There are genuinely thousands of different headphones, earphones, and earbuds out there to choose from. That can seem like a great thing initially, but when you are faced with all those options, the prospect of picking the perfect set can be pretty daunting. All have the same idea at heart -- to provide you with music without having to play it out loud for everyone to hear. But some achieve this result so much better than others. Sure, you could always visit Amazon and buy the cheapest pair, but that's not always a great idea.
Good quality wireless active noise cancellation (ANC) headphones generally aren't cheap, which is what makes Jabra's latest proposition so interesting. It's selling the Elite 85h wireless over-ear headphones for $120, which is over half the normal $250 price and much less than the best deal we've seen so far. Better yet, Jabra is selling all the available colors at that price, including titanium black, copper black, gold beige and navy (pictured above). In our review, we said that the Elite 85h headphones have "noise cancellation to rival Bose and Sony," along with solid but not spectacular audio quality and dependable controls. They also have insanely good battery life (36 hours), custom EQ and ANC modes, quick voice assistant access, microphone noise reduction and an excellent design.
These over-ear wireless Bluetooth headphones have all the features you're looking for: Active digital noise cancellation, big cushy ear cups, and a foldable design, plus a dedicated "Bass Effect" button that you can press for a big, punchy bass boost. If you're looking for a little less bass, the headphones work with Sony's Headphones Connect app, which you can use to adjust the bass levels and otherwise tune your audio to your liking (there are also multiple presets for a quick fix). The MDR-XB950N1 headphones offer an impressive 22 hours of battery life--and that's with both noise cancellation and the bass effect feature turned on, according to Sony. These headphones will come in green and black (a non-noise-cancellation version will come in red, blue, and black) and will cost around $250 when they start shipping in mid-March.
If you're looking to screen out unwanted noise on the airplane or other loud environments so you can concentrate on the tunes, normal headphones won't cut it--you often have to crank the volume up so loud, it becomes unpleasant (and could damage your hearing). What you want are active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones, such as the TaoTronics TT-BH060 ($70 at Amazon). They're super comfortable, affordable, and while not they won't eliminate noise entirely, they do reduce the most tiring portions of the spectrum. But these aren't the best choice if you want great sound in addition to active noise cancellation. If you're not familiar with noise cancellation, here's how it works.
Bang & Olufsen's headphone selection was a little lacking so far: The company's flagship over-ear wireless headphones, the Beoplay H7, don't have active noise cancellation. The Beoplay H8 have the feature, but they're a smaller, on-ear model. Now, the company has filled the gap with Beoplay H9, a set of stylish, over-ear wireless headphones with active noise cancellation. The Beoplay H9 are a dead ringer for the H7, down to the aluminum touch controls. The specs are also quite similar -- 40mm drivers, 20 to 22,000Hz frequency range, Bluetooth aptX support -- so it's fair to assume that they're basically the same model with the addition of active noise cancellation.