Distractions are everywhere, and whether you’re in the middle of a Zoom call or a multiplayer match in Call of Duty: Warzone, you don’t want the sounds of your external surroundings clawing away at your attention, especially if you’re already wearing headphones.
Noise-cancelling headphones put a stop to that by using active noise cancellation to detect low-frequency noises and neutralise background noise, allowing you to remain fully immersed in whatever it is you’re doing. They provide an audio experience that’s unmatched by most standard headphones – as long as you’re using a decent pair, that is.
And herein lies the problem. There are loads of noise-cancelling headphones to choose from, and not all of them live up to their promise of cancelling out background noise effectively. Finding the right pair can be difficult and there are lots of things to consider, from the different types of tech powering the active noise-cancelling, the variety of additional EQ settings on offer, the supported frequency ranges or simply the durability and comfort of the headphones.