Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds – A Triple Review

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When looking for noise cancelling earbuds there can be a lot of confusion about which ones to buy and which ones are right for you (partially down to the fact that noise cancelling headphones haven’t been around for a while and most people don’t know a lot about them).

Note that when I say ‘earbuds’ I mean ‘in-ear headphones’.

I have a friend who works in an electronics store (a pretty major one), and he says he’s often asked “Which are the best noise cancelling earbuds?” by customers. He says he often organizes them by price range into 4 categories (super-low, low, medium and high).

It is widely regarded that the super-low priced noise cancelling earbuds aren’t worth buying as they’re extremely poor quality.

For the purpose of this article I will be looking at one set of noise cancelling earphones from each category (except super-low priced).

I have chosen to review 3 sets of noise cancelling earbuds – each said to be the best (or at least excellent value) in their own respective price range.

Low Priced

JVC Xtreme Xplosives In Ear
$29.95 (

Xtreme Xplosives In EarI have used these headphones pretty extensively and they are absolutely amazing for the price.

For lovers of trance, techno, pop (and basically anything with a bass) these headphones are great as the bass sound is great on them.

They come with a 4 foot cord, a hard case.

Lastly, they are pretty comfortable to wear and you can easily wear them for hours on end without feeling uncomfortable (as is the way with most modern headphones these days).

For the price, you can’t go wrong.

Medium Priced

Audio-Technica ATH ANC23 QuietPoint – Headphones
$54.99 – $169.95 (

Audio-TechnicaThe Audio-Technica noise cancelling earbuds are a big hit amongst the tech crowd, and have received many positive reviews on technology websites and forums.

They are great if you spend a lot of time flying, as the noise cancelling properties are a step up from cheaper models (and the sound quality is pretty good), so they’re a good (and cheaper) alternative to many of the higher priced models out there.

They are designed to cancel up to 20 decibels (dB) of background noise, provide great bass sounds (like the JVC’s listed above) and good clarity.

High Priced

Shure SE535 Sound Isolating Earphones

$419.99 – $549.99 (

Shure SE535If you’re looking for superior sound quality and complete elimination of background noise, the Shure SE535 earphones are perhaps the best noise cancelling earbuds on the market, and their price certainly reflects that.

Unfortunately, most people will never be able to experience the sound quality that these headphones offer (due to their price), but if you do have the money they’re definitely worth it.

Unlike the 2 earphone models listed above, the Shure SE535 earbuds provide a clear, ranged sound (as opposed to a purely ‘bassy’ sound), and it is easier to hear the whole range of the mix.

They provide 37 dB of insulation and host 2 subwoofer drivers and 1 tweeter speaker per earbud.

In Summary

Whenever buying an electrical item (such as earphones) it’s best to first narrow down your price range and then think about what it is you want from what you’re buying.

Lastly, remember that as with most electrical products, you largely get what you pay for, so if you want high quality you’re going to have to spend the big bucks.

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    Wow, great article, I really appreciate your thought process and having it explained properly, thank you!