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Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100, $50 in 2014

Updated on November 18, 2014
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Choose the best inexpensive noise cancelling headphones!

Looking for the best noise cancelling headphones under $50 or under $100? Finding both good and affordable noise cancelling headphones is a pretty difficult task to do. That's mainly because the best noise cancelling headphones (like Bose® QuietComfort® ones) are quite expensive - in most cases the price is between $300 and even $600. Therefore, choosing inexpensive and pretty good noise cancelling headphones is quite difficult to do. In this lens I walk through the top rated affordable headphones that isolate outside noises.

Why one would buy noise cancelling headphones?

That's quite simple - many people want to listen to music in quite noisy places, like in the bus, or while traveling by airplane, or maybe your housemates are watching loudly TV in the neighbouring room and you do not enjoy hearing that TV show. Students living in dorms know well how difficult is to focus on learning when there's a lot of noise all around you. That's why noise cancelling headphones have gained their popularity - they help in focusing by eliminating the background noises that distract you or you don't care about.

If you're looking for good noise cancelling headphones for the money

Before buying any of the headphones described below, you should know that they aren't extremely good in reducing noise simply because of their construction that's pretty inexpensive. If you're looking for good noise cancelling headphones for the money, you should consider Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones or JVC HANC250 Noise Cancelling Headphones. Both products are below $100 and are noticeable better than headphones described below. I encourage you to check out the Sennheiser's headphones first, you might get a really good headphones for relatively small money.

Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones
Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones

Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones

Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones are a closed-ear headphones that offer up to 32 dB attenuation of outside sound. That means that when the music starts playing, it's much clearer than on a normal headphones because of the outside noises are barely noticeable, provided you're not mowing your lawn. These headphones block sounds passively - they need to be tight to work well, but they're comfortable at the same time, thanks to the padding.

If you're looking for inexpensive headphones with good sound quality and very good sound attenuation, HD-280 PRO headphones are definitely worth considering.

JVC HANC250 Noise Cancelling Headphones
JVC HANC250 Noise Cancelling Headphones

JVC HANC250 Noise Cancelling Headphones

JVC HANC250 headphones provide sound of very good quality and great noise cancellation. The noise cancellation can be switched on or off, so you can simply turn it off if you need to speak with someone. The headphones use a single 1.5-volt AAA battery to power this feature and one battery should last for about 50 hours. The noise cancellation works really well and most reviewers are satisfied with it. The headphones are also pretty comfortable, provided you don't wear glasses.

If you're looking for very effective sound blocking, good sound quality and comfort, those headphones are worth checking out.

Audio-Technica ATHM50S Professional Monitor Headphones
Audio-Technica ATHM50S Professional Monitor Headphones

Audio-Technica ATHM50S Professional Monitor Headphones

I know these headphones cost a little over $100, but I simply had to add them to this list! Audio-Technica ATHM50S aren't strictly a noise cancelling headphones, meaning they probably won't work well when you're mowing the lawn or are somewhere where is extremely loud.

But if you're simply looking for a headphones that offer sound of exceptional quality, block sounds pretty well (you won't hear someone who is talking to you), are comfortable and are pretty inexpensive at the same time, these ones are probably what you're looking for - just check out customer reviews!

Audio-Technica ATH ANC3
Audio-Technica ATH ANC3

Audio-Technica ATH ANC3 NoiseCancel Earphone BK!

Audio-Technica ATH ANC3 QuietPoint In-Ear Headphones are very compact, which is very important when you travel regularly and need to isolate yourself from the noise to do some work or simply relax while flying. They are comfortable, provide decent sound quality and are good in suppressing all the noises around you.

In case you were wondering about the sizes of the earbuds - you'll get three sizes of rubber earbuds.

Audio-Technica ATH ANC23 QuietPoint
Audio-Technica ATH ANC23 QuietPoint

Audio-Technica ATH ANC23 QuietPoint - Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH ANC23 QuietPoint - Headphones are another Audio-Technica's active noise canceling headphones available for an affordable price. Similarly to the ones described above, they're great for suppressing airplane noise, so you can do whatever you want to do while flying (e.g. watch a movie). They also provide good sound quality.

One thing you should know, if you're a tall guy/girl, the cable might be a little to short for you if you want to clip it to your collar and have your MP3 player is in your pocket or belt clip.

Koss QZ-99 Noise Reduction Stereophone
Koss QZ-99 Noise Reduction Stereophone

Koss QZ-99 Noise Reduction Stereophone

Koss QZ-99 Noise Reduction Stereophone Headphones are reducing noise passively. They offer great noise reduction, so you can use them while working in a very loud area or working with equipment that makes a lot of noise (e.g. a lawn mower).

You should know that they aren't a great choice if you plan to use them for a few hours every day - they aren't light and they aren't the most comfortable headphones you can buy, but if you're looking mainly for noise cancellation and secondly for the ability to hear music, those headphones are a good choice.

Race Tracker Black Passive Noise Cancellation Stereophone
Race Tracker Black Passive Noise Cancellation Stereophone

Race Tracker Black Passive Noise Cancellation Stereophone

Race Tracker Black Passive Noise Cancellation headphones are a great choice when you're looking for great noise reduction and decent sound quality. Many people buy those ones so they can comfortably mow their lawns or use it on Nascar races.

There is one thing you should remember, they block surrounding noises so well because they're pretty tight. For some people this is a serious issue, for others this headset is quite comfortable.

Sennheiser HD 202 II
Sennheiser HD 202 II

Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones

Sennheiser HD 202 aren't technically noise cancelling headphones, but many people point them out as an inexpensive alternative.

The sound these headphones provide is good - clear mid tones and pretty rich bass. They are durable and cord length stretches around six feet, so you should find it long enough. As I've mentioned earlier - they aren't a real noise-cancelling headphones, but they block a pretty good amount of ambient noise. If that's what you're looking for, they're a great choice.

What are the best noise cancelling headphones under $50 in your opinion?

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    • janey126 profile image

      janey126 4 years ago

      Wow what a great info and lensâ¦just awesome! I would appreciate it very much if you could check out mine about Bose solo TV Sound System Reviews to ;-) ?

    • JessCa LM profile image

      JessCa LM 4 years ago

      I think it's a little hard to find something quality under $50 unless you want to go for earbuds.