Monoprice's Noise Canceling Headphones are about 70 percent as good as the Bose QC15s for a little more than a third of the price.
Bose's $299.95/AU$399 QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones feature an entirely new design, combining better noise reduction and audio performance with a new look and greater portability.
While they may not be quite as comfortable as Bose's ultrapopular QC 15 headphones, the Harman Kardon NCs offer slightly better sound and have a built-in rechargeable battery to power the active noise-cancellation circuitry.
Despite some downsides, including a high price, the Bose QuietComfort 20 offers the best noise-canceling in an in-ear headphone and should tempt frequent travelers looking for a more compact alternative to a full-size NC headphone, such as the Bose QuietComfort 15.
Noise canceling and Bluetooth help the $499.99 Denon Globe Cruiser AH-NCW500 stand out, but other devices sound much better and cost less.
The AKG K390 Noise-Canceling earphones offer a sleek-looking design and two types of noise-hushing capabilities, but the high price tag and inconvenient noise-canceling module may be a turnoff for some.
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Bose's new QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones feature an entirely new design, combining better noise reduction and audio performance with a new look and greater portability. They replace the company's QC15 headphones and are available now for $299.95.
The Logitech Noise Canceling Headphones are a fine choice for frequent fliers who want to be enveloped in their music rather than the drone of outside noise. However, earring-wearers should steer clear.
The Motorola Pure H15 is an attractive and comfortable headset, but the audio quality could be improved.
Bose says Beats' Studio and Studio Wireless headphones, soon to be owned by Apple, copy five of its patents.