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The 5 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200 - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated May 23, 2024 at 04:32 pm
Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200

Noise cancelling headphones are necessary if you like peace and quiet during long commutes or need help focusing in a busy office. ANC used to be exclusive to premium-priced headphones, but many cheaper models have emerged recently. Some may lack certain higher-end features, but finding good products at an affordable price is still possible.

We've tested over 785 headphones, and these are the best with active noise cancelling for under $200. Need more picks? Check out the best noise cancelling headphones, the best headphones under $200, and the best noise cancelling headphones under $100.

  1. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200

    The best noise cancelling headphones under $200 we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless. These over-ears are a newer version of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless and feature an adaptive ANC system that adjusts to your environment. When set to 'Transport' mode, it does an outstanding job of isolating you from ambient sound, including the low rumble of bus engines and background chit-chat. You can manually adjust the ANC's strength level rather than use the adaptive setting for a more personalized feel.

    The headphones are sturdy and have a comfortable fit for long flights and days at the office. Their battery lasts for just under 28 hours of continuous use, so you don't need to recharge every day, and they're equipped with an auto-off timer to help save power. Out of the box, they have a V-shaped sound profile that adds intense rumble and punch to your audio. Vocals and instruments are clear but sound a bit forward and harsh. Fortunately, you can adjust their sound with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app.

    If you want over-ears with a more neutral default sound, you might prefer the Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless. They have a flatter overall sound and a more neutral mid-range, making them a versatile choice for most audio genres. You can also adjust their sound using their customization features. However, their ANC doesn't block out as much background noise, and they don't support multi-device pairing.

    See our review

  2. Best Sounding Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200

    If you're looking for good sound from noise cancelling headphones, check out the JBL Live 660NC Wireless. These over-ears have a bass-rich sound profile that's more neutral than that of the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless, and they have a very well-balanced mid-range, so voices and instruments are present and clear. They're suitable for a variety of genres out of the box, but their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. Their ANC system is weaker than the Q45, especially when cutting down the low rumble of plane engines. However, they still tackle office sounds like chatty coworkers and A/C units well.

    You can connect these headphones with up to two devices at a time. They also have a low latency 'Video Mode' so you can stream video on mobile devices without experiencing significant lip sync issues. They have a well-built design, too, but while they're lightweight and well-padded, the cups can cause fatigue over time due to how they clamp onto your head.

    See our review

  3. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones For Phone Calls Under $200

    The Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless are great for calls as they block out a good amount of noise across the whole sound range. Their ANC performs great, from the bassy rumble of bus engines to the high-pitched hum of an A/C unit. They also have three ANC settings designed for different kinds of noise. Their ANC doesn't perform as well as their predecessor's, the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, but they have a better-integrated mic and solid in-call noise handling. If you're taking a call from a noisy environment, it won't be crystal clear, but these over-ears still do a decent overall job of separating your voice from the background noise.

    They have a bass-heavy sound profile, with a bigger boost in the low bass than the more neutral-sounding JBL Live 660NC Wireless. It's great for listening to thumpy music between calls, like hip-hop and EDM. However, the sound profile changes when you turn the ANC off, resulting in thin, hollow-sounding audio. Fortunately, you can adjust their sound to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. The design is comfortable overall, with good build quality and a 44-hour battery life, making these a good choice for the office, especially if you're on the phone a lot throughout the day.

    See our review

  4. Best On-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200

    If you prefer the portability and comfort of on-ears, then the JBL Live 460NC Wireless is right up your alley. They're well-built, lightweight, and have a decently comfortable fit, although they do clamp on your ears, which can be a little uncomfortable for long listening sessions. Their ANC system also does an alright job of blocking out background noise, but it pales in comparison to the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless. It's a trade-off you'll have to make if you want an on-ear fit above all else.

    With their ANC on, they last under 30 hours continuously, and they're even equipped with an auto-off timer if you forget to turn them off. They have a fairly balanced sound out of the box, making them a versatile choice for most kinds of audio content. Their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets if you want more control over their sound though. These cans even support multi-device pairing if you want to simultaneously connect to your laptop and smartphone.

    See our review

  5. Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds Under $200

    If you want the peace that ANC can deliver without carrying bulky headphones, consider the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless. These lightweight buds have a great ANC system that can block out the low rumble of engines and office distractions like background chatter. Getting a good seal can be tricky, though, as they can pop out of your ears while chewing or talking. While they're not the best choice for high-intensity exercising, they're still suited for jogging in the park or being on the go. They're certified IPX4 for resistance against water splashes and have a continuous battery life of 7.6 hours with an extra 1.8 charges in the carrying case, making these a good option for all-day wear.

    If you can get a good seal and fit, they deliver bright sibilants and thumpy, rumbly bass that are well-suited for genres like pop and rock. Google has also added a graphic EQ and presets with firmware update 3.14, so you can customize the audio to your liking. If you're looking for a cheaper pair of ANC earbuds, the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless better isolate you from bass-range noise, like a rumbly bus engine, than Google's in-ears. However, they have fewer high-end features, like Spatial Audio for virtual surround sound or HD Audio AAC, which facilitates higher-res audio playback with Pixel phones.

    If you're looking for more earbuds with ANC, check out our picks for the best noise cancelling earbuds!

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony WH-XB910N Wireless: The Sony WH-XB910N Wireless are a more comfortable alternative to the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless. They have a bass-heavy sound profile with intense rumble and punch, which you might like, especially for genres like EDM. However, their ANC system isn't adjustable and doesn't block out as much noise. See our review
  • Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless: The Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless are cheaper than the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless. Their ANC doesn't block out as much noise overall, but it still performs well, and the headphones have a similarly sturdy build and comfortable fit. See our review
  • Sennheiser ACCENTUM Wireless: The Sennheiser ACCENTUM Wireless are a good alternative to the JBL Live 660NC Wireless if you need a better battery life performance. They have a decently comfortable fit with a 40-hour-plus battery life and a bass-heavy sound profile that you can customize with their EQ and presets. However, their ANC performance is only okay, and they struggle to block out low-frequency sounds like engine rumble. See our review
  • Beats Studio Pro Wireless: The Beats Studio Pro Wireless aren't as neutral sounding as the JBL Live 660NC Wireless, but they have Apple's Spatial Audio feature to help make audio seem more immersive. They also have a better noise isolation performance. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 23, 2024: We've replaced the AKG N60NC Wireless with the JBL Live 460NC Wireless as the AKG are no longer available.

  2. Mar 25, 2024: We've added the Beats Studio Pro Wireless to the Notable Mentions as they have a virtual soundstage that can give you a more dimensional audio experience. However, their sound isn't as neutral as the JBL Live 660NC Wireless.

  3. Jan 22, 2024: We've checked that the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  4. Nov 29, 2023: We validated our picks, checked stock levels, and added the Sennheiser ACCENTUM Wireless as a Notable Mention.

  5. Oct 02, 2023: We've made minor changes to this article's text to improve clarity, and checked product availability.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best ANC headphones under $200 for most people. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our noise cancelling headphones reviews for under $200. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones, and the level at which you play your music will naturally drown the ambient noise of lower amplitudes.