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9 Best Noise-Cancelling Earbuds You Can Shop Now

Because we all need to tune out the world every now and then.
9 Best Noise-Cancelling Earbuds You Can Shop Now
IMAGE Marshall, Beats, Bose
ILLUSTRATOR Bacs Arcebal
Because we all need to tune out the world every now and then.

We all need to tune out the rest of the world once in a while and in the busy, crowded streets of Metro Manila, there’s no better way to do that than with noise-cancelling wireless earbuds. While there are also headphones that offer the same feature, earbuds provide a more convenient design that’s lightweight on the head, compact enough to pack into any bag, and ideal for moving from place to place. To help you invest in the right pair, we list 10 of the best models you can buy locally right now.

SHOP: 9 best wireless, noise-cancelling earphones you can buy in Manila

1. Apple AirPods Pro (P14,990)

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Though the most expensive in Apple’s line of wireless earbuds, the AirPods Pro remain the best choice for iPhone and Mac users looking to splurge on top-notch features. Sporting that signature minimalist aesthetic Apple’s known for, the device offers high-quality sound with mostly neutral, true-to-production output, spatial audio (which allows the sound to have an immersive, 360-degree quality), and Active Noise-Cancellation. As with most devices in Apple’s ecosystem, you get fuss-free use with seamless inter-device connection. The AirPods Pro promise up to five hours of nonstop playback on a single charge and more than 24 hours of additional battery life on the case. You can also get up to one hour of listening time after five minutes of charging thanks to fast-charging capability.

Available online and at Apple retailers nationwide.

2. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro (P9,990)

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Released in early 2021 alongside the Galaxy S21 series, the Galaxy Buds Pro are a great option for those making use of Samsung’s Ecosystem as well as those looking for noise-cancelling wireless earbuds under the five-figure mark. With a less protrusive look compared to the tech brand’s older models, the Buds Pro offer a natural fit and feel in the ear as well as topnotch sound quality made possible by an 11 mm woofer for low-frequency sounds and a 6.5 mm tweet for high-frquency sounds. The result is detailed audio with a balanced treble and a full bass. Plus, the Active Noise-Cancellation (ANC) promises to block up to 99% of outside noise and even turns off automatically as soon as you start speaking. You even get up to 18 hours of playback on a single charge.

Available online and at Samsung stores and retailers.

3. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds (P19,500)

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When it comes to engineering audio devices renowned for their high-quality sound, few brands have Bose’s reputation. Their QuietComfort buds, released in late 2020, provide crisp, dynamic sound quality that’s true-to-production, and oh-so pleasant thanks to that in-ear fit. You also get great ANC, which works to reduce the droning sounds and ambient noise around you—you can even adjust the ANC (it goes from level 1 to 10) depending on what your surroundings require or what your personal preferences may be. In terms of battery life, you get up to six hours on a full charge with an additional two charges on the case.

Available online; see a list of Bose stores.

4. Jabra Elite 7 Pro (P10,975)

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Jabra enjoys a solid reputation among audiophiles thanks to their consistent dedication to great quality sound. Their Elite 7 Pro earbuds, which were released in October 2021, are just another excellent addition to their lineup. Looks-wise, they stay true to other wireless earbuds in the brand’s catalog with a no-nonsense build featuring an in-ear design that sits comfortably on the ear and features no protruding stems. Once ANC is enabled, the device allows you to block out ambient sounds and background noise whenever necessary. The feature is customizable, too, depending on the enviroment you're in and the type of frequencies you’d need to block out. In terms of audio quality, the Elite 7 Pro features 6 mm drivers under the hood that promise to produce rich, dynamic sound with crisp highs, mids, and lows, resulting in a balanced sound signature with no distortion.

Available on Lazada.

5. Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Canceling Earbuds (P13,999)

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One of the most renowned wireless-earbuds models released in recent years, Sony’s WF-1000XM4 are award-winning for a reason. They’re known to cancel out more noise than predecessors thanks to the Integrated Processor V1 technology, a feature specially developed by the tech brand. Plus, despite their tiny size, the earphones are equipped with High-Resolution Wireless Audio, which promises a rich bass range that allows you to listen to your tunes in the best way possible. The earphones also reduce distortion, which means you can listen to your favorite songs exactly the way the artist intended.

Available online; see a list of Sony stores and retailers.

6. OnePlus Buds Pro (P8,000)

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These OnePlus earbuds are the most affordable pair on this list, so if you’re looking for a wire-free earphones that provide decent ANC minus the hefty price tag, these may be for you. You get rich, well-balanced sound (thanks to powerful 11 mm dynamic drivers), adaptive noise-cancellation technology, IP55 water-resistance, and up to 38 hours of battery life (at least when ANC is turned off). The pair sports a sleek, in-ear build with a short stem on the outer side along with a charging case in a matching monochromatic design.

Available on Lazada.

7. Beats Fit Pro True Wireless Earbuds (P11,590)

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One of the newest models on this list, the Beats Fit Pro were unveiled in January and hit the Philippines in March. Aside from audio quality, which by now Beats has a pretty good reputation for, the Beats Fit Pro earbuds have two main claims-to-fame: their ANC capability and their innovative construction, which makes them ideal for busy days and physical activities. The pair was engineered specifically to fit comfortably in the ear and stay secure all day long. Each earbud features pressure-relieving vents, which means you won’t feel any discomfort even after a whole day of wear. Meanwhile, the wingtip design promises to flex to the shape of your ear and stay in place even through busy days and workout sessions—the buds are water-resistant, too with an IPX4 rating, so you won't have to worry about getting a little sweat on them.

Available on Apple’s website, Power Mac Center’s website, and Beyond the Box’s website.

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8. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 (P19,990)

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German tech brand Sennheiser has been around for over three quarters of a century and in that time, they’ve developed a reputation for innovative, investment-worthy audio products. Aside from speakers and headphones, the brand has also dipped its toes in the wireless-earbuds scene and if you ask us, their second-generation Momentum is the model you’ll want to splurge on. The device promises deep bass, natural mids, and clear, detailed highs—you can even customize the sound output thanks to built-in equalizer settings. Meanwhile, the ANC feature works in tandem with the earbuds' passive noise-isolation technology, so you can get great audio (both for calls and for music) even in noisy enviroments. They’re also built with Transparent Hearing technolog in case you ever need to hear what’s going on around you at a moment’s notice.

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Available on Lazada and Shopee.

9. Marshall Motif A.N.C. True Wireless Headphones (P10,290)

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Though Marshall may be better known for their headphones and amplifiers, the London-born audio brand finally started making wireless earbuds in mid-2021. Of their three available models, the Motif ANC is your best bet. You get ANC technology couples wit that signature Marshall sound quality (think booming bass notes and crisp, detailed highs) and aesthetic. Plus, the device provides up to six hours of playback (though that number goes down to 4.5 when ANC is turned on) and up to 26 extra hours of battery life on the charging case.

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Available on Digital Walker's website.

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