Noise-cancelling headphones are a brilliant addition to your carry-on rather than run-of-the-mill iPhone earphones or stock standard airline headphones. The ability to tune out from the bustle of your surroundings can be the difference between arriving at your destination ready for adventure or ready for a stiff drink! And back at home, you’ll be surprised by the number of everyday situations in which these headphones are handy-dandy.
There are a plethora of noise-reducing headphones on the market. To keep things quick and simple, we’ve listed our top five models to suit a range of budgets and styles. Check ’em out:
Bose QuietComfort 35 II – Considered the duck’s nuts of their category, you’ll be in your own little world when you slip these headphones on. Say goodbye to mindless chatter, noisy air-conditioning and flight announcements, and watch your movie or catch some sleep in peace. They’ll set you back around $250 AUD, and you can read the full review here courtesy of CNET.
Sony WH-1000XM3 – This is another top performing model appreciated for its comfy, collapsible design, great sound quality and impressive noise cancelling capabilities. Frequent flyers will love that they fold up to fit into a nicely designed protective storage case. The price point is roughly the same as Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II and you can read CNET’s review here.
Beats Solo Pro – This is a brand with many loyal followers, and looking at the Solo Pro, it’s easy to see why. The audio quality is excellent and well-balanced, they’re built to last, and the ‘pure adaptive noise cancelling’ is incredible, especially given that they sit on your ears rather than over them. They’re down to around $250 AUD at the time of writing. Click here for a full review.
Monoprice SonicSolace – If you’re not a frequent jetsetter and can’t justify paying $250 for headphones, you’ll want to consider this model. These headphones retail for around $75-95 AUD (including shipping from the US) and imitate their more expensive counterparts very well, especially when it comes to noise cancelling. For the finer details, check out this review on Forbes.
Anker Soundcore Life Q20 – Another lower-budget model to compete with the big guns, you can nab these headphones for under $100 AUD if you keep your eyes peeled. The sound quality doesn’t compete with higher-end models, but unless you’re a real audiophile, it’s more than adequate. For blocking out background noise, making calls and watching movies, these are great. Read more here.
So there it is, globetrotters. I hope this helps with your next air travel experience and that you arrive well rested for your riding adventure!
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