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Best Devices for Office and Work: Tech Awards Editor's Choice 2022 (Part 3)

By Team HardwareZone - 23 Apr 2022

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones

The past two years have shown just how invaluable noise-cancelling headphones are. What used to be an indispensable tool in the skies has proven to be an extremely helpful companion for working at home. At home, these headphones are excellent at nullifying unwanted noises and creating a cocoon of silence in which to concentrate and work. And now that we are slowly and gradually returning to normalcy, these headphones are once again proving their worth during our daily commutes, cancelling out unwanted noise so that we can better enjoy our music.

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 past year. Like many other categories, the uneven product release cycles mean not every brand gets to participate every year. That said, here are our contenders:-

Nominees:

  • Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX
  • Bose QuietComfort 45
  • JBL Club One
  • Technics EAH-A800

Yamaha had the YH-L700A that could have made the comparison list, but it had to sit out as we couldn't obtain a test set.

 

And the winner is...

Bose QuietComfort 45

At first glance, it’s hard to tell that the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones are even new. It looks pretty much identical to its predecessor. And while that may be, Bose has completely re-engineered its active noise cancellation technology. The end result is arguably the best active noise cancellation that I’ve heard in any headphone. I think it’s slightly better than even Sony (who was last year's winner). It sounds pretty nice too. I don’t think it’s the best-sounding headphone you can buy, but it’s smooth, just about punchy enough, and pleasant to listen to for extended periods. Speaking of long periods, thanks to its plush earpads and lightweight construction, it’s comfortable and never feels fatiguing to wear. Battery life isn’t bad either. In my tests, a single charge easily lasted over 20 hours with on and off listening. Ultimately, there are headphones that perhaps do other things better. But as an all-around package and as a headphone that I could use every day no matter what, I can’t think of a better one than the Bose QuietComfort 45. 

Scoring Breakdown

Model Design Performance Features Value Overall Price
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX 8.5 7.5 8.5 6.5 7.5 S$799
Bose QuietComfort 45 9.0 9.0 8.5 8.0 9.0 S$499
JBL Club One 7.5 8.0 8.5 7.0 8.0 S$539
Technics EAH-A800 8.0 9.0 9.5 8.0 8.5 S$499

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

 

References

  • Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX review coming soon
  • Bose QuietComfort 45 review coming soon
  • JBL Club One review coming soon
  • Technics EAH-A800 review
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