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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.
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.
A company called Noise Free says it showcased to Apple its noise-canceling technology, and then the iPhone maker responded by using it for its own good.
They're refurbished, but also backed by a one-year warranty. You'd pay at least $100 for them elsewhere.
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.
Audience CEO Peter Santos tells Reuters that that the company came to the realization as it examined the "normal course of business."
Noise canceling and Bluetooth help the $499.99 Denon Globe Cruiser AH-NCW500 stand out, but other devices sound much better and cost less.
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Despite some downsides, including a high price tag, the Bose QuietComfort 20 offers the best noise-cancelling in an in-ear headphone.