Best wireless headphones with noise cancellation: Best Noise-Canceling Headphones Under $100 for 2023

Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless Headphones Are Built to Take On Sony

Enlarge Image

Shipping Aug. 23, the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless headphones have a more subdued look and fold flat.


Sennheiser’s previous-generation Momentum Wireless headphones have always had a pretty distinct look that was part retro, part modern, and stood out for the exposed metal on their headband. For better or worse, that’s all gone now, and the new Momentum 4 Wireless, Sennheiser’s flagship noise-canceling headphones, look a bit more subdued and also a bit more like some of its competitors. Available for preorder Aug. 9 for $350 (£250, AU$500), the Momentum 4 ship on Aug. 23 in two colors — black and white.

See at Sennheiser

While I haven’t had a chance to test the Momentum 4 Wireless long enough to post a full review, I did get a chance to play around with them for a few days and have been generally impressed with the listening experience, though I’m still trying to figure out whether they actually rise above competitors like the Sony WH-1000XM5 ($400) and Bowers & Wilkins PX7 S2 ($400) — or not. The Bose QuietComfort 45 ($279 to $329) is another model we like in his price range. 

Read more: Best Noise-Canceling Headphones for 2022

The one big design issue with the earlier Momentum 3 Wireless (2019 release) was that the headphones folded up but not flat. The Momentum 4 Wireless do fold flat (though now they don’t also fold up like some models do), and most people will appreciate that. The case is similar in size to that of the Sony XM5 and thanks to their plush memory foam ear pads, I found the headphones quite comfortable to wear, though maybe not quite as comfortable as the Sony. That Sony model weighs in at 250 grams, while this Sennheiser tips the scales at 293 grams.

The white model in its case.


The Momentum 4 Wireless offers superior performance over the Momentum 3 Wireless in every regard, though the biggest gains are with noise canceling and voice-calling performance as well as battery life, which is outstanding at up to 60 hours at moderate volume levels. There’s also a transparency mode that allows ambient sound in and the ability to create a custom sound profile in the Smart Control app for iOS and Android using the built-in EQ, sound modes and a new Sound Personalization feature that “assesses the user’s listening preferences and adjusts the listening experience according to their taste.” 

Additionally, I liked how the headphones automatically turn on when you pick them up and put them on and automatically turn off after 15 minutes if you stop using them. And last but not least, Sennheiser says these offer multipoint Bluetooth pairing (they utilize Bluetooth 5.2), which allows you to pair two devices simultaneously to the headphones, such as a smartphone and PC. (I didn’t get a chance to test the multipoint but will confirm that it works once I do.) 

Equipped with 42mm drivers, Sennheiser says the Momentum 4 Wireless offer “best-in-class” sound, which is debatable, of course. I’d say the Momentum 4’s sound quality is right there with other models in this price range — they sound excellent, with the requisite well-defined, punchy bass, relatively wide soundstage (they sound pretty open) and smooth treble that brings out some of the finer details in well-recorded tracks. They’re a pleasure to listen to. However, my initial reaction was that they didn’t necessarily beat the competition on the sound-quality front. 


I had some trouble connecting my early review sample to my iPhone 13 Pro, so I mainly tested the headphones with a couple of Android smartphones using the aptX Adaptive codec for wirelessly streaming high-resolution tracks from the Qobuz music streaming service. In theory, that setup should offer a pretty optimal listening experience. (In addition to aptX Adaptive, the Sennheisers support AAC and SBC.)

I’ll be spending some more time with the Momentum 4 Wireless headphones in the coming days and will be able to add more depth and comparisons to my initial observations and fully test them for voice calls (they have two beam-forming microphones on each ear cup dedicated to voice calls) and noise canceling, which I thought was significantly improved and is at least in the same ballpark as Sony’s and Bose’s noise canceling, though maybe not quite up to their playing level (the Momentum 3 Wireless didn’t offer particularly good noise canceling).  

While some people may be a little disappointed that their design has become a bit too straightforward and less distinctive (with less premium materials), they essentially check all the boxes for what you want in a premium noise-canceling headphone from the standpoint of comfort, features and performance. We’ll see how their price shakes out down the road, but stay tuned for the full review before the headphones ship on Aug. 23. 

Monoprice BT-600ANC review – SoundGuys

When it comes to audio, Monoprice is the king of bang-for-your-buck value. Cut out the frills, fancy branding, and extensive marketing budget, and all that’s left is premium noise canceling and features for a fraction of the cost. With the Monoprice BT-600ANC, Monoprice is putting this philosophy to use with an all-out attack on the active noise cancellation market dominated by Bose and Sony. We spent a week to see if Monoprice manages to pull off a major heist in the headphone game.

Editor’s note: this Monprice BT-600ANC review was updated on September 7, 2022, add the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 to the Alternatives section.

Students will appreciate Monoprice’s headset for its multi-pairing for switching from lectures on your laptop to music on your phone, especially since it costs far less than $100 USD. Commuters of all budgets can benefit from the long battery life and exceptional noise canceling, both of which are great for long trips on the train.

What is it like to use the Monoprice BT-600ANC?

The Monoprice BT-600ANC has a subtle design and is extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Despite a mostly plastic construction, the BT-600ANC is solidly built and packed with features typically reserved for more expensive headphones. Leatherette-wrapped ear pads yield great passive isolation, and the headphones are relatively lightweight with adequate clamping force. Our bespectacled colleagues in the office found no issues with comfort when wearing the headphones with glasses.

The headphones rotate to lay flat, and you can push the headphones up toward the headband for an even more compact travel size. While the build quality seems perfectly fine, we advise that uses are careful when folding the headset since hinges are typically the greatest weak spots on any pair of headphones.

How do you control the Monoprice BT-600ANC?

Touch controls on the right ear cup let you play/pause, skip tracks, adjust volume levels, and accept calls. There is a learning curve to understanding what all the different combinations of taps, double-taps, and swipes can do, but the touch controls work far better than most other headphone models. There’s no sensor for auto play/pause when you take the headphones on or off, although you won’t find that feature in really any headphones of this price range.

The BT-600ANC headphones are solidly built and packed with features

Aside from the touch controls, there are three physical buttons on the headset. One to turn the device on or off, connect to Bluetooth, and switch between the different noise canceling modes. The buttons are small, right next to each other, and tucked away behind the right ear cup, so it’s quite easy to accidentally press the wrong one.

Monoprice doesn’t include a companion app for the headphones, so there aren’t any advanced tweaking controls.

How does the Monoprice BT-600ANC connect?

You won’t have any problems pairing these with nearly any Bluetooth-compatible device.

With extensive Bluetooth codec support, the Monoprice BT-600ANC headphones can transmit more audio data than most competing headphones. Alongside standard SBC, the headphones support the Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth codec. While still a lossy format, aptX HD supports 48kHz/24-bit LPCM audio at up to 576kbps for more audio data preservation. The headphones also support the AAC codec, optimized for Apple devices. The quality of the audio you actually hear depends as much on these codecs as the quality of what you’re listening to, but it’s great to see high-res audio supported across platforms.

The Monoprice BT-600ANC headphones can transmit more audio data over Bluetooth than most competing headphones.

Bluetooth multipoint allows for simultaneous connection to multiple devices. The headphones will pair with two devices, but you can only actually play sound from one at a time. Still, I find it handy to connect my headphones to both my laptop and phone at the start of the workday for easy switching between listening to music on my phone and watching a video on my computer.

How long does the battery last on the BT-600ANC from Monoprice?

The headphones are charged via the included USB-C cable.

These headphones don’t need to be charged every day. In fact, many people won’t even need to charge them every week. Monoprice claims the BT-600ANC can last up to 40 hours on a single charge. In our battery test with music playing at a constant output of 75dB(SPL) with active noise canceling turned on, it lasted 36 hours, 20 minutes. That far exceeds the battery life performance of Bluetooth headphones that cost double or triple the price of the BT-600ANC.

There’s no quick charge feature with the Monoprice BT-600ANC. If the battery runs out, Monoprice includes an audio cable so it’s still possible to listen to music the old-school way.

How well does the Monoprice BT-600ANC cancel noise?

The Monoprice BT-600ANC does an excellent job of blocking out noise, especially when ANC is turned on.

The noise canceling performance of the Monoprice BT-600ANC headphones is incredible. The BT-600ANC blocks out noise better than most headphones that cost double, even triple, its price. Plots like the one above provide a rough idea of how much noise is cancelled across the audible spectrum of human hearing. We cover both active noise canceling and isolation. Taller peaks correspond to more noise being removed. Even without noise cancellation turned on, the BT-600ANC does a pretty good job of blocking out surrounding noises, especially in higher frequencies.

Turn on active noise cancellation and things get crazy, with a drastic 20-30dB reduction in sounds from 30Hz-1kHz (the location of most ambient noises). Out of all the headphones we have tested so far, only the Apple AirPods Max, Sony WH-1000XM5, and Bose QuietComfort 45. Yeah, the same AirPods Max that’ll cost you an arm and a leg.

What are the different sound modes?

The ear cups provide great passive isolation to accompany the active noise cancellation.

There are three different sound modes to the Monoprice BT-600ANC. The first is active noise cancellation, which uses onboard microphones to listen to the sounds in your environment and cancel them out. The second mode is an ambient mode, which uses those same microphones to achieve the opposite effect, projecting background noises into your ears so you can stay aware of your surroundings. The third mode is the “standard” headphone experience without any added or removed sound, which relies solely on passive isolation.

On the other hand, the ambient mode is useful for commuters who need to hear their surroundings, but everyone else will rarely find themselves switching to this mode. Similar to the Sony WH-1000XM4 and WH-1000XM5, covering the right ear cup with your hand enables ambient mode and turns down your music—great for a quick conversation.

How does the Monoprice BT-600ANC sound?

The pink line is the SoundGuys house curve, which we posit is ideal for most entry-level consumers. The cyan line is the frequency response of the Monoprice BT-600ANC.

Regarding sound quality, the BT-600ANC starts to show its price. By no means should you use these headphones for audio referencing or any serious audio work. They lack the accurate or “flat” frequency response most audio engineers and audiophiles look for. Still, the Monoprice BT-600ANC provides an enjoyable listening experience, depending on your music taste and sound preferences.

Lows, mids, and highs

What many might describe as a consumer-friendly sound, the headphones have emphasized bass and upper mid frequencies. If you listen to a lot of pop, hip hop, and EDM music, there is a good chance you will enjoy listening to these headphones.

Most bass notes live around 100-200Hz, and the Monoprice BT-600ANC offers a slight boost in this range. This is present when listening to the opening of good 4 u by Olivia Rodrigo, with the bass line staying very loud as vocals, drums, and other instruments are added to the mix in the verse. The headphones have a relatively steep drop-off below 50Hz, so the sub-bass in songs like Montero by Lil Nas X doesn’t come across as strong as with more bass-heavy headphones.

Don’t plan on using the Monoprice BT-600ANC for any serious listening.

The BT-600ANC headphones suffer from a nearly 10dB drop in the mid frequencies from 500-1000Hz. This results in a reduction of clarity on vocals, and acoustic instruments such as pianos and guitars. In the aforementioned track from Olivia Rodrigo, the bass notes mask her vocals and make it hard to register any harmonic detail.

The headphones maintain a fairly accurate response in the high frequencies until a steep drop-off beyond 10kHz. This drop in the highest frequencies means that cymbal, shaker, and other percussive harmonic sounds in songs like Raging by Kygo won’t be as perceptible compared to other headsets. However, this is in the upper end of the human hearing range, and people that have experienced age-related hearing loss likely won’t notice the drop-off. Check out our hearing test to understand how well you can perceive these ultra-high frequencies.

Can you use the Monoprice BT-600ANC for phone calls?

Touch controls on the ear cup make it easy to accept or decline calls.

While not exceptional, the Monoprice BT-600ANC’s onboard mic works fine for taking calls on the go. Onboard Qualcomm cVc 8.0 technology cancels out background noise, with few issues even when walking around busy downtown streets.

You will want to get a dedicated mic if you plan to do any voice recordings or serious meetings, but for day-to-day use, the BT-600ANC will work just fine. Listen to the microphone test below and let us know what you think.

Monoprice BT-600ANC microphone demo (Non-standardized):

How does the microphone sound to you?

2571 votes

Should you buy the Monoprice BT-600ANC?

If you’re in the market for budget Bluetooth noise canceling headphones, the Monoprice BT-600ANC should be on your shortlist. Exceptional noise cancellation alongside support for some of the best Bluetooth codecs help these headphones stand out from the pack.

The Monoprice BT-600ANC is a great pair of all-around headphones for budget-savvy listeners.

The Monoprice BT-600ANC’s modest design and gray finish may not catch the most eyes, but don’t be fooled: premium features typically only found on much more expensive models are packed inside. Touch controls, multiple noise cancellation modes, and great battery life have these headphones punching above their weight class.

The BT-600ANC isn’t perfect; the sound quality certainly didn’t blow us away, and there’s no companion app for advanced tweaking. However, given that we’ve seen it on sale at Amazon for under $70 USD, it is hard to deny that this headset is a great value.

If you’re in the market for budget Bluetooth noise canceling headphones, the Monoprice BT-600ANC should be on your shortlist

We have no problem recommending these to anyone looking for portable over-ear headphones on a budget. If you aren’t looking for perfectly neutral sound, you’ll have a great time with the Monoprice BT-600ANC headphones.

Monoprice BT-600ANC

All prices listed in USD unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and vary by region. Unfortunately, we cannot list Amazon prices on the site, as they vary greatly by currency.

See price at Amazon

See price at Monoprice

What should you buy instead of the Monoprice BT-600ANC?

The battery life on the headset is certainly admirable, and the addition of fast charging means you’ll likely never be entirely unable to use the headset.

The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 is an updated version of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 that features Bluetooth 5.3, noise cancellation, app support, and exceptional battery life but it costs a bit more than the Monoprice BT-600ANC. With the Space Q45, you get support for the SBC, AAC, and LDAC codecs, along with wired listening. While the ANC is still better on the cheaper BT-600ANC from Monoprice, we think the ability to equalize the Space Q45 is a tradeoff that many listeners will happily make.

The Sennheiser HD 350BT is a great pair of no-nonsense wireless headphones.

If you don’t need noise cancellation and are looking for the top sound quality in this price range, check out the Sennheiser HD 350BT. This headset is a few years old, and you can find it online at a steep discount. It stacks up nicely against the best Bluetooth headphones under $100.

What are some more premium headphones to look into?

If you have extra cash lying around, you could upgrade to the Sony WH-1000XM4. The XM4 headphones is our go-to recommendation for most people, especially those who don’t want to shell out for the pricier Sony WH-1000XM5. The WH-1000XM4 has superior sound quality and some additional bonus features, though it’s still hard to justify a four-times price increase over the Monoprice BT-600ANC. Either way, the fact that we can even put these headphones in the same conversation should put every manufacturer on notice—Monoprice is coming for the headphone crown.

Frequently asked questions about the Monoprice BT-600ANC

If you don’t need noise canceling, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 makes for a great choice. It is a bit more costly than these Monoprice headphones but offers superior sound quality and solid build quality.

Yes! The Monoprice BT-600ANC come with a full 30-day money-back guarantee, as well as a 1-year replacement warranty.

Yes, you can toggle between ANC mode, ambient mode, or regular mode without needing to play music through the headphones.

The best noise-canceling headphones on the market

Working from home, walking down the street or traveling are moments that, if you are reading this article, you cannot imagine without good headphones to listen to music and isolate yourself from the outside world. Today I want to talk to you about the fundamental feature that these gadgets should have, Active Noise Cancellation . Don’t you know what I’m talking about? Don’t worry, keep reading and discover 5 fantastic deals that take advantage of this feature.


  • 1 Why do I need noise reduction?
  • 2 Active or passive?
  • 3 How does active noise canceling work in headphones?
  • 4 What to look for when buying noise canceling headphones?
  • 5 Best Noise Canceling Headphones
    • 5. 1 Bose 700
    • 5.2 Sony 1000XM4
    • 5.3 AirPods MAX
    • 5.4 Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3
    • 5.5 Jabra Elite 85H
    • 5.6 Sony WH-XB900N
    • 5.7 JBL Club One
    • 5.8 Bowers & Wilkins PX7
    • 5.9 Inson H9
    • 5.10 Bose QC45

Why do I need noise reduction?

Active Noise Cancellation is a feature that has been trending in almost every type of headset imaginable for several years now. It is defined as “a system that allows you to suppress unwanted noise” and gives us certain advantages such as:

  • Una High concentration If we work in a noisy environment.
  • No engine noise is heard eg in a train or plane.
  • Power hear the sound of the best music while we walk down the street.

And these are just three of the many benefits that a headset using this type of technology can bring you, because by extrapolating the idea of ​​”noise canceling” we can apply it to many other situations or scenarios where you need external noise. I didn’t annoy you.

Still not sure how this override works? I will explain it to you in more detail.

Active or passive?

First of all, let me tell you that you have to be very careful when you go to the store and ask for noise canceling headphones because you will need to specify if you want the technology they use to be active or passive.

Although the former we will describe in more detail how it works below, summarizing much active noise cancellation is purely mechanical and all its effectiveness is based on the components of the headphones, which tend to close the ear canal so that the noise from our surroundings does not penetrate it. In these cases, there will be no technology, no sensors, no microphones inside the devices to regulate the wave we hear.

In addition, these passive noise canceling headphones are much cheaper than , so if you are not careful, you can be given a pig in a poke in a store under the pretense of price.

How does active noise canceling work in headphones?

Without going into technical details, let’s take it step by step so you can understand the concept well.

El sound consists of waves that, depending on where they come from or the intensity with which they are emitted, they will have a completely different frequency or another, which can be positive or negative. So far everything is easy to understand.

Active noise canceling headphones have at least two microphones are able to pick up and distinguish between ambient sound (the sound emitted by everything around us) and, for example, our own voice. Once they have fully identified the ambient noise, will reverse the waveform of that sound and add it to what we hear in our headphones. What is the score? When the ambient noise picked up and processed by the microphones is superimposed on the noise we hear with our ears, a phenomenon known as wave overlap occurs and therefore the ambient noise is “removed”.

Here is a video that explains the process of ambient noise cancellation and helps you understand it in a more visual and didactic way, where you can also observe the differences between passive and active cancellation.

What should I look for when buying noise canceling headphones?

But of course, besides ambient noise cancellation, there are other details to consider when choosing good headphones. The main aspects to be considered are:

  • Tipo de auricular : There are different types of active noise canceling headphones, but the main ones are either the headband or the so-called in-ear headphones (“in the ear”). Depending on how you’re going to use it, you’ll need one or the other, and as you can imagine, each has its good and bad sides. While headband headphones provide better suppression and sound quality, in-ear headphones are easier to transport due to their size and tend to respond much better to sports use.
  • Construction materials and gasket: There are various types of materials used both for the outer surface of the headphones and for the manufacture of their internal components. However, where you’ll notice the biggest difference (unless you’re an audiophile) is in the quality of the pad design if you’re using headphones.
  • Sound quality: Here we enter a somewhat subjective field in which you must be guided by your own tastes and feelings. There are those who like sound with more bass, others who like flatter sound, and of course, there are those who don’t care too much about this section because they prefer extreme rejection to better sound quality.
  • Autonomy: If you need your headphones to be wireless, this is a key detail to keep in mind. As a tip, I can say that the higher the volume of music playback and the more powerful the noise reduction, the more battery consumption.
  • connection: In addition to the cable connection, other connection types must be taken into account, such as Bluetooth or NFC, which allow us to synchronize any other device with this technology by simply bringing the headphones close to it.

Best Noise Canceling Headphones

After everything about noise cancellation and the details to consider when choosing a good noise canceling headset is clear, I want to show you the top five in-ear headphones that have the highest noise cancellation and sound quality and also what you should take into account if you are looking for one.

Bose 700

These are positioned as one of the best noise canceling headphones on the market. In addition, they offer touch controls and have quite elegant and attractive design . If you want to know more about them, remember that we did a full review of the Bose 700 headphones a while back. We leave the video for you to watch.

View offer on Amazon

Sony 1000XM4

This is the fourth and recently updated generation of the from Sony’s famous WH-1000XM range. This time they improve the sound quality compared to the previous model. They also have a new mode called “Speak-to-Chat” where you don’t have to put your hand or press any button to cancel the noise and stop the sound. When the person wearing the headset starts talking, the headset detects this and stops everything to start the conversation. When you stop talking, if the hearing aids detect that the conversation is not continuing, they will automatically continue to play what you were listening to before.

In addition, the weight has been reduced, the design has been improved, and after testing them, we can tell you that the Sony 1000XM4 are one of the most comfortable headphones we have used. Of course, the noise cancellation in this model is still one of the best on the headphone market.

View offer on Amazon

AirPods MAX

Another great bet that is one of the best options on the market is Apple’s latest release: AirPods MAX . Headband headphones that stand out for their comfort, the good sound they produce and of course the noise canceling system they include. In addition, it has a special mode called “Ambient Sound Mode” that will allow us to comfortably carry on a conversation with someone without getting them out of our heads.

See the offer on Amazon

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 headphones

these Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 headphones They are one of the latest additions in the manufacturer’s catalog, with pretty good noise cancellation, different design and very correct quality sound. Their biggest downside is that they are the most expensive option I’ll show you in this article without offering a proportional jump in sound quality.

View offer on Amazon

Jabra Elite 85H

Now we are moving on to slightly cheaper options, but which of course continue to maintain an ideal value for money. These Jabra Elite 85H They have a good noise canceling system, a fairly correct sound quality and besides being very comfortable, they have a very striking design with a very special and attractive finish.

View offer on Amazon

Sony WH-XB900N

Plus you have Sony’s WH-XB900N which, while perhaps the least aesthetically pleasing – you know, it’s a matter of taste – and with the most restrained construction materials (compared to others), its price is also the cheapest , which costs less than 200 euros. A great entry point if you’re looking for an option that won’t hit your wallet too hard. .

View offer on Amazon

JBL Club One

This model is a good example of the quality with which the Harman brand treats some of its high end models. In this case, a headset, in-ear headphones, Bluetooth wireless or USB cable (your choice) and the has truly amazing active noise cancellation. As for autonomy, the numbers are also monstrous: up to 45 hours of continuous use, and it is compatible with virtual assistants such as Alexa or Google.

View offer on Amazon

Bowers & Wilkins PX7

headband headphones, wireless and adaptive noise reduction, its technology allows us to analyze the sound sources that surround us and always provide the best quality. It promises up to 30 hours of battery life and fast charging, which in just 15 minutes can provide up to 5 hours of multimedia content playback in headphones. It has a microphone for use with mobile phones and is compatible with virtual assistants. Finally, it is able to detect whether we are wearing them or not, in order to automatically start or stop the music.

View offer on Amazon

Inzon H9

Sony has decided to support its new (well, from 2020) PlayStation 5 with a whole set of accessories ranging from 4K monitors to active noise canceling headphones that can hook us in an extraordinary way in video games, movies and TV shows. Undoubtedly, it also helps the presence of 7. 1 surround sound capable of recreating a spatial listening environment that is ideal when we travel through this universe of exclusive Japanese classics. Right here above you can see the video analysis we did during its launch.

View offer on Amazon

Bose QC45

Bose, as always, is committed to a quality product, wireless (or wired as we prefer), with the very meticulous finishes and concern for the comfort of the when we wear our helmets. It has active noise cancellation, a microphone for making calls, and is compatible with virtual assistants. It offers up to 24 hours of battery life on a single charge, and with just 15 minutes of network connection, we get three hours of wireless playback.

View offer on Amazon

Which of these offers do you like best? Do you use noise canceling headphones that deserve to be on this list?

*Note to the reader: The links provided are part of our affiliate program with Amazon. Despite this, our recommendation list is always created freely, without receiving or responding to any request from the mentioned brands.

Active Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones Top

The conversations of colleagues make it difficult to concentrate, there is a constant hum in the subway, and on the street you can periodically hear the honking of cars. How can you enjoy music in such an environment? Easily, thanks to the noise-canceling function of the headphones, you just need to choose the right ones. Here are five pairs of active noise-cancelling wireless headphones to help you find the one for you.

  • bluetooth 5.0

  • AKG sound

  • Dolby Atmos

  • Dolby Head Tracking

  • Audio 360

  • Active adaptive noise reduction

  • Ambient sound mode

  • Voice detection

  • Waterproof IPX7

  • Headphone search function

  • Buds Together Feature

  • Up to 8 hours of single earbud operation

  • Working time from case up to 28 hours

The list is opened by earplugs from Samsung, they were announced and released in January 2021. The devices were praised for their updated design, comfortable fit and sound quality. In addition, the devices received protection against water according to the IPX7 standard – they can swim, play sports, walk in the rain, they are not afraid of moisture. The sound was brought in from AKG, there is stereo, 360-degree spatial audio.

Active noise cancellation removes up to 99% external sounds. Thanks to intelligent algorithms, noise reduction can be adjusted to different levels depending on where you are: a noisy street, subway, library. In addition, there is an ambient sound mode that turns on automatically when you speak, and the noise canceler turns off. So you can talk to the interlocutor without pulling out the headphones.

  • Bluetooth 5.1

  • Equalizer Active EQ

  • Realistic sound

  • Active adaptive noise reduction

  • Ambient sound mode

  • Waterproof IPX4

  • Up to 6 hours of single earbud operation

  • Working time from case to 18 hours

  • 15 minutes of recharging – 2 hours of autonomy

Another earbuds, but from another company – Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. They are slightly larger and more bulky than previous devices, but just as easily fit in the ears without creating discomfort. The plastic case is protected from moisture – the headphones are not afraid of splashes, raindrops, so you can safely walk with them in rainy weather, work out in the gym. The sound is clear and natural, and Active EQ technology allows you to keep the bass and high frequencies.

Adaptive noise reduction will allow you to abstract from what is happening around you, the level of noise reduction can be selected based on the situation – you are in the office, on the bus or any other noisy room. The ambient sound mode was also brought here, but it will not turn on automatically from your voice, you need to turn it on manually.

  • Bluetooth 5.1

  • Equalizer Active EQ

  • TriPort Acoustic Architecture

  • Simultaneous connection to two devices

  • Acoustic Noise Canceling

  • Aware Mode

  • Battery life up to 24 hours

Another model from Bose, but this time it’s large on-ear headphones. The Active EQ equalizer is also responsible for the sound quality here – with it, the bass and high frequencies will remain clear and clear. It is possible to connect to two devices at once, for example, a laptop and a smartphone. But there is no protection against moisture, so you need to be more careful with these devices. The body is made of durable materials, the design is clumsy, not afraid of shock.

Due to the shape, the headphones received passive noise cancellation – put cups on your ears and extraneous sound is muffled. Active noise canceling is activated using the button on the cup. With it, you can adjust the modes – noise reduction or transparent, to hear what is happening around you without removing your devices.

  • bluetooth 5.0

  • Realistic sound

  • Bose AR Augmented Reality

  • Active adaptive noise reduction

  • 11 noise reduction modes

  • Battery life up to 20 hours

  • 15 minutes of recharging – 3. 5 hours of autonomy

The third Bose model on our list and the second with over-ear cups. As in the previous model, there is no moisture protection here, the ear cushions are made of synthetic leather, and the headband is lined with soft foam for comfortable wearing. These headphones have augmented reality technology – sensors capture the position of your body, its movements, and then the devices offer you content from your mobile phone that suits the situation.

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 received 11 levels of noise reduction, which you can adjust based on the place where you are and how noisy it is – you are in transport or on a busy street, in OPEN SPACE or in an ordinary office. Depending on this, you can turn the noise reduction to the maximum so as not to hear any loud sounds, or leave it to the minimum in order to hear what is being said next to you.

  • Bluetooth 5.2

  • Realistic sound

  • DSEE digital audio enhancement technology

  • Adaptive Sound Control

  • Hi-Res Audio

  • Speak-to-Chat feature

  • Active noise cancellation

  • Auto NC Optimizer Technology

  • Battery life up to 40 hours

Rounding out our list are over-ear headphones from Sony, released in May 2022.