Best Over Ear Headphones With Transparency Mode

The best over ear headphones with transparency mode 2023: top cans from Sony, Bose and more. Choose how many items you want to display for comparison.
NEW Bose QuietComfort Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones Soundcore Life Q35
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Bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.1 Bluetooth 5.0
Codec AAC, SBC AAC, LDAC, SBC
Battery life Rated up to 24.0 hours Rated up to 40.0 hours
Weight 240 grams 265 grams
Water-Resistant IPX4
Driver 40mm dynamic driver ø40mm Dynamic Driver
Calls AI noise reduction
Fast Charging 15min = 3 hours 5 mins = 4 hours
Wireless Charging No No
Transparency mode Yes Yes
ANC Yes Yes
Multipoint Yes Yes
Personalized Sound No No
Dynamic Head Tracking
By Tinh Lee, December 8, 2023

Transparency mode is not separate from the ANC feature. The ANC function originally uses outward facing microphones to capture the noise, those microphones also pickup the other sound as well. While the function can reduce the sound why not reproduce it, and voila the transparency feature is developed and overtime it evovles to something called hearing aid that the human voice is enhanced for a more clear conversation. And it also develops further to a safe feature - adaptive transprency mode, which will automatically lower the volume that have noise level above the 85dB. 

As I mentioned in a post about transparency earbuds, Apple did a great job for integrating transparency feature into their headphones, and the AirPods Max is just another headphone owns that reputation. And I was a bit supprised when the AirPods Max's transparency mode isn't as good as AirPods Pro (both 1st and 2nd gens).

On the market you could find a lot of cheaper headphones with transparency mode but they sound "synthesized", muffled, in order to portray the surrounding correctly, a lot of things being involved like SoC, mic integration, hardware and voice processing technology, let's find out which Bluetooth headphones are implemented perfectly. 

How we picked?

Though the Apple AirPods Max is quite heavy and its headband is not comfortable for some people but it is the best over ear headphones with transparency mode. 

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Apple AirPods Max

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Apple AirPods Max
Bluetooth version
Ratings
Editor's Rating
Codec
Battery life
Rated up to 20.0 hours
Water-Resistant
N/A
Noise-Cancelling (ANC)
Yes
Multipoint
Auto-switching between Apple devices
The Apple AirPods Max takes your movie watching experience to a whole new level with Spatial Audio and dynamic head tracking feature.
Pros
Excellent sound
Awesome sound stage
Super clear mids and bright highs
Cons
Expensive
Surround sound
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If you are on the budget, and need a good transparency mode, the Soundcore Life Q35 does a pretty good job. The sound through the ambient mode is quite natural and clear. Its predecessor (Q30 doesn't sound natural with noticable white noise everytime I switch the ambient sound mode on)

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BOSE QuietComfort 45

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BOSE QuietComfort 45
Bluetooth version
Ratings
Editor's Rating
Codec
Battery life
Rated up to 24.0 hours
Water-Resistant
IPX4
Noise-Cancelling (ANC)
Yes
Multipoint
Yes
BOSE QuietComfort 45 doesn't have new features compared to is predecessor, the only thing that is quite new is Bose’s aware mode that will soften the harsh sounds in the environment, and ensure you have conversations as usual with anyone.
Pros
Comfortable fit
Outstanding noise cancellation
Excellent transparency mode
Cons
May experience improper fit
Expensive
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