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If you’re looking for the best over-ear noise-cancelling headphones to make travel on a plane, train, or car a bit quieter and more relaxing, the Bose QuietComfort 25 is the pair to get. After testing a dozen new models, we can say that the Bose QuietComfort 25 is still our pick for the best set of over-ear noise-cancelling headphones. The NoiseHush i7, our previous runner-up pick, is no longer available, so we moved it to the Competition section. Updated with a few of the headphones we're looking forward to testing this spring and summer.
Updated to note CNET's selection of the QC25s as the best noise-cancelling headphones of 2014.
Added the $250 Plantronics BackBeat PRO and $400 Parrot Zik 2.0 to the competition section. We interviewed top headphone reviewers and did our own listening tests to find the best noise-cancelling over-ear headphones. We’ve tested the new QuietComfort 25 headphones from Bose, and they’re at least the same, perhaps a touch better than the QC15s, which Bose is discontinuing. The Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones offer the best noise cancellation of any model available.
For the second year in a row, we’ve found the Bose QuietComfort 25 to offer the best noise-cancelling performance of any over-ear headphones model. The ATH-ANC7b doesn’t sound quite as good as the Bose pair, nor does it cancel as much noise.
If the Bose QuietComfort 25 is out of your price range, or in the unlikely event that it’s sold out or unavailable, consider the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b.
If you want wireless noise cancellation, the Samsung Level Over offers good NC (but not as much as our pick), decent sound, and Bluetooth.
If you want noise cancellation along with Bluetooth capabilities because you just can’t tolerate having a cord between your headphones and your phone or tablet, the Samsung Level Over offers decent noise cancellation (but it’s not as good as the Bose model in that respect). These headphones are exceptionally pricy, but they offer above-average noise cancellation, Bluetooth, and great sound.
This guide deals specifically with over-ear headphones, but if you want something smaller and more portable, check out our best noise-cancelling in-ear headphones guide, which has a top pick and several alternatives. Are you using headphones with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and experiencing crackling sounds or problems with Siri? You have two things to consider when reading this guide: noise cancellation and whether you need an over-ear pair versus an in-ear pair. We need to be clear up front: Buy noise-cancelling headphones only if you need noise cancellation. No pair of noise-cancelling headphones offers the same sound quality as a like-priced pair of non-noise-cancelling headphones. Tyll Hertsens of headphone enthusiast site InnerFidelity raised an important point in an interview: “Noise-cancelling headphones are a strange beast. Bose, largely due to owning several important noise-cancellation patents, currently makes our picks for the best over-ear and best in-ear noise-cancelling headphones.
If total noise reduction is all you care about, you don’t mind carrying something a bit bigger than a paperback book, you don’t have glasses, and you don’t plan on sleeping on a plane, over-ear noise-cancelling headphones are the better bet.
If you want something that’s more compact and easier to tote but not designed to offer quite as much overall noise cancellation, check out our best noise-cancelling in-ear headphones guide. We talked about this topic above in our over-ears versus in-ears discussion, but we’ve conducted additional testing—and we get questions about this issue—so it’s worth diving into even more. In our new testing, I rated each new set of headphones with and without my glasses (which you can see in the image at the top of our in-ear headphones guide), and I found that, on average, the noise-cancelling performance dropped by at least one full point, sometimes more. Brent Butterworth conducted a similar test and didn’t find the differences to be as severe as I did. For the original version of this guide, I interviewed the top headphone reviewers working today, including Steve Guttenberg, Tyll Hertsens, and Brent Butterworth. Fairly simple objective testing can determine the worth of a noise-cancelling pair of headphones, too. I gave the QuietComfort 25 and other potential picks to Wirecutter contributor Brent Butterworth to test using his specialized gear to check for frequency response and noise cancellation. For our 2015 update we added some additional subjective testing, detailed below, using Brent, Wirecutter’s own headphone guru Lauren Dragan, and myself as guinea pigs.
With so many potentially great headphones to listen to, we added a whole new round of testing in addition to the objective tests mentioned above. We ranked each of the new headphones on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 representing no change in the sound whatsoever and 10 indicating Cone of Silence–esque. We each went through the various headphones multiple times, listening to them and comparing them with like-priced and like-performing models. Judging broadband “amount of noise reduced” involves less subjectivity than comparing sound quality, and our rankings matched fairly closely. The perfect noise-cancelling headphone would sit at the bottom right, offering tons of noise cancellation for very little money.
As part of my original QuietComfort 25 review for Forbes, I tested the pair on an airplane and found that these headphones “do a fantastic job reducing the engine noise from this Airbus A319. Lauren Dragan later agreed after participating in our test panel, saying, “The NC is still fantastic. The QC25 sounds decent, offers exceptional comfort, and folds into a small case about the size of a thick paperback book. It would be hubris to think that my take (or any single person’s take) on headphone sound is absolutely correct, so I had our own Lauren Dragan give some feedback as well: “In passive mode they’ve got muddy lows, and a bass spike into lower mids. Brent Butterworth also gave the QC25 a listen and ran it through his usual suite of objective headphone tests (including frequency response, noise cancellation, and the like). So if you’re looking for the most noise cancellation, the QuietComfort 25 offers that, plus it’s a well-designed product overall. Our previous pick, the Bose QuietComfort 15, has officially been discontinued, but as of this writing, you can still purchase it for around 10 percent less than the QuietComfort 25. The QC25 does have that mode, so it’ll still create music after its single AAA battery dies. While all NC headphones require a battery, some don’t have a “passive” mode, where they continue working after the battery dies.
If you already have the QC15, upgrading is probably not worthwhile; the noise cancellation is roughly the same. If you really can’t afford the Bose pair, or in the unlikely event that the Bose model is unavailable, check out the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b. Tyll Hertsens is a fan: “No, it’s not quite as comfortable, not quite as quieting, and not quite the sound quality of the Bose, but the little 7b does manage to deliver the second best listening experience of the bunch for me.
These headphones are best for someone who travels a fair amount but just can’t spend hundreds on the Bose pair. The Samsung Level Over is a bit better balanced than our previous Bluetooth pick,  the original Parrot Zik. It doesn’t offer the range of frequencies that the QC15 and QC25 can reduce, but in certain frequencies it offers almost as much performance. It’s a Bluetooth model, which is nice as well, since you won’t have a cord between your phone or tablet and the headphones. There’s an understandable desire for a set of headphones that does it all—noise cancellation, Bluetooth support, and sound quality—and does it all well. Also, I can’t wear the Sennheiser headphones, because they are exceptionally uncomfortable with my glasses. Oh, and at the moment, the Sennheiser pair costs $500, which is rather outrageous but seems to be the going rate for decent noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones.
AKG N60NC: This new AKG model is an updated version of the K490NC on-ear set that Brent loved from the last round of testing (described below). Beats Studio: Beats has been progressing like someone who is learning to drive a stick shift in San Francisco—for every Solo2 move forward, Beats puts out models like these that roll backward. Definitive Technology Symphony 1: The Symphony 1 is quite good, and there’s a lot to like about it, as it’s very comfortable and the headphones sound great. Golzer BANC-70: We got this pair in hopes of finding a new budget NC pick, but its noise cancellation is really mild.
NoiseHush i7 Aviator: The new version of a previous budget pick, the i7 Aviator is okay for the price, but it really doesn’t offer much noise cancellation.
Phiaton BT 330 NC: Lauren tested this model as a potential Bluetooth pick but even for the price found them disappointing. Direct Sound Serenity II: Brent heard these headphones at this year’s AES Convention and was impressed enough to recommend we get a pair in. Out of curiosity, I put on the Bose QuietComfort 20 in-ear headphones and then put the Serenity II over them, but the overall reduction in noise wasn’t much different from what the QC20 headphones did on their own.
If you really want the best noise cancellation you can get in a pair of headphones with Bluetooth capability, the Zik 2.0 is it, but this model is really annoying to use. Brookstone SoundShield: This pair was $150 at the time of our review, and even that’s too much. A-Audio A01 Legacy: With a design involving lots of metal, these headphones feel pretty rugged. Tyll Hertsens reviewed the MS 530 for InnerFidelity, saying, “The Chord MS 530 doesn’t do a really good job of noise canceling. Overall, Hertsens did like this pair: “Being able to do everything it sets out to do to a level of ‘good’ to ‘very good’ makes the Phiaton Chord MS 530 a ‘great’ headphone in my book. Harman Kardon NC: The HK NC (kudos for nomenclature pith) is a large set of over-ear headphones, enough so that anyone with a smaller head might have an issue with fit.
If you're after the best noise cancelling headphones to drown out the sound of your morning commute, you've come to the right place. I mostly agree with this review.These headphones are well made, very comfortable to wear and easy to adjust. I just called Bose customer support - about replacing the ear cushions - on a free number (UK), and spoke to a friendly and helpful person after less than a minute of waiting, following a blindingly simple automated menu. My Audio Technica ANC9's (not reviewed) are excellent, and I believe level with the Boses's. Get TrustedReviews' award-winning reviews, opinions and advice delivered to your inbox for free! Put simply, the best noise cancelling headphones 2016 perform two functions really well: they accurately reproduce the original audio source and isolate and reduce outside noise. But in reality it takes an appreciable amount of extra technology and materials to make headsets both hi-fi and sequestered from external sound waves – which is why noise canceling headphones tend to cost more – yet provide one of the most immersive sound experiences. Let’s take a look at our top five so you can make the best audio purchase decision for your money. Bose consistently produces great sound waves, these are some of the best noise cancelling headphones to be found.
This headset also has those classic over-ear Bose earcups, which people tend to either love or hate. The battery this time around is lithium-ion, so you’ll need to recharge it when it starts dying. These solid noise-cancelling headphones take us away from the Bose world and provide a new style with some of the best cancellation features around.
You’ll need two AAA batteries for operating the PSB noise-cancelling system, which will add some extra weight to the whole headset. Clearly this is the most expensive headset on the list and dropping $500 is only for the true audiophiles and quiet-lovers among us. These Beats headphones provide noise cancellation at a lower price than other high-end models. If you have your eye on the cost, then these Beats headphones may please with their lower price tag.

Ear comfort: Active-noise canceling works well in large, weighty, over-ear headphones, but in recent years a crop of in-ear headphones using noise cancellation have also sprung up, so you do have options here. Money talks: With good noise canceling you can tune out the world around you and even create simple silence if you just want a nap. Recharge it: Some models require disposable batteries, and others use rechargeable batteries. Finally, remember that there’s a big difference between the best noise-canceling headphones and the headsets with the best fidelity or sound experience. While more expensive, active noise canceling with microphones, signal processing, and transducers will give you the quiet you really want.
Active noise cancelling often requires batteries, so check on battery requirements before you buy.
The best headphones give you the ability to turn noise cancellation on and off to save on battery or improve on sound quality. Some may also give you the ability to switch between active listening and full noise cancelling abilities for different degrees of control.
Too much weight can make headphones annoying to carry around or give people headaches: know your tolerance for heavy ear-cups and what you are willing to carry around. Expect the average headset to weigh half a pound or more, and look for lightweight versions where available. When in doubt, go for a Bose model – you even get your choice between in-ear and over-ear, and the prices aren’t too excessive. When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Northwest outdoors, you can find Tyler on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place. We spent more than 30 hours narrowing down a field of 20 different models in order to find that the QC25 offers the best active noise cancellation of any headphones available, plus it’s comfortable, lightweight, and able to fold down into a compact carrying case. The new Parrot Zik model still requires use of a companion app, so it’s unlikely to become our top pick, but we’ll check it out soon.
The Bose QuietComfort 25 are our new favorite, offering the best active noise-cancelling performance of any headphone available. We’re working on a new guide with the QC25s as our new pick that should be ready very soon. Early reviews are good, and we're testing them to see if they can surpass our current pick (which we think is pretty likely). This pair is no match for the Bose model in sound or in noise cancellation, but it’s less than half the price, and it still offers a pretty good listening experience.
This set also produces good sound—maybe slightly better sound than the Bose pair offers—but it costs a little more than our main pick. I’ve tested dozens of noise-cancelling headphones, and I’ve asked the top headphone reviewers on the Web about their picks. If you’re just looking for a pair of all-around headphones and you think you might occasionally use the noise cancellation, you’ll probably be disappointed. For example, the PSB M4U 2 is an excellent-sounding set of headphones, but its noise cancellation adds $100 to its price over its passive sibling, the M4U 1. They do a great job of reducing low-frequency noise, such as the engine drone on an airplane.
The big problem is the noise-cancelling circuitry and methods always seems to introduce problems in sound quality. I’ve put more than 50,000 miles on our in-ear noise-cancelling pick, the Bose QuietComfort 20. Subjectively, with my glasses the in-ear QuietComfort 20 easily offered the most overall reduction.
Well, noise cancellation is not an easy thing to do, and it’s incredibly rare for an unknown company to stumble upon a magic mixture (while not infringing on Bose’s patents) that cancels a lot of noise. So if we heard of a newly released model from an established manufacturer that knows its stuff, or if a certain pair of headphones enjoyed some buzz (pun not intended) in forums or in the comments, we called it in to test.
Since Bose no longer manufactures that model, we’ve included it only as a reference because of how popular it was across its many-year production run. For the new test, we used a recording of the noise in the passenger cabin of a Boeing 737-800 in flight, played through a 5.1 speaker system at 80 decibels. Added to the mix were the Bose QuietComfort 20 in-ear headphones (as they’re the best noise-cancelling in-ear headphones) and the Phiaton MS 100 BA headphones, which aren’t noise cancelling but offer decent passive isolation (for comparison and reference’s sake). All of the rest were in the 4 to 5 range, which we labeled as “average”—and since we had so many options that were above average, we passed on these as picks. The performance number is the headphones’ average amount of noise reduced in the 100-to-1200-Hz frequency band. The Bose QuietComfort 25 clear and away offers the most NC, while standouts like the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b offer amounts similar to those of much more expensive headphones. If these headphones were uncomfortable, horrible sounding, or huge and bulky, that might prompt us to look elsewhere.
As I write in my other review: “Compared to the QC15s, the overall sound of the QC25s is much tighter, more refined. Here’s what he found: “It was obvious to me that the QC25 and QC15 are a lot more alike than they are different. It’s very comfortable, relatively compact, and still capable of making music if the battery dies.
If you have a chance to hear the QC25, you can judge whether the change in sound is worth $300.
The sound quality won’t blow you away—neither will that of the Bose—and its noise cancellation isn’t quite as good as on our top pick, but this model is pretty good for the price, especially in the $120 range.
At $120 or less, it’s a reasonable option—just know that the Bose model is significantly better.
I thought this model had decent bass but a bit too much of a spike in the upper-mids (think snare drums). All in all, though, these headphones are big, they don’t collapse to as small a bundle as the Bose pair, and they don’t reduce as much noise. Until this year, you couldn’t really find anything that did all of those things; you could have two, but not all three. So the Momentum’s noise cancellation is better than average but nowhere close to that of the QuietComfort 25.
If you wear glasses, try before you buy, and make sure that you can get a good seal, as without it, the noise cancellation will be even worse (something true of most headphones). Like its predecessor, the N60NC folds up small and offers decent, if not great, noise cancellation. However, the noise cancellation is only a little above average, and Brent couldn’t get a good seal.
The noise cancellation is a little better than average, the sound quality is decent, the headphones are comfortable, and it’s a Bluetooth model. The noise cancellation was quite mild, cutting some low end, but with a higher-end hiss to it.
A fantastic-sounding pair of headphones, and Lauren’s reference headphones, this set came in a close second in our best $400 headphones guide, as it should. Unlike the rest of the headphones here, the Serenity II is a noise-isolating model, not a noise-cancelling one. It looks good, it folds nicely, it’s very comfortable (for an on-ear), it does Bluetooth like a champ, it does noise canceling nicely for a walking-around headphone, it runs wired, and most importantly it sounds good in every mode. Since this pair is wireless, it’s worth considering if the Parrot Zik and the Samsung Level Over are out of your price range, if you don’t like the sound of those models, or you don’t want to use an app for wired playback. We've picked five of the best to buy.It's worth investing in a good pair of noise cancelling headphones if you travel to work via train, bus or tube and like to listen to music or watch movies while you go. They block out low frequencies really well and highs moderately so.They can give high quality sound, but need 48 hours to burn in, and, in common with many headphones, perform much better when driven by a moderately powerful headphone amp, such as the FiiO E11 or E17. I upgraded to the 15s as soon as they were available & Bose gave me a 50% price reduction for trading in my old 3s.
I have used them for a 75 minute train commute for over a year (so probably worn them for 600+ hours), they still and work like new, and I would buy another pair tomorrow if they broke.
An upgrade in every way from the previous QuietComfort models, you will be hard-pressed to find better noise cancellation on the market. Also,remember they are in-ear headphones, so the noise seal may not be quite as top-notch as it would with full ear cups to work with. In addition to inline controls and multiple modes, this PSB model also has a setting you can switch on that pauses your song and turns off noise cancellation at the same time to hold necessary conversations. These speakers are no exception, because they combine both wireless capabilities and noise cancellation functions. The answer for the best headsets is an extra component with its own battery, microphone, and circuitry that monitors surrounding noise. All headphones try to use passive noise cancellation to some degree, some models make it a primary focus. But get ready to pay for it: Noise-cancelers are typically more than a two hundred dollars. Most headphones are designed to make it as soundless as possible, but it may slip through anyway. The microphone and transducer cannot respond quickly enough to instantly stop sharp, sudden screeches and thuds, so these tend to sneak through.
However, the quality of the microphone itself is often important – a well-known brand with two accurate microphones may be superior to a low-quality model with four mics. If wireless is important to you, the Sennheiser is tough to beat in everything but price, but you’ll lose out on audio quality without a cord.
This model isn’t perfect—the sound quality is decent enough, just not spectacular—but the main purpose of buying these headphones should be for their noise-cancelling capabilities.
If our pick is out of your price range, the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b doesn't sound quite as good or cancel as much noise as the Bose model, but it’s half the price. Sound quality is okay, not great, so the main reason to buy this set is for the superior noise-cancelling capabilities. We tested a bunch of new models this year, and while some were quite good, none offered as much overall reduction in noise as this Bose pair. It’s a solid runner-up thanks to a good mix of price, noise-cancelling performance, and sound quality.
In addition, I had two other headphone reviewers listen to the top contenders to get multiple opinions. Also, the M4U 2 doesn’t offer the same amount of noise cancellation as the Bose QuietComfort 25 does. It makes sitting in an airplane (or a train, a car, etc.) a lot more pleasant by making everything just a little quieter, most notably by reducing the hum of the engine. I found that the QC20 did a little better with lower-midrange frequencies (think whooshing air), but that the QC25 did better with lower and higher frequencies.
And if you wear glasses, your frames might prevent you from getting a good seal with the QC25, reducing the effectiveness of its noise reduction.
If you can, test a pair of noise-cancelling headphones somewhere loud, and try them with and without your glasses. Since then, we’ve tested many new promising models and several inexpensive models not reviewed elsewhere. Most companies buy off-the-shelf noise-cancelling circuitry, which may be okay, but not nearly as good as what you’ll find in the top contenders in this guide. We objectively measured each model’s noise-cancelling performance, and if it was anything decent, we gave that pair a listen to see how it sounded. This system included a $1,600, 1,700-watt, Power Sound Audio S3600i subwoofer with dual 18-inch drivers (the most powerful sub Brent has ever tested).
This is the range where Brent found airplane noise to be the loudest based on four different in-cabin recordings.

For example, at 150 Hz (a fairly low rumble), the QuietComfort 25 (green) reduces approximately 30 dB of noise. So as far as our choice for the best noise-cancelling over-ear headphones goes, the Bose QuietComfort 25 is the clear winner. The QC15 goes completely silent—quite a bummer if you’re in the middle of a long flight and you forgot to bring a backup battery. So this model might be good for someone who wants better sound quality than the Bose provides but better noise cancellation than the PSB M4u 2 produces, or Bluetooth compatibility.
If you want great-sounding Bluetooth headphones, with good noise cancellation, that you can wear with glasses, check out the B&O H8 in the competition section below.
The passive noise-isolating Serenity II does basically nothing below 200 Hz (where most airplane engine noise is). On our subjective testing, we ranked this set in the middle of the pack, which wasn’t good enough for us to name it as a pick at its current price. When I held the headphones in place, they did a little better, but I have a really average-size head, and I’ve never had to hold headphones in place for them to work. These headphones are comfortable even for people who wear glasses due to the on-ear design, and their noise cancellation is at least as good as the Sennheiser set’s. I found the active noise cancellation to be fairly mild, with most of the overall reduction coming from the passive isolation. This Golzer set offers Bluetooth support, but even for its low price, its performance isn’t good enough to earn an outright recommendation. It comes with a (slow-loading and annoying) app that claims to tune the headphones to your ears. If you absolutely can’t afford the Audio-Technica set, I suppose this one will work, but its noise cancellation is very, very mild, not much more than what a pair of noise-isolating in-ear headphones can do. Additionally, she found that this model turned the volume down on noise but didn’t reduce it as much as other options. During our subjective testing, I found that it created (or let in) an odd bass rumble, though Brent and Lauren didn’t have this issue. However, its noise-cancelling performance is so mild compared with that of the new options here that it isn’t a main pick in this category anymore.
The Samsung Level Over is roughly the same price, and it offers both better noise cancellation and Bluetooth support. If you find the Level Over at about the same price, it’s a much better option if you want both noise cancellation and Bluetooth. From my Forbes review: “If you like the look of the Legacy, and can appreciate the solidity of the construction, there’s something to the A-Audios. Given the other options available, the K490 NC is a tough sell, as it isn’t as comfortable and doesn’t block or cancel as much noise. In this situation the bass is deep and well controlled, mids are clear and well imaged and highs sweet and never strident.
I have also found the headphones themselves to be superb, both for sound and noise cancellation, and never take long-distance flights without them, where they are especially useful to replace the free headsets handed out for films and music. It also includes Active EQ and TriPort tech, which are modes to boost your bass and pump up your music a bit. Also, note that companies tackle the power question in different ways when it comes to cancelling noise: For this Bose model, you will need an AAA battery to operate the system. Here is one of those rare examples of earbuds that also feature active noise canceling technology. These headphones also fold up more easily than others on the list, making them more ideal for traveling. You may also appreciate the custom EQ options, which allows you to tinker with sound, but many people prefer Beats headphones without EQ distortion, so feel free to experiment. These use sound-blocking foam and over-ear cups to isolate you from as much noise as possible. Active cancellation excels at getting rid of long-term noise like clattering subways, murmuring crowds, or engines. And if you are on a budget, then check out the Beats model, our pick for the best noise-cancelling headphones under $200.
Geek Out with the latest desktop computers, best gaming laptops, best headphones and the latest gadget news and top product reviews online. If you want noise cancellation with Bluetooth capabilities, we recommend the Samsung Level Over. These headphones sound fantastic, look great, and support Bluetooth, and they’re really comfortable. And lastly, I asked expert audio reviewer Brent Butterworth to measure the picks using headphone test gear to get objective numbers when it comes to noise cancellation. However, if you fly or take the train a lot, or if you sit near a noisy air conditioner at work, that kind of thing, noise-cancelling headphones can offer a bit of relief.
The over-ear design of the Bose QC25 will make those noises a little softer, but by electronically reducing the ambient engine drone on a plane, it leaves someone sitting right next to you still audible. If you’re going to be using your cans only occasionally in very loud environments (trains and planes), I’d suggest a good sealed headphone and just put up with the extra noise those times when in loud environments. The over-ear design is a lot harder to sleep on, too, compared with the more-or-less in-ear design of the QC20. This amount is the difference between a quiet office and a noisy city street—but only at that specific frequency.
The QC25 seemed to have a stronger resonant peak in the low bass, maybe around 40 Hz and below, which gave kick drum and the lower notes of the bass guitar more dynamics and punch.” Brent was on the fence as to which model sounded better, though. Lauren and I thought the sound quality from the QC25 was a little better, while Brent felt that the two models were just differently mediocre.
To get something that does everything the Samsung pair does and performs as well if not better, you’ll have to spend more money. It has fantastic sound quality (it’s also the luxury option in our best Bluetooth headphones guide), and the noise cancellation is good, but—and here’s the catch—it’s still not as good as that of the Bose QuietComfort 25. The K490NC is still available, though, and currently it’s priced at only $100, half what it used to be and quite a steal. Lauren and Brent have small and large heads, respectively, and they ranked the Studio in the middle of the pack. But even so tuned, the sound isn’t that much better than what we heard from other models here. The biggest issue, however, was the sound quality with the noise cancellation turned off, which was exceptionally bad: “Suddenly everything sounds like it’s coming through cupped hands, with this weird hole in the mids,” Lauren said. Basically, if you’re looking for great headphones, and you plan on using the noise cancellation only occasionally, the PSB pair is a fantastic option.
It even reduces a few more midrange and upper-midrange frequencies than the Bose QuietComfort 25 does. If you don’t mind having to use an app to toggle features (and you can tolerate jumping through the ridiculous hoops Parrot sets up for you to use the app), the Zik 2.0 is worth a look. The sound quality of the BackBeat PRO is acceptable but not outstanding enough to counter its below-average noise-cancelling performance. While bass is bloated in passive mode, it nearly disappears in ANC mode, and there’s a vicious 3K spike—really bad. They’ve got good passive sound and they’re fairly comfortable.” But the sound is pretty mediocre while the noise cancellation is on.
The [HK] NC nicely reduced the low-frequency drone of the jet engines, but the QC-15 reduced it even more, and also cut out most of the noise from the cabin ventilation system and the other passengers’ chatter.“ In the end, this set is bulky, designed to use a special cable for charging, and not as good as a Bose pair.
With in-ear pairs, all the cancelling gubbins is packed into a little remote housing that lies on the cable.
Listening straight out of an MP3 Player, without additional amping, the bass is a bit woolly and the highs a bit weak.What I don't like is Bose's inability to provide basic information such as the maximum power input, impedance or sensitivity.
They provide a world of quiet solitude in which to work & sleep & are incredibly comfortable. Obviously, if you don’t like the weight of over-ear headphone cups then this is one of the best (and more affordable) options for you. It uses a Bluetooth connection or an optional NFC connection for music, and sports an impressive 22-hour battery life for those long trips. The mic and mini-computer are always working to shift that signal to cancel any new noise immediately, giving you a placid, silent space in which to enjoy your favorite tunes without disruption.
However, there is no active listening and cancellation of ambient noise, just the earcup seal. Gadget Review is also, home to some of the best top consumer reviews online with top ten consumer product comparisons to the latest gadget news, to top gadgets ranging from the top home security systems, the best satellite tv networks and expert product reviews, as well as the best product daily deals and giveaways. And if you’re looking for headphones that do it all, we've added a luxury pick, the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless. So if you don’t like (or can’t get a good fit for your ears in) the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b, check out the K490NC. The Samsung Level Over is similar, and offers better noise cancellation, though I like the sound of the JBL pair better. But it doesn’t reduce any low-frequency noise, and the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b offers far more overall noise reduction for roughly the same money. Bass mode brings some of the bass back but leaves the 3K spike. The noise cancellation is okay in some frequencies, but it doesn’t offer much in the bass region. This pair also has the exact same noise-cancelling circuit as the Brookstone set does (right down to the button design and mode names).
It generally gets a bit annoying, unless you wear clothes that are happy to accommodate a shirt clip. You have to give your personal address to contact them by e-mail and within a few days the junk mail starts being delivered.
This pair is exceptionally pricy, but it offers above-average noise cancellation, Bluetooth support, and great sound. If you’re traveling or in loud environments a lot, good in-ear headphones will provide as much or more isolation and much better sound. Brent, Lauren, and I all liked the H8, but we all said we’d pick the Momentum Wireless if given the choice between the two.
The B&O pair costs only a little more, offers better overall noise cancellation, and is significantly smaller.
If in the future Direct Sound were to make a noise-cancelling version that sounds as good as this pair does—now, that might be interesting. Very unprofessional, and actually unworthy of the technology they have created.With decent input power they sound like good ?150-175 cans, the extra is what you pay for the quiet background. If there’s something about this model that you like better, or if you wear glasses, or if you want to save a little money (about 10 percent at the time of this writing), the H8 is a great choice. We didn’t get a chance to try this model’s baby brother, the on-ear Everest 300 Elite, but we expect the performance to be similar. They're therefore a lot neater and easier to live with.A quirk of Bose ANC (active noise cancelling) headphones is that they will not output any sound at all unless cancellation is switched on. Still a touch hot in 2-3k range (think snare drums) and lacking in soundstage, but the sound is far more even than the 15s. Bear this is mind if you know you tend to spend a long part of your day away from a charger.However, the battery life of ANC headphones is improving.
Buying into this sector, you'll just have to accept that the sound won't quite match the very best non-ANC headphones at the price.

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