Anker is best known for its chargers and power banks, but its Soundcore brand offers some surprisingly good wireless headphones. If you’ve been looking for a noise-canceling pair and want to shell out under $100, it has several models currently on sale at or near record lows. These include the Soundcore Life Q30 model on sale for just $56 (30 percent off), the Soundcore Space Q45 priced at $100 with a $50 discount, and the Space A40 wireless noise-canceling headphones, up to $64 or 36 percent off regular price.
Both the Soundcore Life Q30 and Soundcore Space Q45 headphones offer a comfortable fit thanks to ample padding. They offer excellent battery life of up to 40-50 hours, can connect two devices at once, and come with a 3.5mm cable for wired listening (though only the Space Q45 allows you to use ANC when connected). Of course, the ANC can’t beat higher-end headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM5 or the Bose QuietComfort 45, but it does a great job of reducing noise from planes, trains, etc.
For extra money, The Space Q45 has an adaptive ANC mode that can automatically adjust the ANC strength of the headphones based on your environment. The Life Q30, on the other hand, only offers three preset ANC levels. For Android users, Space Q45 also supports the highest quality LDAC audio codec. Both let you tune the audio using Anker’s companion app, which offers a graphical equalization tool and some alternative sound profile presets.
Meanwhile, the Soundcore Space A40 headphones can reduce noise by up to 98 percent, according to Anker. They have a one-touch transparency mode, adaptive noise cancellation, and high-resolution wireless audio. A feature called Hear ID Sound is designed to analyze how you listen to music to create a sound profile tuned for your ears. You’ll get up to 10 hours of playtime on a single charge, with the charging case providing another 40 hours of playtime. Charging for 10 minutes could get you up to four hours of playback time. Soundcore promises “thumping bass” along with “rich, clear mid-highs” thanks to 10mm drivers.
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