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Noise cancelling earbuds

I recently bought a new phone (Samsung) and it doesn't have a headphone jack. I also have a pair of wired Bose Noise Canceling Earphones.

I bought an adapter that allows me to plug my headphones into the USB-C slot on thephone. It works fine except the volume keeps changing on its own.

I really don't want to spend $300+ on a new set of Bose ear buds. Is anyone using a pair of bluetooth noise canceling earbuds that they like and won't break the bank? (Good battery life helpful for long flights).

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I have a pair of Bose bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones, and also have a pair of Apple Airbuds noise-cancelling ear buds.

I prefer the Apple ear buds because I can sleep with them on more easily, but after 4-5 hours on an overseas flight with the buds in my ears, they do start hurting a little. The Bose sound better, in my opinion, but they're bulky to carry, so I've quit using them.

You mentioned that your phone is a Samsung; you could still use Apple's AirBuds if you wanted to, although they interface more completely with iPhones.

Posted by
157 posts

A couple of options come to mind....

1) You can buy a Bluetooth adapter for your headphones that you plug the phones into,
and then receives the Bluetooth audio output from your phone. This has a small
advantage over what you have that you don't have to physically connect the phone
and headphones. 1Mii is a brand that makes these devices, under $20.
2) There are plenty of "budget" level Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones and earbuds.
Budget meaning $50 and under. I use these; probably not as good ANC as Bose or Sony,
but close to 1/10th the price.

Monoprice and Anker are two brands, but there are many of them. A Google search on
something like "best budget Bluetooth ANC headphones" will get you in the right direction.

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I purchased some "TOZO NC2 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds" on Amazon for a teen who is prone to losing headphones and were pleased with the cost ($40) and quality. They worked so well my wife bought a pair for herself as a back up to her Airpods.


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I bought a pair of "EarFun Air Pro 2" earbuds from Amazon. They replaced a pair of Anker earbuds (my second) that crapped out on me. I LOVE these earbuds. I think the noise cancelling function works pretty well. They're currently $69 on Amazon. I haven't run the battery down in them yet, so I don't know how long it lasts, but I've gotten 3-4 hours out of them at a stretch so far.

I bought a Samsung S21 a few months ago, discovered that it didn't have a headphone jack, tossed it in a drawer as the household backup phone, and bought a Samsung S10 off Swappa, so that I could have a headphone jack.

Several nights a week I have to play a white noise podcast to drown out some serious snoring, so I need my wired earbuds.

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I have Bose noise canceling earbuds that work great on long jflights albeit a little larger than others. I like being able to connect to both iPhone and iPad simultaneously, but I also have Earfuns that were about $50 and have pretty good noise canceling. Not yet tested on flight. Bought a pair of their latest version 2 months ago for my husband who plays guitar and is very critical. He thinks the sound quality is great for the price. I am taking both Bose and Earfun next month to Italy as I always wants back up.

From Amazon: EarFun Air Pro 3 Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds, Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive Sound, 6 Mics CVC 8.0 ENC, Bluetooth 5.3 Earbuds, Multipoint Connection, 45H Playtime, App Customize EQ, Wireless Charging

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14150 posts

Thanks everyone for your replies. I was leaning towards the Ear Fun Air Pro 3 but I think I'll go with the Anker Soundcore Space A40.

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Try Earfuns. Different models. I think $50-$80. They have decent noise canceling too. If you order from Amazon and don’t like them, send them back!

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I had Jabra 75t until I lost them. I now have Jabra 85. The noise cancelling isn’t as good on the newer ones, as they don’t fit my ear canal as well.

That said, they are pretty good.

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14150 posts

I bought a pair of Anker Soundcore Space A40 ear buds. Amazon sent me a used pair. I'm waiting for a replacement.

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14150 posts

The new Ankers arrived today. They don't come close to my Bose earbuds in regard to noise canceling. They are also not very comfortable.

Back they go.

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I had a similar prob w/ volume using an adapter. Bluetooth earbuds can be good. Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 is cool & cheaper. Also, TaoTronics SoundLiberty 80. They're good for flights & not too spendy.

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I'm using a Bluetooth earphone adapter to connect my wired earphones. This has the advantage of being cheap and also allows me to still use my existing wired earphones. 😃 The problem is the quality of the Bluetooth adapter. My first purchase has intermittent Bluetooth connection, but fortunately the second one was good enough.

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14150 posts

engrdavid42....after buying bulky headphones, I've decided to go back to my wired Bose and use a bluetooth adapter.

Which one are you using that you like?

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So I bought the Bose earbuds

Nothing would make the left one charge.

So went and read reviews . Obviously, something I should have done before I bought them because the quality with these appears to be variable. Lots of complaints similar to what I was experiencing

I decided just to return I didn’t need to play Let’s make a deal Trying to get a good quality set. For what they charge they should work when I get them.