Sometimes you just want to completely zone out from all that background noise and spend some time with the music that heals your soul. Well, short of locking yourself away in a soundproofed room that’s not always easy but there are of course a pretty wide range of noise canceling headphones. These pieces of audio tech can allow you to listen to your music while cutting out irritating outside noise.
1. PSB M4U 2
If noise canceling is all you really want from your headphones then the PSB M4U 2 set may be more than you need. Aside from offering great noise cancellation these are some very good headphones in terms of sound quality as well. As a result of the high quality, however, these headphones are not cheap at all coming in at $400.
2. Bose Quietcomfort 15
A slightly cheaper option at around $300, the Quietcomfort 15s are great for keeping out that background noise. They also offer a very solid quality of sound for music and spoken word media such as podcasts and movies.
3. Bose Quietcomfort 20I
If you are not a fan of the over ear headphones and find inner ear buds more comfortable then the Quietcomfort 20I set is for you. Also coming in at $300 these are the best inside ear headphones you can get with noise cancelling. They don’t shut out all the noise as higher pitched sounds can still get through but they are still very good.
4. Sennheiser PXC 450 Noiseguard
These adjustable headphones offer you great noise dampening with the option to lower the level so you can hear what’s going on around you. This TalkThrough function means you can seamlessly slip between listening to music and talking with people around you.
5. Monster Inspiration
Designed for comfort and seemingly an accidental time shift back to the ’80s, these earphones may not be the coolest but they are pretty good. The blocky appearance does give off a retro vibe but they are great at noise canceling and can be worn for hours without any discomfort.
6. SMS Audio Street by 50 Cent
Well, if you are feeling like a music pro then you probably want a set of headphones a pro had a hand in creating, so these 50 Cent Streets might be for you. Designed to hug the head for better comfort these heavy bass headphones are definitely high end and cool.
7. Beats by Dr. Dre Studio
If you would prefer a set of celebrity endorsed headphones which have been around a little longer then Dre’s Beats may be for you. Designed to be high quality and conservatively priced, Dre wants everybody to be able to have his headphones. An on cord remote control makes these very user friendly as well.
8. Audio-Technica ATH-M50
The choice of serious DJs and those who are committed to hearing their music above all other sounds the ATH-M50 headphones are impressive. At just $140 these are great for the budget conscious and do a fantastic job at blocking out noise. They are also high quality in terms of sound and comfort.
9. V-Moda Crossfade LP
Another set of heavy duty headphones like the ATH-M50 the Crossfades are better worn than carried. Not the prettiest of headphones these noise cancelers are high quality when it comes to cutting out the background and playing your tunes. They are also especially well padded for extra comfort around the head and ears.
10. JVC HANC250
The cheapest option for solid noise canceling by far, the HANC250s cost just $100. They are a compact set which can be folded down for ease of transport but are still substantial enough to do the job they are intended for. Noise cancellation can be turned on and off as needed to allow you to go from conversation to shutting it out in seconds.