Take Out 'Da Noize; Bring in 'Da Funk

Noise-canceling headphones are nothing new. Every plane I ride has several passengers who obviously won't leave home without their Bose. But the new Sony 'phones, the MDR-NC500D, bring a new wrinkle to the party.

Actually, three new wrinkles. The headphones sample the ambient noise environment, and automatically select one of three algorithms to optimally cancel out the bad stuff. Great for cutting the noise.

On the other hand, middle seats still suck.
-Ken C. Pohlmann