On a train or plane, on a busy street or in a shopping mall, in line or at a bus stop, these earphones will protect you from outside noise anywhere. All thanks to Active Noise Cancellation (ANC).

Over-ear noise canceling headphones

Sony WH-CH700N

These headbands from Sony are considered the choice of buyers – for their high-quality assembly, good ergonomics, support for high-quality codecs, effective noise reduction and connection variability. They can be used via Bluetooth (up to 35 hours without recharging) or connected by wire via a mini-jack connector. Bonus – neodymium magnets, providing the headphones with the highest sensitivity.

  • Range: 20 – 20000 Hz
  • Impedance: 22 ohm
  • Membrane diameter: 40 mm
  • Weight: 240 g
  • iPhone support
  • Support for AptX, AptX HD, AAC codecs

JBL Tune 600BTNC

Another highly responsive ergonomic headband with ANC, yet very light for its type. They also have two connection options – via Bluetooth or mini-jack, for which a 1.2 m cable is included. Using Bluetooth with noise reduction turned on, the headphones work up to 12 hours, they charge for about two hours. They have comfortable soft ear cushions with a large membrane diameter that provides good bass.

  • Range: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Membrane Diameter: 32mm
  • Weight: 173g
  • Folding design

Panasonic RP-HC800E

The last full-size option in the selection is exclusively wired. The “noise reduction” in these headphones is powered by AAA batteries. Moreover, it is better to choose alkaline ones (like LR03 – read our cheat sheet on batteries), active noise reduction can be used from them for up to 40 hours. The headphones have good bass thanks to the wide membrane and high sensitivity due to the use of neodymium magnets.

  • Range: 10 – 25000 Hz
  • Impedance: 19 Ohm
  • Membrane Diameter: 40 mm
  • Weight: 247 g
  • Airplane adapter

In-ear headphones with ANC

Xiaomi Mi Noise Canceling Earphones

Wired headphones from Xiaomi with a cable length of 1.35 m and a mini-jack 3.5 mm jack impress with sound quality for their form factor. The highest sensitivity and balanced impedance that does not require sound amplification, as well as enviable power for this type of headphones – all this speaks in their favor. The active noise cancellation is powered by a 55 mAh battery charged via microUSB.

  • Range: 20 – 40000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohm
  • Max Power: 5 mW
  • Weight: 28 g
  • Fabric braided cable

Bose QuietComfort 20

The best noise cancellation on the market according to buyers. In addition to the active “noise reduction”, there is also a passive one – the headphones are plug-in. The sound goes through a cable 1.32 m long, on which a block with a lithium-ion battery is located. “Squelch” works up to 20 hours without recharging, and, according to reviews, it drowns out extraneous sounds completely, and does not create the effect of “white noise” when the music is turned off.

  • Weight: 44g
  • L-shaped connector
  • Charging time: 2 h
  • Replaceable ear pads
  • Case included

Noise canceling sports headphones


Let’s add a wireless model to the list: Huawei FreeBuds headphones, which are of the True Wireless type (similar to AirPods), have good active noise cancellation. They belong to the rebar-dynamic structural type, which allows you to more clearly transmit sound. In addition, they have a built-in double-touch sensor that allows you to control your phone. USB Type-C is used for charging. And they are sporty – they are not afraid of getting caught in the rain.

  • Range: 20 – 20000 Hz
  • 4 microphones
  • Weight: 11.2g
  • AAC support
  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Water protection

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless

These wireless sports earplugs with a neck strap work not only via Bluetooth, but also via NFC. In addition to active noise cancellation, their signature feature is a built-in heart rate monitor for training. As well as a host of wireless phone control functions: voice dialing, call waiting and holding, oanswer and end the conversation, prepeating the last number – all this, as they say, “without hands.”

  • Water protection
  • NFC support
  • Voice dialing
  • Standby time: 240 h
  • Li-ion battery

Samsung EO-BG920 Level U

Samsung’s U Sports Series is one of the best for workouts. Specifically, this model is equipped with “noise reduction”. But in general, these are just good headphones of the series, with a neckband that keeps it from falling, a vacuum fastening in the ear, water resistance and voice control functions for the phone, similar to the previous model.

  • Weight: 33g
  • 2 microphones
  • Standby time: 500 h
  • Voice control
  • Range – 10 m

More about noise canceling headphones:

  • Active Noise Canceling Headphones: Compare Models From Sony, Bose, Sennheiser and Beats
  • We hang on our ears: a selection of noise-canceling headphones

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