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Best Of 2018

Escape the World with our Top 3 Noise Cancelling Headphones Recommendations

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All is quiet… We put the best noise-cancelling headphones of September, 2018 through their paces.

Noise cancelling headphones? Is this a weird modern day paradox? Nope, turns out not.

These little ear furnishings don’t simply seal out noise by using thick pads, but make use of sophisticated technology to counteract exterior noise. Digital signal processing (DSP) uses an audio processor that “listens” to the sound around you and plays an opposite sound to cancel it out. Don’t get confused between these and noise isolating headphones – the latter block external noise by giving you giant padded Princess Leia buns over your ears!

There are certain factors to consider when choosing noise cancelling headphones:

  • Wired or wireless – the most popular noise cancelling headphones are Bluetooth, but if you can live with a cable, wired sets will save you some dollars.
  • Battery life – you must remember to recharge noise-canceling headphones, so should be aware of the battery charge. Many models will allow listening without the noise cancelling ability, and this is useful if your battery dies on you.
  • Comfort – most models use an over-ear design to ensure a tight seal and comfortable fit.

Here is our guide to the best noise cancelling headphones of September, 2018:

 

1) Bose Quiet Comfort 35 (Series II)

Overview

Although at the more expensive end of the scale, these look super slick, feel solid and well made, and arrived nicely packaged ahead of schedule. For music buffs, Bose is the name and having it emblazoned on your ear covers is surely the height of coolness.

What We Like

The sound quality on these headphones is excellent – crisp, clear and with no external interference, with previously unheard tones within familiar music being clearly audible.

They are also very comfortable and lightweight to wear, even on extremely hot, humid days.

What Needs Improving

There is a lack of compatibility with Windows 10 – hopefully Bose will rectify that soon.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

A high-end, big brand set of noise cancelling headphones that have the modern cool factor. Bose delivers, once again.

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling - Black

9 used from $279.95
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Last update was in: August 29, 2018 2:11 pm
$299.00 $349.00

 


2) COWIN E7 

Overview

Our first impression was sheer wonder when we turned them on – they light up!

Once we had calmed down, we all had a proper look. These headphones appear well made and the cushioning over the ear pieces is comfortable.

What We Like

We tried these out for over six hours solidly, and they felt perfectly comfortable for the whole time – no headache, or overheated ears for anyone. They look smart, feel smart and the sound quality is excellent.

What Needs Improving

Our only complaint is that the control buttons feel a little bit cheap, which is a shame when design is obviously an important factor for Cowin.

9.3Expert Score
The Final Verdict

With much more bang for your buck than the Bose headphones, if you don’t have money to burn (and who does these days) we would take these over the Bose in a heartbeat.

COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone Wireless Headphones Over Ear, 30H Playtime for Travel Work TV Computer...

Last update was in: August 28, 2018 4:19 pm

 


3) Sony WH-CH700N

Overview

These Sony headphones look like they mean business – no flashing lights or shiny bits, just the matt black of quiet, unspoken superiority.

What We Like

When we were wearing these headphones, they were so comfortable and light that most forgot we had them on.

The sound quality is amazing, with a really decent bass thrumming away, while the battery lasts forever, and charges almost at the speed of sound.

What Needs Improving

These headphones are lacking a mute button, and for unexpected phone calls, that can be a little gimmicky.

8.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Sound wise for mid priced headphones, these are very impressive, however, we would expect them to come with a bag or case. We did like them, but dollar for dollar the previous two are better value.

Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, Black (WHCH700N/B)

27 used from $78.31
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Last update was in: August 29, 2018 2:12 pm

 

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