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Whether on the daily commute or on longer trips - we all know the problem: Wherever many people come together, it can quickly get loud. This makes it difficult to concentrate and makes it particularly difficult to work productively on train journeys or to really switch off on your next vacation flight.
So it's no wonder that ANC headphones have become increasingly popular in recent years. ANC is an English abbreviation and stands for Active Noise Canceling. The idea: Ambient noises are actively suppressed so that the already existing shielding effect of headphones is further enhanced and we can "isolate" ourselves even better from the environment.
But how does ANC actually work?
Active noise canceling relies on the clever combination of different technologies. One of them are microphones. They are hidden in the earcups of ANC headphones and record the ambient noise. This audio information is passed on to the headphones and mostly processed by a special ANC chip. This in turn calculates the appropriate opposite polarity signal. When the external noise in the eardrum meets the precisely fitting anti-noise, they neutralize each other and the ambient noise is significantly attenuated or even completely inaudible.
The effectiveness of ANC varies depending on the background noise and headphones, but always leads to a much quieter perception of the environment and a feeling of more privacy. For really strong ANC results, over-ear headphones are always recommended, which simply because of their design have a clear advantage over in-ear models and shield the ears of their wearers much better. That said, in-ear headphones with ANC are also - like ours TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 - an effective means of getting some rest. In addition, they are much easier to transport and always ready to hand when needed.
When are ANC headphones recommended?
Active noise canceling headphones like ours TaoTronics SoundSurge 90 particularly shine when used when traveling. They reliably suppress the noise level in trains or planes, making it much easier for us to concentrate on work or the multimedia entertainment program. ANC headphones are also a very good way of creating oases of calm in the office - this of course also applies to the home office when the children are romping around in the next room.
It almost sounds as if Active Noise Canceling is an all-rounder technology that is recommended to be used anytime and anywhere. In fact, there are limits, because in many everyday situations, an undisturbed perception of the environment is simply essential. This applies, for example, to taking part in road traffic. The use of ANC is therefore not recommended, especially when cycling or doing sports. We recommend deactivating any ANC functions or using headphones that are specifically optimized for sport, such as ours Bluetooth sports headphones TT-BH072.
Headphones with Active Noise Canceling are a great way to create oases of calm wherever you want to concentrate or relax. That is why they are particularly recommended for people who travel a lot and like to travel. It is important to note, however, that ANC headphones do not make sense in every situation and, for example, in-ear headphones designed for sports are much better suited for training.