Noise cancellation (or active noise reduction) is known as Active Noise Control (ANC); this works by headphones creating an additional wave sound to the actual music to that you are listening to cancel out any interference. But enough of the science.
If you’re sick of the background hum of everyday life (which is no doubt why you read Louder in first place) and would rather hear the majestic noise of Napalm Death than screaming kids on the train, Motörhead as opposed to high-frequency dance music tedium, and Iron Maiden rather than bus zombies yakking on about last night’s feckin Get Me Strictly Out Of Kardashian Talent Chef Voice Big Brother Island, then you have come to the right place for blocking out the miserable cacophony of the world…
Using the technical expertise of our in-house experts on TechRadar and What Hi-fi, we've put together a list of the best noise-cancelling headphones deals right now.
Sony WH-1000XM2 wireless headphones
With their excellent sound quality and cutting-edge tech, Sony’s WH-1000XM2 are up there with the very best Bluetooth headphones you can buy, so this looks like a bit of a bargain – go for the gold pair for an even bigger deal.
Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling QC25 Over-Ear Headphones
Just this year, our sister site TechRadar called these amazing Bose QuietComfort noise cancelling headphones, "some of the best noise-cancelling headphones we've tried out." Save 55% now!
Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
Our in-house experts at TechRadar said that these headphones were "easily some of the best sounding in-ear noise canceling headphones we've ever put through their paces. Of course, for £250, they better be". Now they're cheaper.
Marshall Mid A.N.C. (Active Noise Cancelling) Bluetooth headphones
The Marshall Mid ANC are handsome headphones for those who want to stand out from the crowd with an interestingly designed rock'n'roll headphone from a company who've been changing the way we hear rock music since the 60s.
Not the biggest discount so far but when the headphones are this good they’re definitely worth including. Knocking £60 off the asking price, these high-end in-ears have some of the same tech as the over-ear WH-1000XM2, including noise-cancelling and support for Google Assistant, although in a more portable package. That neckband isn’t for everyone, mind.
Sony WF-SP700N truly wireless sports headphones
Sony’s second-generation true-wireless headphones - the Sony WF-SP700N - are true wireless headphones, better tuned for the low-end than their predecessors and stable in almost every situation. With active noise-cancellation tech and a sweat-resistant PX4 rating, the new charging case looks cool too.
Mixcder E7 ANC
These very comfortable over-ear cans are an absolute steal at just over £40. The Bluetoothed ANCs offer an incredibly impressive frequency of sound that will suit all tastes and even other genres outside rock and metal (if you like that sorta thing…). Impressive wireless range too.
Another steal on quality noise-cancelling headphones, this Zinsoko model features super-powerful bass. They come in a sleek case and fold satisfyingly flat for easy storage and portability. Quick to recharge, battery life is adequate but the sound quality is where these cans really come into their own, which is on a par with much more expensive versions
WH stands for Wireless Headband, fact fans. Rated by TechRadar as a bargain buy, these mid-range offerings from Sony feature 35 hours of battery life and a quick 10-minute charge for an hour’s playback. Sound is good with a nicely chunksome bass and comfort is dreamy. Proper lush, lads.
Denon Globe Cruiser AH-GC20
If you have over two tons to drop on some ANC headphones, then either you’re rich and the £20 saving doesn’t matter to you, or you’re inches away from doing something regrettable about the constant racket from your idiot neighbours. Stylish in a sleek carry case and aimed at the jetset, these are supremely comfortable (as you’d expect at that price). Sound is good but not great in comparison to similarly priced models.
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by TechRadar for being significantly cheaper than rival models from Bose and Sony, but for also performing highly with Sennheisers ‘Noiseguard’ tech. Lightweight and a good all-rounder for both travel and work, these feature a 20-hour battery life with thick cushions providing comfort both on the ear and when worn around the neck.
Noise cancelling has to work pretty well for in-ear models but these seem to be reasonable at the budget end of the market. With a six-hour battery life, the jury is out on their effectiveness and noise cancellation although they can block a lot of interference. Nonetheless, comfortable with a good sound quality.
These are rated as some of the best in-ear Bluetooth in-ear buds on the market for sound. But can they offer effective noise cancellation? YES THEY CAN, BABY! This is thanks to the ergonomically-designed earpiece which fits snugly into the ear canal. If you don’t like wearing on-ear cans, these are the ideal noise-cancellers for you.
Audio Technica ATH-ANC33iS
Audio Technica is a well-trusted brand in audio circles and these in-ears feature AT’s QuietPoint noise cancelling tech which works a treat. The product includes an inline mic for answering calls as well as a music volume controller. Compact and ideal for travel, sound is excellent.