Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Comparison

Have you noticed how loud airplanes and airports are these days?  I mean, really noticed?  Because if you’re like most business travelers, you have become almost numb to the assault on your ears.

It’s difficult to hear the in-flight movie or your personal music.  So you turn up the volume.  The baby two rows up starts to scream.  The constant airplane engine sounds.  Pretty soon you’ve got a pounding headache.

Studies have shown that noise can irritate you, tire you, and stress you.  But you already knew that.

Using noise canceling headphones can reduce the noise you hear on an airplane, or even your open office.  Truly and dramatically reduce it.  Kind-of like if someone in the seat next behind you found the volume control for the world, and turned it way, way down.

Try out one of these best noise cancelling headphones.  It may be one of the best gifts to yourself ever.

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Comparison

Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphone

Behold the BMW of headphones.  Wearing these may actually get you bumped to first class.  Sony’s headphones are sleek and well designed.  They offer the best noise cancellation I’ve experienced.  Plus, they come with a full set of accessories for plane jacks and high-end audio equipment.  Cost is around $400.

Bose® QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones

If the Sony’s are the BMW, then Bose is the Mercedes of noise canceling headphones.  They work so well that it’s hard to explain – they’re one of those things that you just have to experience to believe.

The cushioned ear cups fit perfectly around your ears.  The audio cord is removable, so you can still enjoy the noise reduction without being tethered to a computer or stereo system.  The fold-flat design makes for easy storage in a slim carrying case when not in use. Cost is around $349.

Audio-Technica ATHANC7 Noise-cancelling Headphones

Bose and Sony now have a rival in the noise canceling headphone arena:  Audio-Technica.  If you’re looking for the best deal, this is the pair to get.  Cost is around $150, well under the price of Sony’s and Bose’s product.  I guess we could extend the car metaphor and call the Audio-Technica’s the “Toyota” of the group.

The Audio-Technica’s sound quality was excellent.  I couldn’t tell the difference from the higher priced options.  The noise-canceling quality was slightly lower, but not by much.

The Audio-Technica’s are bigger and heavier than the Bose and Sony product, which is a downside.  But, they’re built travel-ready and capable of handling some real banging around.

I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the 3 choices above.  Just get one of ’em, your ears will thank you for it.

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