We’ve scoured Best Buy and found these awesome noise-canceling headphones deals for you. The Beats Solo Pro, Bose QuietComfort 35 II, and Bose 700 are perfect for blocking out distractions while working at home and for working out as well. Save as much as $50 when you get them today.
— $250, was $300
For the longest time we’ve been complaining about Beats headphones’ over-reliance on bass power. While the Beats Solo Pro still has plenty of low-register punch, it’s no longer as overwhelming as previous models. Its sound signature has been effectively refined and balanced and will no longer make your ears bleed. Everything else that you’d expect from a pair of Dr. Dre headphones is present here: Cool and sleek design, incredibly easy operation (for iOS users anyway), and excellent noise-cancellation. Unfortunately, the battery life isn’t as amazing as we’ve hoped for, and these headphones have a serious lack of an audio jack. Still, we think the Solo Pro are the best headphones that Beats has churned out so far, and they’re currently on sale at Best Buy for an awesome $50 off. Get them for $250 instead of $300.
It’s worth noting that Apple is doing its share to preserve the environment, as the Beats Solo Pro are made of 36% recycled plastic. These headphones are understated, with a matte rubbery finish that not only looks good but is also easy to clean. The problem? The material is so grippy that it’s guaranteed to pull on your hair, plus the headband’s clamping force, while not excessive, would make your skull and ears hurt after a couple of hours.
The Beats Solo Pro no longer have a power button. Instead, unfolding them will power them on and put them into a pairing state, while folding them turns them off. While intuitive, this means you can’t wear these around you neck when idle as the battery would still get drained. The sole physical button on the Solo Pro allows you to turn active noise-canceling (ANC) and transparency mode on or off. You tap it once to turn on ANC, and tap it again to turn on transparency mode (this feature allows you to listen to the sounds around you without needing to take the headphones off). You double-tap it to turn both ANC and transparency off. That’s it. Finally, there’s a three-way rocker on one side of the headphones that lets you toggle volume, change tracks, take calls, and activate a voice assistant.
These headphones’ noise-cancellation is pretty good, capable of smartly adapting its intensity depending on your environment. Being in a relatively quiet coffee shop means the Beats Solo Pro’s built-in algorithm and microphone array won’t be working too hard, but once you step out onto the street these features will automatically detect the increase in noise and increase the noise-canceling level. Armed with Apple’s H1 chip, you get access to features like proximity pairing, making it fast and easy to pair the headphones to your phone, and there’s also iCloud pairing so you can listen from any other iCloud-connected products with ease, like your MacBook.
Unfortunately, battery life isn’t the best, and the lack of a 3.5mm jack for wired listening requires careful consideration. With ANC off, these headphones are capable of lasting for 40 hours, but turning it on cuts the playback time in half.
Despite a couple of shortcomings, the Beats Solo Pro are the best noise-canceling headphones that you can get if you’re an iOS user. Get them for $250 at Best Buy today.
— $299, was $349
The QuietComfort 35 II, or QC35 II for short, was one of our favorite noise-canceling headphones for 2019, earning a solid 4 out of 5 rating in our review last year. Out of the box, you’ll immediately notice that these are well-crafted headphones. The earcups are encased in supple leather and the headband has soft microfiber padding. They’re very lightweight and fit on the head quite comfortably; wearing them for long periods of time won’t be an issue. You’ll find the control buttons beneath the right earcup, alongside a USB Type-C charging port and, thankfully, a headphone jack. Buttons include the standard ones: Volume control, play/pause, and track advance or reverse. There is also one that calls up either Alexa or Google Assistant for voice-activated commands. The QC35 II come with a zip-locked protective case so they’ll remain scratch-free during travel.
These headphones’ noise-canceling prowess is amazing. The feature comes in three settings: Low, medium, and high. Obviously, if you still want to hear a bit of what’s happening around you, you can set it at low. To become completely oblivious to the world for total music immersion, crank it up to high. The thunderous roar of plane engines can be completely eradicated, and quieter sounds won’t even stand a chance. These headphones are also outfitted with a noise-rejecting dual-mic system that ensures noise-free phone calls regardless of how loud your surroundings are. Bluetooth connectivity is also pretty impressive. The QC35 II can pair with multiple devices simultaneously.
As far as sound quality goes, the QC35 II are excellent. Music sounds great, with punchy bass, adequate midrange presence, and zesty treble. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better-sounding pair of cans for the price. Unfortunately, some of the music’s richness and subtlety gets lost when the noise cancellation is at its highest setting, but not enough to ruin your listening experience.
These cans’ battery life is tremendous, capable of lasting up to 20 hours when used wirelessly with noise-canceling on — and an even more impressive 40 hours when wired. Perfect for frequent flyers who travel long distances, the QuietComfort 35 II headphones are currently available at Best Buy for $299 instead of their usual retail price of $349 — a cool $50 worth of savings.
— $349, was $399
For the longest time, Bose has been killing it in the noise-canceling headphones department. Sure, the Sony WH-1000XM3 may be our choice for the best ANC headphones for 2020, but frankly, Bose’s offerings aren’t that far behind. Take the Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 (or simply Bose 700) for example. Their noise-canceling prowess is phenomenal, they’re extremely comfortable even with prolonged use, boast a gamut of top-of-the-line features, and are terrific for taking phone calls and interacting with digital voice assistants. Simply put, these headphones are the best pair you can get for business, and frequent flyers will truly want these in their arsenal.
Bose took a different approach when it comes to designing these headphones. The Bose 700’s earcups are affixed to the headband rather than having the typical yoke-style mount, allowing more pivot and tilt. We personally think this is a great ergonomic decision and actually distributes the weight more evenly, but it might not be suitable for everyone. During our test, we never experienced any pain or discomfort even with long listening sessions. Again, this might not be the case for other people. We suggest trying these on for a short while to determine whether they feel like an improvement in comfort or a step backward.
Controls for play/pause, track advance/reverse, and volume are all managed via a touchpad located on the right earcup. They’re very easy to use and we’re confident that it wouldn’t take long for anyone to master them. There are physical buttons for noise-canceling adjustment (levels 0, 5, and 10) as well as controls for power/Bluetooth pairing and summoning the voice assistant of your choice, including Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana.
We normally don’t bother with companion apps because they rarely add to the overall experience, but that cannot be said about the Bose Music app. It boasts an assortment of fun and useful features, including pairing the headphones to your phone (which can be done just as easily without the app), renaming the Bose 700 whatever you like (Bose’s name suggestions are hilarious, like Thunder Flash), exerting granular control over noise-canceling effectiveness from 0 to 10, and managing multiple paired devices. The app also lets you manage all your music services from one place and save favorite playlists as convenient presets for one-touch access.
As expected, the Bose 700’s noise-canceling is superb, capable of completely blocking out everyday noises and even the roar of a plane’s engine. Sound quality is also very good, although we did find the obvious boost in the upper midrange and lower treble regions a little harsh. This is probably due to the fact that Bose envisioned these headphones as the ideal travel companion since forward presentation in the high end will help cut through any noise the cans can’t cancel. Finally, battery life is fantastic. The Bose 700’s total play time with noise canceling on is roughly 20 hours, and an even longer 40 hours when deactivated. Once they’ve run out of juice, you can just retrieve the headphone cable from the case and continue listening wired.
The Bose 700’s acoustic and noise-canceling performance is very impressive, although we admit their $399 price tag might be too expensive for most people. Fortunately, they’re currently on sale at Best Buy for $349 – a cool $50 off.
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