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Noise-Cancelling Headphones Review

Our mission at SeatGuru is to make your flight more comfortable. But there is more to a comfortable flight than a good seat. Just ask anyone who has ever sat near a crying baby, or right next to the galley. It's because of these situations that frequent travelers consider noise-cancelling headphones a necessity rather than a luxury.

So, to help make your next flight quieter, we've gathered some of the most popular noise-cancelling headphones on the market and put them through a lab test with our panel of travel experts. We've ranked all of the featured headphones in five different categories. While we can't guarantee you won't be seated near a crying infant, we can help you prepare for that day when it comes.

Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

Sony MDR7506

Be sure not to leave for your next trip without packing a pair of the Sony MDR7506 Large Diaphragm headphones! These headphones are ideal for travelling as they come with a convenient fold up drawstring carrying bag. The comfortable closed-ear design does an excellent job at blocking out and reducing externals noises and packing your sound with a punch. At such a reasonable price, you can be sure to have the powerful and detailed sound that even professionals in video and sound production rave about!

Sony MDR-XB500 40mm XB Diaphragm Driver Extra Bass Headphones

Sony MDR-XB500

These headphones pack quite the punch for such a reasonable price - with their extra bass feature you are sure to get premium quality sound. The earphone cups are rather bulky, however are quite comfortable with a King size ear cushion that has a diameter of 3.7” and thickness of 1.8".

Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones

Bose® QuietComfort® 15

The Bose QuietComfort headphone set offers superb noise cancelling features that limits noise across a wide range of frequencies, leaving you with nothing but clear and lifelike sound. With the added comfort of the around-the-ear fit these headphones are the perfect travel companion for frequent flyers. As an added complimentary bonus, these headphones come with a cable and remote for control of your iPhone or iPod, a microphone for hands-free calling on your iPhone, and a carrying case to seal the deal. Logging lots of travel time in the air? No need to be concerned as these headphones take AAA batteries, giving you an average of 35 hours of uninterrupted listening pleasure.

Thinksound ts02 8mm High Definition Passive Noise Isolating Wooden Headphone (Silver/Cherry)

Thinksound ts02

Looking for something a little more sleek and compact, than the bulkier headset versions? The Thinksound High Definition Passive Nose Isolating Wooden Headphones reduce the external noise while isolating all the sound you want to hear, without the added bulk. This headphone set features a lightweight design with a PVC-free and tangle resistant cable that work to offer you crisp, clear, and balanced audio sound. It even comes with four different sized flexible silicon ear inserts to ensure a secure and comfortable fit.

Sony MDRNC100D Digital Noise Canceling Earbuds

Sony MDRNC100D

These Sony earbuds offer fantastic audio quality with their active noise cancelling technology. The precision canceling of these headphones minimizes ambient noise by up to 98.2%. The intelligent auto noise canceling technology further enhances and optimizes sound performance and delivery in a lightweight option. There is no need to worry about an uncomfortable fit as this set comes with 3 different sizes of noise isolation earbuds and will provide you with 22 hours of battery life.

Sennheiser MM 400-X Wireless Bluetooth Travel Headphones

Sennheiser MM 400-X

The Sennheiser MM 400-X Headphones are in a league of their own offering wireless capabilities with Bluetooth 2.1 advanced A2DP profile. There is a built in, invisible, microphone for 2 way conversation. This headphone set is ideal for flight travel as it comes with a direct cable for in-flight use on aircraft and has a collapsible construction for ease of packing and transportation. In addition these headphones come with a two year warranty.

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