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.
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.
The Blackbox M10 Noise Cancellation Headphones are a versatile set that offer solid sound quality and a reasonably portable design for travel hounds.
The Blackbox C18 Noise Cancellation Earphones are a great option for travel hounds who want superior noise-hushing capability and good sound quality in a reasonably compact package.
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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.
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.
Noise canceling and Bluetooth help the $499.99 Denon Globe Cruiser AH-NCW500 stand out, but other devices sound much better and cost less.
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.
If you're looking for a more humble imitation of Bose's QuietComfort 2 headphones, Targus Travel-Ease Noise Cancellation Headphones may just fit the bill.
Bose says Beats' Studio and Studio Wireless headphones, soon to be owned by Apple, copy five of its patents.