While over the ear noise-cancelling headphones are best at providing the needed isolation, they are not the preferred choice for everyone. Many users find them too unwieldy and heavy, and they are a pain to carry around when you are not using them. On the other end of the spectrum are the truly wireless noise cancelling earbuds, which are lightweight and easy to carry. But they tend to pop out of the ear and are easy to lose. That’s why many users prefer neckband-style noise cancelling earphones. They are comfortable to wear, and the neckband keeps them firmly inside our ears. If you are looking to buy one, here are the best noise cancelling earphones in India you can buy in 2021. Before, we get down to the list, here’s what you need to know about noise cancellation:
What is noise cancellation?
With audio accessories such as neckband-style earphones, noise cancellation is a mechanism that drowns ambient noise. This doesn’t allow outside noise to come into the way of your listening and allows you to focus better. Additionally, noise-cancelling earphones/ headphones are also good for your ears as you don’t have to listen to music at higher volume levels to block out outside noise. Broadly, there are two ways noise cancellation is achieved: one on the microphone(s) and the other on the headphones. The noise cancellation on the microphone blocks the sound around the speaker so that the person on the other side of the line can hear what is being said, whereas the noise-cancelling headphones make your listening experience as quiet and peaceful as possible. The latter is the type of headsets that people wear while studying or long flights to block out environmental noise.
Additionally, there are two types of noise cancellation: passive and active. Passive noise cancellation is achieved through physical features like design and materials used such as thick earmuffs or silicone-tip earbuds. The earphones with passive noise cancellation are capable of keeping high-frequency sounds at bay. For all other noise such as traffic, chatter, and sirens, you need a pair of active noise cancelling (ANC) earphones. The ANC generates “anti-noise” using microphones that mirrors and cancels the ambient noise. This way even the minuscule amount of ambient noise is blocked so that you hear nothing but music or podcasts.
That said, no pair of noise cancelling headphones can entirely block out all noise. However, many can reduce a significant amount of background noise and make things ‘quieter’, so to speak. We’ll be taking a look at the best active noise-cancelling earphones or ANC earphones that are available in India right now. So, without any further ado, let’s take a look:
Best noise cancelling earphones in India (2021)
1. Realme Buds Wireless Pro
The Realme Buds Wireless Pro is one of the best neckband style noise-cancelling earphones under Rs 5,000. Coming at just Rs 3,999, the earphones can deliver noise cancellation up to 35dB. This is made possible by the Realme S1 noise-cancellation Chip that accurately calculates and cancels out noise in real-time. There’s also a transparency mode that lets outside noise in, which is quite helpful when you need to be aware of your surroundings. The noise cancelling earphones’ 13.6mm bass boost drivers with support for Sony LDAC deliver thumping sound and high-res audio.
With a 3x data transmission rate compared to Bluetooth technology, Sony LDAC Hi-Res Audio technology allows the earphones to deliver an exceptional listening experience. The Realme Buds Wireless Pro is also IPX4 water-resistant so you can use it during your workout routines without any issues. The rRalme Buds Wireless Pro also delivers good battery life. It can last for up to 16 hours with noise cancellation on and up to 22 hours with noise cancellation off. You won’t find a noise-cancelling earphone in India under Rs 5,000 that packs so many features.
2. Plantronics backbeat GO 410
Plantronics backbeat GO 410 is a small and lightweight wireless earphone that offers dual-mode ANC for high and low noise environments. Priced at Rs 5,500, the earphones come with Bluetooth 5.0 and smart magnetic hibernation sensors, which in tandem deliver instant connectivity and longer battery life. The best noise cancelling earphones come with dual-USB charging and an in-flight 3.5mm cable that allows you to listen to music even when the battery’s dead. The earphones have 11mm powerful drivers that can deliver rich sound. You can also manually adjust the EQ and bass level using the companion app. Overall, we would say that the earphones are quite good, and definitely worth checking out.
3. Skullcandy Method active noise cancellation wireless earphone
The Skullcandy Method active-noise cancellation wireless earphone is one of the noise cancellation earphones you can buy in India under Rs 10,000. It comes with active noise cancellation and can last up to 6 hours on a single charge. There’s also a rapid charging feature that gives you 1.5 hours of listening time with only 10 minutes of charging. The earphone is IPX4 water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about sweat or light rain.
Like other earphones, the Skullcandy Method noise cancelling earphones also come with magnetic earbuds that stick together, making them convenient to carry around your neck. The USP of the Skullcandy Method is the built-in tile tracker that lets you easily find your earphones when you misplace them. So, if you are someone who constantly loses their earphones, this might be the right choice. While priced at Rs 7,999, you can buy the Skullcandy Method from Skullcandy’s website for just Rs 3,999, making this a great deal.
4. Zebronics Zeb Monk
If you are looking for noise-cancelling earphones in India under Rs 2,000, you should go for the Zebronics Zeb Monk wireless earphones. Priced at just Rs 1,999, the Zebronics Zeb Monk is the most affordable ANC earphone worth buying right now. It comes with Bluetooth 5.0 and 12mm drivers that together deliver good connectivity and audio quality. Apart from active noise cancellation, the Zebronics Zeb Monk comes with several other features, including smart controls, call function, magnetic earpiece, voice assistant, splashproof design, and more. You get 12 hours and 10 hours of battery life with ANC off and on respectively. The Zebronics Zeb Monk delivers a lot and is perfect for anyone on a tight budget.
5. 1More Dual Driver wireless earphones
If you can afford to spend more, you should check out the 1More Dual Driver earphones. Priced at Rs 11,449, the 1More Dual Driver delivers exceptional sound quality and a smarter noise cancellation experience. The ANC earphones combine a dynamic driver with a separate balanced armature to deliver a balanced and open soundstage. We also like the smart ANC with Environmental Sound Enhancement feature that blocks all the distracting ambient noise while letting in the important sounds. The earphones also come with ENC microphone technology, thereby ensuring that you sound crystal clear on calls, regardless of your surrounding. One of the best features of this earphone is that you can use it in wired connection mode using a Type C to 3.5mm cable. So times when you are running low on battery or just want to experience the best audio quality, you can use it in wired mode.
6. Sony WI-1000XM2 wireless in-ear noise cancellation earphone
If the price is not a concern for you, you should check out the Sony WI-1000XM2 wireless in-ear noise cancellation earphone. Like others, this is a neckband-style earphone that comes with active noise cancellation. The Sony WI-1000XM2 is priced at Rs 24,999, but you can usually find it at a discounted price of about Rs 19,000. Coming from Sony, it’s no surprise that the Sony WI-1000XM2 offers exceptional noise cancellation performance. Its QN1 chip, along with dual microphones, captures most of the ambient sounds and cancels them out for a noiseless listening experience.
We also like that the earphones come with an atmospheric pressure optimisation feature that lets you listen to music for long hours on flights without any discomfort. Thanks to custom-designed 9mm drivers and Sony’s HD Hybrid Driver System, the active noise cancelling earphones can deliver deep bass and clear mids. There’s also a balanced armature driver that reproduces delicate and natural high tones. Whether you are listening to music or watching your favourite movie, you are going to have a great audio experience. You also get 10 hours of battery life with a 10-minute charge giving 80 minutes of listening time. As I said, if the price is no bar, you should check it out.