Noise Cancelling over the ear headphones are all the rage today. Whilst they are trendy, the sound support that the user get is fabulous too. With the noise cancellation feature, they are a gem of an accessory to have in modern-day noisy environments where you can hardly hear what the person seated next to you says without having to read his lips. In the search for the best over-ear noise cancellation headphones, we found three products that can be declared as kings of their own terrains.
There are top notch products from market leaders these days. Basically, not much to choose from between the competitors as the competition seems to bring the best of them. And when it comes to Bose QuiteComfort 25, we get to experience one of the best headphones that modern day technological advancements have on offer.
An improvement on the QuiteComfort 15, it remains one of the best noise-cancelling headphones available. What’s more? It can function even without power though the noise cancellation may not be available in such a situation. The audio performance- which is the most important thing considering such a device is right up there.
Whilst most comment that the voice quality is more balanced than that of its predecessor, the voice isolation effects are considered to be as per the expectations and the user is expected to have the almost perfect sound experience that he would be desiring in his wildest of dreams.
The comfort on the other hand is never a complaint with the new QuiteComfort 25. Sits perfectly in the ears with its shape and cushion, you just can’t expect it to drop off unless you’re hanging on a cliff with one hand. If not for the beefy price tag that comes along with the headphone, the appeal for it is unanimous and with what it offers at hand, this new beast from Bose is pretty much a pro-choice.
Sennheiser PXC 450
When it comes to noise cancellation however, Bose has found a tough competitor in Sennheiser PXC 450. A close call when it comes to saying what tops the other, Sennheiser has introduced their masterpiece as a rival that matches Bose in all departments. Even in the pricing. It seems 450 might just be signifying the current price tag of the device. Some say best things in life are for free. But in this case, in order to free yourself from all those nagging quality issues of the music on your player, you just might have to invest a truckload of money to get a unit of this.
Large in size, it still manages to fit into a traveler’s pack when required. Whilst its circumaural seal that surrounds the ear seals away the external noise, the silver color plastics that are backed by a loftily cushioned black headband and earpieces make sure that the user gets a royalty feeling whilst he’s staring at it.
The right earcup houses the single AAA battery that’s required to power up the headset. Whilst the left earcup holds the detachable audio cable, the device packs a punch especially at its bass and is perfectly stable in medium, higher and lower frequencies which will be a sigh of relief for the fans who like those subtleties in their tunes. Again capable of serving well enough with power off (of course without noise cancellation facility.
The moment you switch that gear on the left ear to ‘bypass’ from ‘normal’ the power supply is cut and you get the usual headphone experience at the expense of the noise-cancellation effect. Heck the Bose models lack it. What’s more, once this is done, you can press the ‘talk through’ button to make sure that you can converse with the person seated next to you without ever having to remove your headset. So much for chivalry eh?
All in all a power packed package that comes at a slightly higher price that might make a considerable number of fans hard done, but with the performance and the promise for Nevertheless, a music lover would love to spend the extra bucks on the device if he surely could afford it.
Setting the price just right is what Sony has done with their MDR-10RNC. That has also made an enticing headphone even more enticing to a trusted customer base. Though the price is a major cut down from its predecessors, the sound quality and noise cancellation standards are pretty much hanging in there.
With well cushioned black ear pads, the comfort it brings could well be a saving grace for an on the run musicaholic who gives his headphones a marathon all the time. Again, the passive mode is a lifesaver as it can serve you as just good without power. The detachable cables just extend the freedom it gives by just that much, by also adding scores on the longevity of the accessory as well. The inability to adjust the volume could be a touch of a con though.
Sony website promises its AAA battery to last for 20 hours. With 3 modes-Airplane, bus or train and office, the headphone selects the ideal sound setting for you based on the ambient noise that’s available at the given situation. So this is a god for moderately noisy environments and it will just do the job if the atmosphere is even actually filled with exploding firecrackers.
Therefore, if you want to go for over ear noise canceling headphones, it’s best to go for one that truly does the job because the headphone itself is a statement and that statement should be heard by you as loud as it should be heard by anyone else out there.