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Best noise-canceling headphones of 2014

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These headphones hush ambient sounds by creating frequencies that obviate the noise at your ear. They won't eliminate everything, but the better models significantly reduce the whoosh of airplanes' air-conditioning systems and crowd chatter. Noise-canceling headphones come in all forms, from full size to ear buds, and since you no longer have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise, this type of headphone lets you listen at lower levels. You'll also hear more low-level detail in your music.

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The best noise-canceling headphones

Bose QuietComfort 25

The QuietComfort 25 model takes Bose's already stellar noise-canceling headphones and levels them up to new heights.

Price: $299.00 - $299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

PSB M4U 2

The PSB Speakers M4U 2 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones combine above-average noise cancellation with excellent sound quality that's well worth the price for dedicated audiophiles looking to eliminate ambient noise.

Price: $299.00 - $299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Bose Quiet Comfort 15

While they're no bargain, the Bose QuietComfort 15s currently offer the best sound and silencing capabilities in a pair of noise-canceling headphones.

Price: $370.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Bose QuietComfort headphone

With the QuietComfort 3s, Bose has done a remarkable job of shrinking its popular noise-canceling headphones while achieving similarly impressive sound quality--but that engineering feat doesn't come cheap.

Price: $299.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Beats Studio 2013

They may not be a bargain at $300, but the new Beats Studio headphones are lighter and better-built, and sound significantly better than the original Beats Studio model.

Price: $199.95 - $299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Harman Kardon NC

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.

Price: $250.99 - $299.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony MDR-NC200D (Black)

If you can't afford Bose's QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones, the attractively designed and more affordable Sony MDR-NC200Ds are worth your consideration.

Price: $179.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint

The Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1 headphones are a great option for frequent fliers, thanks to their compact, lightweight design, noise cancellation functionality, and good overall sound quality.

Price: $79.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Monoprice Noise Canceling Headphones (with Active Noise Reduction Technology)

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.

Price: $126.59 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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