Eartopia: Noise-Canceling Headphones

Closed-back and in-ear headphones block noise passively by creating a noise-isolating seal to the ears, but if you need maximum quietude, active noise-canceling headphones are the way to go. Here are a few examples.


Bose QuietComfort 15 ($300)
This model provides the best noise canceling of any headphone I’ve heard. No, it won’t banish noise completely (no consumer noise-canceling phones really can), but it does a remarkable job of keeping the din at bay. Comfort is exceptional, too. bose.com


PSB M4U 2 ($400)
While the PSB M4U 2, another Paul Barton design, can’t match the QuietComfort 15’s noise-hushing abilities, it’s right up there, and I much prefer the PSB’s sound. Unlike with the Bose, you can continue to listen after the batteries are drained. psbspeakers.com

javanp's picture

OK, what the crap? No mention of DTS Headphone: X?? What's going with it? I need it in my life!!