THE BEST ANC HEADPHONES ARE…
AKG N60NC WIRELESS >
Wireless listening capabilities? Check. Good noise-cancelling and audio performance? Check. The N60NC Wireless is a stylish pair that will fit easily into anyone’s lifestyle. It’s compact size means it travels well, and the well-rounded audio performance means the headphone will allow you to enjoy any genre of music with it. So add to that the impressive 30-hour battery life (15 hours on wireless) and the comfortable ear cushions, and you have a formula for hours of audio enjoyment. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the most affordable headphone here too.
< SONY WH-1000XM2
It wasn’t broke, but Sony made it better. The WH-1000XM2 gives you the same great performance, even better battery life than before and some added smarts, all at a slightly lower price point too. Again, this is one headphone where you don’t suffer a huge drop in quality listening via wireless, thanks to the various technologies built in, so it certainly gives you freedom to enjoy your music. The difference in noise-cancelling capabilities between this and the Bose QC35 is slight, but it’s definitely there. In terms of audio quality though, the WH-1000XM2 was only seriously challenged by the Bowers & Wilkins PX, which wasn’t as strong on the noise-canceling front. So, the WH-1000XM2 is easily our winning pick again.