Are Noise Cancelling Headphones Right for You

Last Edited: February 27, 2017 | Published: February 27, 2017 by

Are Noise Cancelling Headphones Right for You

There are so many different types of headphones to choose from today. One of the newer forms out there are noise cancelling headphones. These headphone promise to drown out the sound around you so you only hear the sound coming through the headphones. But are they right for you?

In order to figure that out, there are a few things you should consider about them before buying them.


In general, noise cancelling headphones cost more than other types of headphones out there. If you shopping on a budget, this may mean that these types of headphones aren’t a good match for you. However, if you are more worried about sound quality over price, then you should definitely take a look at these headphones.

Do You Really Need Noise Cancellation?

Most of us don’t ever really need noise cancelling headphones. Honestly do you want to ignore sounds around you if you are walking down the street in the middle of the city? That’s probably not a good idea. However, if you are using them in a studio session or you travel a lot on a plane where there is added noise, they could be a great option for you.

Sound Quality

Noise cancellation has come a long way since it was first introduced. However, on may headphones, you will notice a difference in sound quality when you are using the cancellation features. The weird thing is it can go either way. Some headphones hurt sound quality when noise cancellation is on, but others sound better with it on. When you are shopping, keep this in mind and if you can test the headphones before you make your purchase.

Added Size

Some noise cancelling headphones can be a little larger than regular headphones. This is especially true if the headphones use a passive noise cancellation method. This will usually add extra padding around your ears which will add to the bulk of your headphones. While this isn’t a deal breaker for many, it is something that you need to take into account when you are shopping.

Ability to Turn It On and Off

Personally, I would never buy a set of headphones without this feature. However, there are some out there that come with noise cancelling features that you can’t turn off. That means you may be stuck with the cancellation features on even if you don’t need them. That may not be a big deal, but if your quality is hurt by the cancelling features, then you could end up with a pair of headphones that don’t sound quite as good as you had hoped.


Noise cancelling headphones are great if you need to use your headphones in places where there is a lot of noise. If you travel on planes a lot, you will love them, for example. However, they aren’t right for everyone. It’s important that you know what you are getting when you buy a pair of these headphones.

What do you think? Do you love noise cancelling headphones or do you prefer headphones without these features? Let me know in the comments below.

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