Noise Cancellation versus Noise ReductionAbout time we all understood the difference.
Music has always been a great complement to daily activities. Whether you’re travelling, working, or working out, music can help pass the time. With so many advancements affecting all strata of technology, earphones were also not left behind. These days, there is no dearth of earphones; in fact, some are so advanced that it would take an eternity just to understand the technology that powers it.
However, this blog isn’t for wooing about futuristic tech that is being incorporated with each passing day, but to discern the difference between two technologies that power our headphones and earphones today: Noise Cancellation and Noise Reduction.
Noise cancelling headphones actually employ a lot of tech in them. These headphones are equipped with microphones that detect any incoming sound and do some calculated processing to create inverse waves that cancel out the incoming noise. These work best with low droning noises like engines, ACs, etc.
Noise reduction earphones on the other hand, are not so much about the tech as they are about the functionality. These earphones use a passive system that simply includes sealing the ear with different types of foam canal tips. The outside noise is reduced and the sound is sent directly to the ear. As to how much is reduced depends purely on how good the seal and/or ear plugs are, and how well it fits your ear.
Now wasn’t that simple?! But since we are it, let us disseminate these two even further. We can of course debate the pros and the cons of Noise Cancellation and Noise Reduction, but the truth of the matter is that it truly only depends on where and why you need your music.
When should you go for Noise Cancellation?
Akin to working vs. working out, your choice between cancellation and reduction lies in your purpose. If you are working or on a long flight, or working out at the gym, noise cancellation can work wonders for you. The fact of the matter is, that noise cancellation headphones work best for environments that house no danger and all you need is some alone time with your music.
What about Noise Reduction?
On the other hand, if you are working out in the open or you are commuting to work in the metro or by road, you need to be aware of your surroundings as much as you want to be lost in your music. For instance, let’s say you are jogging in the morning. At that time, you need to be in tune with whatever may come. Noise reduction earphones are what they are because of their foam or rubber tips; this feature also provides extra traction to your earphones, providing a stable grip for the earphones to stay in your ears even during strenuous exercise regimes. And if the noise reduction earphones are embedded within your exercising or running apparel, then nothing like it!
At the end of the day, it is your ‘need’ that should be your foremost consideration for the purchase; once that is clear in your mind, you can then move ahead with scrutinizing every other detail before you zero in on a set.