We're starting to see more cheap headphones incorporating noise-cancelling technology but the SuperEQ S1 are the first over-ear pair we've tested offering decent ANC for under £50. They're most effective at reducing low-end frequencies but they do a reasonable job at reducing the impact of mid-range sounds, too. In addition to ANC, the S1 have a transparency mode that boosts ambient sounds in your environment, which while not particularly strong, is useful when you need to be slightly more aware of what's going on around you.
Audio quality is solid for the money - the S1 don't distort at high volumes and vocals are delivered with clarity. Bass frequencies possess a pleasing thump too, though we did find they muddied the mid-range at times.
The S1 would undoubtedly benefit from a bit of extra padding on the headband and those with large ears should approach them with caution as their earpads are on the small side. But with IPX5 certification and up to 40 hours of audio playback in addition to ANC, they're a fine choice for those wanting over-ear noise cancellation on a budget.
Key specs – Type: Over-ear headphones; Connections: Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm jack plug; Weight: 283g; Cable length: 1.2m (optional)