In this video we’re breaking down the five best noise-canceling earbuds in 2021. I’ve included options for every type of consumer. If you’re looking for one of the best budget options with active noise cancelling for general use or more premium earbuds that deliver some of the best audio quality with unrivaled stereo imagery, all of the product for you.
The fifth product on our list is the Mpow X3. These are our best budget noise canceling earbuds. If you’re looking for inexpensive noise canceling earbuds, then the Mpow X3 stands out as a great budget option letting you enjoy uninterrupted listening without paying a premium price. Currently priced around 60 the Mpows are not just an affordable option to the Apple air pods but they also look quite a bit like them.
They’re fairly lightweight and compact in size making them ideal for those with smaller ears that find airpod shaped buds don’t fit well. You get a snug fit and a nice seal, but they could be a little more comfortable. Although you can’t expect earbuds at this price to compete with the air pods pro the active noise cancelling is impressive and cancels out the lower frequencies like deep rumbles including engines well.
But when it comes to higher frequencies like police sirens and voices it does struggle. That being said the anc still outperforms better than most budget earbuds. One area the X3 does excel over apple is with its ipx8 waterproof rating which at least on paper tops the airpods pro at only ipx4 making the m-pals great for workouts and you’re even able to wear them in the shower afterward.
The sound quality is great for a pair of budget earbuds. There’s some nice bass that gets boosted with some deep punches that even bass heads would appreciate. The mids are a little thinner and depending on what you’re listening to the vocals can get lost in the mix but for hip hop and pop it performs pretty well.
The call quality is decent with the mic performing better than expected and the battery does well with about 30 hours in total with top ups from the case. If you’re looking for inexpensive earbuds with active noise cancelling the Mpow X3 may not be able to compete with the premium earbuds but among the budget earbuds it’s your best bet.
The fourth product on our list is the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. These are our best noise canceling earbuds for android users. If you’re looking for a great pair of noise cancelling earbuds to use with your Samsung or android devices the new Galaxy Buds Pro is a worthy option to consider. Currently priced around 200 the Galaxy Buds Pro is sleek and stylish with some innovative tech packed inside.
It boasts two-way speakers by packing in an 11-millimeter woofer and a six-and-a-half-millimeter tweeter into their device for better bass and treble. You also get Dolby’s 360 audio and an intelligent active noise cancellation giving you some of the best specs on the market today.
There’s even a great feature that toggles between ANC and ambient mode automatically when you start speaking. It’s able to distinguish your personal voice from the noise around you so you can seamlessly go from listening to music to conversations without having to tap at your ear to change the settings.
The buzz pros also feature beamforming to funnel your voice straight into their three microphones for better call quality and there are windshields on their mics that cut down on the distortions to your voice when you’re talking on the move. The only area the new buds could improve on is the total battery performance at about 18 hours including top ups from its bulky charging case.
The waterproof rating is shy of the Mpows at ipx7, but it means it can be submerged up to one meter underwater for about 30 minutes which should be good for those considering the buds pro as workout earbuds.
If you’re looking for impressive noise canceling earbuds the GALAXY BUDS PRO are tech forward wireless earbuds with some innovative tech and features like intelligent active noise cancelling with automatic toggling between ANC and ambient mode when you talk and great call quality with crystal clear premium sound from woofers and tweeters built in on the earbuds making them a great option for android users.
The third product on our list is the Apple AirPods Pro. These are our best noise canceling earbuds for apple users. If you’re in the apple camp and looking for earbuds with active noise cancelling the obvious choice is going to be the AirPods Pro. Currently priced around 220 the AirPods Pro are extremely comfortable and deliver exceptional sound with one of the best active noise cancelling around along with the great user experience that apple fans come to expect.
They feature a new in-ear design with soft plant silicone tips that fit securely in your ear to create a perfect seal and feel incredibly natural and extremely comfortable with special vents that eliminate the clogged feeling. The AirPods Pro uses microphones both on the outside of the earbud and inward facing so the adaptive eq algorithm can make tweaks hundreds of times a second making them one of the best earbuds with ANC.
The AirPods Pro actually counters all the ambient noise with equal anti-noise before you can even hear it so whether you’re listening to music audiobooks , podcasts or videos you get immersive and undisturbed sound. Although it doesn’t have automatic transparency mode like the Samsung’s you can press and hold the force sensor to easily switch to transparency mode.
You also get Apple’s new h1 chip that delivers high dynamic range and superior sound plus the advanced DSP automatically equalizes your music based on the shape of your ear for amazing sound performance. There’s a lot of robust improvements and plenty of new features that you’ll love including Apple’s new force sensor on the stems so you can squeeze to control your music and to toggle between noise cancellation and transparency mode.
Although apple incorporates some innovative tech, you’re still restricted to using lightning cables but aside from that hiccup if you’re looking for one of the best ANC earbuds for your apple devices the Apple AirPods Pro delivers superb noise cancellation along with great sound quality making it a great choice for apple users for its seamless integration and excellent user experience.
The second product on our list is the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2. These are our best noise canceling earbuds for music. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 is for anyone that doesn’t want to compromise on the audio quality of their music and is willing to pay for that privilege.
Currently priced around 300 the Sennheiser is a splurge option but if you’re an audiophile the investment is well worth it. It delivers incredible clarity giving you robust lows that doesn’t overpower the vocals and Sennheiser’s unrivaled stereo imagery.
The original momentum true wireless was one of the best sounding true wireless earbuds around which wasn’t a big surprise with Sennheiser’s reputation as a leader in audio quality. But they upped the Andy by adding active noise cancellation as the perfect complement. You’ll find it’s completely engulfing with the sound pulling you right into the music giving you a very different listening experience than listening to your favorite music on lesser earbuds.
You may even notice layers of your favorite tracks with the momentum true wireless tooth that you missed or couldn’t fully appreciate before. With the ANC on listening to podcasts or audiobooks takes on a new dimension with voices that are extremely clear and crisp without distractions or interruptions making the Momentum True Wireless 2 ideal of noisy work environments commuting and great for travel.
They’re effortless to use and features a smart pause so as soon as you remove an earbud your media will stop playing. It doesn’t pause so abruptly as other earbuds with the similar features and instead it pauses a little more gradually which some may appreciate more.
The battery level also keeps up with the premium package with up to six hours and outlasting both the apple air pods pro and the Bose QuietComfort buds, which is coming up next in the video so stay tuned for that.
If you’re looking for one of the best noise canceling earbuds for audio performance Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 is truly one of the best sounding true wireless earbuds around without compromises for music lovers.
The first product on our list is the Bose QuietComfort Buds. These are our best overall earbuds. If you’re after one of the best noise cancelling wireless earbuds available then the Bose QuietComfort Buds should be on the top of your list now that they have taken the best noise canceling earbud title from Sony.
Currently priced around 280 the QuietComfort buds delivers almost the same ANC technology used in their renowned Bose 700 over ear headphones and packs it into the tiny earbuds which is really impressive, and the level of noise cancelling is incredible.
What makes these earbuds also a standout is that it doesn’t just offer an ANC or transparency mode. You can control the level of noise cancellation with 10 adjustable levels instead of just on or off like the Samsung galaxy buds pro and apple’s air pods pro so depending on your situation or environment you can set the level of noise cancelling that’s right for you.
For audio files you’ll find the Bose has a slightly better frequency response over the air pods pro. It also shares a similar frequency curve as the Bose 700 using Bose’s active eq technology and proprietary drivers to produce warm pleasant audio. And every time you change the volume the sound is automatically recalibrated, so it stays consistently balanced. And when it comes to the call quality and all your zoom conferences the QuietComfort earbuds again deliver best in class performance with extremely clear audio that isolates your voice.
It would have been nice if Bose could optimize the battery performance a little better. You only get up to five and a half hours with ANC but at least it still outlasts the air pods pro, and with the charging case you’ll get about 20 hours total, and it works with qi certified wireless charging.
Bose’s acoustic innovations and acoustic noise cancelling technology pack an unbeatable one-two punch delivering the acclaimed Bose sound that’s crisp, clear and rich with deep bass while giving you near perfect ANC making the new raining Bose QuietComfort buds your best option for noise canceling earbuds currently available.