Sometimes listening to the sounds of nature or the sounds of the people around you can be an enlightening experience, but sometimes it isn’t. As someone who rides subways everyday, I know how necessary it is to block out the world sometimes just to keep your sanity. Whether you’re always in crowded areas, working at your desk, or a frequent commuter noise cancelling can be a much needed feature. Not to mention that they help you focus on what’s important: the music.
Besides sound quality, a good pair of noise cancelling headphones do two things: provide a comfortable fit for extended use and also accurately cancel out unwanted outside noise. Without getting too technical, Active Noise Cancelation (ANC) is achieved by using of built-in microphones that pick up what is going on around you. The headphones then produce their own out of phase sound waves that negate any outside sound. With so many options out there (and a lot of them quite expensive), we decided to make a list of the best noise cancelling headphones you can get.
So far, these are the best noise cancelling headphones we’ve seen. That said, there’s always going to be newer and better headphones coming out so as we review them we’ll update this list. While you’re here, let us know which headphones are your favorite or which you think should make our best noise cancelling headphones list.
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