Noise cancelling headphones: Working from home comes with a whole host of challenges, with the biggest being the constant ruckus created by family members or housemates. For me, the biggest challenge was the constant construction noise that I had to endure every day. If you are also dealing with similar problems, a good noise cancelling headphone is what you need. Not to mention, they are a perfect travelling companion. For our list, we have only selected those headphones that are not only good at noise cancellation but also sound good. Also, the recommended best noise cancelling headphones here come with a mic, allowing you to take calls with ease. So, let’s take a look at the best boAt, Shure, Skullcandy, Apple, Sennheiser, Bose, and Sony noise cancelling headphones you can buy in India right now.
Noise cancellation headphones are also good for your ears. We all know that listening to music at a high volume can permanently impair our hearing. Noise-cancelling headphones allow you to listen to music at reduced volumes as you don’t have to increase the volume to overpower the outside noise.
Best noise-cancelling headphones in India (2021)
1. boAt Nirvanaa 715 ANC – Rs 4,499
Over the past year, boAt has made a name for itself in the Indian headphone market. It has done that by constantly making good headphones at affordable prices, and the boAt Nirvanaa 715 ANC is no different. While the other active noise-cancelling headphones cost upwards of Rs 10,000, the boAt Nirvanaa 715 ANC only costs Rs 4,499. At this price, the boAt Nirvanaa 715 ANC gives you good active noise cancellation and audio listening experience. Of course, it’s not as premium as the pricey alternatives mentioned on this list. But if you want to experience active noise cancellation in sub Rs 5,000 headphones, this is the one to get.
2. Sennheiser HD 458 – Rs 7,990
The Sennheiser HD 458 is the perfect choice for anyone looking to buy an active noise cancelling headphone under Rs 10,000. It delivers good sound quality and supports high-quality audio codecs, including AAC and AptX Low Latency. Like other Sennheiser headphones, the HD 458 can deliver deep dynamic bass, making it perfect for people who listen to bass-heavy music. The active noise cancellation is pretty good, with headphones being able to cancel out most ambient noises. You get 30 hours of battery life with USB-C charging, which is nice to have. There’s also Bluetooth 5.0 support, so you never lose connection. Overall, Sennheiser HD 458 is a great noise cancelling headphone, and you should check it out.
3. Skullcandy Hesh ANC – Rs 10,999
Skullcandy Hesh ANC is another pair of affordable noise-cancelling headphones worth checking out. Coming at just Rs 10,999, the Skullcandy Hesh ANC comes with powerful 40mm drivers that deliver exceptional acoustics. The Hesh ANC has a rich audio profile, and the headphones shine for all kinds of music. You will also enjoy watching movies with this headphone as it delivers a good surround sound experience. The Skullcandy noise-cancelling headphones use a four-mic setup to deliver good active noise cancellation. You get 22 hours of battery life, with a quick charge feature that gives you 3 hours of listening time with just 10 minutes of charging. As for connectivity, there’s Bluetooth 5.0 along with a headphone jack, so you can get both a wired and wireless experience. You won’t find a better active noise cancelling headphone with mic at this price point.
4. Shure AONIC 50 Wireless Headphones – Rs 23,999
While Shure might not be a popular brand in India, it is known for making some of the best headphones for audiophiles. In my opinion, the Shure AONIC 50 is one of the nicest-looking noise cancelling headphones. The headphones sound great and support several audio codecs including, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Low Latency audio, Sony LDAC, AAC, and SBC. So, if you are into lossless audio playback, you will enjoy the Shure AONIC 50. The Shure AONIC 50 also offers almost as good a noise cancelling experience as the Sony WH-1000XM4. Unlike Sony’s you also get different levels of noise cancellation that you can select. You get 20 hours of battery life which is slightly lower when compared to Sony WH-1000XM4, but plenty enough for most users.
You can buy the Shure AONIC 50 for Rs 23,999.
5. Sony WH-1000XM4 – Rs 24,990
Absurd naming aside, this is one of the best active noise cancellation headphones that you can buy in 2021. A worthy successor to the popular Sony noise-cancelling headphone – the WH-1000XM3, the Sony WH-1000XM4 brings all the features you need. With these headphones, you are getting industry-leading active noise cancellation which can cancel out all kinds of sounds, thus giving you a virtually soundproof experience.
The Sony noise cancelling headphones are also one of the best-sounding wireless headphones on the market right now. Thanks to the 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms and built-in AI that automatically upscales compressed digital music, the headphones produce a full range of frequencies, giving you an exceptional music listening experience. You also get access to features like voice assistant support (Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri), 30-hour long battery life, multi-device pairing, ear detection, and more.
You can buy the Sony WH-1000XM4 for Rs 24,990
6. Bose QuietComfort 35 II – Rs 29,363
Before Sony noise-cancelling headphones became the gold standard, it was the Bose’s QuietComfort series that held that crown, and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II remains one of the best active noise-cancelling headphones that you can buy in 2021. Its active noise cancellation is almost as good as the one on Sony WH-1000XM4. The Bose noise-cancelling headphones also support both NFC and Bluetooth pairing and work seamlessly with your phone’s voice assistant. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II sounds phenomenal, especially if you are into music with heavy bass and electronic sounds.
You can buy the Bose QuietComfort 35 II for Rs 29,363.
7. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphone 700 – Rs 31,050
The Bose 700 brings the perfect amalgamation of sleek modern design, active noise cancellation, and audio quality. Available in three gorgeous colours, the Bose 700 will fit any occasion. The headphone uses an array of microphones both inside and outside the ear cups to monitor the sounds around you and instantly produce an opposite signal to cancel them out, thus creating a perfect noiseless environment. What I love about this headphone is that you get 11 different noise cancellation levels (from full noise cancelling to full transparency), allowing you to choose the level of isolation that you want. Talking about the audio quality, let me just say that the Bose 700 is the best sounding wireless noise cancelling headphones Bose has ever made. You don’t have to think twice before buying this one.
You can buy the Bose 700 for Rs 31,050
8. AirPods Max – Rs 59,990
If the price is no bar and you can handle an extra 100-150 grams on your head, then you should check out the AirPods Max. Starting with the design, the AirPods Max uses stainless steel and aluminium for its frame and ear cups, giving it a premium look and feel. Its ear cushions use memory foam and mesh textile to deliver a comfortable experience. Coming to the audio quality, the noise-cancelling headphones from Apple uses 40mm drivers along with the H1 chips and custom acoustic design to deliver an outstanding listening experience. With its spatial audio feature, you get a theatre‑like experience when watching movies and shows. The AirPods Max also offers probably the best active noise cancellation, and certainly the best transparency mode of all the headphones. As I said, if the price is not a concern and you can handle the extra weight, the AirPods Max is a fine pair of headphones that you should check out.
You can buy the AirPods Max for Rs 59,990.
9. Apple AirPods Pro – Rs 16,999
If you don’t feel comfortable wearing over-the-ear headphones, then you should check out the Apple AirPods Pro. Launched back in 2019, the Apple AirPods Pro remains my favourite noise-cancelling earbuds. Despite its compact build, the earbuds remove almost all the outside noise. While the audio quality is not as good as the Sony or Bose noise-cancelling headphones, it’s good enough for most users. If you are not an audiophile, you are going to enjoy listening to music on this one. The AirPods Pro is also perfect for taking calls as its stems are good at picking up your voice and discarding ambient noise. Its transparency mode is exceptionally good, which makes it a perfect accessory for a jog or run.
While priced at Rs 24,990, the AirPods Pro sees heavy discounts all the time. If you time it right, you can get them at as lows as Rs 16,999.