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  • Subir Biswas

Top 3 Noise Cancelling Headphones 2020: Premium over the head models

Nothing comes between you and your music.

I assume you are already aware of "Noise-cancelling" or "Active Noise Cancellation" or "ANC". These are the key marketing points in the available audio devices in the market now.


And due to this current situation, most of the people like me start working from home. But it creates a big challenge for some individuals with a big family, kids, home mates, and all. The practical use of Noise cancellation headphones comes there. It helps to create some silence and that helps to concentrate on the activity. But of course when we are talking about premium models, music quality is also an important aspect to consider.

Let's start.


1. Sony WH-1000XM4

Features:

Clear Hands-free calling

Precise voice pickup combines five built-in microphones with advanced audio signal processing.


Speak-to-chat technology

Automatically pauses music when you speak, letting sound in so you can conduct your conversation.

Ambient Sound Control

Cancel noise while still allowing through essential sounds when you’re listening on the move.

Quick Attention Mode

Place your hand over the right ear cup for instant conversation.


Personalized listening experience

Adaptive Sound Control automatically adjusts to your location and behavior.


Smart Listening by SENSE ENGINE

Automatically detects your activity and balances the noise canceling levels.


Touch Sensor controls

Pause/play/skip tracks, control volume, activate your voice assistant, and answer phone calls.


Image source: Sony


Pros

  • Lightweight

  • Switching between devices are smooth

  • Up to 30-hour battery life with quick charging (10 min charge for 5 hours of playback)

Cons

  • Nothing noticeable


2. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Features:

Unrivaled mic system

8 total microphones. 6 microphones for Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) and 4-microphone (2 are shared with ANC) system picks up and isolates your voice while canceling the noise around you. It adapts to your surroundings so you’ll hear and be heard better than ever — even in noisy environments.

Controllable noise cancellation

Personalize your environment with 11 levels of noise cancellation. Set it low to open yourself up to the world, somewhere in the middle, or all the way to full noise cancellation. Three settings on the left ear cup, more customized control via the Bose Music app.

Upgrade your meetings with certified UC headphones

Make wherever you’re working from the ideal conference room. Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 come bundled with the Bose USB Link Bluetooth® module. Connect this unit to your work station and boom. Focus and confidently take meetings and calls from anywhere.


Speak, swipe or touch.

The right ear cup features capacitive touch sensors. This is to manage volume, calls and music. Low-profile buttons control the power, noise cancelling presets and voice assistant access.

Image source: Bose

Pros

  • Next-gen noise-cancellation

  • Comfortable and stylish

  • Crystal-clear, upfront sound

Cons

  • Battery life: Up to 20 hours (a 15-minute quick charge works up to 3.5 hours). Sony is far better.

  • Expensive compare to Sony WH-1000XM4

  • Switching between devices are through App which sometime feel frustrating.


3. Apple Airpods Max

Features:

Built quality

Stainless steel frame. This is a combination of strength, flexibility, and comfort. The beautifully anodized aluminum cups feature a revolutionary mechanism that allows each cup to rotate independently and balance pressure. Telescoping arms smoothly extend and stay where you set them, for a consistent fit and seal.


Comfortless

A custom-designed mesh textile wraps the ear cushions to provide pillow-like softness while listening. Crafted with acoustically engineered memory foam, the ear cushions gently create an immersive seal that is the foundation of incredible sound.

Digital Crown

First time seen a big manufacturer came it with Digital Crown to precisely control volume, skip between tracks, answer phone calls, and activate Siri


Noise cancellation

Apple having the best earbuds in Airpods pro. Now they came with similar approach in over the head phones. There are 5 different sensors available in the Airpods Max. At this moment this is featured with an On-head detection. AirPods Max pauses audio when you take them off, and resume playback when you put them back on. So you never miss a beat

Sound

Adaptive EQ tailors sound to the bespoke fit and seal created by the ear cushions. Inward-facing microphones measure what you’re hearing, then adjust the frequencies of your music to deliver a rich, consistent experience that faithfully reproduces every note.


Made for all environment

To cancel unwanted external sound, a total of six outward-facing microphones to detect noise in your environment, and two inward-facing microphones to measure what you’re hearing. Beamforming microphones help isolate your voice on phone calls, so it’s heard clearly — even in windy situations.

Image source: Apple

Pros

  • Comfortable and stylish

  • Crystal-clear, upfront sound

  • Switch between devices are smooth

Cons

  • Expensive model.

  • Battery life: Up to 20 hours (a 5 minutes of charge time provides around 1.5 hours of listening time.


My choice:

My personal choice is Sony WH-1000XM4 form quality, features and cost point of view. All of these having very good sound quality. But it is difficult to judge from my experience. People have different taste. But one point you can sure, you will be not disappointed from any of above from sound quality point.


Let me know in the comment box which one you prefer.


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