Top rated noise cancelling headphones

The best headphones with active noise cancelling to block out loud outside noises.

If you're travelling on a jet or working in a noisy office, the best way to block out the rumble of turbines or the chatter of colleagues is with a high quality pair of active noise cancelling headphones.

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QuietComfort 15
3.50

1. Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones

Bose’s QuietComfort 15 headphones aren’t the most expensive the company has, but we think they have the equal best noise cancelling circuitry of any Bose headphones. These headphones are perfectly suited to the executive traveller or frequent jet-setter but are ...
Review Date: 8th Aug., 2011
RRP: $ 499.00
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BlackBox M14
4.00

2. Phitek BlackBox M14 noise-cancelling headphones

If you can afford them, BlackBox's M14 noise-cancelling headphones do a good job of blocking out unwanted background sounds. Audio occasionally feels closed-in and not as expansive as we'd hoped, however.
Review Date: 25th Jan., 2010
RRP: $ 374.95
On-Ear Headphones
3.75

3. Bose On-Ear Headphones

Bose's portable On-Ear Headphones don't have the noise cancelling of more expensive products from the company, but they do have good sound quality and are light and portable. We weren't thrilled with the cable design or build quality, but the ...
Review Date: 11th March, 2010
RRP: $ 199.00
MDR-NC300D
3.75

4. Sony MDR-NC300D noise-cancelling headphones

Sony's MDR-NC300D noise-cancelling headphones lack the main advantage of other in-ear headphones -- portability. They sound great though, and the integrated noise cancelling is a boon for office work or commuting. We just wish they weren't so expensive.
Review Date: 25th Nov., 2009
RRP: $ 549.00
MM 450 Travel
4.50

5. Sennheiser MM 450 Travel headset

Sennheiser's premier Bluetooth travel headset has great sound quality considering its portability. Good active noise-cancelling and a flawless Bluetooth implementation make it even more appealing.
Review Date: 26th Oct., 2009
RRP: $ 649.95
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MDR-NC500D
4.25

6. Sony MDR-NC500D

The Sony MDR-NC500D noise-cancelling headphones do a fantastic job of blocking out repetitive ambient noise. When listening to music they also acquit themselves well, with clear sound and a pleasant character.
Review Date: 26th Feb., 2009
RRP: $ 799.00
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