If I had to pick one thing that has been most helpful in getting me through this Work From Home daydream, I can say with ease that it has been my pair of noise cancelling headphones. Not only do they allow me to listen in on Zoom meetings and phone calls without any disturbance, they also allow me to isolate myself from the rest of the household, which as time goes on, has proved increasingly important (and difficult). We’ve rounded up some of the best noise cancelling headphones, so you can work, or school from home, in peace.
Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless
With up to 30-hours of battery life, these headphones have the ability to drown out anything and make you feel like you’re floating through space. The right ear cup uses touch controls to change songs, increase or decrease volume, with just the swipe of a finger. Most importantly, they work great on Zoom calls and phone calls alike.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Bose QuietComfort 35 II were strategically engineered to drown out your environmental noises and enhance the sound of your audio. They’re even equipped with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to give you instant access to playlists, podcasts, the news, and more, all hands free. And they’re enabled with Bose AR, an inaugural audio augmented reality platform. Listen for up to 20 hours unplugged.
Master & Dynamic MW65
These headphones are the most stylish of the bunch, but don’t worry, there is plenty of substance packed into them as well. The ANC will allow you to focus entirely on whatever you might be working on, and they boast 40mm Beryllium drivers for massively detailed and high quality sound. Plus, the battery can last for up to 24 hours.
Anker Soundcore Life Q20
The most budget friendly option on this list, the Anker headphones will do the trick, no problem. They boast a 40-hour battery life, as well as memory foam ear cups to keep you comfortable all day long. They have bass drivers to increase lower frequencies for dance party breaks, and they’re equipped with ANC technology to ensure you can get your work done in peace.
These are my personal favorite noise cancelling, bluetooth headphones. While these look almost identical to the 3’s, the new upgrades make it the best headphone out there. A subtle yet necessary microphone upgrade makes taking calls no problem, and there is the ability to pair with multiple devices at once and easily toggle between them, too.
AKG’s N60NC headphones are among the most compact noise-canceling options on the market. They fold flat, making them an ideal option for easy storage. And, despite their slimmer size, they don’t compromise audio. The active noise cancellation technology and cushioning memory foam and protein leather material combine to reduce ambient noise. For up to 15 hours, you can access all of your audio wirelessly via Bluetooth.
Jabra Elite 85h
Engineered with SmartSound technology and HearThrough settings, Jabra’s Elite 85h headphones will keep your surroundings quiet and your audio crystal clear. How does it work? If the Smart Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) detects unwanted background noises (based on your preferences set within the Jabra Sound+ app), it’ll switch itself on.
Beats Solo3 headphones marry an advanced acoustic platform and noise-canceling technology that, together, deliver fully immersive sound with clarity, breadth, and balance. They’ll last you up to 40 hours, so if you forget to charge them, no problem—and they’re ergonomically designed to sit snugly on your ears with buffering ear cuffs, so you can work or learn in comfort.
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