Here we've picked our five favorites across every style and category, but if you already know which
Sony's audiophile-grade XBA-4 in-ear headphones deliver highly refined sound, with potent bass, airy treble, and excellent noise-isolating performance.
We compare these two often confused headphone types on the New York City subway system to determine which works better at blocking out the noise.
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.
The Passport Max isn't exactly a bargain, but with improved detection performance and fewer annoying false alerts, it certainly justifies its price tag.
It's just my opinion, but even a cheap pair of earbuds will usually sound better (and fit more comfortably) than the earphones that came with your phone/MP3 player.
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.
They're refurbished, but also backed by a one-year warranty. You'd pay at least $100 for them elsewhere.
Which of my two dozen browser tabs is that obnoxious sound coming from? The latest Chrome stable will tell you, while offering a lengthy list of other fixes.
It's noisy world, and getting noisier all the time; the Audiophiliac thinks Sensaphonics' earplugs quell the din and still let you hear the sound around you.