Headphones on the desk
Dan Farrel

When it comes to the type of headphones, nothing beats the listening experience of a good old pair of over-ear headphones. Sure, they are not the most practical headphones, for that we have earbuds, but if you can accept that tradeoff, the experience gets to a new level.

The design of the ear-cup instantly eliminates a good part of outside noise, combine that with an ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) technology and you get a true noise-free listening experience. This feature comes in very handy in crowded and noisy places, like your office, subway, coffee shops, etc, where it will play an important role in letting you focus on your tasks and enjoy the music at the same time.

But they best come to shine when working in the office, whether it be at home or on-site, by giving you a true sense of being in a quiet place where you can unleash the best of your mental creativity and power.

This year 2020 is slowly coming to the end, and since you are reading this article you are probably interested in investing in a good pair of headphones. We have chosen the top 5 models that marked this year which you might consider purchasing.

Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony WH-1000XM4

From the music listening, studying, working, to the answering calls, Sony WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones have covered you. The best for every situation.

Specs

Type: Over-ear
Connection: Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm jack, USB-C,
Battery: 30 Hrs
Features: Noice-cancelling, NFC, Hands-free calls, Touch controls,
Voice assistant: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant,

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The highly anticipated successor of the WH-1000XM3, the headphones which were already considered the top noise-canceling headphones, Sony made just a lot better with WH-1000XM4. While from the outside they seem the same as the previous generation, the changes are notable from the inside. With improved sound quality, and still, the best-in-class noise cancellation, they offer the best combination of comfort, sound, performance, and extra features.

Sennheiser Momentum 3

Sennheiser Momentum 3

Wireless, noise cancelling, alexa, smart pause and controls.. This overear headphones from Sennheiser are top of the line.

Specs

Type: Over-ear
Battery: 17 Hrs
Connection: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm jack,
Features: NFC, Noice-cancelling, Touch controls, Hands-free calls,

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Sennheiser Momentum 3 is the third generation of the famous Momentum line of headphones. Still having a great retro design with sheepskin leather earcups and stainless steel. They are an excellent option in the medium-range of wireless with noise cancellation headphones. While offering great wireless sound and noise cancellation, another strong point that makes them different from the others is the foldable design, making them more portable. The only downside of Momentum 3 is the battery life of 17 hours, which compared to the others is noticeably less but still, they will last you the whole working day.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless

Three levels of world-class noise cancellation for better listening experience in any environment

Specs

Type: Over-ear
Battery: 20 Hrs
Connection: Bluetooth 4.1, 3.5mm jack,
Features: Noice-cancelling, Hands-free calls, Touch controls,
Voice assistant: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant,

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The QuietComfort 35 II was released in September 2017, and it still remains one of the top picks for wireless noise-canceling headphones, and for a good reason. Besides the great sound and noise cancellation, there are some cool features like a dedicated button for Google Assitant which can be programmed to a different function and a very comfortable design, making them kind of the headphones you never need to take off. Answer calls set your appointments with Google and focus on work.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 3rd Gen

Bang & Olufsen H9’s are top of the line headphones. This third iteration improved many flaws the previous models had, and this time they got it right. Perfectly sounding with a high-end ANC will accompany you anywhere you go with its 25 hours of battery life. They are arguably the best looking pair of headphones in the wild, built from luxurious materials for long-lasting comfort. But they also come at a steep price, which is justified by the top-notch quality and features.

Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Inspired by race cars, the carbon fiber composite arms of the Px7 mimic the strength and agility of the fastest vehicles in the world channeling pure sound to you and holding up against everyday wear and tear.

Specs

Type: Over-ear
Battery: 30 Hrs
Connection: Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm jack, USB-C,
Features: Noice-cancelling,

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PX7 from Bowers & Wilkins is boosting 43.6mm drivers which are huge! Perfectly engineered to balance to sound to perfection, paired with a quality ANC technology, Bluetooth 5, and 30 hours of battery life, well, you know what you get. Without many premium features like other high-end models tend to offer, PX7 is focused on performances and durability it perfectly delivers both. The carbon fiber composite arms will hold up against everyday wear and tear.

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