Noise isolation vs. noise-cancelling headphones, a very popular debate we’ve seen around the headphones realm. When talking about today’s headphone technology, it’s very easy to get lost in all the technical “mumbo jumbo” about the difference between noise isolation and noise cancellation. With a myriad of terminologies from the familiar algorithm and sound wave, to the complexities of digital signal processing and active noise reduction, just trying to sort through and comprehend it all can turn your brain to pudding. Before we can clear the fog and discover which one is right for you, we have to answer the most important question first. What exactly do the terms noise cancelling and noise isolation mean?