Shaking the world and sinking into a new album can feel like a train ride through a village … unless you share that place with two young toddlers. Or your neighbor’s dog barks incessantly. Come to think of it, there are a lot sounds that can spoil a good song in era of working from home, and that’s why we have headphones that isolate and actively remove noise. Below are the best noise protection cans you can buy, hand-picked and tested by the Gear team here at WIRED.
Updated June 2021: We added the Sony WF-1000XM4 and Amazon Echo Buds, updated prices and removed several older pairs.
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