexa button is extremely intuitive and picks up commands excellently, and it is one of the most well-thought features I have seen in a pair of cans. The ANC performance is a close runner up to the Sony model that we’ll talk about later, as it turns engine noises and crowd noises allowing you to have a comfortable commute.

In the sound quality department, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II has a clean soundscape, with a wide soundstage to go along, one of the widest in a closed-back model. The bass was pretty punchy and strong without any bleed, and the mids are pretty clean and detailed, on top of that the treble was pretty sharp as well. It has somewhat of warm sound performance, focused on delivering an extremely pleasing and pretty smooth experience.

For those that want maximum comfort, this is the best option.

1. Sony WH1000XM3

Best Overall

Our Ratings:

Durability
100%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

For those that want the best overall noise-canceling headphones in the market, I will present you with the definite best headphones in the market, the Sony WH1000XM3’s. These headphones are pretty expensive, but they are worth every single cent of its price, delivering amazing noise cancellation, sound quality, tons of comfort, a wide range of features and many more.

The Sony WH1000XM3 is a nice improvement on its already perfect predecessor, and in terms of design, not much has changed except some small improvements. Starting from the paint jobs, which now comes in a Dark Black or Platinum Silver finish, both of which look perfect. The headband is improved this time as well delivering a perfectly natural fit now, and overall the chassis is more of a streamlined version of its predecessor. The overall comfort of the Sony WH1000XM3 is amazing and you can wear them for a long time before any kind of discomfort.

The biggest improvement of the Sony WH1000XM3 from its predecessor is its new HD Noise Cancelling Processo QN1, which is perfect at blocking highs and mids, and of course, the lows as well, giving it a slight edge over the aforementioned Bose model. The new processor is also responsible for handling the 32-bit signal processing which improves the overall sound. The Sony WH1000XM3 has a lengthy battery life of about 30 hours with the ANC on before giving up, and you can get up to 4 hours of playback time with just 10 minutes of charging. The touch controls are very refined as well, delivering responsiveness and accuracy in controls, but they were a little finicky when the weather was cold.

The sound quality of the Sony WH1000XM3 is pretty much amazing, leaving nothing to be desired, as it employs the analog amplifier excellently to handle the sound adequately, especially at the vocals and the stringed instruments. The bass was pretty aggressive and tight, and they didn’t bleed to the detailed mids. It delivered a great treble performance meaning that you can play any genre without any problem.

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