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Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones 2021: Read Our Guide Now!

As technology marches on, we gain new ways to experience our favourite music. One of the biggest innovations in audio playback technology has to be the noise-cancelling headphones. The technology has been very widely embraced as of late, with many high end headphones boasting active noise-cancelling functionality.

However, if you truly want the best active noise-canceling wireless headphones to bring you a truly unparalleled audio experience, your best bet is to go with the Nuraphone. It combines noise-cancelling, noise isolation, and personalised sound profiles to provide perfect sound for you. If you’re on the lookout for new gaming headphones, the Nuraphone is a strong contender for the best wireless headset for those same reasons. 

But what does any of that mean? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some frequently asked questions.

What is active noise-cancelling technology?

Noise cancellation is a process in which headphones block out background sound, so that the user can listen to their audio unimpeded. It uses active technology built into the headphones in the form of a microphone and small speakers that record and generate sound as you listen, which is why it’s also known as active noise cancellation. 

How Does Noise-Cancelling Work?

Noise cancellation is a technical process in which a small microphone built into the headphones records the ambient noise that occurs around the listener. The technology inside the headphones then interprets the audio, at which point the speakers generate noise waves that are the inverse of that sound. The two sound waves cancel each other out, thus eliminating the background noise and providing the listener a rich audio experience free from interruption.

Is All Noise Cancellation the Same?

Headphones may use the same method for active noise cancellation, but the technology used is of a different quality depending on the build of the headphones used. Some are of a better quality than others. If you want the best quality noise-cancelling headphones, you want the Nuraphone, as it combines durable materials and sophisticated technology to bring you some of the best noise cancellation on the market.

What noise cancellation can and can’t do

Noise-cancelling removes background noise while the listener is using their headphones. Many think that this means that noise cancellation removes all external sound completely, however this is not the case. Active noise cancellation is ideal for low frequency noise, namely droning ambience, whereas noise isolation, if used properly, does a better job of blocking more immediate high and mid frequency noise. 

In order to provide the most comprehensive noise cancellation possible, the Nuraphone combines both noise cancellation and noise isolation, blocking out multiple frequencies of noise at once.

Should noise cancellation add hiss?

Because noise cancellation was originally intended to be used in loud places, such as airplanes, the noise-cancelling technology would make a hissing sound that did not need to be removed. However, since noise cancelling technology is now being used in a more everyday context, that hissing sound is audible in devices that don’t remove it.

Nuraphone headphones are built to be used in a wide number of everyday situations, and as a result are built to eliminate all hissing. We mean it when we say that the Nuraphone frees your listening experience of all interruptions.

What is the difference between noise-cancelling and active noise-cancelling?

Yes, active noise cancelling and noise cancelling are two different things. We know how confusing that is, so let us explain:

As previously mentioned, active noise cancelling is when background noise is cancelled out by the emission of inverted sound waves.

But what about noise cancelling, also known as noise isolation or passive noise cancelling? 

This is instead a relatively low-tech method of blocking out background noise that involves the blocking of the ear canal to prevent the entrance of sound waves from the outside. For headphones, this is achieved because headphone cushions cover the ear, while earbud tips are built to rest inside the ear canal. 

The relatively low technology of noise isolation makes it cheaper as well. However, noise-isolating headphones must adequately cover the ear canal to isolate sound effectively, otherwise the user will have to turn the volume up to compensate.

Is Noise-Cancelling worth it?

If an audio experience free from interruption is what you’re looking for, noise cancelling headphones are absolutely worth it. They also offer additional benefits, such as:

- A boost in both concentration and cognitive performance.
- A more comfortable trip on noisy transportation, particularly planes.
- Clearer phone conversations.
- The prevention of health hazards that stem from noise pollution exposure.
- Aid for people with sensitive hearing or sensory overstimulation.
- Ear protection from excessive volume.

Is Noise-Cancelling safe?

Noise-cancelling is safe and does not directly pose any health risks. Some have tried to tie noise-cancelling to tinnitus, however there is no scientific evidence to back up such a claim. At worst, there are people whose brains perceive the removal of low-frequency noise as a change in air pressure, similar to what happens in airplanes, and that can cause discomfort.

Can you still hear with noise-cancelling headphones?

The Nuraphone makes it difficult to hear the outside world with active noise-cancelling. However, it has added functionality so that you have control over noise cancellation at all times. Social Mode is a setting in the Nuraphone that allows you to disable noise-cancelling, so you can hear the outside world perfectly without having to remove your headphones.

How to choose the best noise-cancelling headphones?

The best noise-cancelling headphones are the ones that don’t just cancel noise. Not only does the Nuraphone contain active noise-cancelling, it also provides:

- Intuitive functions that allow the user complete control over their listening experience.
- Noise isolation that provides a comfortable fit while helping to eliminate the sounds that active noise cancellation cannot.
- A personalised sound profile based specifically on how your ear perceives audio, thus catering your listening experience to you.

How Much Should You Pay for Noise-Cancelling Headphones?

While advanced technology can result in a higher price tag, noise-cancelling headphones should not break the bank. That’s why we offer the Nuraphone at an affordable price. However, if you don’t want to purchase the Nuraphone outright, we offer the Nuranow subscription service as an alternative. For an upfront payment, followed by small monthly transactions, you can use the Nuraphone with the option to cancel any time after the first three months.  

What are the best sound quality noise-cancelling headphones?

At this point, it’s not even up for debate. 

Using otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), Nuraloop develops a sound profile that alters audio playback and tailors the listening experience to your ears, delivering a personalised experience that will change the way you listen to music.

So, on top of the active noise-cancelling capabilities of the highest quality headphones, the noise isolation functionality that offers comfort and a listening experience free from interruption, the Nuraphone generates audio playback that cannot be replicated by any other pair of headphones on the market.

Does that sound good? You’re not going to know for sure until you try it for yourself.

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