Top 5 Best Noise Cancelling Earphones Under $200


Noise-cancelling earphones are the small in-ear relatives of noise-cancelling headphones. Both utilize active noise-cancelling systems and are popular in the consumer market. If you’re looking for lightweight, easy-to-use earbuds that help to reduce external noise, then these earphones are for you.

It goes without saying that not all noise-cancelling earphones are created equal. Some of these earphones do a much better job of cancelling noise and sound clearer than their peers. In this article, we’ll discuss the best noise-cancelling earphones that fit within a $200 USD budget.

The top 5 best noise-cancelling earphones under $200 are:

You may be thinking that $200 USD is pretty expensive for a pair of earbuds and you’re absolutely right. At this price point, you’ll find the top-performing noise-cancelling earphones.

If that’s not enough, you’ll be better off checking out active noise-cancelling headphones, which generally have a greater impact on noise reduction. That being said, there are certainly great earphones at this price point and we’ll discuss them in this article.

To learn more about the differences between earphones and headphones, check out my article What Are The Differences Between Headphones And Earphones?

Since we’re having a discussion within the context of a price cap, I figure I should leave a link to a related My New Microphone article: Are Expensive Headphones (Or Cheap Headphones) Worth It?


What Makes A Great Noise-Cancelling Earphone?

Though the term “best” is subjective, we should still list out the criteria used for determining what makes a great pair of noise-cancelling earphones.

  • Comfort: this is perhaps the simplest yet most important criterion of any pair of earphones. Though highly subjective, factors such as weight; shape, and the overall dimension play a role in comfort.
  • Noise cancellation: this is obvious but a pair of noise-cancelling earphones needs good noise-cancellation. Often this is specified in negative decibels. Low frequencies are generally easier to cancel out so listen for higher frequencies when trying out noise-cancelling earphones.
  • Battery life: because active noise-cancellation requires power, noise-cancelling earphones will generally require batteries. The amount of time it takes for the battery to drain from fully charged is an important factor to consider.
  • Wireless: any vibration in the earphone unit will cause the user to experience noise. Therefore, true wireless earbuds will yield the lowest amount of physical noise; wireless earbuds with a connection may pick up some noise, and wired earbuds will likely pick up the most noise as the cable bumps and rubs against surfaces.
  • Impedance/device compatibility: consumer-grade noise-cancelling earphones should be compatible with mobile devices. This means that the impedance should be low to avoid required a portable headphone amplifier. The sensitivity rating should also be considered in this discussion.
  • Frequency response: a great pair of earphones should be able to reproduce the full audible spectrum from 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz with clarity.

With that, let’s get into our top 5 best noise-cancelling earphones under $200!

To learn more about noise-cancelling headphones before we jump into the best models under $500, please consider reading the following My New Microphone articles:
How Do Noise-Cancelling Headphones Work? (PNC & ANC)
Passive Vs. Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones


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Sony WF-1000XM3

Let’s start out with the popular Sony WF-1000XM3 (link to check the price on Amazon).

Sony WF-1000XM3

The Sony WF-1000XM3 is a fantastic pair of true wireless earphones with superb noise cancelling technology.

The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds are also featured in My New Microphone’s Top Best Wireless Earphones/Earbuds Under $200 and Top Best Earphones For Sleeping Under $250.

These earbuds deliver rich yet clear audio across the full audible frequency spectrum of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. The 6mm dynamic drivers are are designed with neodymium magnets and a dome-type CCAW voice coil. They’re small but powerful, ensuring high-quality audio from the deep bass to the airy highs.

To learn more about dynamic drivers and driver size, check out my articles The Complete Illustrated Guide To Moving-Coil Dynamic Headphones and What Is A Good Driver Size For Headphones? respectively.

The Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX) works by upscaling compressed digital music files to further imporve audio quality even before it reaches the drivers.

The ergonomic wear of the WF-1000XM3 earbuds will allow for Sony’s renowned noise cancellation.

Dual-microphone noise sensors are built into each earbud. The hybrid ANC uses both feedforward and feedback circuits to cancel external noise. The dedicated HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e is capable of the typical low-end noise cancellation along with remarkable dulling of mid and high frequencies. Even for earbuds, the WF-1000MX3’s are top-performers when it comes to ANC.

In addition to excellent noise cancelling, these headphones also have an Ambient mode that allows external sound to pass through, keeping listeners aware of their surrounding while also being able to hear clean audio.

The earphones even have optional the smart tech Adaptive Sound Control, which senses where you are and what you’re doing and adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal listening experience. It can even learn your regularly-visited spots and automatically adjust the ANC/Ambient settings to the location.

Intuitive touch control settings allow users to adjust the performance of the earphones by simply tapping the outside of the earbud. Skips tracks, make calls, pause music, engage/disengage ANC and Ambient Sound and more.

Note that calls can be made (and voice assistants can be engaged) via the earphones’ built-in telephony mics. These noise-cancelling mics also block out background noise for crystal clear communication.

The Quick Attention feature allows users to quickly drop the volume and let in ambient sound for easy communication that doesn’t involve taking the earbuds out.

The QN1e processor also acts as a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter and headphone amp. Sony has made it possible for a set of Bluetooth wireless earbuds to sound as good as, if not better than, the majority of the high-end wired options on the market.

Speaking of Bluetooth, these earbuds use Version 5.0 for a secure and easy connection with a range of 10m (33 ft). Pair easily and effectively to compatible devices.

To learn more about wireless earphones and headphones, please consider reading the following My New Microphone articles:
• How Bluetooth Headphones Work & How To Pair Them To Devices
• How Do Wireless Headphones Work? + Bluetooth & True Wireless

Download the Sony | Headphones Connect app onto the paired device to adjust smart controls; customize the tap controls of the earphones, and dial in the EQ to our liking.

The rechargeable batter holds 6 hours of playback with ANC engaged and 8 hours with ANC off.

The charging time for the earbuds is approximately 1.5 hours and the charging case holds an additional 3 charges before the entire system has to be plugged in to recharge.

The tri-hold structure fits universally-well in listeners’ ears to help achieve the superb noise cancellation these earphones provide. To further improve the fit, 3 sizes of triple-comfort earbuds and 4 sizes of long hybrid silicon rubber earbuds are included with the WF-1000XM3.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 0.24″ dome type Dynamic
  • Impedance: no info
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: no info
  • IP Rating: no info
  • Open/Closed-Back: in-ear
  • Weight: 0.3 oz. per earbud (2.8 oz. net)
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5.0

To learn more about headphone specifications, be sure to read my article Full List: Headphone/Earphone Specifications w/ Examples.

Sony is featured in My New Microphone’s Top 14 Best Earphone/Earbud Brands In The World and Top 13 Best Headphone Brands In The World.


Shure Aonic 3

Up second is are the popular Shure Aonic 3 (link to check the price on Amazon) headphones from Shure’s superb Aonic line of headphones.

Shure Aonic 3

The Shure Aonic 3 wireless earphones are small but powerfully, offering a full-range sound from deep bass to clear highs. This full sound is achieved from a single, vented balanced armature driver (per earphone).

To learn more about balanced armature drivers, check out my article The Complete Guide To Balanced Armature IEMs/Earphones.

The active Sound Isolating technology of the Aonic 3 blocks up to 37 dB of noise (in the low-end) to reduce environmental distractions. Note that, with any ANC, higher-frequency sounds and percussive noise will still get through. However, the secure fit of the Aonic 3 does a great job at attenuating all noise via active and passive means.

These wired headphones have a detachable cable with a 4-pin 3.5mm plug that carries audio to the headphone drivers and from the built-in microphone. Take/make calls; control voice commands, or adjust the volume and music playback with the integrated remote + mic in the earphone cable. For 1/4″ (6.35mm) headphone jacks, the Aonic 3 comes with a 3.5mm-to-6.35mm adapter.

To learn more about headphone cables and 3.5mm and 6.35mm connections, check out my articles An In-Depth Look Into How Headphone Cables Carry Audio and The Differences Between 2.5mm, 3.5mm & 6.35mm Headphone Jacks, respectively.

With a rated nominal impedance of only 28 ohms, the Aonic 3 can be easily driven with mobile and consumer devices or other audio equipment with low-level headphone amps.

To learn more about headphone impedance, check out my article The Complete Guide To Understanding Headphone Impedance.

If you’re interested in going wireless, these earphones can be connected to a separately available Secure Fit Wireless Adapter. This adapter comes in two pieces with each piece connecting to a single earbud, effectively turning the Aonic 3 into a true wireless pair of earbuds.

The ergonomic low-profile shape is designed for long-term comfort during longer listening sessions. These earphones come with a wide variety of sleeves (8 pairs, to be exact) that offer different fits. Pick the right one for your ears and enjoy a comfy, secure fit that optimizes noise cancellation.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 1x balanced armature
  • Impedance: 28 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 18,500 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 108 dB SPL @ 1 mW
  • IP Rating: no info
  • Open/Closed-Back: in-ear
  • Weight: 20.8g (0.7 oz.)
  • Wireless/Wired: Wired

Shure is featured in My New Microphone’s Top 14 Best Earphone/Earbud Brands In The World and Top 13 Best Headphone Brands In The World.


Jabra Elite 75t

Few earbuds are as well-received as the Jabra Elite 75t (link to check the price on Amazon). Let’s discuss these true wireless buds through the lens of noise-cancellation.

Jabra Elite 75t

The Jabra Elite 75t is a great pair of earphone with notable noise cancelling properties.

The Jabra Elite 75t is also featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
Top Best Wireless Earphones For Running Under $200
Top Best Wireless Earphones/Earbuds Under $200

These earbuds utilize a feedforward active noise cancelling design with an external microphone in each earbud. Sound from the environment is captured clearly and used to create an anti-noise signal that cancels noise before it reaches the listener’s eardrum.

The noise cancellation, which includes the passive isolation provided by the secure fit of the earphones, is great. However, it does struggle with eliminating high-end noise due to the short wavelengths of such sound waves.

The earbuds also offer the opposite of ANC with HearThrough technology, which uses the same mics to pass environment sound through to the listener. This helps users to stay aware of the their surrounding while they listen to audio.

Turn HearThrough on in the Jabra Sound+ App. Adjustments to the EQ can be made within the app as well.

MySound technology (within the app) further enhances the earphones by first conducting a hearing test and then adjusting the EQ of the headphones appropriately, tailored to your individual hearing profile.

The 2 mics used for ANC are combined with 2 more for telephony. These built-in MEMS microphones help to filter out disruptive noise during calls and allow for easy use of voice assistants.

To learn more about MEMS microphones, check out my article What Is A MEMS Microphone? (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems).

With Bluetooth 5.0 as the wireless protocol, the Elite 75t’s pair easily and effectively to compatible device. The wireless connection is strong within the operational range of 10m (33 ft). Automatic pairing with the previous device should happen as they’re taken out of the case (turned on) so long as the device is in range.

These earphones have a tremendous battery life of 5.5 hours with ANC turned on (7.5 with ANC off) and the charging case holds up to 20.5 hours of additional charge.

The IP55 rating means that these earbuds will continue to perform throughout a sweaty workout and even in rainy outdoor conditions. Just don’t drop them in a puddle!

Note that the charging case is not waterproof.

These earphones are designed to fit securely in every type of ear. They come with 3 different size eargels to help improve the fit with different individuals.

The ergonomic shape of these earbuds makes them very comfortable and keeps them secure in the ears of the user. The secure fit is not only comfortable but also allow the earphones to excel with noise cancellation.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 6 mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: no info
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz (music)|100 Hz – 8 kHz (calls)
  • Sensitivity: no info
  • IP Rating: IP57
  • Open/Closed-Back: in-ear
  • Weight: 5.5 g / 0.19 oz (each earbud)| 35.4 g / 1.25 oz (charging case)
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Microphone: 4 x MEMS

Jabra is featured in My New Microphone’s Top 14 Best Earphone/Earbud Brands In The World.


AKG N400

AKG gets its spot on the list with the AKG N400 (link to check the price on Amazon) true wireless earbuds.

AKG N400

AKG is actually a subsidiary of Samsung, a brand which we’ll discuss later. The N400 is a great-sounding pair true wireless earbuds for under $200.

The 8.2mm high-sensitivity dynamic drivers offer an extended frequency response of 10 Hz to 20,000 Hz with notable bass and clear mids/highs.

To learn more about headphone frequency response, check out my article What Is Headphone Frequency Response & What Is A Good Range?

The active noise cancellation is made possible with a feedforward approach and excels are ridding of low-end rumble and constant environment noise. For more dynamic noise, the passive isolation of the earphone, when fitted correctly, offers a great deal of attenuation.

The level of noise cancellation can be controlled using the Ambient Aware feature in the companion app. This app also allows users to customize the EQ and touch controls of the N400’s. The TalkThru feature can be engaged to turn on Ambient Aware and lower the volume simultaneously to further improve environmental awareness without having to take the secured earphones out.

The built-in Bluetooth 5.0 chipset supports SBC and AAC codecs and offers an operational range of 10 metres (33 feet). Connectivity is made easy and the wireless connection is secure within the range.

The rechargeable polymer lithium-ion batteries (one per earphone) hold a charge of 5 hours with ANC engaged (6 hours with ANC off). The charging case will provide a whole other full charge before the system needs to be reacharged via power mains. The AKG N400 can be charged via the USB Type-C port or through wireless charging.

As mentioned, each earbud has a mic for ANC. Each earbuds has an additional microphone and all 4 are implemented, with beamforming technology, to provide superb audio quality for telephony. Whether we’re making calls or commanding a voice assistant, the N400’s make things easy.

The IPX7 rating means these earbuds are waterproof (up to 1 metre submersion for 30 minutes). Unless you plan on storing these earphones in the pool, they’ll hold up beautifully in wet environments. Note that the charging case is not waterproof.

These ergonomic earbuds comes with several eartips to ensure an ideal fit with any listener.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 8.2 mm Driver
  • Impedance: 16 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB SPL
  • IP Rating: IPX7
  • Open/Closed-Back: in-ear
  • Weight: 18g
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5.0

AKG is featured in My New Microphone’s Top 13 Best Headphone Brands In The World.


Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Let’s wrap things up with the superb Samsung Galaxy Buds Live (link to check the price on Amazon).

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live have an iconic shape and superb noise cancelling for a set of true wireless earbuds.

The 12mm dynamic drivers of the Galaxy Buds Live produce a spacious sound with great stereo imaging with the open-back design. The bass ducts enhance the bass response as the earphones deliver clear sound across the audible frequency spectrum.

An open earphone design with active noise cancelling? Yes, the Galaxy Buds Live have a rare design with both features.

They’re designed with hybrid ANC technology to reduce background noise up to 97% in low-frequency bands while still allowing speech and other relatively important sounds through. Note that the open design is also responsible for the natural stereo sound the earphones offer.

Along with the two mics (per earbud) require for ANC, each earbud has an addition mic. These microphones are utilized for excellent communication quality for calls and for voice assistant usage. The additional Voice Pickup Unit will automatically sense when your jaw is moving and convert these vibrations into signal for an improved audio quality.

These mics make it easy to control the earphones and the paired device hands-free with built-in Bixby voice control.

True wirless is made possible via Bluetooth 5.0 with an operational range of 10m (33ft) with the paired device.

Get up to 6 hours of playtime (about 4.5 hours with ANC engaged) and a total of 21 hours with the charging case. Quick charging gets an extra hour of playtime with only 5 minutes of charging in the case. We can even use our smartphone’s power to give the Galaxy Buds Live a charge wirelessly while on the go.

Combine the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live with the Galaxy Wearables app to unlock additional features such as Spotify integration, touch control customization and EQ adjustments.

Connect these Samsung earbuds to other Samsung products to make your life, and perhaps the lives of other, that much easier.

The ergonomic design of the Buds Live allows each earbud to sit softly inside the ear. These earphones come with 2 wing sizes for a secure but comfortable fit, keeping listeners happy while also optimizing the noise cancelling efforts of the headphones.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 12 mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: no info
  • Frequency Response: no info
  • Sensitivity: no info
  • IP Rating: IPX2
  • Open/Closed-Back: in-ear
  • Weight: 5.6g per earbud (42.2 charging case)
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5.0

Honourable Mentions

Here are few extra noise-cancelling earbuds under $200 that didn’t quite make the cut but are still worth checking out:

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