Mega list: 40 of the Best In-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones 2016 Compared Against One Another

Are you looking for some noise cancelling headphones? Are you tired of all the noise pollution around you, be it honking horns or the rumbling noise from a plane engine while you're travelling in one? You can go for over-ear or in-ear noise cancelling headphones to cancel all those annoying disturbing noises.

But over-ear noise cancelling headphones can be bulky and inconvenient for travelling. So that's why in-ear noise cancelling headphones might be the better choice for you.

So which are the best in-ear noise cancelling headphones in 2016? The best noise cancelling headphones on the market at this time are ....

But wait, first I would like to explain to you how I came up with my selection of the best noise cancelling headphones.

I did another Mega list for in-ear noise cancelling headphones as I did with the best in-ear headphones and sports headphones. The comparative list is composed of 40 in-ear noise cancelling headphones available on the market right now.

I actually have thrown in 5 noise isolating earphones in there since I thought they deserved a mention, but probably won't block out noise as much as the noise cancelling in-ear headphones. Either way they do a fine job.

Note that noise isolating and cancelling headphones are two different types of phones. Noise isolating earphones don't use noise cancelling technology they block out noise by sitting deep in the ears and creating a seal.

The 40 in-ear noise cancelling headphones I evaluated pretty much include almost every NC earphone available for the US market as well as other countries.

I've read tons of reviews on each of the earphones and did my best to evaluate the noise cancelling ability of the earphones (this is rated on the cancellation column on the table below). I focused on reviews which tested the earphones in different environments, such as on a plane, riding in a bus and other surroundings.

Note that the Cancellation rating on the comparative table is in terms of value. For example if a $100 earphone has comparable cancellation ability as a $20 earphone its value diminishes. This is also the same for the sound quality rating.

I've mentioned the noise blocking ability of each of the earphones that the manufacture claims to measure on the Cancellation rating column in the comparative table.

So, here are 35 noise cancelling in-ear headphones compared followed by 5 great noise isolating earphones.

IMPORTANT (Information about the table)
-Table is sortable: click on any header on the table one to sort in ascending order and twice to sort in descending order. E.g. click on the header, price;
-Table is searchable;
-Sound quality and cancellation is rated taking value into consideration;
-Cancellation rating is the noise cancellation measurement claimed by the manufacturers
-The top five earphones are pointed out by stating the top five word on the bonus features and comments column
-Price=price on Amazon
-Rating=rating on Amazon

Best 35 Noise Cancelling In-Ear Headphones

No Earphones Price Sound Quality Comfort Cancellation Cancellation rating Value Rating Fit Bonus features and Comments
001 Bose QuietComfort 20 $299 Very good Very good Excellent   Excellent 4.5 Very good Mic, Top five
002 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint $40 Good Good Very good Reduce background noise by up to 90% Excellent 3.8 Very good Top five
003 Sony NC31EM $52 Very good Very good Very good   Very good 4.1 Very good Only works with certain Sony products, Top five
004 RF-JJX15 SOLACE $22 Good Very good Very good   Very good 4.0 Very good Mic, Up to 30 hours of use from a single charge, Top five
005 Polk Audio AM6617-A UltraFocus 6000i $107 Very good Very good Very good   Very good 4.0 Good 3 button remote and mic, Top five
006 AKG K391NC $200 Good Very good Very good   Good 3.9 Very good Mic, 35-hour playing time
007 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33I QuietPoint $65 Very good Very good Very good Up to 20dB QuietPoint active noise reduction, block up to 90% of background noise Very good 3.9 Very good Mic
008 Sony MDRNC13 $61 Good Good Very good Reduces ambient noise by up to 87% Very good 3.5 Very good 100 hour battery life
009 Phiaton PS 210 BTNC $99 Very good Very good Good Blocks out up to 95% of ambient background noise Good 3.7 Very good Bluetooth, Mic
010 a.m.p iso $90 Very good Very good Very good   Very good 3.2 Very good Bluetooth, Mic, 8 hours of operating time
011 Digital Silence DS101A $25 Very good Very good Very good   Very good 3.6 Good Mic
012 JVC HANCX78 $54 Good Very good Good 88% Noise Cancellation Good 3.3 Very good 50hr battery life
013 Sony MDR-NWBT10N $85 Very good Very good Very good Can cut up to 90% of ambient noise Very good 4.0 Very good Bluetooth
014 Sennheiser CXC 700 $128 Very good Very good Very good   Very good 3.2 Very good  
015 Philips HN060/37 $60 Good Very good Very good   Very good 2.9 Very good Discontinued by Manufacturer, Built-in volume control
016 Philips SHN2500/37 $35 Good Very good Very good   Very good 2.8 Very good Discontinued by Manufacturer
017 Panasonic RP-HC55 $259 Good Very good Very good   Good 3.4 Good Discontinued by Manufacturer
018 Sony MDRNC100D $250 Good Very good Very good Reduces up to 98.2% ambient noise Good 4.1 Very good Discontinued by Manufacturer, up to 22 hours of battery life
019 Pioneer SE-NC31C $95 Good Very good Very good Removes 90% of ambient noise Very good 3.7 Very good Discontinued by Manufacturer, 120 hour battery life
020 Panasonic RPHC56K $56 Good Good Good   Good 3.0 Good  
021 Digital Silence DS321A $37 Very good Good Very good   Very good 3.4 Good Mic, Rechargeable battery with over 14 h talk time
022 Sony MDR-NC300D (Old Version) $230 Good Good Excellent Up To 98.4% Noise Reduction Good 4.0 Good  
023 Sony MDRNC33 $139 Good Good Very good 90 Percent ambient noise reduction Very good 3.4 Good Discontinued by Manufacturer
024 Sony Mdrnc22 $89 Good Good Good Reduce noise by 75 (12dB at 200 Hz) Good 3.9 Very good  
025 Creative EP-3NC $50 Very good Very good Good Reduce noise by up to 90% Good 3.6 Very good Discontinued by Manufacturer, Battery life of up to 100 hours
026 Coby CVE197 $30 Good Good Good   Good 2.8 Good Discontinued by Manufacturer
027 Sony MDR-NC11 $80 Good Good Very good Cuts ambient noise by 70 percent(10dB) Very good 3.0 Very good Discontinued by Manufacturer, integrated volume control, mic
028 CAD ACTIVE NOISE CANCLNG HEADPHONES $34 Good Very good Average   Average 2.3 Very good  
029 Phiaton PS 20 NC $110 Very good Good Good Noise reduction: Up to 25 dB(95%) Good 3.0 Good Battery life: Up to 50 hours, 1 year of Warranty
030 Audio Technica ATH-CKS90NC (Japan Import) $168 Good Good Good   Good 3.0 Good 1 year Japan warranty
031 Audio Technica ATH-BT04NC (Japan Import) $129 Good Good Very good   Very good 4.2 Very good Bluetooth
032 Phiaton BT 220 NC $159 Very good Good Very good Blocks up to 95% of ambient background noise Good 3.3 Good Bluetooth
033 Fidelity Noise Cancelling Earphones $12 Average Good Average   Good 2.8 Good Independent Volume Control
034 Philips SHN7500-27 $80 Good Very good Good   Good 3.2 Good Discontinued by Manufacturer
035 Sony XBANC85D $180 Very good Very good Good Reduces up to 97.5% ambient noise Good 2.6 Good Discontinued by Manufacturer

Best 5 Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones

No Earphones Price Sound Quality Comfort Cancellation Cancellation rating Value Rating Fit Bonus features and Comments
036 Polk Audio ULTRA FOCUS 6000 $92 Good Very good Very good   Good 3.1 Good 1 year warranty
037 Shure SE535-V $499 Very good Very good Very good Sound Isolating sleeves in multiple sizes provide up to 37 dB of isolation Very good 4.4 Very good A little expensive in terms of value but, well received
038 Etymotic Research ER-4PT MicroPro $299 Very good Very good Very good   Very good 4.4 Very good  
039 Etymotic Research EREK-5-BLACK EtyKids $39 Very good Bass Very good Very good Noise isolating (35 dB - 42 dB) Very good 3.8 Very good Also comes in a mic included version
040 DUNU DN-22M Detonator $53 Very good bass, Very good Very good Very good Noise isolating (26dB) Very good 3.5 Good  






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