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Best mobile devices on the go: Tech Awards 2021 Editor's Choice Results (Part 1)

By Team HardwareZone - 10 Apr 2021

Best Noise-cancelling Headphones

Best Noise-cancelling headphones

We may not be able to travel now but that doesn’t mean you should junk our noise-cancellation headphones. What used to be an invaluable tool in the skies has now become an indispensable companion for working at home. At home, these headphones are excellent at nullifying noises from the environment and creating a silent cocoon in which to do your work. And even if you aren’t working at home, they are equally adept at cancelling out external noises during your commute so that you can better enjoy your music. Furthermore, their wireless nature means we are not encumbered by our source and have the freedom to move around.

To make the cut for this year’s award, the headphone must be the flagship of the brand, have an over-ear design, wireless, equipped with active noise-cancellation technology and released in the year of 2020. 

 

Nominees:

  • Apple AirPods Max
  • B&O Beoplay H95
  • Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition
  • Harman Kardon Fly ANC
  • Huawei FreeBuds Studio
  • JBL Tune 750BTANC
  • Marshall Monitor II ANC
  • Microsoft Surface Headphones 2
  • Sony WH-1000XM4

 

And the winner is...

Sony WH-1000XM4

The Sony WH-1000XM4 is the company’s fourth-generation flagship wireless noise-cancelling headphone. Unsurprisingly, it is Sony’s most accomplished yet. It improves on its predecessors in almost every single way. Comfort is better thanks to plusher earpads and it’s now more convenient to use thanks to the ability to connect to two devices simultaneously. Active noise-cancellation has also been improved thanks to a new Bluetooth Audio SoC that samples noise at over 700 times a second, making the WH-1000XM4 more adept that nullifying higher frequency sounds like human conversations. Audio performance remains respectable with deep impactful bass and a fun sound signature. Battery life is one of the best in the business at 30 hours long. And while we may not be able to fly anytime soon, the WH-1000XM4’s foldable design means it can be carried easily in a bag.

Overall, I cannot think of a better pair of headphones to have with me at all times.

Scoring Breakdown

Model Design Performance Features Value Overall Price
Apple AirPods Max 8.5 9.5 9.5 7.0 8.5 S$849
Beoplay H95 9.0 9.5 8.0 6.5 8.5 S$1,300
Bowers & Wilkins PX7 8.5 8.5 8.0 7.0 8.0 S$619
Harmon Kardon Fly ANC 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.0 7.5 S$369
Huawei FreeBuds Studio 8.0 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.0 S$398
JBL Tune 750BTANC 7.0 7.0 7.0 8.5 7.5 S$199
Marshall Monitor II ANC 7.5 8.0 8.0 7.0 7.5 S$549
Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 8.5 9.0 8.5 9.0 8.5 S$302
Sony WH-1000XM4 9.0 9.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 S$549

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section below.

 

References

  • Apple AirPods Max
  • Beoplay H95 review coming soon
  • Harman Kardon Fly ANC review coming soon
  • Huawei FreeBuds Studio review coming soon
  • JBL tune 750BTANC review coming soon
  • Marshall Monitor II ANC review coming soon
  • Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review coming soon
  • Sony WH-1000XM4 review
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