Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones in India

Last Updated on July 26, 2020

After analyzing and researching over 30 different headphones, we have narrowed down the best noise-cancelling headphones in India which offer the best sound for the best price.

Noise cancellation headphones are a unique piece of audio hardware. Without getting too technical, noise cancellation is achieved by using built-in microphones that pick up what is going on around you. The headphones then produce their own out-of-phase sound waves that destroy outside noise. They are usually more expensive than regular headphones and the wireless ones are usually more expensive than the wired ones.

Do not that these are over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones. To check out the wireless earphones, go here.

If you do not want to go through the whole article, here are our top picks:

Sennheiser HD 4.50 BT NC Bluetooth Wireless Headphones (Black/Silver) with Active Noise Cancellation
Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones – Beats Club Collection – Club Yellow
Sony WH-1000XM3 Industry Leading Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, Bluetooth Headset with Mic for Phone Calls, 30 Hours Battery Life, Quick Charge, Touch Control & Alexa Voice Control – (Black)
Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700, with Alexa Voice Control, Black
Product
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BT
Beats Solo3
Sony WH-1000XM3
Bose 700
Budget
Below Rs. 10,000
Between Rs. 10,000 to 20,000
Between Rs. 20,000 to 30,000
Above Rs. 30,000
Wireless
Battery life
Up to 19 hours
Up to 40 hours
Up to 30 hours
Up to 20 hours
Warranty
2 years
NA
1 year
1 year
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BT NC Bluetooth Wireless Headphones (Black/Silver) with Active Noise Cancellation
Product
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BT
Budget
Below Rs. 10,000
Wireless
Battery life
Up to 19 hours
Warranty
2 years
Price
Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones – Beats Club Collection – Club Yellow
Product
Beats Solo3
Budget
Between Rs. 10,000 to 20,000
Wireless
Battery life
Up to 40 hours
Warranty
NA
Price
Sony WH-1000XM3 Industry Leading Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, Bluetooth Headset with Mic for Phone Calls, 30 Hours Battery Life, Quick Charge, Touch Control & Alexa Voice Control – (Black)
Product
Sony WH-1000XM3
Budget
Between Rs. 20,000 to 30,000
Wireless
Battery life
Up to 30 hours
Warranty
1 year
Price
Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700, with Alexa Voice Control, Black
Product
Bose 700
Budget
Above Rs. 30,000
Wireless
Battery life
Up to 20 hours
Warranty
1 year
Price

Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones in India:

1. Sony WH-1000MX3 – The best noise-cancelling Headphone in India for most people

Sony WH-1000MX3
Pros
  • Good noise-cancellation
  • Comfortable to wear for long periods
  • Long battery
  • Quick-charging support
  • Portable
Cons
  • Get warm during long periods of play

Noise-Cancelling & Sound

The WH-1000MX3s sound better than the Bose QC-35 ii. They sound really good in all areas – bass, treble and midranges. They sound really clean and awesome.

They have active noise-cancelling, that means they adapt to whatever environment you are in.

Comfort & Use

The Sony WH-1000MX3 is neck-in-neck in terms of comfort with the Bose headphones which have been the gold standard.

They have touch controls on the headphone exterior. You can temporarily disable noise-cancellation and lower the volume by holding the right cup and hear the sound in your environment. If you release the cup, the volume resumes to its original level and the noise-cancellation kicks in.

You can fold the headphones in the case provided with it, it helps a lot while travelling.

Battery

A good feature is that it has USB-C charging instead of micro-usb. It has a quick-charge feature which gives 5 hours of usage from a 10-minute charge.

The battery life runs at 30 hours on average volume which is very good.

Conclusion

With one of the best noise-cancelling around and much lower price than the absolute noise-cancelling headphone, this is the best headphone you can get in India.

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2. Bose 700

Bose 700
Pros
  • The best-in-class noise cancellation
  • Best design
Cons
  • Price
  • Not portable

Noise-Cancelling & Sound

Bose made active noise-cancelling mainstream and this headphone is excellent at it. They are the best noise-cancelling headphones around.

In terms of sound, they sound almost as good as the WH-1000MX3 and even better than the Bose QC-35 ii. You will love listening to music and watching movies on this.

Comfort & Use

They are lightweight, easy-to-use and comfortable. The earcups rotate 90-degrees so you can rest them on your neck.

Though they do get pretty hot over long periods. They aren’t comfortable as the WH-1000MX3 but are definitely better looking.

You can pause the music by tapping two times.

Battery

The battery lasts for about 20 hours which is less than the WH-1000MX3 but still respectable enough.

Conclusion

You can’t go wrong with the WH-1000MX3 or the Bose 700 but this will definitely look more premium and are the best you can get if you have the money.

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3. Beats Solo3

Beats Solo3
Pros
  • Both wireless and wired modes available
  • Long battery life
  • Excellent pairing with Apple devices
Cons
  • Expensive for the quality of sound they offer

Noise-Cancelling & Sound

The Beats Solo3 offer decent sound and noise-cancellation though not on par with the other headphones on the list.

They have big bass and sound but do not really seal the ambient noise if you are in a loud environment.

Comfort & Use

It has a very snug fit and they are designed to be worn outdoors. It has a built-in microphone with decent call quality.

Battery

The Beats Solo3 has a new wireless A1 chip which allows for a really long battery life. It can go on for a whopping 40 hours which is unparalleled among the competition.

It also has fast-charge which gives 3 hours of playtime after a 5-minute charge.

Conclusion

The iconic Beats design and the really long battery life make this a good purchase for fans but if you are looking for sound and noise-cancelling, the WH-1000MX3 are just a few thousand rupees more and offer more value.

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4. Bose Quiet Comfort 35 ii

Bose QC 35
Pros
  • Very good noise cancellation
  • Comfortable to wear for long periods
  • Good sound
Cons
  • Plastic body
  • Lack of touch controls

Noise-Cancelling & Sound

Ultimately, the Bose QC-35 ii offers great sound and amazing noise-cancellation. You will find it lacking in bass when comparing to WH-1000MX3 and the Bose 700 but the sound is regardless, very rich.

Comfort & Use

The Bose QC 35 can be paired with 2 mobile phones and has google assistant inbuilt which allows you to ask questions or listen to messages on your phone.

It has an inbuilt microphone and it is decent for calls. The battery life is respectable

Bose QC 35 offers a wonderful listening experience and are comfortable enough to wear for hours. The sound is great and the noise cancelling is one of the best. They can be folded into a pouch to carry along when you travel.

Battery

It has a running battery life of about 20 hours which is decent but there are better headphones in terms of battery out there right now.

Conclusion

Even though the Bose QC 35 ii falls slightly behind in terms of noise cancellation and sound to the Sony WH1000XM3, you will be more comfortable in using the Bose QC 35 during travel or for longer listening sessions thanks to its ergonomic design.

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5. Sennheiser HD 4.50 – The Best Noise Cancelling Headphones under Rs. 10,000

Sennheiser HD 4.5 Bluetooth headphone
Pros
  • Decent noise cancellation for price
  • Lightweight and flexible
Cons
  • No volume dial on ear cup
  • Uncomfortable over time

Noise-Cancelling & Sound

The Sennheiser HD 4.5 is a decent attempt at a cheap wireless noise-cancelling headphone. The sound is nice and full but lacks the depth of higher-priced models.

Comfort & Use

It has a good build which is flexible and light and easy to take with you on flights. Although it has a travel pouch, it is a bit lighter, thinner and made from cheaper nylon than the Bose and Sony models.

But this is hardly a negative given it is almost half the price of those models. The earcups feel well-cushioned and comfortable to wear but the headband lacks padding and over time it gets irritating and you feel like taking them off.

Battery

The battery lasts an impressive 20 hours which is comparable to the Bose QC 35.

Conclusion

All in all, this is the headphone to get if you absolutely want a noise-cancelling headphone but have a budget of less than Rs. 10,000.

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6. Sennheiser Momentum 3

Sennheiser Momentum 3
Pros
  • Balanced sound
  • Folds easily; very portable
  • Can connect to two devices at once
Cons
  • Noise cancellation not at par with Sony or Bose

Noise-Cancelling & Sound

The sound is superb in all areas and they perform as well as the Sony and Bose headphones… in terms of sound but not noise-cancellation.

A little bit of noise does creep in when in a loud environment and with the price being equal to the offerings by Sony and Bose, this is a bit of a letdown.

Comfort & Use

It has a retro design and they look really old-school but cool. The headband is comfortable to wear for long periods and the oversized cups feel snug on the ear.

The headphones sport physical buttons on the cup – one for pairing, two for volume, a multi-function key for play/pause and accepting calls and a switch for noise-cancellation mode.

Battery

The Momentum has a USB-C charger and the battery lasts for about 20 hours which is not much as the WH-MX1000M3s but it is still decent.

Conclusion

All in all, this is a solid package except for the fact that it faces very stiff competition which offers better value in terms of price.

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7. Skullcandy Crusher

Skullcandy Crusher
Pros
  • Distinct design
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
Cons
  • The price

Noise-Cancelling & Sound

Sound quality is great and one of the best in this price range. It is bass-heavy and has decent noise-cancellation though not as good as the Sony and Bose headphones but good in this price range.

Comfort & Use

The headphones are big and comfortable. They look distinct and flashy and will appeal to different people depending on their tastes. You can wear them for hours at a time and they will feel comfortable.

The Skullcandy app allows saving different sound profiles which are a good feature to have.

Battery

It has a USB-C charging port with a battery life of up to 24 hours. With noise-cancellation, it would play for about 15-16 hours.

Conclusion

If you have a budget between Rs. 10,000 to 20,000, then this is a good option if you can get it at this price as the only other headphone that is good in this price range is the Beats Solo3.

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8. Bowers & Wilkins PX

Bowers & Wilkins PX
Pros
  • Premium design
  • Excellent sound
Cons
  • Noise cancellation second to Sony and Bose

Noise-Cancelling & Sound

The PX delivers amazing sound with clean highs and mids. You will not be disappointed. They more or less perform as well and sometimes even better than the Bose 700 and Sony WH-1000XM3s.

As good as the ANC is on this, it cannot match the Bose QC 35, 700 or the Sonys. But they are still pretty good.

Comfort & Use

They are really comfortable and feel really nice to hold at first but after a long time, they start to wear on you in terms of weight.

Battery

The PX can last a 22 hours of playtime which is on par with the other offerings.

Conclusion

The Bowers & Wilkins PX are stunning in design and quality with premium sound but its active noise-cancellation cannot match that of the Bose and Sony models and with the price almost the same as those, we recommend them over this.

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