The best noise canceling headphones 2018

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Best noise canceling headphones Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar's overview of the best noise canceling headphones you can buy in 2018.

There is nothing worse than having to listen to someone else's music if you are sitting in an airplane next to him. Except maybe the constant buzzing of the engine of the plane. Or the sound of a crying baby. Or … well, you get it.

Sometimes everything you want to do is tune the world and listen to your own music, movies and audiobooks without any distractions. We do not blame you! It is a noisy world there, full of all kinds of unpleasant noises.

Fortunately, that is why there is a headset with noise reduction. These wonders of the modern age completely void unwanted audio – so that you can reach an auditory nirvana … even if only for the duration of a flight.

They are vital for any adventure you're going to undertake – whether it's a multi-hour flight or a train ride that is part of your daily commute – so to help you choose headphones that are all above provided in shovels we have compiled a list of the top 10 noise canceling headphones, shown below and ranked according to their price / performance ratio.

Can not decide which headphones to buy? Watch our video below:

1. Sony WH-1000XM2

Crystal clear noise canceling headphones that are better than Bose

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 23g | Cable length: N / A | Frequency response: N / A | drivers: N / A | Driver type: N / A | Sensitivity: N / A | Impedance: N / A | Battery life: 10 hours Wireless range: 33 ft NFC: Yes

Fantastic noise reduction

Fantastic audio

Battery life of 30 hours

Hinges are vulnerable

Touch controls

The Sony WH-1000XM2 is an excellent revision of an already great headphones: they sound great, have an agile use of noise reduction technology and cost just as much as a pair of Bose QC35s. They may have a slightly shorter battery life than Bose's over-ear headphones, but the Sony WH-1000XM2 outperforms the QC35 in performance and features.

Choose these Sony headphones for the Bose because they not only offer the same level of great noise reduction, but they have three handy tricks that Bose just does not have on his headphones: one is an ambient sound mode that only has mid- to high-frequency tones (for example, announcements via a speaker) and another Quick Attention mode that allows you to let in all external noise without turning off the headphones. (The latter is perfect if you order a drink in an airplane or talk to a colleague before you dive back to work.) The last trick that Sony has on its sleeve is the LDAC codec. In addition to the commonly used aptX HD standard, LDAC enables Hi-Res Audio playback with the 1000XM2.

Great sounding, packed with features and just as affordable as the competition? The Sony WH-1000XM2 is our all-round choice for the best noise-canceling cans.

Read the full review: Sony WH-1000XM2

2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Smart noise canceling headphones for voice assistant die hard

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.68 pounds Cable length: 3.94 feet Frequency response: N / A | drivers: N / A | Driver type: N / A | Sensitivity: N / A | Impedance: N / A | Battery life: 20+ hours Wireless range: N / A | NFC: Yes

Broad and clear soundstage

Great noise reduction

Active EQ an acquired taste

Boring looks

In the second place comes the Bose QuietComfort 35 II – an almost identical product as it already is excellent Bose QuietComfort 35 but updated for 2018 with Google Assistant. This means that you still get the leading noise reduction that Bose is known for, good sound quality and incredible comfort, plus a handy assistant for answering questions you have while traveling.

Overall, the Bose QC35 II NC is an excellent headset for travelers and commuters. Bose has found a good balance between functions that will satisfy most regular listeners. Although we are not so fond of the better sounding Sony WH-1000XM2, they are still the best in their class for noise reduction.

Read the full review: Bose QuietComfort 35 II

3. Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

Great sound quality and noise reduction, but at what price?

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .7 pounds Cable length: 3.6 feet Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz | drivers: 40 mm double layered aperture Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N / A | Impedance: N / A | Battery life: 8 hours Wireless range: 30 meters (98ft) NFC: Yes

Great sounding

aptX connectivity

Non-responsive touch controls

Noise reduction can be better

The greatest power of the PXC 550 is their sound. Other wireless noise canceling headphones may offer a better user interface or better noise cancellation technology, but in the end none of the above satisfies the sound quality of these Sennheisers.

That said, there are a number of irritations that prevent us from fully and unconditionally recommending, such as unresponsive touch controls. These annoyances are not really deal-breakers, but there are absolutely different noise-canceling headphones that do not suffer from the same problems.

Read the full review: Sennheiser PXC 550

Philips Fidelio NC1

4. Philips Fidelio NC1

Executive appearance and great sound reproduction

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .74 pounds Cable length: 3.9 feet Frequency response: 7-25,000 Hz | drivers: Two 1.5 "Neodymium drivers Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 107 dB | Impedance: 16 ohms Battery life: 25+ hours Wireless range: N / A | NFC: No

Brilliant, electric sound

Great build quality and battery life

Some sounds are leaking

Still wired

Philips presents a more elegant noise reduction solution with its NC1. These on-ear headphones are not wireless like our top choice, but that's hardly a reason to beat them. The NC1 is available at a price of $ 299 / £ 195 and is a compact set that offers great comfort and battery life.

You get a lot for the money here. In the box is the headphones, a hard case for storage and the headphones have a rechargeable battery that suppresses noise for almost 30 hours. But best of all is that the sound performance is extremely well balanced and warm.

(A nice note for our Australian readers: Philips does not sell the NC1's down under, so you need to import a few if you want.)

Read the full review: Philips Fidelio NC1

Bose QuietComfort 25

5. Bose QuietComfort 25

Headphones suitable for a king and an excellent value for everyone

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.68 pounds Cable length: 3.94 feet Frequency response: N / A | drivers: N / A | Driver type: N / A | Sensitivity: N / A | Impedance: N / A | Battery life: 20+ hours Wireless range: N / A | NFC: Yes

Stunning noise reduction

Simple, seamless design

Full, robust sound

From 2014

Colors cost extra

Wired headphones

A few years ago, the Bose QuietComfort 25 were the best noise canceling headphones we have ever used. The lows, midtones and highlights came clear as day and never crossed each other. Music of all kinds sounds incredibly predictable. With the noise reduction turned on, we never felt submerged and concentrated any more than when we flooded the QC25's ears.

But that was a few years ago and time has passed since then. Bose has not only released one sequel to these headphones, but two: the QC35 and QC35 II with built-in Google assistant, which we would recommend both above the QC25.

But it is not all bad. If you do not mind using the older, wired headphones, the QC25s are a finely tuned set of cans that deliver more than 35 hours of great noise-canceling performance with a single AAA battery.

Read the full review: Bose QuietComfort 25

6. Bowers and Wilkins PX Wireless

Noise-canceling headphones with a few tricks on the sleeve

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 335 grams Frequency response: 10Hz – 20kHz | drivers: 40 mm Driver type: Full range | Sensitivity: 111dB | Impedance: 22 Ohms Battery life: 22 hours Wireless range: 30 meters NFC: No

Noise reduction makes an impression

Auto pause-play works well

Charge via USB-C

Sound lacks definition

Bowers and Wilkins are a little late with the game of controversial sounds, but their first attempt makes an impression.

The PX Wireless is not only a great sounding pair of headphones, they also have a number of other interesting tricks on the cards. They are automatically switched on and off depending on whether you are wearing them or not, and they also feature the future-proof USB-C charging stand.

In our opinion, their only drawback is the sound quality, which we found lacking the depth of the flagship headphones from Bose and Sony.

That said, if you have been a fan of the look of the B & W headphones in the past, the PX Wireless is definitely worth listening to.

Read the full review: Bowers and Wilkins PX Wireless

7. AKG N60NC Wireless

Wireless noise reduction of the master from the middle range

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 199.4g | Cable length: N / A | Frequency response: 10-22,000Hz | drivers: N / A | Driver type: N / A | Sensitivity: 111dB SPL / V @ 1kHz | Impedance: 32 ohms Battery life: 15 hours Wireless range: N / A | NFC: No

Good sound

Compact design

The form factor on the ear becomes uncomfortable

Initially confusing controls

If you prefer to use on-ear noise cancellation, the AKG N60NC Wireless is a great headphone.

With their mid-range price, the headphones offer great value for money with great sound quality and a level of sound cancellation performance that is at the same level as the much more expensive items on this list.

These are fantastic compact headphones, and offer a very complete package for the price.

Read the full review:

8. Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Noise-canceling headphones with many functions

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 238g | Cable length: N / A | Frequency response: 18 – 22,000 Hz | drivers: N / A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 113dB SPL / V @ 1kHz | Impedance: 18 ohms Battery life: 20 hours Wireless range: N / A | NFC: Yes

Great noise reduction

20-hour battery

Travel friendly design

NoiseGuard difficult to activate

Headband is missing padding

With noise canceling technology as effective as that of rival Bose headphones, and with more musical sonic power, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC is a clear contender for the noise-canceling crown. This lightweight headset is more affordable and easy to carry and is an economical all-rounder, whether it be flights, commuter trains or busy offices.

In terms of design, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNCs seem to be more slimmed down, lighter and more focused than the bulky and expensive alternatives of Bose and Sony; and crucially, the HD 4.50 BTNCs are just as good with audio, and almost as well with noise reduction. Whether you're looking for noise reduction for long-distance rafting, commuting, or just to stay productive in a noisy office, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNCs are worth considering.

Read the full review: Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

9. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

The best friend of a traveler

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 1.9 pounds Cable length: 3.94 feet Frequency response: 5-40,000 Hz | drivers: 1.57 inches Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 103 dB / mW | Impedance: 32 ohms Battery life: 20+ hours Wireless range: N / A | NFC: Yes

Unbelievable battery life of 24 hours

Multi-point Bluetooth

Friendly sound

Bass sometimes overwhelming

Styling not for everyone

With the second generation Plantronics BackBeat Pro, Plantronics went back to the drawing board to correct many of the problems owners had about the original. The BackBeat Pro 2 therefore manages to keep all the great things of the original and improves the shortcomings, such as volume and weight.

In terms of value, the BackBeat Pro 2 is in fact a bargain. With the BackBeat Pro 2, you get a travel headset with an incredible battery life, ultimate comfort, the ability to pair two devices as one time and, most importantly, good sound quality for the cost. If you do not want to drop $ 350 (£ 290 AU $ 500) on the Bose QuietComfort 35 or $ 400 (£ 330 or AU $ 700) on the flagship MDR-1000X from Sony, the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 must top of your store list.

Read the full review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

10. Sony WH-1000XM3

A slightly better version of the 1000XM2, but not that much

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .8.99 oz Cable length: 3.94 ft Frequency response: 4 Hz to 40 kHz | drivers: 40 mm double layered aperture Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 104.5 dB | Impedance: 47 ohms Battery life: 30 hours Wireless range: 30 meters (98ft) NFC: Yes

Excellent noise reduction

Fantastic sound quality

Fast attention mode

Battery life of 30 hours

Small adjustments of 1000XM2

Poor call quality

The Sony WH-1000XM3 are some of the best noise canceling headphones on the market, complete stop. They make some subtle changes to the design of the WH-1000XM2 by making it lighter than ever and exchanging the microUSB port for USB Type-C, but the changes are so small that you might be better off saving money and for the second iteration of Sony can choose the headphones.

That being said, unless you are a style-conscious frequent traveler who needs the most comfortable and best-looking headphones or someone who is stuck in a busy office and has to make a phone call every now and then, you should probably save some money by get the Sony WH-1000XM2 – they are almost as good and now even less than before thanks to a recent price drop.

Read the full review: Sony WH-1000XM3

BONUS: Nura Nuraphone

The strange in-ear, over-ear hybrid has decent ANC

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N / A | Cable length: N / A | Frequency response: N / A | drivers: N / A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N / A | Impedance: N / A | Battery life: 20 hours Wireless range: N / A | NFC: Yes

Rich, full of sound

Excellent sound insulation

Limited control of the headphones

Form factor can be limiting

If you have not found anything that you do not like so far, we have one last option to watch: the all-new Nura Nurochone over-ear / in-ear hybrid. Their form factor means that you have not only an earplug at the entrance of your ear canal, but also an over-ear cushion that sits over your ear. This effectively means that you have two physical barriers, which means that the sound of the outside world can not beat you in the ears. Although the more traditional over-ear headphones work better and offer useful features at a reasonable price, the Nuraphone will appeal to the more experimental audio crowd looking for the latest in the latest.

Read our full review: Nuraphone headphones