Noise cancelling earbuds are a must-have tech accessory. They combine the high-quality listening experience of active noise cancellation with the lightweight and small design of in-ear headphones. It's really the best of both worlds, which is why they are so popular. One of the bestselling noise cancelling earbud brands is Bose. The company makes excellent products but the brand name comes at a high price. We set out to find you headphones that offer the same, high-end listening experience but also offer a great price. The winner is called J&L. The company makes incredible headphones with top features. The best part? Their products are ultra-affordable! Let's find out more!
The Bose QuietComfort 20 are absolutely excellent headphones. The only downside is the big price tag which that big brand name commands. If you're a fan of Bose, these headphones are a very good choice. Otherwise, we'd highly recommend the cheaper J&L earbuds.
The J&L Real Headphones are all-around excellent and super-affordable headphones. They offer excellent noise cancellation technology and a lightweight wireless design. If you want great sound quality and still save money, these headphones will are perfect.
The Bose QuietComfort 20 offers excellent sound quality. Since this is a very subjective topic, we let 20 different people test the headphone. The consensus was that these headphones sound very good, offering clear sound with excellent highs and bass.
We tested the J&L Real Headphones with the same 20 people that evaluated the Bose competitor. Testers agreed that the J&L model sounded great, offering clear sound quality with rich highs and bass. Subjectively, the sound quality is a tie between the two products.
The Bose headset offers excellent active noise cancellation. Once you turn noise cancellation on even loud outside sounds just disappeared. The technology works very well.
We didn't expect the J&L headphone's noise cancellation to match Bose's famous technology but were positively surprised. It works extremely well, cancelling out even loud outside sounds.
The QuietComfort 20 headphones are unfortunately not wireless, something that should have been included at this price point. The work well but you have to plug them in directly, which sometimes leads to tangled cables. We'd preferred wireless functionality here.
The J&L Real headphone does offer full wireless functionality. the built-in battery offers 175 hours standby and about 5 hours of listening. Recharge time is a quick one hour. In this comparison, J&L wins since wireless means an end of tangled cables.
The Bose QuietComfort 20 is very light at 1.6 ounces. Still, that means they are almost three times the J&L's weight.
The J&L Real Headphones win this comparison, weighing an unbelievable 0.6 ounces. You can barely feel them.
The Bose in-ear headphones feature a great microphone, built directly into the cable. It works well, letting you easily switch between music and calls.
The J&L Real headphones also offer a built-in microphone. It lets you switch between music and calls with the push of a button and works very well. This comparison is a tie.
Noise isolating headphones ensure that you can listen to music and calls undisturbed. They physically help to block outside noises which make them a popular and affordable choice. One of the best selling models are the Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones. They offer a great listening experience but have a high price tag. We've tested over 20 cheap alternatives and the clear winner is the ActionPie V1S. You might not have heard of this product (neither did we) but these headphones offer excellent audio quality and affordability.
The Bose SoundSport is a high-quality product that produces amazing sound quality. However, it's definitely pricey - especially given the many alternative brands that are emerging. We'd recommend the Bose headphones to people looking for an ultra-light headphone (even at a higher price). For all others, we'd recommend the ActionPie alternative. It offers the same sound quality and a great price.
The ActionPie V1S is an all-around excellent noise cancelling headphone. It offers high-end sound features such as built-in
neodymium magnets drivers, a dynamic sound system, and excellent noise isolation - all at a very affordable price. We recommend them without hesitation for pretty much any buyer because they offer a great listening experience and excellent value.
The Bose SoundSport we're taken for a test-drive by 20 different people to get a wider range of (subjective) opinions. Everybody agreed that these headphones sound excellent for music and calls. It's a tie with the affordable ActionPie V1S.
We let 20 different people test out the ActionPie V1S. the consensus was that these headphones deliver clear, high-end audio quality for music and voices. Music sounds fantastic and calls were very clear. The ActionPie V1S ties with the Bose brand product.
Noise isolation means that headphones physically reduce noise by essentially sealing off your ear from outside sounds. The Bose SoundSport headphones did a great job, elimination most noise.
Noise isolating headphones physically block outside sounds for an undisturbed listening experience. The ActionPie V1S headphones did a great job at that, blocking even louder sounds effectively.
The Bose SoundSport headphones are very light, weighing only 0.6 ounces. That makes them barely noticeable in your ear.
The ActionPie V1S weigh about 8 ounces. They're heavier than the Bose model but still very light for everyday use.
The Bose SoundSport offers a very good built-in microphone. Curiously, Bose makes customers choose if they have an iPhone or Android phone for compatibility. We'd prefer universal compatibility and more simplicity, especially at this price point.
The ActionPie V1S also features a built-in microphone that's compatible with any modern smartphone. Voice quality is excellent and made talking hands-free very enjoyable. The ActionPie wins this comparison because of it's easier phone compatibility.