Best noise-cancelling headphones

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...because you, like the rest of us, want to block out the drone of daily life and listen to music without any distractions. So here are the best noise-cancelling headphones around, no matter if you want an over-, on-, or in-ear design, no matter if you don't want to spend a fortune.

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Under £100

Lindy BNX-60

Great-value wireless noise-cancelling on-ears that sound splendid for the money. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Bluetooth | Noise-cancelling | 15hr battery life

Reasons to Buy
Great value
Detailed, solid sound
Noise-cancelling and wireless functionality
USB charging
Reasons to Avoid
Treble a little muffled in standard mode

Under £200

AKG N60 NC

These AKGs fold up neatly, making them ideal for sticking in your pocket. They also deliver decent noise-cancellation with a punchy and balanced sound - and you can pick up a pair with quite a hefty discount.

SPECIFICATIONS

Rechargeable | 30hr battery life | Micro USB charging

Reasons to Buy
Clear, punchy sound
Musical; balanced
Effective noise-cancellation
Very portable
Smart design
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing

Under £300

Sony WH-1000XM2

Massive battery life, great sound and luxurious comfort - an all-around quality package.

SPECIFICATIONS

Up to 38hr battery life | Bluetooth and noise-cancelling | Atmospheric pressure optimiser

Reasons to Buy
Excellent timing
Loads of detail
Refined, smooth highs
Punchy, confident lows
Impressive noise-cancelling
Reasons to Avoid
Touchpad controls take a little bit of getting used to

Under £400

Bowers & Wilkins PX

Bowers & Wilkins' first noise-cancelling headphones are the real deal, and pair excellent sound quality with top-notch noise-cancelling. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Bluetooth/noise-cancelling | 22hr battery life | Proximity sensors built-in | USB-C connector

Reasons to Buy
Transparent, detailed sound
Excellent dynamics
Impeccable sense of timing
Clever, intuitive features
Impressive noise-cancelling
Good battery life
Fine build
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing significant

In-ear

Sony WF-1000X

Sony's entry into the truly wireless in-ear category delivers solid noise-cancelling skills, with a balanced, detailed sound. A great option for those who crave serious portability.

SPECIFICATIONS

In-ear design | Bluetooth and noise-cancelling | Charging carry case

Reasons to Buy
Balanced, detailed sound
Good with timing and dynamics
Truly wireless
Decent noise-cancelling
Carry case doubles as a charger
Reasons to Avoid
Our sample had a slight connection issue with the right earpiece