When it comes to wireless headphones that offer noise-canceling, you still can’t find better than Sony’s brilliant WH-1000XM3. These were one of our top product picks from IFA Berlin, and the successor to excellent WH-1000XM2, Sony upgraded the headphones with a new QN1 processor, which offers four times the processing power when it comes to removing external noise.
Even in the loudest of environments, the WH-1000XM3 can eliminate the sounds you don’t want to hear, thanks to its active noise canceling feature. The QN1 chip is able to deal with many different noises, not just the low hum of an airplane, and it can be set up so certain sounds, such as PA announcements, can be heard.
There are a slew of different noise-canceling modes and profiles available for different scenarios, and the app uses a phone’s accelerometer to alter the ANC mode depending on what you’re doing. There’s also a Quick Attention mode that lets you turn down the music and hear external sounds without removing the headphones.
In addition to its excellent noise-canceling, the headphones produce some amazing, balanced audio. They support 32-bit audio processing and Sony’s LDAC, which transmits around three times more data than Bluetooth. You also get 40mm drivers, NFC, USB Type-C charging, Bluetooth 4.2, a 40-hour battery life, a 4-hour charging cycle, and Google Assistant support. They’re also super comfy and light.
Almost as good alternative
The WH-1000XM3 may top this category, but only just, as the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 are also an excellent option. Bose has long been known as a leader when it comes to producing great noise-canceling headphones, and these cans are no exception. They offer crystal-clear sound, stylish design, intuitive touch controls, and, of course, top noise-canceling features. But the sound quality doesn’t quite match up to Sony’s headphones, which at around $280, are over $100 cheaper.
For the Home
If you’re looking for a set of wireless headphones that won’t break the bank and are ideal for TVs and other home use, check out Sennheiser’s RS165 Wireless Hi-Fi headphones, which come with a base station that doubles as a charging stand.
Those with large homes will be pleased to learn that the RS 165 headphones feature a interference-free 100-foot range, thanks to the propriety 2.4GHz wireless link. They also have an 18-hour battery life, which will be appreciated at those times when you’ve forgot to charge them and are about to start a Lord of the Rings marathon.
The headphones are designed primarily for connecting to your home theatre, which is why they produce clear dialogue that’s easy to hear. Listening to music is also an enjoyable experience, as they feature the usual Sennheiser quality and a Bass Boost mode for vibrant sound, while the closed-back design makes sure you’re not disturbed by outside noise