Best Travel Headphones with Noise Canceling

Best Travel Headphones with Noise Canceling

Experienced travelers detach themselves from the noisy environment of an airplane using the best travel headphones with ANC. From the large variety of noise-canceling over-ear headphones, Sony WH-1000XM3 is the most compelling for around $300. Convenient in many circumstances, it offers powerful active noise reduction while preserving first-rate sound quality.

I got the DT-770 Pro as a support for mixing, because unfortunately I do not currently have the opportunity to edit my room acoustically for my studio monitors. So now I use the speakers for the regular work, while I use the headphones for the delicate places where I have to work very accurately. To anticipate it: For this purpose, the headphones work great for me!

It was particularly important to me that the entire spectrum is reproduced as unadulterated as possible so that I can make the most accurate decisions, especially in the bass range. The headphones deliver this without any problems.

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Whether the advertised transmission range of 5 – 35000 Hz is maintained, I can not say, I don’t think any human could hear past 20000 Hz; however, all frequencies that are heard for me are played back and it goes damn deep!

​Audeze, one of the most prestigious brands of high-end hi-fi headphones, dived in March 2018 into the gaming industry with a new top-tier gaming headset for high-caliber players. The event was of enormous surprise and truly intriguing; Not only because of the blending of an elitist brand like Audeze with the medium of gaming, but also for the expectations which had arisen by the upcoming of an alluring pair of gaming headsets and the unreal promises they’ve made.

Ergonomics

It doesn’t take long to realize the majesty of Audeze Mobius sound once donning them on your ears. As one of the best gaming headset, the audio quality is the second most intriguing aspect after the immersive soundscape generated by the planar magnetic drivers and Waves Nx technology for 3D audio immersiveness.

Not only does the 100mm planar magnetic drivers emulate the most authentic immersive cinematic experiences, they also achieve an admirable level of precision and responsiveness. The complexity of the captivating, imacculate surround sound with the dramatic and vivid sounds filled with details make it almost impossible to take them off your head. The experience is truly addictive.

Sony WH-1000XM3

Best High-End Travel Headphones with Imposing Active Noise Reduction

Why we like it: With each year after the release of MDR-1000X Sony launched another Bluetooth headphone with Active Nosie Cancelling, The WH-1000XM2 preserved various qualities of its successor in terms of design, comfort and build.

The WH-1000XM3 took the lead one year after the release of WH-1000XM2 and adopted a much lighter construction, more refined materials such as the matte plastic on the earcups, and slightly different ergonomics along with more pleasant and comfortable earcups that benefit from a new pair of large memory foam pads – qualities that make traveling a delightful experience.

As stated above, the 1000XM3 enjoys a different design which improves comfort, thus making it more pleasant to wear. The changes made also improved the aesthetics.

The earcups are equipped with a set of controls, each function is accompanied by a clear voice announcement. Apart from the not so common multipoint connection, everything you would need is included. You can manage your music, pair the headphone to a smartphone, or call your voice assistant.
The autonomy supports activities for up to 23 hours, whereas the Bluetooth latency is extremely low at around 160 ms. – Just enough to enjoy a movie on the fly. Listening to music with this set of wireless ANC headset is extremely pleasurable.

The sound features a huge emphasis in the lower end of the spectrum. Some would agree that the bass sounds muddy, although it does add a hefty feeling to the sound scene, which also unfolds clear and wide. The overall sound is very open and natural. The treble is precise, airy, and carries a nice extension in the third half of the spectrum. What’s even better, is that Sony WH-1000XM3 doesn’t lose the sound quality even with the noise reduction activated.

Verdict

Sony’s wireless over-ear headphone is remarkable in traveling conditions. Its noise-canceling is the most powerful of all the headphones with ANC. The technology behind it is remarkable since you’re able to block a huge quantity of noise while not being the victim of any static, humming, or hissing sound.

Key Features

  • Extremely complex and versatile
  • Accurate 3D audio imaging
  • Resourceful sound spectrum with excellent bass and crystal clear sound
  • Fairly precise detatchable microphone

Alternatives:

Upgrade:

Budget Version:
Sony WH-1000XM2

 

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Most Comfortable Travel Headphones with Active Noise Canceling

Why we like it: We couldn’t have made a list of the best wireless headphones of 2020 without the second version of the QC 35 that was released in 2017, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II.

Even though Bose’s QC 35 II will have its 3 year anniversary in September, the wireless model is still one of the most effective travel headphones. The difference between the two headphones isn’t big. They’re both similar in terms of design, build quality, quality of comfort, autonomy, and even accessories. However, Bose clearly noticed the people would often complain about the high latency in wireless communication, which now the 35 II is better adapted when it comes to making a Bluetooth connection and listening to music while traveling.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II does provide excellent user experience, similar to that of its predecessor, Bose QuietComfort 35, as well as a very intuitive and handy application provided by Bose, which is available on both Android and iOS.

Through Bose Connect you can have access to certain functions that helps customize and manage your headphone’s settings: change the noise cancelling setting, name your headphone, connect your headphone to one or multiple mobile devices, in addition to certain other informations and an essential feature that updates your headphone’s software.

Verdict

In the end, the improvements from QC 35 are visible, especially if you travel a lot and use the headphone in wireless mode. As for the sound, the whole remains balanced, and the music is captivating, with a broad soundstage and intelligible sound scene. Buying the QC35 II for less than $250 is the best deal you could get. The headphone is usually sold for over $300 on Amazon.

Key Features

  • Extremely complex and versatile
  • Accurate 3D audio imaging
  • Resourceful sound spectrum with excellent bass and crystal clear sound
  • Fairly precise detatchable microphone

Alternatives:

Upgrade:
Bose Headphones 700
Budget Version:
Bose QuietComfort 35

 

Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Stellar Artistry - Quality Travel NC Headphones Built with Luxury in Mind

Why we like it:

Bowers & Wilkins catalog of over-ear headphones consists of 4 industry-leading headphones that all feature an exquisite assembly and best-in-class audio reproduction. Among them, is the prestigious Bowers & Wilkins PX7, currently the high-end noise-canceling flagship, which keeps its promises and delivers what the company always aspired for: brilliant sound representation over the entire spectrum, sophisticated finish that combines leather, fabric and carbon fiber, and powerful noise-cancelling with a diminishing power of external noise that averages approximately 25 dB on the whole sonic spectrum – A Beast!

Its comfort isn’t compromised by the hefty weight that depicts Bowers & Wilkins’s noteworthy craftsmanship. The headband adapts satisfactorily to the shape of your head, while the thick, soft leather paddings that enclose each earpiece treats the wearer with an enjoyable feeling of comfort.

Verdict

The British leader in audio equipment has always stood out by its sober and elegant artistry, but also by its admirably high-fidelity sound reproduction. This time, though, B&W deploys brand new drivers of 43.6mm that deliver an eccentric reproduction, a colorful sound rich in detail which delivers to our ears a very pleasant listening experience despite its lack of neutrality and rather imposing V-shaped sound signature.

Key Features

  • Extremely complex and versatile
  • Accurate 3D audio imaging
  • Resourceful sound spectrum with excellent bass and crystal clear sound
  • Fairly precise detatchable microphone

Alternatives:

Upgrade:

Budget Version:
Bowers & Wilkins PX5

 

Jabra Elite 85h

Best Value - Premium Wireless Travel Headphones with NC

Why we like it: Jabra’s high-end $300 Bluetooth headphone is one of the most popular wireless headphones for the consumers looking for performance over anything, and within this budget, you’ll find a multitude of advantages.

The headphone has a foldable headband and earcups that can swivel, essential for traveling or office. Its hard case also improves the experience, whereas the 3.5 mm mini-jack cable, USB-C to USB-A charging cable, and the airplane adapter are packed into the package along with the headset for various needs.

Despite its rather heavyweight, the Elite 85h is by far the most intuitive headset with easy to use controls, it’s design is remarkable, and the extraordinary sensations of comfort greatly favor the wearer.

In terms of connectivity, the Elite 85h connects through Bluetooth 5.0 wirelessly and, unlike a large set of expensive Bluetooth headphones for traveling, has multipoint compatibility so that you can connect with multiple devices in parallel. The 15-minute charge that provides approximately 5 hours of battery also comes in handy.

As for the sonic experience, the Jabra lays out an overall balanced sound reproduction, good-sounding music that embraces an impactful and defined sound. Even though the Elite 85h’s bass is slightly impacted and reduced by the activation of the noise cancelling mode, the treble range feels very modest, thus not as highlighted as is the case in other Bluetooth headsets.

Verdict

In the end, the Elite 85h is a very ambitious wireless model that challenges the leaders in this industry, Bose QuietComfort QC35 II and Sony’s WH-1000XM3. The Elite 85h could have done slightly better in the higher frequencies as well as in the comfort sector, but everything else is first-rate quality.

Key Features

  • Extremely complex and versatile
  • Accurate 3D audio imaging
  • Resourceful sound spectrum with excellent bass and crystal clear sound
  • Fairly precise detatchable microphone

Alternatives:

Upgrade:

Budget Version:

Alternatives

The Everest Elite 750NC is a nice pair of wireless headphones, very comfortable to wear with a homogenous sound response, but short autonomy (15 h), the ANC is effective yet not reliable: the bass becomes excessively rough while activated, whereas the mids and highs aren’t the most accurate.

The Parrot Zik 3 is a well-built headphone with rigorous construction, and a decent battery life of 8 hours with all the modules activated, although we do have better solutions for any of those qualities.

The AKG N60 NC Wireless is also a great mid-end pair of headphones which passive isolation and ANC function are very competent, but they’re a bit pricier than our current budget choice, and you can’t turn ANC off in Bluetooth mode. Nonetheless, for $50 more, the sound of N60 is fantastically balanced, accurately rendered and detailed, though the lack of presence in treble is quickly sensed.

The AKG N700NC sounds impressively good in the upper end of the spectrum but has inexistent deep-bass, a bit heavier and less comfortable than Bose QC 35 II (also pricier), and contains a few flaws.

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