Noise cancelling earbuds use active noise cancellation (ANC) technology to electronically counteract external noise. They have internal microphones that detect ambient noise in your environment. The earbuds then generate an inverse signal to cancel out and mute that background noise. Noise cancelling is different from noise isolation which just relies on a tight seal to passively block noise.
Noise cancelling earbuds provides a quieter listening environment, allowing you to focus on your music, podcasts, or calls without distractions. Key features include effective ANC circuitry, wireless Bluetooth connectivity, transparency mode to let in ambient sound, and battery life up to 5-8 hours typically.
Popular styles include in-ear earbud tips as well as over-ear and on-ear models. Major brands like Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, Apple, and Jabra make noise cancelling earbuds.
Look for multiple levels of active noise cancellation and the ability to turn it on or off as needed. Some models have a ambient pass-through mode as well.
Noise cancelling earbuds are great for travel, commuting, work, and any noisy environment where you want to eliminate distracting sounds.