Whether you want to drown out the sound of an airplane engine or the annoying chatter of people nearby, a good pair of active noise cancellation headphones can help you achieve that. Shopping for a set of these can be a little overwhelming since there are so many different brands and models available to buy. So, instead of wasting all day doing a bit of comparison shopping on your own, check out my reviews on the top active noise cancelling headphones below.
Best Cheap Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
Even though the best options have prices over $200, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find a good pair of active noise cancelling headphones with a low price. If you’re on a tight budget, then the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones are the perfect choice for you with a low price under $200.
Sure, the noise cancelling technology with these is not as good as the higher priced options, but you still get a quality product that is effecting at blocking out some of that annoying noise around you. In fact, when comparing this one to the higher priced models below, I would give it a strong “good” in terms of noise cancellation. And when you listen to music or movies, the sound quality is also quite good – but neither feature is as great as with the models below. That being said, this is your best option under $200.
The ear cups on this model seem a bit larger than of those models listed below. They fit comfortably, even for longer periods of use. They are lightweight and fold up for easy portability and stowing when on flights.
Possibly the biggest disadvantage of this model is that the carrying quite is large. Too large for people who travel only with cabin baggage and too bulky to fit in a jacket pocket. However, with the lower price of this model, many people might not find the larger case to be a big deal. I suggest that you check out some of the review from other users to determine if the case will be a bid deal for you or not.
Best Overall Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
With so many different models and brand available, you might think it difficult to find one that outshines the rest. You’d be wrong because the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones are the very best active noise cancellation headphones for the money.
This brand has a well-built reputation for high quality audio products and these are no exception. Compared to all the other available models, you get the very best noise cancellation from this particular model – the QC15. They reduce more noise levels around you than any others do, which makes them the very best for travelers who just want peace and quiet – or people like me who work from home and have noisy neighbors!
The around-the-ear fit is comfortable and they have a lightweight feel that is barely noticeable. If you want to listen to music through these, the sound quality is excellent, as you might expect from Bose, but not quite as good that the PSB model listed below. Still though, the audio quality is very good.
These headphones run on a single AAA battery, which gives you around 35 hours of use before you run out of juice. When you are done with them, the ear cups fold flat for easy storage in the included case. This is nice for slipping into a jacket pocket or your cabin baggage.
Overall, the features that you get are a great value for the money. And even better, when you buy them online you get a discounted price!
Top Rated Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
If you ware looking for the absolute best product available, then you will not want to miss out on the PSB M4U-2 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones. I evaluated the white color model (you can also see it in black here), which has a solid 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The active technology is great at getting rid of all those noises that distract you – especially when you just want to sleep on a plane but the people around you are chatting. The padded ear cups fit around your ears comfortably, which is important for prolonged wearing when traveling. Another great feature for travelers is that they fold up for easy storage when not in use, which is perfect for people who only travel with cabin baggage and are short on available space to stow devices like this.
Noise blocking isn’t the only great thing that these PSB headphones offer. They also give you really great sound quality thanks to a built-in amplifier. The rich sound that you get when listening to music is really nice when you’re on an otherwise noisy plane or train.
This device runs on two AA batteries and you can get around 60 hours of use before needing to replace the batteries.
Overall, I’d rate the noise cancelling capability just under that of the Bose QuietComfort 15’s, but the true to life audio quality is far superior with this PSB model. Basically, if you want some of the plane noise filtered out because you want to listen to your music and actually be able to hear it without a crazy high volume level, then this is the hands down best choice.