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.
Whether you're listening to music on your smartphone or tablet or at home with your high-end stereo, your headphone choice is critical. Here we've picked our five favorites across every style and category, but if you already know which type of headphones you want, use the links at the left to get more options.
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.
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.
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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The Sony MDR-NC500D Digital Noise Canceling Headphones may lighten the wallet, but they are a great option for frequent fliers and tetchy commuters who need superior noise cancellation.
AKG's $250 on-ear N60 NC model sounds great and is worth considering over Bose's QuietComfort 25 headphones.
From the Cheapskate: With premium looks, sound and features, these on-ear headphones are ideal for anyone who lacks a Beats budget.
Sony has launched a new range of hi-res portable audio gear at IFA in Berlin including headphones and players. We went hands-on.
The company is looking into bone conduction technology that would improve voice communications in a wireless earphone system.
Marketed toward discerning business travelers, the feature-packed PXC 550 offers a comfortable fit and delivers strong performance.