The 5 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100

When most people think of noise cancelling headphones they think they need to spend a lot of money. That may have been true at one time but now there are TRUE active noise cancelling headphones (ANC) for UNDER $100.

I was a bit skeptical myself that you could really buy something that offered noise cancellation AND good audio quality for under a 100 bucks but I am now convinced you can.

Here are the 5 noise cancelling headphones that I found to be worth the money. Full reviews of the headphones are below.

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100

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Noise Reduction:ANC circuitry reduces ambient noise by 93%ANC circuitry cuts background noise by 85% with near audiophile sound.Reduces distracting background noise by up to 87% while offering superior sound.ANC circuitry reduces ambient noise by 88%ANC circuitry reduces ambient noise by 90%
Battery Life:40-hour battery life with two AAA batteries30hrs Noise Cancelling only, 15 hours using Bluetooth with rechargeable battery40-hour battery life with two AAA batteries18-Hours with rechargeable battery40-hour battery life with a single AAA battery
Bluetooth Compatible:NoYesNoYesNo
Weight:6.8 ounces6.9 ounces 6.1 ounces6.5 ounces7 ounces

#1 Solitude XCS2 Headphones

Design and Features

Solitude XCS ReviewSolitude is manufactured by Solitude Design (formerly known as Outside the Box), a brand that specializes in noise blocking/cancelling headphones.

Design-wise, one thing that the Solitude XCS excels in is comfort. The padded cups and headband makes for a comfortable listening experience.

The look itself is a bit bulky, even when you take away the padding from the cups.

The left ear cup contains the on/off switch for noise cancellation, volume control, a light indicator and the jack for the detachable cable. Noise cancellation runs on AAA batteries, similar to other headphones like Bose’s QuietComfort 15 and Sony’s MDR-10RNC.

Features of the headphones include the following:

  • Studio quality sound
  • 40-hour battery life with two AAA batteries
  • Airline Adapter Included
  • Carrying Case
  • Lightweight
  • Cable length: 4.6 ft. (1.4 m)

Performance

According to Solitude Design, the Solitude XCS is capable of muffling and hushing up to 18 decibels of outside ambient noise. This is enough for the hums of air conditioning units, the Solitude XCS Case Reviewnoise of traffic and of course the engine noise while flying.

In reality, the Solitude does an admirable job in reducing noise even in a busy train station, and even with noise cancelling turned on, you can still hear the PA announcements. Playing some music can help drown out any excess noise that the XCS is not able to filter out.

Is the Solitude XCS’s noise cancelling the best, as it claims to be on its product page? Unfortunately, it still falls short of the Bose Quietcomfort series and other leading headphones such as Sennheiser’s PXC 450.

However it must be kept in mind the Solitude XCS headphones are about one-fourth the price of the Bose headphones.

No Solitude XCS2 Review would be complete without covering its drawbacks. A common problem among noise cancelling headphones is the presence of a hissing sound when noise cancelling is being used. Usually though, the hiss is so faint (but still noticeable) that iSolitude XCS Accessories Reviewt’s easy to get used to it.

The Solitude XCS’s hiss is noticeable when in a quiet environment but not so much when there’s ample ambient noise. Since there’s really no need to use noise cancelling in a relatively quiet room, the hiss can be forgiven.

In terms of audio quality, music played on a Solitude XCS sounds a bit flat. The bass doesn’t seem to go deep enough and the treble is not as crisp as the Bose or Sennhieser’s. When used for movie soundtracks however, the quality improves.

Are They Worth It?

Solitude XCS Folded ReviewWhen the Solitude XCS first came out, it retailed for $180 which made it one of the cheaper noise cancelling headphones that were looking to compete with Bose’s QuietComfort 25 and Sennheiser’s PXC 450.

At that price, the XCS was not a good substitute for Bose’s more expensive but superior QuietComfort series headphones.

The Bottom Line

Nowadays, you can purchase a Solitude XCS2 for only $80 from Amazon. At this price, you’re getting a noise cancelling headphone that is significantly cheaper than the higher end models while maintaining decent noise cancelling quality.

If you’re an audiophile however, the audio quality may be too flat for your liking. Bottom line, you can’t beat the price for it’s good combination of noise cancellation and audio quality.

#2 BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

If you’re trying to decide which headphones are best for you, BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth headphones promise a private escape, with a wireless experience that blocks the outside world and guarantees an intense listening experience.

If your like me you probably never heard of BÖHM, however they have been quietly making quality audio equipment for decades and are definitely worth your consideration.

Are BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones more style than substance?

Design and Features

BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review The headphones are available in black and silver or gold and tan, there is a pair of headphones that will suite your style. The premium, luxurious leather finish of the earcups is extremely comfortable while looking like it belongs on headphones costing 2-3 times as much

The simple to use controls are found on the right earpiece, including the USB charge point, with the noise cancelling indicator on the left.

These are first class headphones, with powerful functionality to back up the BÖHM promise to be the best quality on the market.

Features of the headphones include the following:

  • Advanced 4.0 Bluetooth, with the latest CSR technology for great range.
  • Active noise cancellation technology.
  • 40mm Stereo drivers.
  • Enhanced bass.
  • Inline microphone and remote.
  • An impressive 16 hours of play time, or 18 hours of talk time, due to the exceedingly large battery life.
  • Frequency range between 20hz-20khz.

BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Diagram

Performance

These remarkable headphones take bass to the next level, with two drivers that provide plenty of power. They are extremely lightweight, for a comfortable wear. Composed of a zinc alloy, and a very attractive design, these look like headphones that cost twice as much.

If you’ve never experienced noise cancelling technology before, you are in for a treat. No more listening to background noise, such as crying babies, other people talking, or even general day to day noise.

It is just you and your headphones. BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth headphones use the latest in active noise cancellation technology and are comparable to Bose and Sennheiser in this area. With a simple flick of a switch, the outside world simply disappears, replaced by a vacuum of your favorite music or perhaps just precious silence, if you prefer.

This entirely wireless setup and advanced Bluetooth enables you to link up to any music source that is in range. Whether you use a PC/Mac at home, your tablet outside, and your phone when you are out and about, BÖHM wireless headphones can keep up the pace and switch between your personal devices. The total range is 33 feet, so you will not feel tied down to a small location while you enjoy your superior connection.

Another handy feature is that you can switch between music and phone calls, without needing to unplug, or even turn the volume down. Once your call ends, your music will resume automatically.

A pair of BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones takes about three hours to charge. Active noise cancelling technology gives you the greatest audio experience. With an impressively long battery life, anyone who really enjoys music will find BÖHM headphones a great option.

Are They Worth It?

A set of BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are not as expensive as you might think. These extremely affordable headphones, will meet all your requirements of audio quality with a fashionable feel. Wherever you priorities lie, you’ll be impressed with the value for money.

The Bottom Line

If you want to stand out from the crowd, while having top of the line quality, BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are the headphones for you. You’ll be extremely impressed by how easily they adapt into your lifestyle, giving you flexibility and functionality. Best of all, you will love the sound quality and intensity that BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones provide.

#3 Polk Audio ULTRA FOCUS 8000 Headphones

Polk Audio Ultra Focus 8000 headphones have a reputation for great audio quality and noise cancellation. Polk has been making Polk UltraFocus 8000 Reviewsuperior audio products for over 40 years so I think its safe to say they know something about making a great pair of headphones.

Polk’s noise cancelling technology eliminates unwanted outside noise allowing for the user to drown out the world around them. Their headphone technology allows you target only the sounds you want to hear, such as the music you are listening too.

This means you can listen to your music without having it so loud that you damage your hearing. Additionally, they will exclude outside noise that permits you to sleep soundly while traveling.

Polk Audio’s Ultra Focus 8000 are contemporary, relaxed on-ear noise cancelling headphones that specifically serves devices that use an iOS operating system. The Audiophile quality sound coupled with the Active Noise Cancelling sound elimination capability, allows the listener to be absorbed in to the audio, with no distraction from the chaotic world around them.

Furthermore, you also have the ability to communicate with others at the push of a button, without unwanted distractions. The Ultra Focus 8000 has impressive sound quality and they eliminate any unwanted noise from getting through.

Design and Features:

These headphones are designed to give you a remarkable music audio experience. Their frequency range will Polk UltraFocus 8000 appeal to the pickiest of audio enthusiasts. They sound just as good or better than your in-home stereo system, except in a small transportable package. Additionally, Polk Audio guarantees 40 – 60 hours of battery life with two standard AAA batteries.

The active noise cancelling technology is as good as you would expect from a company like Polk. They allow the user to go from listening to music, to a conversation with a simple push of a button. This option also allows you to drown out people talking around you. These sleek headphones look as good as they sound.

Features of the headphones include the following:

  • Superior active noise cancelling technology reduces environmental noise by 93%
  • Passive noise isolation ear pads also help minimizes unwanted outside noise
  • Push-to-hear ambient control gives the ability to hear outside sound with a simple push of a button without having to remove headphones.
  • True audiophile quality sound, full fidelity, and deep bass
  • Extremely long battery life.
  • Gold plated 3.5 mm connector designed to fit Apple products.
  • Convenient three button push controls.

 Performance

With many technological upgrades, the UltraFocus 8000 Headphones will no doubt be a music lover’s best friend. Polk has delivered a product with an outstanding audio experience. Active noise cancelling technology, passive isolation technology, dynamic balance design technology, and 40mm polymer drivers all come together inside these headphones to provide a portable listening experience like no other. All of this audio technology is comparable to an in-home stereo system.

Polk UltraFocus 8000 CaseAlthough, the active noise cancelling technology is great, they have not quite achieved the level of noise cancellation of the Bose Quiet Comfort 25’s, they are still the gold standard for noise cancellation.

Moreover, this 8000 series noise cancelling headphone is only fully compatible with iOS devices, limiting its diversity to Apple products. This means that all the audio controls will only work with your iPhone or iPod. That does not mean you cannot use them with your Android phone or other MP3 player, just that you won’t have as much control.

A 3-button control located on the ear will allow you to change the volume, track, use play/pause, and use your iPhone to take calls, as well as activate the microphone and turn off/on the active noise cancelling technology.

Another out of the ordinary feature is a planar audio cord instead of the usual round cable. The planar design will keep your cord from tangling and breaking prematurely leading to longer lasting headphones, flexibility, and easy transportability.

The carbon fiber headband is extremely light and comfortable with just the right amount of padding so they are not too bulky or heavy, allowing you to wear them all day in comfort.

Are They Worth It?

The UltraFocus 8000 headphones are Polk UltraFocus 8000 Reviewessentially a home stereo system on the go. If you love music and need high quality audiophile headphones, they will be worth every penny.

The Bottom Line

If you are a fan of Polk and their products, then you know what you’re getting. Music lovers will enjoy these, as long as you have an iOS operating system on your device. The UltraFocus headphones have excellent sound and noise cancellation for a bargain price.

#4 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Headphones

Description

The Audio-Technica series of noise cancelling headphones are starting to develop a reputation as a viable choice. They had been known for producing only very cheap low quality headphones.

However that has changed drastically over the last few years. One of the latest models, the ATH-ANC7B series is a worthy contender in the mid-price range.

They no longer look cheap and low quality. The headband has a solid high quality feel along with redesigned, generously cushioned padding on the earcups makes for a comfortable fit that fits easily over any ear.

Suitable for hours of comfortable use, ideal for airline travel, or just to find peace and quiet in your living room.

Features of the headphones include the following:

  • Noise-cancelling circuitry that reduces environmental noise by 90%
  • Lightweight, compact, fold-flat design is ideal for travel
  • Full-size 1/4-inch adapter and specialized airline adapter for connecting to in-flight entertainment systems
  • Carrying case
  • Large 40 mm drivers with neodymium magnet systems

Performance

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint - carry caseThe large 40mm neodymium magnet in the ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint headphones provide excellent audio quality. The bass is solid sounding without sounding fake, the treble is crisp providing overall high-fidelity that even an audiophile would be happy with.

The ATH-ANC7b’s are ideal for use with MP3, iPhone, CD, DVD players and come with an adapter for & in-flight entertainment systems. These lightweight, compact headphones reduce ambient background noise by 90%.

A nice feature of the headphones is that they also work as headphones for playing music even when the noise-cancelling function is turned off or the batteries die. Not all noise cancelling headphones work that way.

Now you can arrive well rested after a long flight, just relax in the living room while the kids play or someone is using a leaf blower.

No longer will the blaring of sirens irritate you while your trying to take a nap or just read a book.

Are They Worth It?

Well at a cost of under a $100 you will have a hard time going wrong with the ATH-ANC’s. They provide quality audio with deep bass, crisp highs and solid mid range vocals ideal for use with your iPhone or Android.

They have quality construction that you would not expect with an entry point under $100 and with the super comfortable foam earcups, you will have no trouble using them all day.

The Bottom Line

While the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B’s are not as good as some the higher end noise cancelling headphones like the Bose QC 25’s or the Sennheiser PXC 450’s of course but they sure give them a run for the money at 1/3 the price.

#5 Golzer BANC-50 Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

Noise cancelling headphones are invaluable in today’s noisy, bustling society. Providing the escape you need from outside distractions, this modern technology will provide high definition listening and true immersion into the world of sound.

Noise cancellation headphones aren’t just reserved for music aficionados trying to enrich their listening experience, they are useful for anyone who needs to escape to a quiet place.

There are now many options to choose from and with varying price points, along with vastly different features, sound quality and noise cancellation abilities.

More affordable models like the Golzer BANC-50 typically function with a wired headset, similar to traditional audio headphones and possess varying degrees of noise cancelling effectiveness. Normally you would need to spend a lot more money to get features like Bluetooth compatibility and dual mode capability.

However that is NOT the case with the Golzer Banc-50’s.

Golzer BANC-50 Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Headphones are modern, smartphone compatible headphones, complete with both wireless Bluetooth and backup wired mode. These active noise cancelling headphones boast quality, comfort and versatility. With USB charging and sleek carrying case, these headphones are ideal for portability and convenience.

Design and Features:

  • Bluetooth pairing: allows users to make, answer, end and reject calls
  • Dual mode capability: provides wireless Bluetooth, and apt-x coding wired mode to use if your battery dies
  • Noise cancelling rate of 85%
  • Rechargeable battery: Battery life up to 30 hours, with LED indicator
  • Button controls: options for play, pause and volume control
  • HD sound
  • 5 mm audio cable
  • USB charging
  • Hard travel case

Performance:

These headphones are packed with features and for a bargain price they work amazingly well. There are many noise cancelling headphones on the market that simply do not work as advertised, but the Golzer Banc’s actually do decrease noise levels and provide excellent sound quality as advertised.

One of the things you will first notice about the headphones is how light and comfortable they are. Now, they are not on the same level as the award winning Bose Quietcomfort 25 series of headphones but they do give them a run for their money.

Golzer BANC-50 Headphones Review

Golzer BANC-50 Headphones Review

The headphones have an adjustable, snug fit and with the clever placement of the button controls, are still easy to manipulate if you just want to lay down and relax.

The Bluetooth compatibility is easy to use and is perfect for travel, or to use at the gym.

The range of the Bluetooth is surprisingly far, which is perfect if you don’t want to be tied to your smartphone. The backup wired mode is also convenient when your batteries inevitably run low.

Now at the price point the Golzer’s come with there are some areas that they fall short. I noticed that it seems like when the noise cancellation is not being used, the volume does need to be adjusted up noticeably.

It would also be nice if the volume could be turn up more, it seemed at times I wanted them louder but they were maxed out. Of course it may have also had something to do with the MP3’s I was listening to.

The quality of the material for these headphones is not durable as higher-end products, but being pretty lightweight they are comfortable to wear while doing most any activity.

Are They Worth It?

High-end noise cancelling headphones such as Bose and Sennheiser, come with a hefty price tag that many people cannot afford or just cannot justify for the amount of time they will use them. Golzer provides a budget-friendly alternative to these higher-end models, that offer both noise cancellation and comfort.Golzer BANC-50 Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

Although they are at a slightly higher price point than some of the cheapest brands, they do come with much more desirable features. They also boast a longer battery life than comparable brands such as BOHM and Apie.

The value of the headphones is definitely in the ability to have dual mode capability, as well as the long battery life. Although Bluetooth mode tends to drain the battery fairly quickly, the USB charging feature, as well as the backup wired mode, means that even if the batteries die, you can still use them.

The Bottom Line?

The Golzer Banc-50 noise cancelling headphones are an ideal choice for those who want a pair of noise cancelling headphones that work well, for a price that is reasonable. Whether you just need to escape to a quiet place, or are simply looking to looking to enjoy your favorite music, the portability of these headphones will make them an ideal choice.

With the long battery life, dual mode options, and comfortable design, this is a good pair of headphones that is ideal for someone who isn’t willing to spend a lot of money for a higher end pair of headphones.

Still undecided? Here is a handy comparison chart showing features of our top rated noise cancelling headphones.

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When most people think of noise cancelling headphones they think they need to spend a lot of money. That may have been true at one time but now there are TRUE active noise cancelling headphones (ANC) for UNDER $100. I was a bit skeptical myself that you could really buy something that offered noise cancellation AND good audio quality for under a 100 bucks but I am now convinced you can. Here are the 5 noise cancelling headphones that I found to be worth the money. Full reviews of the headphones are below. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100 [table…

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Summary : The Solitude XCS2 Noise Cancelling Headphones are the best all around headphones with great sound, excellent noise cancellation and a comfortable fit.

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About Robert Walsh

I travel internationally on a frequent basis for work and the only way I have found to be able to rest on a plane is by using noise cancelling headphones. I have used quite a few over the years and have reviewed the ones I like best here.