The 7 Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Even though closed-back earphones provide some passive protection from external sound, they don’t do much for those looking to eliminate large amounts of ambient noise. That’s where noise-canceling headphones come into the picture. Noise-canceling headphones offer specific noise-canceling technology that reduces the amount of environmental noise you hear. These headphones are ideal for office use, working out, sleeping, or when using public transport.

Our Pick!

sony WH-1000XM5

Sony WH-1000XM5

The Sony WH-1000XM5 strikes the best balance between ANC performance, sound quality, and price.

Quick Pick – Our Awards!

Best Sounding

If you have a big budget and aren’t too demanding regarding ANC performance, you’ll get the best sound out of the Focal Bathys. While the ANC performance on these headphones is subpar compared to others on this list, the audio quality is where these speakers shine with a detailed, accurate, and refined sound signature.

Best Battery Life

Soundcore’s Space Q45 offers the best battery life on the list, and depending on your listening volume, you can see more than 50 hours of battery life from the Q45. You’ll still get around 30 hours of use from a single charge at higher volumes.

Best Noise Cancelation

The BOSE Quiet Comfort 45 offers extremely efficient noise isolation, edging out the Sony XM5. The QC45 does particularly well at filtering out low-frequency sounds, such as engines or machinery, making it a good choice for traveling/commuting.

The Value For Money

The Soundcore Space Q45 is available for under $150 and, in true Soundcore fashion, can still compete with some of the flagship noise cancelation products in certain areas. These headphones offer a more casual listening sound without the balanced, accurate approach that the BOSE QC45 strives for.

The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Below, we have presented products that represent some of the best choices for noise-canceling headphones currently on the market. This list considers value for money, audio performance, connectivity, and build quality.

1. Sony WH-1000XM5

sony WH-1000XM5
Driver Size:30mm carbon fiber composite dome
Frequency Range:4 Hz – 40,000 Hz
Impedance:48 Ohms (ANC On), 16 Ohms (ANC Off)
Sensitivity:102dB/mW (ANC On), 100dB/mW (ANC Off)
Noise Cancellation Type:Active
Battery Life with ANC:Up to 30 hours
Charging Time:3.5 Hours
Bluetooth Version:5.2
Bluetooth Codecs:SBC, AAC, LDAC
Cable:Yes (Cable supported)

The Sony WH-1000 series has produced some truly amazing noise-canceling headphones. The Sony WH-1000XM4 was able to compete with the BOSE QuietComfort 35 on its release directly, and now, with the release of the Sony WH-1000XM5, we’ve seen some more gains made in this series, though there are still areas where the XM4 does better.

Sony focused more on noise cancelation and sound signature with the XM5. While it has a mostly balanced sound signature, an accentuated bass presence may appeal to those looking for extra bass, not to those looking for a flat, accurate sound.

The noise cancelation is superior to the XM4 regarding sound presentation and microphone quality. While the XM4’s microphone struggled to capture clear audio in a noisy environment, the WH-1000XM5 excels at this, with minimal interference with the microphone, even in relatively loud locations. 

The XM5 does a better job than the XM4 in noise cancelation, even if the XM4 offers a bit better passive isolation.

However, there are a few areas where the XM4 still outperforms the XM5. The XM4 has a faster recharge time with longer battery life and a better design subjectively. The XM5, while comfortable for some, tends to cause some issues with those with smaller heads.

The Sony WH-1000XM5 draws on many of the features of the XM4 but with a few changes in direction as well. We could still recommend the XM4 or XM5 to those looking for a solid pair of noise-canceling headphones. The differences between the two models aren’t linear. Instead, the XM5 and XM4 outcompete each other in specific features, and both still have a place in the market.

If your focus is on the highest-quality noise cancelation and sound signature, go for the XM5. However, if you’re looking to save some money and longer battery life and comfort sound more important to you, then the Sony WH-1000XM4 is still an extremely viable option.

Why We Recommend It

The Sony XM series has been seen as the king of noise-canceling headphones for quite some time now. It’s not that the Sony XM5 does anything remarkable or innovative. Instead, they focus on providing a versatile solution that can cater to almost all demands and do so with impressive results. These are ‘the safe choice.’


  • Fairly balanced sound quality
  • Impressive imaging
  • Solid build quality
  • Improved noise-handling


  • Microphone quality could be better
  • Narrow soundstage
  • Battery life is not as good as the XM4

2. Bose QuietComfort 45

BOSE Quietcomfort 45
Driver Size:40mm neodymium
Frequency Range:20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
Impedance:35 Ohms
Sensitivity:93 dB SPL/mW
Noise Cancellation Type:Active noise cancellation (ANC) with four microphones
Battery Life with ANC:Up to 24 hours
Charging Time:2.5 Hours
Bluetooth Version:5.1
Bluetooth Profiles:SBC, AAC, aptX
Cable:3.5mm audio cable included

Like the Sony XM5, the BOSE QuietComfort 45 had big shoes to fill when they hit the market. Its predecessor, the QuietComfort 35, was a beloved product that, in its own right, excelled at the key performance points we look for in a noise-canceling pair of headphones.

Unlike Sony’s range, however, the BOSE QuietComfort 45 brought a more objective and thorough increase in quality compared to its previous iteration. The BOSE QuietComfort 45 increased comfort, improved noise cancelation, and presented a more balanced sound signature.

The QuietComfort 45 isn’t the best choice if you’re into an elevated bass signature. Instead, they appeal to those seeking a more balanced and accurate sound signature. The frequency response of the QuietComfort 45 is impressive, most notably in the midrange, which sounds warm, crisp, and wide.

The way these headphones are designed, and the materials used in the earcups provide a comfortable fit that works extremely well on most head shapes and sizes.

Compared to the Sony, these two headphones go head to head in most areas, with the BOSE being better at providing a brighter and warmer midrange frequency performance and more subtle, balanced bass. The Sony, on the other hand, holds the advantage regarding noise handling. One area where the BOSE could use some improvement is in the imaging – which, while decent, isn’t as impressive as other competitors such as the AKG N700NC M2 or Sennheiser PXC550-II.

The move from Bluetooth 4.1 to 5.1 from the previous model is also a big upgrade, reducing latency and offering a lot more wireless range. We also see BOSE move away from the older BOSE connect app support and utilize the newer and more improved BOSE music, which features the addition of a graphical equalizer. Having the ability to EQ these headphones from an app ensures you can get closer to your own ideal sound signature.

A truly outstanding pair of speakers that have quickly become one of the most beloved noise-canceling headphones on the market. Whether you’re at home or using public transport, the BOSE QC45 does well.

Why We Recommend It

Why not may be an easier question to answer, given that the BOSE QC45 perform very well across the board. The new version sees improved sound quality and better connectivity support. Much like the Sony XM5, these are an everyday option that can be used at a desk, during your commute, or even while exercising.


  • Mostly balanced sound signature
  • Intuitive controls
  • Fast charging time
  • Highly efficient noise isolation


  • Build quality could be improved
  • Sub-par microphone noise-handling

3. Focal Bathys

focal bathys
Driver Size:40mm
Frequency Range:20Hz – 20kHz
Impedance:32 ohms
Sensitivity:105 dB SPL/mW
Noise Cancellation Type:Active noise cancellation (ANC) with four microphones
Battery Life with ANC:Up to 30 hours
Charging Time:2.5 hours
Bluetooth Version:5.1
Bluetooth Profiles:SBC, AAC, aptX Adaptive, LDAC
Cable:3.5mm audio cable included

Focal is a brand that may be foreign to the average consumer but is well-known to audio enthusiasts. The French company has released some incredible quality speakers over the years, and one of the more exciting products in recent times is the Focal Bathys.

What separates the Bathys from traditional noise-canceling headphones is… Well, there’s actually a lot. The first most noticeable difference is the unique design of these headphones, which, while familiar to audiophiles, may be a little jarring for those used to clean, minimalist-style headphone designs found in traditional budget speakers. This unique and eye-catching design style is a feature that Focal has implemented on other headphones for a while now. Across high-end headphone brands, it’s not uncommon to see a signature style design used to individualize their products.

The Focal Bathys is not exactly a cheap pair of headphones and retails for around $800. At this price point, you expect something special, and Focal has provided it.

It’s important to consider that noise cancelation is secondary to performance with these headphones. You won’t be getting the same levels of ANC that you would expect from most other speakers on this list. The Sony XM5 or BOSE QC45 do a much better job at noise cancelation.

When we address the sound quality, it’s a very different story. The Focal Bathys is able to produce sound quality that is superior in imaging, soundstage, and overall frequency response. As one would expect from a Focal product, there is a distinct focus on balanced, accurate sound representation, but also with a whole lot of brightness and life to them. They produce an immersive sound that is especially impressive for being a closed-back headphone.

Although all that Focal has done right with the Bathys, it’s tough to ignore the quality control problems that have led to a number of these units getting returned. Focal themselves acknowledged that during early batches of shipment, there were issues around the packaging that caused the drivers to become damaged during transit. This resulted in some products causing a high-pitched sound that rendered them unusable. This is a problem that has since been rectified but is something to keep in mind when buying these second-hand, just in case someone decides to pawn them off instead of returning them.

Should you encounter this issue with your unit, Focal will swap it out for a replacement. So, while this problem is an inconvenience, it doesn’t truly represent the quality of the product itself.

Why We Recommend It

Opting for the Focal Bathys is best suited for those with a primary focus on audio quality and a fairly large budget at their disposal. The ANC on these speakers is mediocre at best, but the overall sound quality exceeds all others on this list by quite some margin. This is the audiophile’s choice.


  • Amazing sound quality
  • Unique aesthetic
  • Comfortable


  • Expensive
  • Quality control issues in initial batches
  • Poor ANC performance

4. Anker Soundcore Space Q45

soundcore q45
Driver Size:40mm
Frequency Range:20Hz – 20kHz
Impedance:32 ohms
Sensitivity:102 dB SPL/mW
Noise Cancellation Type:Active noise cancellation (ANC) with four microphones
Battery Life with ANC:Up to 50 hours
Charging Time:Up to 5 hours (full charge) or 4 hours (for 50% charge)
Bluetooth Version:5.3
Bluetooth Profiles:SBC, AAC, LDAC
Cable:3.5mm audio cable included

Soundcore has become synonymous with value, offering affordable products that

perform well without being a huge investment. The best way to think of Soundcore products is that they are affordable but reliable.

The Space Q45 is Soundcore’s flagship ANC headphones and features a familiar design but also slightly unique, almost reminiscent of old-school headphone designs, but with that modern twist. They’re also available in three different colors.

The build quality on these headphones is really solid overall, and they don’t come across as particularly tight or loose but rather offer a comfortable fit for most head shapes. It should be noted that these aren’t the best for gymming, though, as they are prone to slide back and forth when leaning down or throwing one’s head back. 

The padding on the headband and the earcups is one area where the Q45 falls a bit behind its predecessor, the Q35. While the thickness and texture of the Q35’s padding are good, the Q45’s is slightly thinner, which, while not a deal breaker, is a pity to see, given how well the Q35 hit the mark.

The sound quality on the Soundcore Q45 isn’t quite as balanced as the BOSE or Sony, but at half the price, we need to be comparing apples with apples. Compared with other noise-canceling headphones under $150, the Q45 performs more than adequately. There is a fairly distinct V-shape sound signature to these headphones, so we can recommend them to more casual listeners who like their sound leaning towards fun more than accuracy. Still, one needs to give respect to the imaging performance that the Q45 provides.

As we move more toward the mids, a few peaks in this range cause the upper mids to come across a little too aggressively, especially when combined with the dips in the treble. Overall, the sound signature on these reminds us a little of the Sivga SV021.

When it comes to noise-canceling, this is really where the Soundcore Q45 flexes its muscles. These headphones can keep up with the best, being highly effective at reducing both high and low-frequency sounds with excellent efficiency.

The charging time and battery life are great with the Q45, with up to 50 hours of battery performance from a single 2-hour recharging time. However, this does change depending on your ANC settings.

Why We Recommend It

If you’re an audio enthusiast looking for the best money to buy, we suggest looking elsewhere. However, if you’re someone who doesn’t care about frequency response charts and measured data, these will probably sound more than good enough to you. The small drawbacks in sound are made up for with the exceptional noise cancelation performance.


  • Great value for money
  • Fast recharging time
  • Incredible battery life
  • Bluetooth 5.3


  • The older Q35 may be more comfortable with some head shapes
  • The v-shaped signature won’t appeal to all

5. Sennheiser PXC 550 II

Driver Size:32mm
Frequency Range:17Hz – 23kHz
Impedance:490 ohms (active) / 46 ohms (passive)
Sensitivity: 110 dB SPL (passive: 1 kHz/1V RMS)
Noise Cancellation Type:Active noise cancellation (ANC) with Adaptive Noise Control
Battery Life with ANC:Up to 30 hours
Charging Time:Up to 2 hours
Bluetooth Version:5.1
Bluetooth Profiles:SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX Low Latency
Cable:3.5mm audio cable included

The Sennheiser PXC 500 II has a clean aesthetic and familiar design. The materials used feel durable and high quality, though the size and shape of the headband can lead to discomfort for a few individuals with very large heads. For most users, however, the PXC 550 II fits snugly yet comfortably. This makes it great for slightly more active users who have to worry about their headphones falling off. You do not get the same protection from movement as you would with earbuds, of course, but compared to other headphones on this list, they do a pretty good job in this regard.

These headphones mostly have impressive frequency response, with accurate, rich bass performance and warm, bright mid-tones. Unfortunately, the Achilles of the PXC 550 II is the treble, which, while not terrible in its own right, falls short of matching the accuracy we hear in the bass and midrange. Despite this shortfall, these headphones still sound good overall and require a critical approach to a fault.

The recharge time on the PXC 500-II is seriously impressive, with just over an hour of charge providing over 20 hours of battery life. I was a little confused by the micro-USB charging port used instead of what is now a pretty standard choice of USB-C. Despite the older port technology, these headphones still have modern Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, increasing range and latency performance. This is especially true when utilizing the highly efficient aptX-LL codec, which these headphones support.

These headphones offer an adjustable noise cancelation control, which can be adjusted using the mobile app as well. When it comes to the ANC performance, they do an excellent job and are able to perform on a similar level to the Sony XM5 in this regard. They isolate low and high frequencies, making them versatile for office work or commuting.

Why We Recommend It

The Sennheiser PXC 500-II performs well overall in most departments. The sound quality is especially impressive in the bass and midrange. The extremely fast charging is also a major benefit. These are a versatile pair of noise-canceling headphones that we can easily recommend for those looking for a solid pair of travel headphones that can charge quickly in the hotel while you’re on the move.


  • Fast recharge time
  • aptX-LL codec support
  • Great noise cancelation


  • Uses micro-USB instead of USB-C
  • Treble can be painful and requires EQ
  • A tighter fit can be a problem for large heads

6. Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless

razer barracuda pro wireless
Driver Size:50mm Razer TriForce Bio-Cellulose
Frequency Range:20Hz – 20kHz
Impedance:32 ohms
Sensitivity:106 dB SPL/mW
Noise Cancellation Type:Hybrid active noise cancellation (ANC) with six microphones
Battery Life with ANC:Up to 45 hours
Charging Time:4 Hours
Bluetooth Version:5.2
Bluetooth Profiles:SBC, AAC, aptX Adaptive
Cable:3.5mm audio cable included

When it comes to the headphone market, everyone is quick to throw shade toward brands that present themselves as gaming-focused, and with good reason. In many cases, the sound quality in gaming headphones is far lower than that found in similarly priced traditional headphone brands.

The Razer Barracuda is built differently. These noise-canceling headphones may come from one of the figureheads for gaming equipment. However, what they’ve done with this pair of headphones is a step away from the gimmicky nature of gaming headphones and a direction into an overall quality audio product.

While Razer has had many loud, gamer-centric headphones drop over the years, the Barracuda Pro Wireless looks like a different beast. The shell doesn’t scream Cheetos and Mountain Dew but creates a clean aesthetic with minimal accents. We can’t help but feel like these headphones draw a lot of design inspiration from the Sony XM series.

Regarding sound, the Barracuda Pro Wireless performs much better than other Razer products we’ve worked with over the years. The sound signature is more balanced, but still not without a few small issues. The low end of the Barracuda Pro is actually very appealing. It’s slightly emphasized, but to a degree that few would argue is damaging to the presentation. In fact, even Sony could take some notes on the tuning of the bass on the Barracuda Pro, especially for the XM5.

On the upper end of the midrange, we see a bit more of the classic Razer sound coming through, with some overemphasis that does create a bit of harshness in some of the vocals, especially. The performance in this area is still better than what we’re used to seeing from Razer products, but it does fall short of something like the Sony XM5 in the upper midrange.

Regarding noise cancelation, the Barracuda Pro Wireless does a fairly impressive job. Firstly, the passive noise isolation is really good on these, so there is already some passive noise reduction whether you use your ANC. However, when it comes down to the performance of the ANC, these headphones exceed expectations. While there are improvements that could be made to the reduction of low-end sound, as a whole, the Barracuda Pro Wireless performs on a similar level to some of the flagship noise-canceling headphones out there.

They offer Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, so you’ll be getting an efficient, modern wireless connection. The battery life of these headphones is also particularly impressive, with around 35 hours of battery life on a single charge. A charge cycle time on these is around 4 hours, which is very reasonable.

Why We Recommend It

Consider these headphones if you’re looking for a more hybrid-style design that offers a lot of versatility for gaming or gym use. You’re going to have a hard time finding a better ANC headphone targeted toward gamers in this price range.


  • Impressive noise-cancelation
  • Punchy bass response
  • Lengthy battery life
  • Clean design, unlike most Razer products


  • The upper midrange is a bit too accentuated and can be harsh
  • No ability to add a wired option

7. AKG N700NC M2

akg n700
Driver Size:40mm
Frequency Range:20Hz – 20kHz
Impedance:16 ohms
Sensitivity: 110dB SPL/V@1kHz
Noise Cancellation Type:Adaptive, Hybrid (Active and Passive)
Battery Life with ANC:Up to 20 hours
Charging Time:Approximately 3 hours
Quick Charge:2 hours of playback with 5 minutes of charging
Bluetooth Version:4.2
Bluetooth Profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, HFP
Cable:Detachable 3.5mm audio cable
Weight: Approximately 261g

The AKG N700NC M2 may not have the same market share as the Sony or BOSE, but these noise-canceling headphones are a bit of a hidden gem.

Regarding comfort, the AKG N700NC M2 is a little on the tighter side, which is more of a preference than a feature that is inherently good or bad. If you have a smaller head, the tighter camping force can ensure a more comfortable fit, while for larger heads – this can create some discomfort over long listening periods.

The sound quality of the AKG N700NC M2 is excellent and, in my opinion, can even edge out the bigger names on this list. The sound signature of the N700NC is somewhat similar in style but offers a more accentuated bass response that is tuned extremely well. That is to say, even though the bass is slightly increased, the way it works in conjunction with the warm mid-tones and treble delivers an overall sound signature that feels filled with life without coming across as too aggressive.

Released in 2019, there are some limitations around latency when compared to newer headphone models. The N700NC still utilizes Bluetooth 4.2, which, despite being completely viable in the current year, isn’t quite as efficient as Bluetooth 5 and upwards, which we see in many other noise-canceling headphones.

Because these headphones fit quite snugly, they are a good option for those who run or remain active while wearing them. Granted, earbuds are better suited for this lifestyle, but when it comes to over-ear solutions, the AKG N7000NC M2 is a brilliant pair of noise-canceling headphones that don’t often get their dues.

Why We Recommend It

The AKG N700NC M2 may offer slightly outdated connectivity. Still, the sound quality, in combination with the low price point, make these headphones a great choice for those who appreciate good sound but may not have the budget to go for something premium.


  • Affordable
  • Good build quality
  • Great bass response


  • A slightly tight fit can cause discomfort for larger head shapes
  • Slightly outdated Bluetooth 4.2

How Noise-Canceling Headphones Work

Noise-canceling technology reduces or eliminates ambient noise, which improves the perceived audio quality while removing distractions caused by external noises. There are three types of noise cancellation techniques found in headphones: Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Hybrid Noise Cancellation, and Adaptive Noise Cancellation.

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) has gained popularity by creating phase-flipped sound waves, opposite to ambient noise. By playing these inverse frequencies, this technology is capable of canceling out the noise. ANC headphones employ microphones to detect external noise, generating anti-noise waves played through the headphones. This significantly reduces background noise, enhancing focus and concentration, particularly in noisy environments. There are two types of ANC technology: feedforward, which cancels out low-frequency noise, and feedback, which is more effective against higher-frequency noise like human speech.

Hybrid noise cancellation combines active noise-canceling features with design elements that increase the passive noise isolation properties. By integrating both methods, hybrid noise cancellation provides more comprehensive and effective noise reduction across a wider range of frequencies, delivering a superior listening experience in various environments.

Adaptive Noise Cancellation combines the benefits of active noise cancellation with adjustable thresholds, allowing certain sounds above a specified volume to bypass the cancellation technology. This improves the listening experience and conserves battery life, making it ideal for long trips or commutes. Furthermore, adaptive noise-canceling earbuds are cost-effective, offering users a dynamic noise-canceling experience without a premium price tag.

Buyer’s Guide – What To Know Before Buying Noise-Canceling Headphones

To assist you in making an informed purchase, the following buyer’s guide will help you better understand noise-canceling headphones and what to consider when weighing your options.

How Will You Be Using Them?

Not all noise canceling is equal. Some headphones do better at preventing the intrusion of higher-pitched sounds, while others excel at lowering deeper, low-frequency sounds. The best for you will depend on how you want to use your noise-canceling headphones.

If you’re in an office environment and want to minimize chatter from your colleagues, a headphone that does well in higher-pitched noise-canceling would be the most beneficial. If, on the other hand, you’re around lower frequencies, such as on a train or in a factory, you’d be better suited with a noise-canceling performance that deals with either lower frequencies or both low and high frequencies.

Consider Comfort

If you’re going to use your noise-canceling headphones for long periods, which is common, comfort should be a primary consideration.

Figuring out comfort can be a challenge when buying online. Consider the style of any existing headphones you enjoy and try to find a model that offers a similar style or size. Unfortunately, this isn’t like buying a baseball cap, and you may need to look at other customer feedback to determine exactly how they fit each individual head.

We’ve tried to include as much information about the fit of our selected picks as possible.

They’ve Got To Sound Good

At no point in time is it ever worth investing in low-quality audio. Sound quality is the most essential part of headphones, even. Even if you aren’t clued up on the nuances of audio quality, opting for a good sound quality will ensure more longevity to your purchase.

While budget is going to play a part in limiting the quality of sound you can get from your headphones. The noise-canceling headphone market is filled with options that don’t always have to break the bank. In recent years, brands like Treblab and Soundcore have emerged with products that are comforting to both the ears and the pocket.

Don’t feel like you need to settle for bad quality just in order to stay within budget. We’ve included some headphones that are both affordable and good to listen to.

Ensuring You’ve Got The Required Battery Life

Noise-canceling headphones come in both wired and wireless variants. For this list, we didn’t seek to include a specific type. Incidentally, we found that most the best noise-canceling headphones are wireless. This is because most individuals looking for a pair of noise-canceling headphones are looking for a portable solution for work or on vacation.

You should carefully consider the impact that your desired pair of headphones may have on your daily routines. That is, if you find yourself utilizing your headphones primarily on flights or long voyages, you’re going to want to ensure that the battery life is able to keep up with your demands.

Battery life is one of those things that can vary slightly from the manufacturer’s claims, so we recommend always leaving yourself a little bit of padding. For instance, if you calculate that you need 20 hours of battery life on a charge, look for a solution that offers around 25 to 30 hours. This will also help take into account the natural, albeit slow, degradation of battery over time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can I still hear noises with my headphones on?

First, make sure you have your headphone’s noise cancelation mode active. This is something that is usually turned off or on via a button.
Additionally, each pair of noise-canceling headphones are unique. Even if the two models utilize a similar technology for the noise cancelation itself, the design of the earcup, the position of the driver, and how the headphones fit your head will all have an impact on how much noise can get sealed.
Similarly, the efficiency of noise cancelation will differ between brands and models.

Is there a difference between closed-back headphones and noise-canceling headphones?

Absolutely. If you’re new to headphones, you may mistake a traditional pair of closed-back headphones for noise-canceling ones. While closed-back headphones do offer some protection from noise compared to open-backs, this is a passive type of noise cancelation and not very effective compared to active or adaptive noise canceling.

Can I use noise-canceling headphones to sleep?

Noise-canceling headphones can be used for sleeping, but given their size, this is usually best for naps on airplanes where you’re seated upright. If you’re looking to lay on your side at all, I’d recommend looking at noise-canceling earbuds for the best results.

Should I get wired or wireless noise-canceling headphones?

If you tend to use your headphones while out of the house, we’d recommend a wireless option, as even if your phone does support the cable type, it’s never fun carrying cables around. Additionally, some of the best noise-canceling headphones in today’s market are wireless. 
Thanks to the latest Bluetooth versions available, there is little change in wired and wireless options, and while latency is still present, this has been improved remarkably over the past few Bluetooth versions. 
Wired options will give you the benefit of never needing to charge them, but they are far from the most versatile way to approach noise cancelation.

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Bryn De Kocks

Bryn De Kocks is the lead editor for Audiostance, as well as one of our trusted reviewers. He has more than 15 years of experience in online publication and stands firm in being transparent with both the benefits and drawbacks of the products he reviews. Outside of editorial work, Bryn has been an avid online gamer and casual digital music producer since his teenage years, bringing his understanding of audio and especially headphones to the table. His daily driver is a humble pair of Fidelio X2HRs powered by a Fiio E10K. In his spare time he enjoys nature photography.

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