Noise cancellation Headphones

Noise cancelling headphones are more than headphones and more than earplugs. They cancel background noise and let you listen to exactly what you want to.


By Techno Crat

Just the other day headphones were primarily for listening to music, podcasts or even a phone connection extension. These are still there, but more and more headphones are used by people to block off outside noise, or background noise, or the disturbance. These are noise cancelling headphones. One can argue that ear plugs will do the same work, much cheaply, but noise cancelling headphones are not soundproofing equipment; they are way more than that.

Today noise cancelling headphones have forever altered the way that we work, consume media, and enjoy music while sharing space with others. Unlike traditional headphones, which function as basic wearable drivers that deliver sound privately to users’ ears, noise-cancelling headphones employ built-in microphones and a little bit of physics to capture environmental sound and replay it to the wearer with the phase of the audio reversed.

This phase-cancelling is performed almost instantaneously, and to the user, the end result is a great reduction in perceived environmental noise and an overall clearer listening experience.

This makes noise-cancelling headphones an incredibly robust tool for maintaining focus in loud environments or enjoying undisturbed sleep during a long commute.

Here are some of the best on the market today. The standard scale employed in choosing are some of the most common uses for sound isolation, from studying and working to more niche uses like gaming and working out. Design also played a part.

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The best way to enjoy music is with no other sounds in the background, so you can concentrate on what you’re listening to and pick up on the finer details in the track that might otherwise get drowned out. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible, especially with headphones; outside sounds will filter in and take away from the experience, no matter how good the passive noise isolation is.

Noise cancellation aims to fix this by cutting out noises that can slip through even the best padding and isolation.

It’s also a good way to get some sleep in a noisy environment. Many frequent fliers swear by active noise cancelling headphones, but the technology works equally well for many situations on the ground too, such as if you need to concentrate on something in a noisy environment.

The comfort factor

Headphones cover a large portion of users’ heads, and their noise-cancelling capabilities are usually required over long periods of time. Thus, it is necessary to look into the design aspect that provides comfort and feature soft padding material like memory foam on the headbands or earpads.

How is it connected?

Bluetooth is one of the best innovations to ever meet traditional headphone design, as it offers users the ability to connect to multiple remote media devices without being encumbered by cables. Most of the noise-cancelling headphones on this list are capable of wireless connections, but some are limited to wired connections only, and others offer both options.

For how long?

That depends on the battery life. Active noise cancellation is a complex electronic process that requires a hefty supply of power to execute. For this reason, the best noise-cancelling headphones carry an onboard battery life of at least 20 hours to avoid running out of power when they’re most needed.

Here are some choices

Sony WH-1000XM5:

Price: Rs 26,990

Battery life: Up to 32 hours (24 hours with noise cancellation on) | Driver size: 30mm | Case: Hardshell storage case

Best for: Audiophiles looking for versatile headphones with outstanding noise cancellation technology.

These headphones improve on the previous version’s noise cancellation and take full advantage of Sony’s artificial intelligence engine and V1 processor to provide real-time up scaling of compressed digital audio. Sony’s noise cancellation technology blocks out ambient noises, and it has a transparency mode that lets you hear ambient background noise when you choose. The WH-1000XM5s are smart enough to detect how your personal sonic profile changes when you’re wearing glasses, for example, and then adjust accordingly.

When wearing these headphones, you can’t help but notice how insanely quiet they make everything—even when no audio is playing. They offer conveniences like Bluetooth multi point pairing; touch and voice controls using popular voice assistants; and proximity and acceleration sensors to pause playback automatically if you remove the headphones. The disadvantage is that to unlock the spatial audio feature, you need to have a paid subscription to Tidal or another supported music streaming service.


  • Upscales digital audio
  • Spatial audio supported (with paid music streaming subscription);
  • Uses touch-sensitive and voice-activated controls


· No water resistance

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Price : Rs 35455/ |Battery life: Up to 20 hours | Drivers: Not disclosed by Bose |Storage: Hardshell case

Best for: Top-notch adaptive noise cancellation to enhance audio and voice calls.

What sets the Noise Cancelling 700s apart from the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones, for example, is their simplistic, modern-looking design. The earcups have a soft artificial leather coating and tilt by 15 degrees to mirror the shape of a human head. The steel headband has a silicone-covered foam coating for added comfort. These headphones use some moulded plastic, which keeps them lightweight, but makes them a less durable than others.

The 700s provide 11 levels of manually adjustable noise cancellation which you can opt to use, or simply rely on the headphones’ default settings.

The headphones take advantage of eight microphones (compared to six in the QuietComfort 45) to manage the adaptive and adjustable noise cancellation. This ensures that hands-free phone calls sound crisp and clear–even in the windy outdoors. When playing audio, the headphones automatically adjust the audio EQ (including the bass, midrange and treble) based on surroundings. The app, however, lets you manually adjust the EQ settings for more personalized sound.

Another perk: The earcups fold flat, so their case is thinner than most. This also makes them more comfortable when hanging around your neck, because the cups naturally turned to sit flat against your shoulders. The 700s perform as well as headphones that cost significantly more, although they’re not as portable as the Bose Quiet Comfort 45 headphones.


  • Superior and adjustable noise cancellation
  • Manually adjustable audio EQ
  • Eight microphones enhance hands-free call quality and noise cancellation


  • No spatial audio or Dolby Atmos support
  • More fragile and less portable than the Bose QuietComfort 45s