Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones in India
True music-lovers would love complete silence to enjoy their music. While this may not be a physical reality, ANC headphones do come close to making this an acoustic reality.
Here is a list of top-ten Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) Headphones in India that will help you appreciate the finer dimensions of your music.
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Which Are The Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones in India?
- Sony WH-1000XM3
- Bose NC 700
- Apple Airpods Pro
- Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC Traveller Bluetooth Headphones
- Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Over-Ear Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (Black)
- Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE BT NC Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancellation Headphone
- HUAWEI FreeBuds 3
- Skullcandy Crusher Active Noise Cancellation Wireless Over-Ear Headphone (Moab/Red/Black)
- Harman Kardon Fly ANC Wireless Over-Ear Headphone with Active Noise Cancellation (Black)
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Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones in India
With the launch of the WH-1000XM3, Sony has yet again secured its top-spot among the ANC headphone segment.
Here is a snapshot of its features…
Noise Cancelling (NC): The WH-1000XM3 is powered by industry-leading HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 – the most advanced NC technology Sony has engineered till date.
Having a dedicated NC processor not only cuts out the ambient noise better than any other technology but also ensures that the audio reproduction is flawless.
The ANC not only blocks out vehicle noise but also drowns out other city-noise.
The Unique Personal Optimising feature further personalizes the ANC experience by analyzing sonic attributes like the head size, etc, to optimise the audio.
Sound Quality: Sony retains its leadership in sound quality with the WH-1000XM3.
The QN1 processor comes with an in-built amplifier that realises the best signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion to deliver exceptional sound quality.
This, coupled with the powerful 40-mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms, give life to heavy beats while reproducing the entire range of frequencies up to 40 kHz.
The Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX™) delivers even compressed digital music files into rich, clear sound.
Battery-Life: The headsets can run for 30 hours straight on one charge, and yet, when discharged you can stream your music through the 3.5 mm jack without interruption to the playback.
But it must be mentioned that though there isn’t an appreciable loss in sound quality through the 3.5 m jack, nevertheless, the cans perform best on their power.
Overall Comfort: The lightweight cans are ergonomically designed with snuggly fitting earpads to keep you comfortable through long journeys.
Smart technical features like Quick Call Attention, Voice Assistant compatibility and touch control further add to your convenience.
Also, the Adaptive Sound Control adjusts the ambient sound settings to your surroundings to allow you to interact with the environment without disrupting the audio momentum.
Overall, it’s a great buy for audiophiles and casual listeners alike. You will cherish the purchase for a very long time to come.
Another ANC headphone from Bose that scores well on combines several great technical features.
Here’s all that you need to know…
Noise Cancelling (NC): Bose NC 700 uses both active and passive noise-cancelling technologies.
The ANC is powered by a sophisticated proprietary-electronics approach that uses multiple microphones located in and on the earcups.
The microphones monitor the ambient sounds to instantly produce an opposite signal that cancels the noise.
On the contrary, passive reduction comes from the acoustic structure and the snug ear cup fit.
Thus comes to life the clean listening experience through the 11 levels of NC 700.
While the headphones achieve great feats in cancelling out an aircraft hum, they do allow human voices to pass through, to some extent.
Sound Quality: The drivers have been upscaled to deliver better sound quality which is the best from Bose till date.
Absence of cracking at high volumes and missing sibilance below 90% volume are the other features. The soundstage for heavily layered tracks is flattering.
But yeah, the sound is mostly flat with no special emphasis on any particular range. Audiophiles, are you listening?
Battery-Life: The headphones offer 20 hours of uninterrupted wireless audio experience with 2.5 hours of charging.
This is apart from the unlimited wired audio time that you can enjoy through the audio jack.
Overall Comfort: The design and built quality of the NC700 complement the technology.
The overall built is sturdy and the glossy finish gives it a premium look.
The soft rubber padding on the headband and memory foam on earpads make it extra comfortable.
The gesture control works like a charm and gives you a range of control. But it is also liable to ghost touches that cause a random play of music.
Overall, NC700 sports a luxury look and some really great technical features that allow for a silent audio experience like never before with a Bose.
Apple – the brand name says it all. Yet, for a granular detail on the ANC in-ear headphones, read on
Noise Cancelling (NC): The Airpods Pro earphones boast of a powerful noise –cancelling feature like never-before in any Apple audio device.
The ANC continually adjusts itself a whopping 200 times in a second to give you the most silent sound experience!
The external and internal microphones detect sounds, counter it with an equal anti-noise, and cancel it out before your ear-drums sense it.
And just press and hold the sensor on the right stem to jump from ANC to the Transparency mode and you are part of the conversation around you.
Sound Quality: The Adaptive EQ automatically tunes low- and mid-frequencies of the music according to the shape of your ears for a rich, consistent, audio experience.
A custom high dynamic range amplifier produces pure, incredibly clear sound.
This also extends battery life, and fuels a custom high-excursion, low-distortion speaker driver designed to optimise audio quality and remove background noise. Along with the H1 chip, it controls the listening levels.
The driver provides consistent, rich bass down to 20Hz and detailed mid- and high-frequency audio.
In layman terms, this makes the bass and vocals sound distinctly different.
While rock and pop music lovers will swoon at the bass, the instrumental or classical fans might be a bit disappointed.
Battery-Life: Apple’s claim of 4-5 hours of battery life from a single charge is true. To maintain the playback ensure that the case is fully-charged at all times.
Overall Comfort: The Airpod Pro are super-lightweight and you will hardly ever realise any pain or pressure on your ears while they are plugged in.
Besides, the H1 adeptly handles all hands-free functions of your phone and the audio.
Of course, all of this comes at a hefty price and you will need an Apple device to pair it with. But with the enhanced features, it is an accessory you must own.
Lagoon ANC scores a perfect six on the sound quality and aesthetics but falls short on some aspects.
Let’s find out what they are…
Noise Cancelling (NC): If your ANC expectations from these cans are based on that of the Bose NC 700 or that of the Sony, well, you are in for a disappointment.
The lagoon has only two levels of ANC. You can decide to switch it off, keep it at 50%, or max.
But that doesn’t make for a dull ANC performance. It’s good but basic. But, it surely isn’t on par with its contenders on this list.
It drowns the low-frequency sound but falls short of an ANC experience on high frequencies.
Given the price point, this is sure to be a major drawback for most listeners.
Sound Quality: This is where Beyerdynamics has left us speechless.
The brand delivers stellar sound quality, yet again.
Low-frequencies are delivered with consistent clarity and no cracking even at the highest volume. The bass is well-boosted but not jarringly loud to tire you out.
The vocals, guitars and their harmonic resonances are well-boosted as the mid-range is highlighted just enough.
The soundstage is a bit narrow but the imaging is near perfect.
Overall, the balance between bass and vocals is struck right to allow one to complement the other, and not overshadow it.
Battery-Life: Lagoon ANC has standard battery life.
The cans deliver on the advertised life of massive 45 hours without ANC turned on and 24.5 hours with ANC on.
Overall Comfort: A sleek design and sturdy built to give it a premium finish.
The fit is comfortable and the cans come with hybrid controls. While the touch controls do fail you at times, I guess one learns to use them over time.
Overall, a great buy for all sound aficionados who like their music reproduced perfectly. But be ready to compromise a bit on the ANC experience which is basic.
Audio ecstasy at its best!
Yes, that’s how I describe this pair of in-ear earphones from Sony that undercuts its peers to offer the best ANC and audio experience.
Noise Cancelling (NC): Hold your breath for the most advanced technology in NC.
Powered by the Dual Noise Sensor Technology, it comprises dual microphones—one feed-forward and one feed-back—on the surface of the headphones.
Together, they claim to catch more surrounding sounds irrespective of where you are, whether it’s in-flight noise, city traffic or human chatter.
The noise is then cancelled by the NC processor QN1e which cancels more noise from across the entire frequency spectrum with reduced power consumption.
And the result is an audio experience where the surrounding goes into a standby mode and you are alone with your music.
Sound Quality: When it’s Sony, the audio quality has to be top-notch and WF-1000Xm3 is no different.
The QN1e processor combines 24-bit Audio Signal Processing and a Digital-to-Analogue converter with a headphone amplifier to produce near 100% distortion-free music.
The 6-mm driver further enhances audio quality to deliver rich, clear, expansive sound while the DSEE HX enhancement engine delivers High-Resolution Audio even from compressed files.
Battery-Life: The wireless earphones deliver a continuous playback time of up to 24-hours to last you even in the longest possible flights.
Overall Comfort: The classic modern design allows for a snug fit in most ears. But it can’t be recommended for runners and joggers as chances are high of the outer earpiece wiggling out of the ear.
The design is sleek and premium and the hands-free controls can be accessed from either earpiece.
Overall, a great set for that price except for a few ignorable negatives like a slightly heavy charging case and no IP rating.
And that brings us to the end of the premium segment of ANC headphones.
The list of best noise-cancelling earphones still continues but lists the budget-friendly NC headphones.
But yeah, the price is not a reflection of their performance.
A bulky look, lightweight cans, stupendous connectivity, and a fairly good listening experience are the hallmark of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x.
Read on to know more…
Noise Cancelling (NC): The ATH-M50x isn’t the usual noise-cancelling headphones you would look for. Rather, it works on isolation.
The well-padded ear cups offer superior passive isolation.
And, I must confess that though passive isolation is highly effective, ANC will always be missed.
Sound Quality: In its price category, M50x are the best sounding headphones one can find. The 45mm drivers and the support for aptX together aim for high-end sound on a budget.
Also, the bass gets a slight boost sending it to the foreground irrespective of its original feel in the track. Thus, the bass-heavy tracks blossom while others lose their natural feel.
The lows are enhanced and therefore tend to overshadow the mids, at times, but the highs remain bland. Imaging is fairly good while the soundstage expands when connected through the 3.5mm jack.
Battery-Life: The advertised battery life of the cans is up to 40 hours. However, you will be able to squeeze more than 30 hours of playback from them.
Overall Comfort: The ear cups are well-padded and thus comfortable for long-time use. However, their size may not keep large-eared listeners comfortable for long hours.
The cans are a great option for some fun sound signature which may not necessarily be accurate. While they are not the conventional ANC cans, they do passively isolate noise and make for a budget-purchase at the entry-level.
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless sounds great, is effective at cancelling noise and is priced at a budget-friendly price point.
Here are some highlights…
Noise Cancelling (NC): The Sennheiser HD 4.50 is powered by the NoiseGard™ ANC technology that claims to leave nothing between you and your music.
While it works best on soft tracks, on the louder ones it rarely matters whether the ANC is left on, or off.
The cans remove 60-70% of aircraft noise, which is reasonable at this price tag, but ANC is definitely not its top-highlight.
Sound Quality: The sound quality of HD 4.50 is on par with any other leading brand as is its call quality.
The bass is not too noisy and the vocals are not jarring. There is some loss of brightness, though, when ANC is activated but that’s fairly common across the range of best ANC headphones.
Overall, the sound is well-delivered without excessive processing. It is full and rounded with just the right amount of all elements.
Battery-Life: The 4.50 BTNC can play non-stop for up to 25 hours with the ANC off, and for up to 19 hours with the ANC turned on.
Overall Comfort: The design and comfort features complement each other. The earphones fit comfortably even on large ears, and the padding provides enough cushioning.
The control panel on the right earcup needs a little effort to get used to. Besides this, the compromise on design, build, or audio and call quality in this budget range ANC headphones are minimal.
However, the ANC feature can be engineered better to make it stand up to its competition.
Priced much lower than its competition, Huawei FreeBuds 3 is an economical set of earbuds with its set of pros and cons.
Noise Cancelling (NC): The FreeBuds feature a triple microphone array which reduces ambient noise by up to 32dB.
This can be further personalised according to your ear canal and wearing habit, with the AI Life App2 that lets you adjust the ANC levels.
Not only this, but, the A1 chipset can also eliminate the background noise during calls.
Sound Quality: The FreeBuds deliver studio-quality music with a louder and punchier bass powered by the 14mm driver and the Kirin A1 chipset.
You will miss the in-ear seal but despite their lack, the FreeBuds sound great. A decent volume that’s not too pitchy, a spacious soundstage, and a naturally neutral sound profile are some of its prominent features.
Though an equaliser in-app would have been a great add-on, the audio quality of these earbuds is equivalent to that of its rivals.
Battery-Life: The Buds afford 2.5 hours of voice calls or about 4 hours of continuous music playback per charge.
Overall Comfort: While the FreeBuds will stay pretty snug and safe in your ears, you will soon feel the need for silicone or foam tips.
Both buds sport double-tap touch control for ANC and to keep a tab on the playlist. Except for the initial hiccups in getting used to them, they work like a charm.
To sum it up, this is a great pair of earbuds for Android users who have fancied the Apple Airpods forever. Though there are some pain points, all in all, they provide reasonable ANC and a good sound and call quality.
These cans can actually rattle your skull with the bass response. But that’s not all that is to them.
Here are some top features.
Noise Cancelling (NC): The ANC feature of the Skullcandy Crusher isn’t really as impressive as the top players on this list. It is just about average and has a prominent hiss when no music is playing.
Keeping ambient noise out is a challenge for this model. While users usually compromise with the sub-par ANC in the budget range, it is hard to overlook it here due to its exorbitant price.
Sound Quality: Bass lovers will enjoy these headphones as the bass has been the USP of Skullcandy.
The cans come with a bass slider that allows you to adjust the bass level. But beware! The bass can overpower the vocals and the instruments and all that you end up hearing is the bass and nothing else.
But with the bass turned off, the sound quality isn’t entirely bad and can be compromised with.
Battery-Life: The device sports a standard battery life of 20-24 hours per charge and charges pretty fast. However, a huge drawback here is the micro-USB cable which will soon be a thing of the past when everything moves to USB-C.
Overall Comfort: The headband and the earpads are well-covered in rubber padding that is not only plush-looking but is also comfortable.
In fact, this headset can be a point of pride for style and chic-look lovers.
And now about the last entry in our list of best ANC headphones in India…
Noise Cancelling (NC): Harman Kardon FLY ANC’s advanced active noise-cancelling technology drowns out most ambient noise ranging from human chatter to wind noise.
It falls in the mid-tier ANC performers and turning the feature on, doesn’t change the sound quality a lot, as in many other cases.
The only downside to the ANC is the absence of an ambient mode which can be a deal-breaker for some.
Sound Quality: Another bass-forward device, the Fly ANC is a bass lover’s delight. But unlike most bass-rich devices, the Fly ANC rounds out the track and keeps it natural giving the audio a Bose-like feel.
Without even altering the EQ, the Harman Kardon’s Fly earphones offer a thunderous yet well-rounded audio experience.
Battery-Life: With a lightning-fast charging time of 15 mins and a battery life of up to 20 hours, the headphones live up to the industry standards.
Overall Comfort: The look and finish of the headphones are one of the softest and most premium. No matter which part of the headphones you touch from the headband to the earcups, its leatherette.
Further, the build quality disallows any squeaks or cracks as you stretch or twist the device.
Summon the voice assistant, play music, or take calls, just by the power of your voice.
Overall, a great buy among mid-level active noise cancellation headphones in India.
The Final Wrap Up
The market is replete with choices when it comes to selecting an ANC headphone.
With this list of best noise-cancelling headphones in India, I hope I have helped narrow down your choices to a hand-picked few that truly deliver on their promises.
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