TaoTronics’ $90 headphones are good at noise cancellation, but that’s it


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I’m a huge fan of active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones – between long commutes and my boisterous co-working space, they’re a great way to drown out the cacophony around me. Naturally, I was only too happy to try the latest pair of cans from TaoTronics, the SoundSurge 46, which work wirelessly and are fairly affordable at $90.

Like others in this category, these over-ears support fast charging, accept a 3.5mm input cable, and include a mic so you can take calls. But they’re a bit pricier than comparable options. Let’s take a look at what you get for your money.

Design and features

The SoundSurge 46 is designed for comfort, with plush earpads, a padded headband wrapped in faux leather, and an easily adjustable headband. Although they’re listed on Amazon as weighing 217g, my scale told me they’re closer to 290g, which is a bit more than Sony’s popular WH-1000XM3 at 254g.

Credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal