Eliminate Ambient Sounds Of Barking Dogs And Loud Videoke Sessions With These Noise-Canceling Headphones
Because home is not the most conducive place for work or studying, we need to adapt.
Now that many of us are in a work-from-home or study-from-home setup, we have inevitably become dependent on technology to attend classes or host meetings online. However, home is not always the most conducive place for working, especially for those of us who don’t live alone.
Even if you do live alone, there are ambient sounds -- dogs barking, a motorcycle passing by, construction noise, or just your neighbor talking loudly -- that your microphone can pick up while you’re online. All of these can be bothersome and may affect your performance at work or in class, which is the last thing you want! To avoid work distractions, or to simply block out the rest of the world so you can concentrate on a task, here are noise-canceling headphones you can order online.
- Logitech H390 Comfort USB Headset
Logitech has been in the industry since 1981, and it can be said that they have mastered what their customers need in a set of headphones.
The Logitech H390 is a plug-and-play USB headset which connects to your computer, so you can control the volume or have it muted without interrupting phone calls. It has a built-in noise-canceling microphone that minimizes background noise, perfect for online conferences. It has a sleek all-black design that looks elegant in its simplicity.
Available for Php 1,695 on Lazada.
- JBL Tune500 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
The JBL Tune 500 is a Bluetooth-connected device that can be folded, so it’s easy to bring anywhere. It has a 16-hour battery life for long meetings, and multi-point connections which allow you to switch from one Bluetooth device to another!
Available for Php 2,239 on Lazada.
- HP H360G Headset
The HP H360G is another gaming headset that has amazing quality and fits within the budget! It has a built-in microphone that blocks static to ensure that background noises are on low volume. Furthermore, it has LED lighting and breathable ear cups to make you stand out in your Zoom meetings too, all for under Php 1,000!
Available for Php 769 (sale price) on Lazada.
- Logitech H110 Headset
The Logitech H110 is a stereo headset that has a rotating and flexible microphone for better voice capture. It’s sturdy, lightweight, and has a dual connection that you can plug into your audio jacks, hassle-free!
Available for Php 525 on Lazada.
- Lenovo HD100 Headphones
The Lenovo HD100 is a wireless Bluetooth headphone with microphone and volume controls. It has an active noise-cancelation feature so you can block out the world while working or listening to music. Equipped with 300 mAh battery capacity, this pair can be used for 20 hours straight, so you won’t have to worry about charging it every time.
Available for Php 981 on Shopee.
Noise Canceling vs. Soundproofing
Noise canceling and soundproofing are two features that are often mixed up, because both are thought to just block out background sound. Essentially, this is true. However, noise-canceling devices like headsets and earbuds can only decrease the volume of background sounds -- not totally drown them out – and this usually applies to noise with lower frequencies. This is why noise-canceling devices can reduce the sound of cars and motorcycles outside, but not the sound of screaming kids.
If you are aiming for a noise-reduction technique that can filter out higher frequencies, you might want to consider soundproofing your room. This comes in handy for those who have little kids at home.
Affordable ways to soundproof your room
There are lots of products you can scour on the Internet for soundproofing, but you might already have some of these materials at home. You can install these yourselves too! Here are some techniques that you can use:
- Cover walls with a soft material.
Hard surfaces like plywood, dry wall, and tiles reflect and amplify sounds. However, you can cover your walls with thick blankets, soft foam rubber, or cork, which can absorb the sound instead.
- Seal the gap under your door.
You may not notice it, but sound travels through even the smallest of spaces. By sealing the gap under your door with an adhesive rubber weatherstripping, you can block sounds from your hallway so you can attend your Zoom meetings without disruptions.
- Rearrange your furniture.
Soundproofing does not necessarily have to be expensive. Sometimes, all you need to do is rearrange big cabinets like bookcases and dressers and move them to the side where most of the noise is coming from.