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Five best noise-cancelling headphones under £50: Sony, Sennheiser, JBL

In 2020, podcasts, playlists and audiobooks are all the rage. And to get the best listening experience, it’s important that you’re using high-quality equipment.

Often there are so many products to choose from, it can be confusing to know which really is the best fit for you.

From travelling on a plane to jogging, revising in the library or commuting to work, there are many reasons to want a pair of noise-cancelling headphones.

Whether you’re studying, working out or sitting on a train, there are many busy environments we can find ourselves in where we often would prefer to zone out and listen to music. Let’s take a look at the best noise-cancelling headphones under £50.

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Best noise-cancelling headphones under 50

#1 Sony WH-CH510 – £39.99

First up, we have the Sony WH-CH510 headphones.

These headphones come in at under £40 and offer a ‘quick-charge’ feature – charge the audio device for just 10 minutes to get 90 minutes of playback!

They’re the heaviest headphones of the bunch but they still come in light at just 299g.

  • Microphone for hands-free calling
  • Quick charge: 10 minutes quick charge for 90 minutes playback
  • 35 hours battery life
  • Wireless Bluetooth connection
  • Over-ear design
  • Sleek, swivel-fold design
  • Connects to smartphone voice assistant
  • Lightweight 299g

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#2 Sennheiser HD 100 – £34.99

Sennheiser is a huge audio brand which offers leisure, professional and business audio solutions.

Sennheiser provides an affordable option with the HD 100 headphones writing: “For seventy-five years, we have dedicated ourselves to delivering that moment while leading the global charge in audio innovation in the studio, on the stage, and in the lab.”

This pair of headphones is the only wired option that made it into Digi Helpdesk’s ‘top five’. This is certainly not a negative as the Sennheiser HD 100 don’t require charging, it’s simply ‘plug and play’.

  • Foldable
  • Wired, tangle-free cable
  • Closed-back – reduce background noise
  • No charging
  • Lightweight 268g

#3 Best noise-cancelling headphones: JBL Tune 500BT – £44.99

Next up, we have the JBL Tune 500BT. This pair of headphones comes in at just under £45.

The JBL Tune 500BT offers JBL’s signature ‘Pure Bass’ sound as well as a handy microphone to enable the user to enjoy hands-free phone calls.

At just 113g, the JBL headphones are the lightest of the ‘top five’ in weight.

  • JBL Pure Bass sound
  • Microphone, make hands-free calls
  • Wireless Bluetooth
  • On-ear design
  • 2 hours charging = 16 hours playback
  • Lightweight 113g

#4 Jabra Elite Active 45e – £49

The most expensive option in Digi Helpdesk’s top five – the Jabra Elite Active 45e.

Again, these headphones are wireless and facilitate hands-free calls with not one, but two, microphones.

The Jabra Elite Active 45e also comes with a two-year dust and sweat warranty and they’re waterproof.

  • Wireless
  • Earbud design with earwings and earhooks to secure
  • Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant built-in
  • Waterproof, IP67 rated
  • Two-year dust and sweat warranty
  • 9 hours battery
  • Two microphone call technology
  • Jabra Sound+ app to personalise settings
  • Lightweight (boxed weight) 222g

#5 Best budget headphones: Mpow S10 Wireless Sports Headphones – £24.99

We finish off the top five with a fantastic deal for anyone on a budget – the Mpow S10 wireless sports headphones.

Featuring everything you need, from Bluetooth connectivity to nine hours of playback, the Mpow headphones really do deliver.

Running should be a breeze with this model as they fit in-ear, feature a magnetic design for security and they’re waterproof.

  • Bluetooth wireless
  • In-ear
  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • 9 hours playback for 1-2 hours charging
  • Make hands-free calls
  • Magnetic design for security
  • HD stereo sound
  • Great budget option – lowest price of Digi Helpdesk’s ‘top five’

Best noise-cancelling headphones under £50: What’s our final verdict?

To conclude, Digi Helpdesk rates the fourth option, the Jabra Elite Active 45e headphones as our winner.

The headphones are the most expensive of the bunch, at £49. However, they also offer the most in terms of features.

Not only do these headphones come ready with earwings and ear hooks to ensure they don’t slip off during exercise, but they also come with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant built-in.

The Jabra Elite Active 45e’s come with a two-year dust and sweat warranty. Plus you can personalise your audio with the Jabra Sound+ app.

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