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    In today’s hyper hectic lifestyle, there are many times we’d like to simply tune out the noise and take a step into aural serenity. Noise-cancelling headphones may have begun as tools for professional audio production and intense gaming, but they have now become everyday tech to weed out unwanted distractions. Ranking the best in the market today for audiophiles, these are the top 5 noise-cancelling headphones to tune in and zone out.

    5. JBL Live 650 BTNC
    noise-cancelling headphones

    JBL has always been about accessibility and efficiency with a reasonable price tag. The Live 650BTNC is a great budget-friendly purchase with high-end specs. The side cover is actually a button, which activates Google Assistant, giving you a direct control of everything on your smartphone. This is great for runners because of its tight yet comfy grip. Average battery life is 24 hours.

    Price: Rs 8,999

    Available at JBL’s online store

    4. Jabra Elite 85h
    noise-cancelling headphones
    Jabra Elite 85h

    Jabra has always had a tech edge and the Elite 85H is proof. This headset does the tuning in and tuning out bit for you with its active sensors. It uses 8 microphones and sensors to detect movement and sound fluctuations, and adjusts the sound output automatically. This is great for communication while multi-tasking as it lowers the audio when you speak and neutralises it when you’re done. The average battery life is between 36 to 41 hours.

    Price: Rs 28,999

    Available at Jabra’s online store

    3. Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless
    noise-cancelling headphones
    Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

    Wireless and ultra-lightweight, this Sennheiser PXC piece is built for business travellers who conference call on-the-go. Tuning out the noise, this headpiece operates with Bluetooth and with an app that allows you to personalise your sound experience. It also boasts an average battery life of 30 hours once topped up.

    Price: Rs  29,990

    Available at Amazon India

    2. Sony WH-1000XM2
    noise-cancelling headphones
    Sony WH-1000XM2

    This Sony headpiece was built for high-altitude entertainment. When air pressure affects our listening capabilities during jet-touring, this pair adapts to our condition and adjusts the output of sound. Using hyper-adaptive tech, it automatically moderates the level of noise-cancellation. Average battery life on this one is 30 to 40 hours depending on activity.

    Price: Rs 30,000

    Available at Sony’s online store

    1. Bose QuietComfort 35
    Bose QuietComfort 3

    To tally up what’s in store here, we have wireless, noise-cancellation tech, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in, and Bose AR—the world’s very first audio-only augmented reality platform. The QuietComfort league is certainly one of the best in the business for being as intelligent as a smartphone. Its built-in tech enables us to listen to millions of tracks and podcasts without any help from a smartphone app. Average battery life on this one is 30 hours.

    Price: Rs 29,363

    Available at Bose’s online store

    Mikhail Gomes
    Senior Features Writer
    A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.