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The Definitive List of Noise Cancelling Earbuds 2017

A curated list of the latest noise cancelling earbuds from big brands, OEM companies and Chi-Fi manufacturers.

The AudionistThe Audionist

Updated on: June 19 , 2017

This is part of a series of curated lists of headphones, IEMS and earbuds for different purposes. E.g. noise cancelling earbuds, headphones for working out, earphones for the office, gaming headphones etc. For the next article, see the link at the end of this post.

Introduction

In the first of this series, I’ve compiled a list of noise cancelling earbuds and in-ear monitors currently available as of 2017. In my research, I’ve come to notice the following:

  1. Noise cancelling earphones is a small market, and the product range for headphones far exceeds that of earphones.
  2. There are only a handful of noise cancelling earbuds from big brand manufacturers. The rest of the list is dominated mainly by OEM/Chinese manufacturers.

It seems to me the market for noise cancelling earbuds is ripe for the picking. For the consumer, it’s not exactly good news because it means a lack of choice and variety. I’ve also noticed that plenty of other audiophile blogs seem to talk about the same 3 to 5 brand products repeatedly, namely Audio-Technica, AKG and Bose. None of the other reviews seem to mention the majority of the products on my list.

So in the interest of providing a variety of options for audiophiles, I’ve compiled a list of 27 noise cancelling earbuds. This list is accurate as of June 19, 2017, and sorted by alphabetical order.

I’ll be maintaining the list throughout the year. If you have a suggestion for a new noise cancelling earbud or IEM, let me know. The big brands should be available at your local store; as for the other Chi-Fi brands, your best bet is to read the reviews on Amazon (I’ll include a link for each product so you can check out their reviews).

Oh and before I forget, these are active noise cancelling earbuds (except for the Etymotic and Aftershokz). These all have some form of active noise cancelling technology to phase out background noise; they’re not just noise isolating in-ear monitors.

Enjoy!

27 Noise Cancelling Earbuds

1. AKG K391NC High-Performance Noise Cancelling Earbuds

2. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

3. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

4. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC40BT QuietPoint Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds

5. BeoPlay H3 ANC — B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen

6. Bluephonic Wireless Sport Bluetooth Earbuds

7. Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Earbuds

8. Canbor Sweatproof Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

9. Cowin HE8 Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

10. Creative EP-3NC Noise Cancelling Earbuds – link

Creative-EP-3NC: Noise cancelling earbuds

11. Etymotic Research ER4P-T MicroPro Noise-Isolating In-Ear Monitors

This is the only IEM on the list that doesn’t have active noise cancellation. Instead it relies on Etymotic’s ACCU-Fit eartips to produce up to 35-42dB, or 98% ambient noise reduction.

12. Foneso F10 Wireless Sport Earbuds

13. Forone Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

14. Harman Kardon Soho II Noise Cancelling Earbuds

15. Huawei Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

16. iLepo i20 Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

17. Intcrown S960 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

18. JBL Reflect Aware with Adaptive Noise Control

19. Phiaton BT 220 Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

20. Phiaton BT 100 Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

21. Polk Audio AM6617 Noise Cancelling Earbuds

22. Sony MDRNC13 Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Update: April 2, 2017

This product is out of production and no longer available.

23. Stoon QY8 V4.1 Wireless Earbuds

24. TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds

25. Tronsmart Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds

26. Tate & Baüer Elite Series Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds

27. AfterShokz Bluez 2S Open-Ear Wireless Stereo Headphones

I’m including the Bluez 2S even though I consider it a headphone. AfterShokz integrated bone conduction technology with dual noise cancelling microphones in a wireless, sporty design. One thing about bone conduction technology is that it allows the wearer situational awareness, and the Bluez 2’s unique selling point is the ability to tune out the world around you without really tuning out.

Seems to me like it’s aimed at people who enjoy sports, but I could see several different uses for it at home and in the office. I’ll be sure to write an in-depth review if I pick up one of these in future.

Conclusion

There we have it, 27 noise cancelling earbuds currently available (technically 25 if you exclude the Etymotic and the AfterShokz). I’ve tried to be as comprehensive as I can but if you believe I’ve left something out, do let me know. I’ll be doing a separate list for over/on-ear noise cancelling headphones soon. If you prefer cans, then be sure to look out for my upcoming post.


This is Part 1 of a series of curated lists for headphones. For Part 2, check out the Complete Guide to 17 Cheap Wireless Headphones for TV.

<p>I write about tech, high fidelity audio and minimalism. I’m also a musician and a guitarist.</p>