Earbuds are the recent years’ practical and fashionable choice. They fit right into one’s ears and are easy to carry. They are wireless thus cutting down the hassle of cable knots. Except for the fact that they are easy to lose compared to other audio equipment, the list of why many people are investing in earbuds goes on.
As earbuds are trending for the last few years, there are so many options to decide from. Fortunately, narrowing them down based on their features will make picking the right earbuds easy. One such feature is noise cancelling.
Whether an audiophile or not, everyone likes to experience undisturbed high-quality audio. Be it attending an online meeting or listening to music for entertainment, many people prefer to cut down on the ambient sound. That is where noise-cancelling earbuds come in.
In addition to being able to cancel noise, most of these earbuds are designed with other qualities. There are sweat-proof ones that come in handy for a workout. There are waterproof ones for people who like to catch up on a podcast or listen to music while showering. Taking all these into consideration, we have put together the best noise cancelling earbuds in the market.
Different Noise Cancelling Technologies
How earbuds cancel noise depends on the technology used by the gadget. There are three noise-cancelling technologies. One is the active noise cancellation. It is also called active noise reduction and active noise control. Earbuds that use this method cancel noise by creating a new layer of sound that deletes the unwanted sound. For those who would like to know more, here is a more elaborate explanation.
The earbuds detect unwanted noise. It creates a new sound that has the same amplitude as the unwanted noise except this one has an inverted phase. As reported by Krisp Blog, one headphones aficionado explains, if the unwanted noise is -1, the new sound is +1. When the two add up, the final value is 0. Therefore no unwanted noise.
The next method is adaptive noise cancellation. It works exactly like the active noise cancellation method. Except it uses computer coding to get more accurate results.
The third one is passive noise cancellation. This one is quite simple. It blocks noise by not allowing any external sounds to enter. This method is also referred to as noise isolating. It uses a physical layer like sound-absorbing tiles that are made of materials that isolate noise.
Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds
Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds
First in the list of the best noise-cancelling earbuds is the Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds. It is described as “the world’s most efficient noise cancelling earbuds” as it uses two noise-cancelling methods – active and passive. Best of all the Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds lets you adjust the level of noise cancellation. It can be adjusted to low, medium or high depending on the situation.
As expected from any earphones, this one also offers high-quality sound. It uses the Volume-optimized Active EQ technology by Bose. That way all sounds are balanced. It uses a touch interface so it is easy to control the gadget.
To add to it, these earbuds use Bose’s very own StayHear® Max. That is why no matter how long it is worn, it is never a disturbance as the earbuds are made of soft silicone.
Price: US$ 279
Apple AirPods Pro
This one uses the active cancellation method. One can switch on and off the noise-cancelling mode by simply pressing the sensor on the stem for a few seconds. Its powerful bass means the user listens to audio that is undeniably great. It is like listening to music in the artist’s studio itself.
Given that Apple uses the Ear Tip Fit Test, each person is sure to find the ones that are the right size for them. Moreover, AirPods Pro is designed in such a way that one would not even physically feel the device in their ears. All that they experience is the amazing sound. They are ergonomic as they are sweat-proof and water-resistant. Besides, they are built with an extra microphone made of mesh that helps to improve audio.
Price: US$ 249
Amazon Echobuds (2nd Gen)
These new earbuds from Amazon are already getting positive critics for their active noise cancellation quality. They are true wireless stereo earbuds. It is said to be 20 per cent smaller than the first generation one. It pays attention to comfort and is sweat-resistant. Amazon Echobuds is equipped with Bluetooth and voice control. Therefore, once you wear the earbuds, there is no need to touch them constantly.
Amazon provides two different cases. One is the wireless charging case and the other is a wired charging case with a type-C cable. For people who give importance to sustainability, this product is certified as “climate pledge friendly” as it is given a “reducing CO2” label.
Original Price: Wired Charging Case: US$ 199.99 | Wireless Charging Case: US$ 139.99
Limited Time Offer Price: Wired Charging Case: US$ 99.99 | Wireless Charging Case: US$ 119.99
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
The Galaxy Buds Pro come with active noise cancellation that can be increased and decreased as needed. According to Samsung, the earbuds does the active noise cancellation in real-time thus effectively reducing “99 per cent of the background noise.” The earbuds’ audio is further enhanced by the Dolby Head Tracking and Dolby Atmos technology.
It has three integrated microphones and voice pickup, thereby all the audio picked by these earbuds are very clear. Thus making it suitable for audio calls no matter where you are. To add to it, it has built-in shields that aid to maintain crystal clear audio quality even when it is windy.
These earbuds are enabled to automatically switch between devices. The gadget recognises which device should be given importance and shifts to provide audio service for that device. For instance, as mentioned on the webpage for the earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Pro automatically switches from a tablet to a mobile phone when a person gets a call.
As misplacing earbuds is an important concern, these earbuds come with the ability to be tracked down using the Smart Things app. It can be found using either the beep sound or the latest location data.
Price: US$ 199.99