If you live a perfect life, you have beautiful ambient music playing around you at all times. Unfortunately, the rest of us aren’t so lucky. Thankfully there’s such thing as active noise cancelling headphones. They use tiny microphones built into the headphones to pick up any outside noises before producing the inverse sound wave. This phenomena (called deconstructive interference in physics lingo) effectively cancels any unwanted outside noise, allowing you to enjoy your music uninterrupted. This can be crucial when deciding on a pair of headphones if you have a noisy neighbor or simply don’t want to be bothered while commuting.
Personally, I fall into both of those categories. There are plenty of headphones out there that do an amazing job at this but they all usually come with a hefty price tag. What if you’re not looking to spend too much? Say, no more than $100? Well you’ve come to the right place because these are our picks for the best noise cancelling headphones under $100.
Disclaimer: it’s worth mentioning that it’s fairly difficult to make a cheap pair of headphones with this technology. Will they block the low rumble of an airplane, sure. Will they cancel out the crying baby three seats back or the crowd of tourists passing by? Probably not.
As always be sure to let us know what gems you’ve found when it comes to the best noise cancelling headphones under $100. This isn’t a booming market since ANC technology is hard to get right without raising the cost of the headphones, so most companies just skip over it altogether. Still we’re always on the lookout for better headphones we’ll be sure to add some of the better (and newer) ones to this list as they come out.
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