With the release of the Apple Airpod Pro—ANC and transparency mode have become extremely sought after. Unfortunately, Apple’s latest product drop comes in at a whopping $249—yikes! Thankfully, other companies have come out with earbuds that have both ANC and transparency mode at more than half the price.
If you’re on the market for bluetooth headphones, here is everything you want to know about ANC as well as some affordable options:
What is ANC?
When it comes to Active Noise Cancellation, at first you gotta understand what Passive Noise Cancellation is. The typical Passive Noise Cancellation means covering your ears with your hands and the outside world sound becomes smaller. Using some way to cut off the outside noise for noise reduction. ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) is a technology designed to reduce unwanted sound by actively adding a canceling sound wave. Hence, when you listen to your favorite song, your earphones can actively produce a sound wave to cancel the background noise.
Do I Need Them?
If you meet at least one of the following conditions, I would highly recommend you to buy noise-canceling earphones. At least there are two things clear: to protect your ears and prevent irreversible damage to your hearing, and to put on the earphones and enjoy your world at any time.
1. Someone who likes to listen to songs on the metro, bus, or plane, but every time they have to turn the volume up to hear the sound.
2. The person who works in a noisy office and is often interrupted by surrounding noise.
3. For those who like taking long walks and listening to music to tune out the world.
However, even with earphones on, there are still many times when you have to pay attention to the external sound, so you can switch to the transparency mode—such as walking in a place with a lot of crosswalks.
What is Transparency Mode?
Transparency Mode enables the outside sound to come in so you can hear what’s going on in your surroundings. Transparency mode is taking in these surrounding sounds, amplified, and played them from the earphone. Instead of canceling the noise, it tends to bring in the ambient sound. For example, the bus and subway announcements, or when crossing the road to be aware of the sound of cars sirens, then this is the time when the transparency mode is necessary.
When you need to hear the ambient sounds of your surroundings, just switch to ” transparency mode “, the earphones will let in outside sounds and reduce the effect of noise canceling. In real life, you could easily talk to the people around you by switching the ANC mode to the transparency mode without taking off the earphones ( even though it might not be polite ).
With such powerful features like AirPods pro being highly sought after, for many people, the price is probably the only thing holding them back from getting AirPods pro. But the market is also full of cost-effective noise-canceling earphones, such as the Enacfire A9 earbuds that I recently got.
The Enacfire A9 is the newest product from Amazon.
This set of wireless earbuds features bass-propelled sound, an ambient listening mode, and up to 32 hours of battery life via a charging case. Best of all, it offers ANC at a super affordable price. Enacfire isn’t known for its design. The company’s wireless earbuds place function over style, yet are as minimalist as any earphones on the market.
Earbuds like the ENACFIRE A9 provide a fully immersive audio experience. They deliver superb bass, and ANC technology removes unwanted sound while preserving the original audio signal.
The ENACFIRE A9 also has a transparency mode that allows you to hear your surroundings better than when noise cancellation is turned off. To activate the ambient mode, tap the left earbud once with noise cancellation turned off and the voice will confirm “Ambient on”.
A9 earbuds are portable and can last about 4 hours with ANC on. And the range can last up to 5.5 hours with the ANC off.
The Enacfire A9 offers great performance for the price, the powerful audio being particularly impressive. The Enacfire A9 offers great performance for the price, the powerful audio being particularly impressive. While most brands go for aesthetics but cheap on internal features, Enacfire focuses on the hardware, stuffing 10mm drivers and noise-canceling circuitry into these buds. Waterproof protection almost makes up for the unappealing design, plus battery life, while not the greatest with ANC on, can be extended by turning off listening mode and keeping the charging case close at hand.
All in all, $52 for such cost-effective Bluetooth earphones, which Enacfire A9 has been very worthy of everyone to get. And it is not bad in terms of sound quality, comparable to Apple Airpods Pro battery life and noise cancellation, If you’re on a tight budget and looking for an earbud that is portable, waterproof, and audio quality isn’t bad, the Enacfire A9 would be a very good choice.
*Photos by Karolina Grabowska