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Best Noise Cancelling Headphones On a Budget — Treblab Z2 Review

Confession: I’m a bit tech-obsessed. It’s not that I’m super savvy or even way ahead of the curve on anything, but I *love* tools that optimize my life and let me do my job better.

One thing I’d been in the market for was a pair of noise cancelling headphones for editing videos. With bluetooth. And a long battery life. The ones on my wish list were the usual suspects: Bose, Bang & Olufsen and Sony. But I really couldn’t bring myself to spend at LEAST $300 on a pair. I mean, $300 is couple weeks worth of groceries! Or a plane ticket! Or so many other things! It’s a lot. So I decided to wait.

But the universe works in mysterious (read: creepy) ways, and last month as I was debating which of these to buy, Treblab contacted me to see if I’d want to try their headphones. I was hesitant because 1) I don’t usually partner with brands even for a good paycheck because I don’t like the expectation of feeling like I “should” say something nice even if I don’t believe what I’m saying, and 2) their headphones are inexpensive and I was skeptical that they’d be good enough to talk about.

Well, luckily neither of those things matter.treblab z2 review bad yogi

Right off the bat, there’s a couple things you should know about Treblab:
– They didn’t have to write me a check to try them or to write this.
– The headphones are actually amazing and worth every penny of the $79. (YES, THAT’S ALL and that’s actually their most expensive model. They start at $19.99! Insert dancing emoji here ;))

Incredible sound & noise cancellation. 
I’d say you could probably tell a difference if you did a side-by-side comparison with any of the other main brands, but these Treblab Z2 headphones are seriously impressive. I need total noise cancellation for editing videos and podcasts and these do the job wonderfully. Once I put these on to edit, I couldn’t hear the traffic outside despite living on the busiest street in the city. Meanwhile Adrien was playing music and had a phone call, and I couldn’t hear any of it even though we were in the same room!

I just like the way they look! They’re sleek and comfortable so you can wear them for a while and not have any complaints.

I mean, wow. Not to labor on this point, but you seriously cannot beat $79 for a high-end pair of noise cancelling headphones like this. Bravo, Treblab.

Battery life.
The battery lasts for 35 hours! That’s more than enough to take around the world on a few long haul flights. LOVE that about them! But you can also plug them into your computer or phone just like regular wired headphones, so either way you won’t be stranded without being able to use them.

I wish they folded in half or something to make them more travel friendly, but if you don’t mind that they take up space, it’s not a big deal.

Anyway, anytime I find something genuinely useful, I like sharing it with you. This is one of the best tech finds of 2018 for me, so I thought I’d pass it along 🙂

treblab z2 review bad yogiOver to you! Are you similarly tech-obsessed? You know, I should call it “selectively tech-obsessed” haha! That’s more accurate 😉 Are you a headphone wearer? What’s your first impression of these? If you try them, let me know! 

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    Janel Coburn

    September 7, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Two questions! I have a really small head and most headphones slide right off my head if I tilt my head down or up. Working out is typically a no go with big headphones and ear buds hurt my inner ear. Is there grip on your head? Because I’ve been looking for a good wireless (and affordable) and noise canceling pair for years! Your head seems like maybe it’s small too, so maybe I’m in luck! 😀
    Also, are they available overseas or only in the US and shipping is going to be ungodly and offset the cost of “affordable” to get them in Finland. 🙂
    *sigh* the joys of being an expat!!

    Thank you!!

    Janel Coburn

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      Erin Motz

      September 7, 2018 at 1:56 am

      Too funny! Yes, I do actually have a small head! No “average” adult hat fits me unless it’s adjustable. And forget about headbands– they slide off every time. These fit comfortably. Snug, but not too tight. I don’t workout with these, so I’m not sure if they’d feel good for me to jump around in, but I love them for work. As for import fees/duties, I’m not totally sure! They sent them to me and I didn’t pay for them, BUT a lot of times even if I get stuff from companies for free, I still pay the taxes on import and I didn’t here. But I’d send them a quick email just to be sure 🙂

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    Jay Blundon

    November 15, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I’ve got a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort 35 that I use at work (noisy and I require good active noise cancellation), and the Bose have extremely good ANC. But I wanted another set for home but thought I’d try less expensive sets and save a few bucks. I bought three sets (with the intent of sending two back!): the Sony WH-CH700N (which best buy had priced down from $198 to $99), the Cowin E7 Pro, and the Treblab Z2. These last two also are in the$80-90 price range. I’ll make this short and sweet….none of the three had noise cancellation anywhere near the Bose Quiet Comfort…. the Sony ANC was the best of the three. If I gave Bose a 10 for ANC, I’d rate the Sony as a 6. The Treblab ANC was the worst of the three, hardy made much difference at all on external noise, I’d give it a 3 or 4 out of 10. The Cowin E7 Pro just slightly better with a 5 out of 10. But, of those three budget ANC headphones, I’m keeping the Treblab Z2. Why? They sound phenomenal. Bass, midrange, and treble are all natural sounding, nothing overpowering. And the soundstage is amazing…. clear and distinct. Were I to rate sound reproduction as a 10 for Treblab, I’d give the Sony WH-C700N a 7 and the Bose a 8! Yes, these Treblabs sound better than the Bose. Lastly, the Sony and Treblab sets are as comfortable as the Bose, with ear cup large enough to enclose my entire ear. The Cowin earcups are smaller and it’s not as comfortable squishing my ears to get them all inside. So, I’m returning the Sony and Cowin sets, keeping the Treblabs. I don’t need as much sound isolation at home as I do for work, and I’m really digging the sound quality. (I’m playing lossless FLAC files on a Shandling M2s DAP.

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