As TWS earbuds and headphones are slowly becoming the norm, Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is something that is exclusively reserved for mid-range and premium headsets. While this may change in the future, audiophiles do not mind splurging more for a better listening experience. With an ever-increasing number of TWS products coming out with each passing year, we thought we’d make your job of sorting through the catalogues a bit easier by bringing you our picks for the top 10 ANC-driven headphones and earphones under Rs 25,000.
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Price: Rs 19,900
Widely regarded by many as the best pair of wireless headphones on the market, Sony WH-1000XM4 also offers advanced active noise cancellation. These headphones employ dual noise sensor technology, with two microphones on each earcup passing the ambient background noise to the highly efficient HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1. This processor is versatile enough to work in different environments, creating a perfect balance of ambient sound and the music being played.
Sony WH-1000XM4 brings together two technologies, Personal Noise Cancelling Optimiser and Atmospheric Pressure Optimising, to create an unparalleled ANC experience. The Atmospheric Pressure Optimising technology is more suited to air travel. You can also use Sony’s app to let in important sounds like transport announcements.
Price: Rs 16,990
Sony’s ANC brilliance is not just limited to their wireless headphones. Sony WF-1000XM4 brings cutting-edge noise cancellation to the TWS earbuds category. Featuring the Integrated V1 Processor, the WF-1000XM4 set the benchmark for noise cancellation with a range of modes that adapt seamlessly to your surroundings. The Automatic Wind Noise Reduction mode nullifies the sound of the wind and provides an immersive experience while you’re out for a run. In quieter surroundings, the Ambient Sound mode captures and mixes the sounds around you to produce an enjoyable listening experience.
Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II
Price: Rs 21,498
As the name suggests, Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II offers unmatched ANC tech that is designed for people on the go. If you’re looking for a pair of headphones that can easily tune out external noise distractions while creating an environment that lets you focus on music, you don’t need to look beyond the Bose Quiet Comfort II. Users can also adjust the noise cancellation between two levels, depending on the surrounding noise. Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II is definitely one of the best ANC-drives headphones around.
Jabra Elite 85t
Price: Rs 14,999
With active ANC and transparency mode working smoothly together, the Jabra Elite 85t does a great job of tuning out the noises you don’t want to hear while filtering in the essential sounds. The Jabra Elite 85t offers 11 levels of sounds that the user can adjust from full ANC (total noise cancellation) to full hear-through (total transparency). Each level is 3 decibels apart. Users can adjust the level according to their environment, with presets for commute, music, and focus.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
Price: Rs 15,990
One of the most trusted names in the audio sphere, Sennheiser delivers the consistency you expect from it with the Momentum True Wireless 3. Designed for everyday use, the Adaptive Noise Cancellation on the Momentum True Wireless works like a charm. With automatic adjustment to surroundings and real-time ambient noise monitoring, these TWS can easily tune out the harsher noises while letting the important sounds filter in through the transparency mode. Certainly deserves a spot in the top 10 ANC-driven headphones list.
Bose Noise Cancelling 700
Price: Rs 23,990
Bose’s flagship NC 700 headphones are equipped with microphones both outside and inside the earcups to monitor any harsh noises and nullify them with an opposing signal. The next-gen ANC features allow users to control how much sound passes through the headphones, with the levels ranging from total noise cancellation to full sound transparency. The NC 700 truly stands out in actively cancelling noise during voice calls, producing a crystal clear output devoid of any background noise.
Apple AirPods Pro
Price: Rs 21,499
Apple’s AirPods Pro bring state-of-the-art active noise cancellation to the TWS earbuds category. The H1-based system chip offers smarter noise cancellation, producing an excellent environment to play music, ebooks, or podcasts. The ‘Conversation Boost’ mode makes the video calls clearer with an elevated audio relay. On top of being one of the best ANC-driven headphones, the AirPods Pro also offer unique features like spatial audio and dynamic head tracking.
Price: Rs 7,900
Priced at Rs 7,900, the WH-CH710N are Sony’s most affordable wireless ANC headphones in the market right now. The defining feature of these headphones is the Dual Noise Sensor Technology that is found in Sony’s flagship products. With the Ambient Sound mode, users can control the transparency level and enjoy the powerful ANC features that usually come at a significantly higher price.
Skullcandy Hesh ANC
Price: Rs 9,999
The Skullcandy Hesh ANC is designed to provide the best quality ANC for those on a budget. The 4-mic digital active noise cancellation is turned on by default out of the box. You also get a dedicated button to toggle between the ANC mode and Ambient Mode. Apart from effective ANC, the Skullcandy Hesh also offers 22 hours of battery life with a rapid charging feature.
Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC
Price: Rs 9,990
Closing out the list is Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC which offers Active Noise Cancellation at a very affordable price. The NoiseGuard ANC tech effectively nullifies any harsh noises in the background, helping towards producing an audio output that is highly detailed and well-rounded. The Sennheiser Smart Control app lets you switch between different modes suited to your surroundings.
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There are our picks for the top 10 ANC-driven headphones under Rs 25,000. If you think we missed out on any product worthy of being on the list, let us know in the comments!