Noise Canceling vs. Noise Isolating

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Not sure about the difference between noise isolating and noise canceling? Here’s the rundown:

NOISE ISOLATING

  • Noise isolation passively blocks out ambient sound
  • No batteries needed
  • Earphones
    • Fitted eartips seal out external noise
  • Headphones
    • Added ear cup padding physically buffers outside sound

Heartbeats, Powerbeats, Mixr, Tour, Solo HD, urBeats

ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION

  • Earcups contain microphones that generate noise to cancel out outside sound
  • ANC actively blocks out ambient sound
  • Uses battery power

Executive, Pro, Studio (original), Wireless

ADAPTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION

  • Playing Music—Sound quality and noise cancellation are balanced
  • Music Off—The level of noise cancellation rises to deliver a complete noise cancellation experience
  • Uses battery power

Studio, Studio Wireless

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