Best Noise-Canceling Headphones
Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

 

by Palmer Gibbs

Using publisher lists and our own Smart Rating system, SpecOut compiled a list of the Best Noise-Canceling Headphones.

Everyone's been there -- a long list of tasks and a bevy of distractions standing in the way of knocking things off the list. Whether you are warding off a noisy coffee shop, rowdy roommates or chatty co-workers, a good set of headphones can be a helpful tool to shut out nearby commotion and conquer those to-dos.

The team at SpecOut, a tech gadget research site powered by Graphiq, created a list of the best noise-canceling headphones currently on the market.

Noise-canceling headphones are more effective at blocking outside sound than regular headphones because of technology that creates destructive interference, or sound waves that basically cancel out each other.

SpecOut compiled its list using data from manufacturer sites and industry-leading publications. It ranked the headphones by Smart Rating, which takes into account information from tech sites, product reviews and expert ratings from magazines. Not surprisingly, Bose -- a leader in the audio space -- dominates the list, although it doesn't earn the top spot.

Whatever you need to accomplish -- from a company report to the first assignment of a new school year -- these headphones can help you block out distractions and focus on the task at hand.

24 - Harman Kardon NC

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 69.80
Price: $265.00
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

23 - Philips Fidelio NC1/00

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 70.53
Price: $166.23
Style: On-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

22 - Sennheiser MM 450-X

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 72.79
Price: $244.99
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

21 - Sony MDR-NC500D

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 73.91
Price: $400.00
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

20 - Samsung Level Over

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 74.34
Price: $350.00
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Sport

19 - AKG N60 NC

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 76.22
Price: $270.00
Style: On-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

18 - Ausdom ANC7

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 77.17
Price: $129.00
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Audiophile

17 - Samsung Level On Pro Wireless Headphones

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 77.76
Price: $148.48
Style: On-Ear
Category: Audiophile

16 - Sony MDR-NC11

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 77.98
Price: $70.00
Style: In-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

15 - Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27x QuietPoint

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 78.23
Price: $49.95
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Audiophile

14 - Monster Inspiration Titanium Noise Canceling

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 78.32
Price: $299.00
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

13 - Bose QuietComfort 3

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 78.35
Price: $420.77
Style: On-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

12 - Sennheiser Momentum 2.0

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 79.62
Price: $350.00
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Audiophile

11 - Phiaton PS 20 NC

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 82.47
Price: $84.99
Style: Earbud
Category: Travel and Commuting

10 - Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 Quietpoint

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 87.70
Price: $199.00
Style: On-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

9 - Bose QuietComfort 20

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 88.00
Price: $299.00
Style: In-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

8 - PSB M4U 2

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 88.11
Price: $299.00
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

7 - Bose QuietComfort 25

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 88.79
Price: $299.00
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

6 - Plantronics BackBeat Pro

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 89.49
Price: $146.99
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

5 - Sennheiser PXC 450

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 89.65
Price: $224.93
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

4 - Cleer NC

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 91.37
Price: $269.99
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Audiophile

3 - Bose QuietComfort 35

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 91.67
Price: $349.00
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Audiophile

2 - Creative Sound Blaster EVO ZxR

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 93.10
Price: $129.99
Style: Over-Ear
Category: Gaming

1 - Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Smart Rating: 96.81
Price: $49.95
Style: In-Ear
Category: Travel and Commuting

 

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