Four choices of premium noise-cancelling over-ear headphones

Sony WH-1000XM5, Bose QuietComfort 45 are appreciated for sound quality while Apple AirPods Max, Beoplay HX for comfortable wearing experience.

Sony WH-1000XM5 (9.5 million VND)

Sony WH-1000XM5. Photo: Tuan Hung

According to Techradar 's assessment , the WH-1000XM5 are the best headphones with good sound quality and active noise cancellation on the market. Compared to the old version WH-1000XM4, the product has a more modern and simple design. Practical experience shows that the ear cushions have a significantly softer material, making them comfortable to wear for a long time.

The WH-1000XM5 is equipped with 8 microphones that use Auto NC Optimizer technology to change the noise cancellation level depending on the surrounding environment. Voice Pickup technology uses four beamforming microphones combined with AI noise reduction algorithm. Sony's high-end headphones use 30mm drivers with soft edges to increase noise resistance, reducing noise from the surrounding environment to the sound. The driver uses a lightweight carbon fiber composite material and a rigid dome to improve sound clarity, especially in the high frequency range.

Apple AirPods Max (9.9 million VND)

Apple AirPods Max. Photo: Quang Dong

Despite the high price tag, Apple's headphones aren't really aimed at true audiophiles because of the lack of a 3.5mm audio port and the lack of a super high-resolution audio codec. In return, the product has good sound quality for general users, noise resistance and convenient connectivity features and utilities in the Apple ecosystem.

AirPods Max has a unique design with an aluminum case, a mesh headband that is different from most over-ear headphones on the market. The product provides a comfortable wearing experience for a long time without causing discomfort to the user.

Bose QuietComfort 45 (8.9 million VND)

Bose QuietComfort 45.

The QuietComfort 45 aren't Bose's most premium over-ear headphones, but they balance out the wearing experience, noise cancellation, and price tag. Compared to the QC 35 II version, the product changes to a new USB-C connector, adds Aware Mode crosstalk and 24 hours of battery life.

Bose says the new model has better mid-range noise cancellation than the QC 35 II. The headset is also upgraded with a microphone array (beam-array) to ensure the best call quality. The product also allows connecting two devices at the same time.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX (14.5 million VND)

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX.

Beoplay HX is an upgraded product of Beoplay H9 and is a direct competitor to AirPods Max in terms of both fashion and comfortable wearing experience for a long time. This is also the over-ear model with the longest battery life with 35 hours continuously.

The product is considered one of the best choices for audiophiles with a custom 40mm driver, neodymium magnet and additional bass vent. The headset integrates four microphones with beamforming technology and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity, Microsoft Swift Pair, Google Fast Pair and MFi.

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