It used to be that music lovers could only get noise cancelling abilities from over-the-ear headphones. Thanks to new technology users can now experience noise cancelling options with in-the-ear headsets. This article will discuss the top five earbuds available today.
Bose QuietComfort 20i Earbuds
The Bose QuietComfort 20i is compatible with your iPhone or iPad and boasts some very impressive noise cancelling features.
They are the top of the line in regards to noise reduction. In fact the noise cancelling feature is so good, you need to be careful of your surroundings because it can tune out human voice.
This headset has an option to switch between full noise cancelling and Aware Mode. The aware mode setting will allow you to tune into your surroundings. If you are crossing a busy intersection the aware mode comes in handy.
The Bose QC20i combines Active EQ and TriPort Technology. These features help your music to sound fresh and vibrant. Like other Bose headsets these earbuds are not for purists as the features create a sculpted sound. Sculpted or not most users enjoy music with Bose Technology.
These headphones contain a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts for 16 hours. It can be charged with the included USB charging cable, however a full charge will take 2 hours.
With your purchase you will receive 3 pairs of StayHear Tips (S/M/L), a clothing clip, and a Case for storage and travelling purposes. These earbuds also have a microphone/remote and control module.
Be advised, while these headphones offer great sound cancelling abilities they also come with a large price tag. Total isolation doesn’t come cheap.
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint
The Audio-Technica ATh-ANC23 QuietPoint headphones are for those on a lower budget. These earbuds are structured for long hours of comfortable music listening.
With this QuietPoint in-ear set users can eliminate unwanted noise by 90%. Additionally, the control box helps cancel noise waves that are 180 out of phase with ambient noise waves. Ninety percent is a high level but it is not full isolation.
This headset also has an aware mode. Sound is collected from minute mics in the earbuds when the aware mode has been activated. Three sets (S/M/L) of silicon ear plugs come with this purchase.
Also included with this purchase is an Airline Plug Adapter and case. This product requires one AAA battery that is unfortunately not included with your purchase.
Phiaton PS 210 BTNC Bluetooth 3.0 Earbuds
This is a device that takes pride in its versatile features. The Bluetooth 3.0 Connectivity offers an increased bandwidth, longer battery life and broader range.
These headphones offer 95% background noise level elimination, so you can enjoy music comfortably. It also comes with Echo-Off technology that eliminates background noise while on the phone. Some users still wish for that additional 5% of isolation but for the price you are getting a high level of noise elimination.
The lithium-ion battery lasts around 12 to 14 hours. Even after the battery has died users can still enjoy their music with the EverPlay-X technology.
Other features of this product include: a USB charging wire, 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, PS 210 BTNC earphones, neck strap, 4 sets of silicone ear tips, 1 set of memory sponge ear tips, 1 year warranty, a clothing clip and portable case to protect your device from damage.
Overall with this product users have enjoyed the noise elimination features but desire more durable accessories like the clothing clip, case and ear tips.
AKG K391NC High Performance Earbuds
These High Performance in-ear headphones are known worldwide for their master sound engineering. This product guarantees 40 hours of performance with one battery charge.
This device offers active noise cancelation similar to the Bose headset. However many users feel that the Bose model is superior.
The remote control and in-line mic allow users to answer calls via FaceTime, Skype or any other app. With the remote control users can easily change the settings, songs and volume on their portable media device.
A hard case is included with your purchase to protect your device while travelling. The AKG K391NC device is lightweight, user-friendly and easily transportable.
Be prepared to spend money because this headset is not cheap.
Symphonized NRG Premium Earbuds
These headphones are designed to fit an iPad, iPhone or other portable media devices. They are affordable and have a natural wood finish, making them different from the standard models.
The silicone earbuds allow for long hours of comfortable music listening with noise elimination. There is no additional technology with these headphones, so the noise elimination comes strictly from the fit of the earbuds. This leaves room for some background noise.
They deliver a great bass sound blended with an acoustic response. Most users are happy with the sound, others have claimed they are not great for the long haul.
These in-ear headphones also include a Gold-plated 3.5mm audio jack and built in microphone.