When it comes to wireless audio devices, most users have to make a choice between Active Noise Cancellation and True Wireless. That’s unless you’re willing to spend $250 for a pair of Apple’s AirPods and get the best of both worlds.
But most of us don’t want that. Most of us including myself, just want a pair of wireless audio devices with a good battery life, good wireless connectivity, and of course… good sound quality.
So, for the mass majority here, I decided to give you a comparison between the two technologies in different aspects so that you can chose what type of audio device you’d prefer. This is basically a match between True Wireless vs. Active Noise Cancellation.
The Concept of True Wireless and Noise Cancellation Earbuds: Where it All Began?
The sole purpose of audio devices becoming wireless is portability or mobility. “The less wire, the less fuss,” that was the concept.
But not all wireless devices are that portable even though they are wireless. I’m not saying that’s entirely a bad thing, because some users prefer over-ear bulky headsets.
Then there are users who’d opt for a smaller and preferably lighter pair of in-ear headphones or earbuds so that allow them to listen to their music while they’re on the go.
If you’re a big fan of noise cancellation, then you better pick the bulky ones. Because, “In-Ear” earbuds even though they promise to offer noise cancellation to some extent, don’t usually live up to that expectation.
It takes a certain amount of real estate to fit everything required to make a pair of headphones noise cancelling. “In-Ear” earbuds are way too small to fit all of that inside of them.
They already have a lot going on inside their tiny little chassis. This includes the batteries and drivers and magnets and everything. After fitting all that in, there is practically no room left inside of them to add in a couple of extra drivers for noise cancellation.
True Wireless on the other hand, is a technology that in-ear earbuds got covered pretty smoothly.
In fact, the True Wireless technology was introduced by Apple when their first batch of Apple Airpods hit the markets.
It’s a surprise that it took us almost two centuries to make use of the technology that Nikola Tesla had introduced in the late 18th century.Androidista Staff
Naturally, a lot of other brands soon followed suit. Well, better late than never. The technology caught up like fire.
People instantly fell in love with the relieving sensation of not having to get entangled in wires every time they want to listen to their favorite music, especially when even telecommunication had become wireless.
Portability Is A Concern
In-ear earbuds offer the best wireless audio experience while keeping it compact and portable. The only downside is that it focuses mainly on the wireless side of it rather than the noise cancelling side.
This does not make much of a difference to most users because the earbuds are so tiny that they fit inside your ears and keep all the sound from the outside locked out anyway.
But if you’re a keen listener, this could be a huge deal.
You can’t deny the fact that True Wireless earbuds are easy to carry and you can take them practically anywhere with you.
Active Noise Cancellation headphones (or earbuds) on the other hand would take an extra space to carry a pocket or chamber in your backpack. Unless, you choose to hang them around your neck the whole time.