If you want to get the most out of your favorite music or podcast, the best cheap noise-cancelling headphones are the way to go. They block out ambient noise around you, making it easy to focus on what’s playing — something that’s especially useful when flying, working at a noisy coffee shop, or just being out in public. We’ve rounded up eight of the best ones you can get for less than $100.
Noise-cancelling headphones are great for allowing you to do just that. Many people use them even when they’re not listening to music, just as a way to create some silence in which to concentrate – and with those people, we empathize. Of course, we’re only interested in noise-cancelling headphones that also sound great when you do want to listen to some tunes (or watch a film or TV show, for that matter). And every model we’ve recommended below fits that bill.
Given the nature of the modern world and the hustle and bustle that comes with it, noise cancellation is quickly becoming more of a necessity for many of us. In today’s article, we’re going to look at the five best noise-cancelling earphones under $100 of May 2021.
Here are the top 5 Noise-Cancelling Earphones under $100 of May 2021:
1. Fiil T1 Pro:
The Fiil T1 Pro is the best sounding earphone in this list. It comes with a strong mid-bass thump and the sub-bass can dive lovely deep. But it’s the mid-tones that separates the Fiil from the rest: they are clear, prominent and open. Whether it’s guitars, piano, trumpets, cymbals, or vocals from the darkest male ones to the highest-pitched females: they brim with life and texture.
Other features of the Fiil T1 Pro are great too. It’s one of the cheapest options from this list at just $50, it delivers a solid 6 hours of playtime on a single charge and the case can charge via USB-C and wirelessly. What’s more, is that the earbuds are compact and comfortable, and come with IPX5 waterproof rating and ear wings that make them suitable for running and working out even in rain. Call quality is acceptable was well.
The tradeoff of all this, is the noise cancelling strength. While the Fiil T1 Pro rules out some background noise like electronic humming and traffic sounds, it doesn’t do so well in ruling out voices and louder sounds around you. It’s Ambient/ Transparency mode passes through traffic when you need to hear it, but only if you’re listening music on low volumes.
- Small case
- Great connection range
- Volume adjustment is inconsistent
- Generic, bassy tuning without identity
- Poor technical ability
- Strong background hiss
- Poor quality microphone
Phiaton BT 100 NC earbuds are worth consideration as well. There aren’t many options, but the Phiaton BT 100 NC gets the job done thanks to the behind-the-neck design.
Thanks to that extra real estate, the Phiaton earbuds manage to pack a little extra punch in the form of NFC pairing, aptX codec support, and an IPX4 rating for water and sweat resistance. While the feature list sounds pretty good, it’s once again not perfect. You won’t get much in the way of battery life, and we found that the noise-cancelling was really not great. Worse yet, there aren’t too many alternatives to try at under 100$ price point when your battery hits empty.
- Clear, bright audio with rich, but not exaggerated, bass depth, Can be used in wired mode, Noise cancellation can be disabled, Water-resistant design.
- Affordably priced with a ton of features, Noise-cancellation suppresses ambient noise, NFC makes for quick pairing, Good audio quality.
- Mediocre noise cancellation, Not for lovers of big bass response.
- Music quality suffers in noise-cancelling mode, Buttons not intuitive.
- All plastic construction makes it feel brittle, It can be a chore putting the earbuds into the compartments.
3. Edifier TWS NB2:
The TWS NB2 from Edifier is a stylish and powerful pair of true wireless earbuds.
Deep and punchy bass is made possible with the relatively large 13mm drivers with graphene diaphragms. Rich detail is maintained throughout the full-range frequency response.
Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity allows these earphones to quickly pair to compatible devices with a strong, efficient connection and an operational range of 10 metres. The Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) laser-carving antenna offers an ultra-reliable connection with incredibly low latency time.
Enjoy up to 5 hours of ANC playback before having to charge the earbuds. The charging case offers an additional 2 full charges, thanks to Qualcomm’s ultra-low-power architecture. With ANC disabled, the total time is 33 hours. Charge the charging block with the included USB-C cable.
The Qualcomm technology is also used in the telephony microphones of the NB2. Using the earphones for calls makes for clear, low-latency communication and accessing voice assistants is made super easy.
These earphones come with a variety of eartips and 2 sizes of arc supporters to accommodate all ear shapes and sizes for a comfortable and secure fit. Proper fitting is required for optimal noise cancellation and the Edifier TWS NB2 nails it.
- Battery life of earbuds is 7 hours continuous use and 9 hours with ANC(Active Noise Cancellation) off
- Battery Life of charging case is 18 hours of charging with ANC on and 23 hours with ANC off
- Alexa or Siri or other voice assistants
- Hands-free Stereo & Mono Calls
- Sweat & waterproof – IP54 Certified
- Bluetooth Connectivity
- All features work with all types of phones
- Touch Control
- No Power bank
- No Fast Charging
- No Multi-Point Connection
- No Ambient Aware & TalkThru
Historically, the vast majority of Bose’s noise-cancelling headphones have been on- and over-ear designs, but the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds take the legendary line into the relatively new world of true wireless earbuds. And they do so with great success.
The Bose feel lightweight enough and we have no issues listening for a few hours at a time. For the average commute or exercise session (the QuietComforts are both sweat and weather-resistant) they are great to live with. Battery life is a claimed six hours from a single charge, with the charging case supplying an extra two charges, making 18 hours in total – a decent reserve, but by no means class-leading. And being able to customise some features and controls, and adjust the excellent noise-cancellation, in the companion app is handy.
The sense of enthusiasm and excitement conveyed by the Bose buds is highly infectious. There’s power, poise and a fantastic sense of dynamism. Bass notes sound full-bodied, go deep and the QuietComfort Earbuds squeeze out lots of detail.
All in all, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are great all-rounders, capable of impressive musicality and topped off with excellent noise cancelling. They’re more than a match for any rival at this level.
- Exciting, entertaining sound
- Superb balance
- Impressive noise-cancelling
- No volume controls
- Average battery life
5. Oppo Enco W51:
Like the Soundcore, the Oppo W51 is convenient for phone calls, both inside and outdoors. Even when there are people talking and accelerating vehicles nearby, your voice sounds loud and above the crowd. What’s more, is that the W51 handles video calls greatly too – it makes you sound clear and loud, which unfortunately is a rare feature on wireless earphones.
The Active Noise Cancelling on the Oppo W51 is convincing. It almost completely rules out distant background sounds like traffic and wind. Nearby voices and volume peaks do come through a bit better than on than on the Soundcore. Also, the Oppo Enco W51 doesn’t have an Ambient Mode. It does come with free app support from the HeyMelody app on Android, however, which gives you the options to update the firmware and change the (limited) controls. There are no fancy equalizers from the app.
Happily, the Oppo Enco W51 sounds good right out of the box. It delivers a warm sound with steady bass that can sound entertainingly deep, has upfront and clear vocals, and well-represented mids – making sure instruments like guitars and the piano sound natural, yet warm. The biggest downside compared to the Soundcore is the W51’s battery life: they need a recharge after 4,5 hours of playtime on a single charge. Still a respectable score
- Comfortable fit
- Warm and clean sound
- Better call quality than completion
- Wireless charging
- ANC is added bonus.
- Average battery life
- No fast charging