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The Best Noise Canceling Headphones for Studying

If you’re a student, noise-canceling headphones are essential to drown out your surroundings because when you need to focus, any distraction has to go.

When you have classmates talking around you or hear the constant whir of the air conditioning unit going above your head, it’s practically impossible to focus on your studies.

Even if you manage to tune out these sounds at school, other people moving around your desk will still jolt you back into reality with every scrap of chair legs on the floor.

Say goodbye to these distractions and invest in a pair of noise canceling headphones – your grades will thank you!

We looked everywhere for the best noise canceling headphones for studying and picked 3 choices that will definitely do the trick.

Sony WH-1000XM4

sony WH-1000XM4

Ask any audiophile and they’ll tell you the noise canceling technology that Sony has developed is unparalleled. 

The company’s WH-1000XM4 headphones, despite their age, continue to be an excellent option for students on a tight budget who want to learn effectively.

If you choose to go with a model that is a little bit older than others, you should be able to get some impressive savings. In this case, you still get decent sound quality, touch sensors on the ear cans, and a battery life of thirty hours.

The WH-1000XM4 has ear cups that can fold inward and feature a more compact design overall. In our opinion, they’re a better choice than the recently introduced XM5, which feature fold-out earcups.

Bose QC35 II

bose qc35 II

It is hard to recommend noise-canceling headphones without at the very least considering the wireless Bose QC 35 II. We know, they’re expensive, but Bose does have the premium feel.

They have outstanding noise suppression and a lovely sound staging with strong bass that is not overpowering. They are also very lightweight, quite comfortable, and have excellent battery life.

When paired with an Android smartphone, you can take advantage of additional features, such as NFC pairing and a companion app. 

Sony WF-1000XM4


And back to Sony, because they have another great choice, even though they’re not over-ear headphones. 

In our experience, using a cumbersome set of headphones is not necessary to get quality audio and noise suppression. Case in point: the WF-1000XM4 in-ear headphones from Sony.

They provide an excellent listening experience and utilize the same type of noise canceling technology as the company’s bigger WH-1000XM4 headsets.

 These earbuds come with a charging case of their own, as well as an app for smartphones that allows for additional customization, and they have long battery life. With an IPX4 water-resistance rating, the WF-1000XM4 can also be worn during a workout at the gym without fear of damage.

What To Look Out For Before Buying Noise Canceling Headphones For Studying

After testing and wearing hundreds of headphones with noise cancellation, transparent mode and everything else, we found three aspects to consider before making a purchase: 


If you are a student, you’re most likely super budget conscious but beware the price trap. It can be tempting to get the cheapest noise-canceling headphones and hope for the best. Honesty, we say a good atmosphere for reading is essential. Just get the best headphones, because it’s an investment into your grades (and therefore professional future). If you’re struggling to focus, some quality essay writer services can help you maintain good grades – just outsource the bulk of your writing, put some good music on and focus on fine tuning your essay later.

Battery Life

Since it incorporates more technology, active noise canceling necessitates a greater amount of available power to function properly. 

Before buying any headphones, check their advertised battery life with ANC on (active noise cancellation), not off. 

Microphone Quality

Because more and more people are choosing to complete their schoolwork online, you should check the microphone quality. A recent study revealed that traffic noise can literally affect both attention and memory, so make sure you avoid all that noise – and don’t subject your instructors, classmates and other conversation partners to it as well. 

 Studying doesn’t have to be a chore. With some good headphones, you can focus like the pros and go with the flow just like Lofi Girl.  

Article contributed by Clifford Cullens. He has been a writer and editor for over 40 years, has published several books and has been featured on radio programs, newspapers, magazines, and other media venues.

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