What could be better than Bluetooth earbuds? How about Noise Cancelling Bluetooth earbuds? That’s right, it’s now possible to find a headset that combines the freedom of wire-free listening with the acoustic solitude of noise cancellation.
What is Noise Cancellation?
Noise Cancellation is a a technology which actively cancels ambient noise occurring outside your headphones. This is accomplished using a microphone located in the earphone that listens to the outside noise, creates an opposite waveform signal, and plays it back through the earbuds. This effectively cancels out the ambient noise heard by the listener and leaves only the sound that is meant to be heard through the earbuds, like music from your iPod.
This technology is ideal for places where the ambient noise is quite loud, such as on public transportation, airplanes, or anyplace where there are large numbers of people around you. Noise cancelling earbuds enable you to listen to music without needing to raise the volume to uncomfortable levels. This can save you from causing irreversible damage to your ear drums, which can be a problem when listening to music too loudly on headphones.
Now that we know what this technology can do, lets look at some of the best noise cancelling Bluetooth earbuds available on the market today. While there are really only two products in this category that we can recommend, more are expected to come out in the future as the technology becomes easier and cheaper to produce.
The Samsung Modus HM3500 is a unique headset in that it combines stereo Bluetooth earbuds with a mono Bluetooth headset. The mono headset acts as a typical in-ear headset would, resting over the ear and useful primarily for making phone calls. However, included with this product is a pair earbuds that you can connect to the mono headset, utilizing the Bluetooth connection to listen to music in stereo.
This is a great solution for those travelling long distances who expect to be making phone calls and listening to music. It can be awkward to accept a phone call with stereo earbuds in, and this product offers the perfect solution to bridge the gap between Bluetooth headsets for phone calls and music.
Of course this unit also employs excellent noise cancellation in both the headset and earbuds. The package comes with everything you need to get started including, 2 Stereo Adapters, 2 Earhooks, and 3 Ear Gels.
Next in our roundup is the Plantronics BackBeat 906 headset. This headset is great for those of you with an active lifestyle. The solid headset design ensures these earbuds stay put while you’re on the move. And because they have superb noise cancelling technology, these headphones are perfect for use in the gym if you want to drown out the muzak playing playing overhead.
With a quick press of a button you can accept incoming calls on this headset using it’s built-in microphone. The noise cancellation really shines in this area. Calls are more clear and your voice comes through loud and clear. Another cool technology is use here in called Open Mic. When you enable this feature, the built-in microphone will play back the ambient noise to your headphones so you can quickly hear what’s going on around you without needing to take off your headset.
Although we recommend only two different noise cancelling Bluetooth earbuds, we’ll be sure to add more to our list as more products become available.