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TECH ROUNDUP: The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones for People with Actor Roommates

by Madeleine Mason. @madeleinekmason.

For many of us, noise-canceling headphones are a necessity. From commuting to work to the workplace itself, they can provide a moment of peace and quiet in your day. For someone living with an actor roommate, though, they can be the difference between coexisting and going to prison for voluntary manslaughter. But not to fear! The techies here at The Broadway Beat have gathered the very best noise-canceling headphones on the market.

Check out our roundup below!


These headphones are the best all-around headphones for that unlucky soul living with Brian, who says he’s not a strong mover but decided to audition for 42nd Street. These bad boys are amazing at blocking out sound, and are compatible with your Alexa device. You won’t even notice Brian following along to a “Tap for Beginners” YouTube tutorial and swearing every time he messes up.

AirPods Max

Last year, Apple released their brand new AirPods Max; over-the-ear headphones with a phenomenal audio performance and sound-canceling abilities. They may be on the pricier end, but it’s worth every penny to block out your roommate’s daily performance of “Over the Moon”, complete with cowbell.

Anker Soundcore Life Q20

On the budget end, the Anker Soundcore Life provides an amazing audio experience for anyone with a tight pockets. It also has a battery life of thirty hours, so you’re guaranteed 24 hours of not listening to your roommate and their five friends workshop a new play that involves a lot of simulated sex. Wait, what is Brian doing here?

Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds

For those who aren’t the biggest fan of over-ear headphones, the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds are perfect for anyone looking for some buds that cut out external noise. The sound of your roommate’s various attempts at riffing“FIYERRRRRRRRRRRRO” won’t stand a chance.

Beats Studio3

Last, but certainly not least, are the Beats Studio3 over-ear headphones. Not only do these headphones come in a variety of colors, they have an amazing recharge time. Ten minutes charging in low battery mode provides three hours of listening. That way, you’re only subjected to ten minutes of your roommate screaming, “FRIENDS, ROMANS, COUNTRYMEN, LEND ME YOUR EARS!” seven different ways. I mean, they can’t hold a candle to what Brian did with that speech - I’ll give him that - but it’s still pretty annoying.


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