Top Noise Canceling Headphones

Noise canceling headphones reviews

Noise canceling earbuds and headphones are specially designed to inhibit and block external noise so you enjoy rich, full sound. The primary advantage of investing in a pair of quality noise canceling headphones is that you don’t have to turn up the volume to get rid of outside noise, allowing you to listen to music at lower volume levels and avoid potential damage to your ears. They also allow you to hear the nuances and small details in your music, providing you with a superior listening experience.

Here are our picks for the best noise canceling headphones on the market:

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Sennheiser PXC 450

While they aren’t cheap, Sennheiser headphones are renowned for outstanding quality. If you frequent loud and busy locations and want a pair of headphones that will effectively deaden external sound, the company’s PXC 450 headphones are well worth the investment.

This product sets itself apart from its competitors with a feature known as Talkthrough, which allows you to pause the music you’re listening to and temporarily disable the headphones’ noise canceling so you can listen in on your environment. It’s a handy thing to have on your side if you’re using the headphones in an airport or train station and need to hear announcements.

However, these headphones are a little on the bulky side, but they do offer outstanding ear protection and sound that’s second to none.


  • Frequency range: 8 to 28,000 hertz
  • Ambient noise reduction: 32 decibels
  • Battery life: 21 hours
  • Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Warranty: 2 years
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Sony MDR NC500D

Placing second on our noise canceling headphones reviews are Sony’s MDR NC500D headphones. Drawing on advanced digital technology that some insiders predict will revolutionize the industry, these headphones give you the ability to adjust the amount of noise cancelation being delivered. While that technology still has some wrinkles that need to be ironed out, you’ll certainly enjoy excellent sound.

However, these headphones lack a passive play option, and they have a relatively low operating time. The digital noise canceling technology still needs some work as well.


  • Frequency range: 5 to 24,000 hertz
  • Ambient noise reduction: 20 decibels
  • Battery life: 28 hours
  • Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Warranty: 1 year
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Bose QuietComfort 15

Bose headphones are known for providing excellent sound, and the company’s QuietComfort 15 headphones have a sleek design and a slim profile. However, Bose also does not provide specifications for its products, making it difficult to quantify performance in a side by side comparison.


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