Need to reduce ambient sounds – when bingeing on Netflix or listening to music – without raising the volume? If so, get some cool Noise Cancelling Headphones. But not all of us will afford premium noise-canceling headphones such as Bose QuietComfort 35.
To enjoy your favorite tunes or videos on a noisy building, train or plane, recommend either Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC or COWIN E8 as the best noise canceling headphones under $200. They’ll cancel noise coming from babies, work out, and are great for sleeping, traveling.
Best Noise Cancelling Headphones under $200
The Headphone models below are great if you’ll be listening to that music or podcast outdoors or in a noisy environment. Masking any outside noise will enable you to focus on the great tunes coming off your headphones.
1. Plantronics Pro 2 Headphones – Wireless Active Noise Canceling
Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 takes the first position as it gives top sound quality (ambient noise isolation) at a slightly cheaper price compared to premium noise canceling headphones such as the Bose QuietComfort 35. With active noise canceling, the headphone will reduce ambient noises to the maximum possible.
Ergonomically, the headphones have ear cups that can fold flat for additional comfort. If you’ll be using Bluetooth devices (such PC, tablet, smartphone) for connection, the Plantronics Pro 2 has 100 meters wireless ranges.
Further, the headphone supports the low latency aptX-LL and thus, with an appropriate transmitter dongle, you can seamlessly do gaming and watch movies. It has top balance for mid-tones in its powerful speakers. Further, it has a protective case to ensure its durability even with falls or slight mishandling – including normal wear and tear.
The wireless freedom makes them proper for travelers, working-class people, and high-school students. Unique features in addition to the relatively superior noise are bass-rich sound, ergonomic controls, and superior battery life that will guarantee clarity of vocals and instruments. It has a lighter design that will be easy to carry around.
Pros: Powerful speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, Active noise canceling, light (compact and classic) design, and 24-hour battery.
Cons: Lacks in-line remote
Paww Wave Sound 3 headphone will help you block any noise and traffic distractions and can run for about 16 hours on a full battery charge. The headphone has multiple microphones and superior CSR chipset that will allow you to easily block all unwanted noise, up to 20dB.
To give you comfort, the manufacturer included some soft ear cushions, in addition to the built-in mic that will allow hands-free calling. It has a 40mm neodymium driver that significantly provides top quality sound.
The ANC function ensures superior sound quality, better surround-feel on the sound and will give you a more private listening. You can easily connect with no Bluetooth device thanks to the ANC function allows enabling you to link to your PC or airplanes wired mode. It also has a Micro USB Charging Port that wills simply the charging process.
Further, you can blend the audio such as soaring vocals, rich mid-tones, and bass lines. If you’re traveling – either on train or flying – Paww Wave Sound 3 can create a great quiet bubble. Further, with the built-in microphone, you can easily make calls when you’re connected to the smartphone.
The over-the-ear headphones weigh 12.8 ounces and are great for music enthusiasts or travelers. It produces heavy and thumping bass in addition to powerful and sharp trebles and Mids. Further, the device has controls on the right and left earpieces. The headphones come with an airplane adapter and auxiliary cable that makes it suitable for air travel.
Pros: Has low latency, Cheap, better noise canceling, better build quality, improved Bluetooth signal, active noise canceling is great for air travel, wired and wireless connection.
3. Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC – Worthy Bose Quiet 35 Competitor
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC is not cheap is less pricey compared to similar Bose or Sony models. It offers both top quality ambient noise reduction and wireless connection. With its over-the-ear design and a closed-back too, it significant obstructs noise just from its innovative design.
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC emerged top for its elegant and minimalist design while still fitting into the sub-$200 class, being an aptX-certified headphone. Notably, it has a 19-hours operation time when the battery is fully charged. Sennheiser’s HD 4.50 BTNC has a powerful bass with tight low and thumping frequencies.
On sound quality, Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC headphones produced clean audio that is discernable for both lows and highs. It has offered the NoiseGard active noise canceling feature to reduce surrounding noise levels and enhance your listening experience.
It is covered with the matte-black finish (plastic) and shows the silver-stressed logo. On fit and comfort, the Noise Cancelling Headphones have suitable headband and ear cups padding and are lightweight. Therefore, with the rechargeable capability, you can go for many hours enjoying your music.
I love the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC as it’s a wireless headphone (Bluetooth) that features the travel- pleasant design. Further, it has a narrow ear-cup, which makes it feel comfortable to wear around my neck.
Its internal circuitry generates an inverse sine wave that is great in neutralizing ambient noise. It has a microphone at the top of the ear-cups detect ambient noise. It has ear-pads covered with soft leatherette designed from memory foam, which provides a tighter seal and better conformity to your head.
Pros: Has bright highs and strong bass, allows active noise cancellation and Bluetooth, provides wired listening but its cable is detachable.
Cons: Does not offer detailed sound signature.
The Cowin E8 Headphone is a classic headphone with easy controls, comfortable pads, and great build quality. I noted that its design-build felt a bit premium (with thicker and larger ear-cups) and durable but it’s slightly tight and bulky, which makes it overhang from one’s head.Equally, like the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC, this headphone has a quality microphone which will enable you to make the required calls.
Its mid-tones are excellent to create high voice clarity for watching podcasts, making phone calls and listening to different audiobooks. Further, it has larger drivers that create more accurate and deeper bass tones.
Its aperture drivers (45mm) will give you quiet and equally powerful sound. The Headphone can attain a high of 100dB – they are great for bass-heavy and bass music.
It has magnetic absorption and a light cushion to improve your listening comfort and sound quality. Equally, the Bluetooth function allows you to receive or make calls wirelessly with buttons to lower or raise call volume. Cowin E8 has all the required functions: noise cancellation button (on or off) volume controls, track-skipping, call or music that are great for wireless noise-canceling.
The padded ear-cups will ease the discomfort for users who find the Headphones a bit tight. The headphone’s noise isolation is superior and appropriate for different noisy environments by reducing background noise in areas of high traffic and train. Its soft ear cushions can rotate by 90-degree and thus you can fit them perfectly on your head.
Interesting, they are usable with an audio cable but would equally function without. But its ear-cups will leave your ears warmers since they’re not suitably breathable compared to Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC that also has a closed-back design. The device will run for about 20 hours on full battery even when Active Noise Cancellation and Bluetooth on turned on.
I would recommend Cowin E8 for office use and commuting. I consider that they are great for travel and commute. Further, they are comfortable for office use and will cancel most office ambient chatter.
Pros: Wireless Bluetooth connectivity, excellent soundstage, lightweight and soft ear cushions, built-in microphone, active noise cancellation (ANC) to offer excellent sound isolation.
Cons: Keep off magnetic materials
5. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 will give you some balanced sound devoid of frills in addition to its premium noise-cancelling features.
Therefore, if you’ll be moving to a place having high ambient noise, then the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint’s Tri-Level Cancellation will give you the required noise-cancelling capability.
As a plus, this headphone has an inline controller & microphone for music control and picking calls. The headphone’s microphone comes with an Omni-directional pickup pattern and allows crisp intelligibility, which implies that you don’t have to directly speak to your microphone. It has 3 modes: (1) for buses, trains and airplanes (2) for crowded places and noisy offices (3) for peaceful study environment.
The headband and ear cups of the Noise Cancelling Headphons have memory foam that creates amazing comfort.
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