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What is the best noise cancelling headphone?

What is the best noise cancelling headphone?

  1. him

    What is the best noise cancelling headphone?

  2. No Name

    Bose QC25

    Plus a few other with good reviews, including some more modest priced ones if you have infrequent flyers in the family that need one.

    Think the biggest selling point long term for Bose at least in the past was that you can get parts for them if something breaks, not 100% sure what the situation is today.

  3. Gaurav


    The article was updated in April 2014 so it’s not too old. If you have access to electronic databases through your local library check to see if they have EBSCO databases. Those offer free access to all consumer reports for more details/up to date reviews.

  4. Anonymous

    The QC25’s are great. There are others on the market that some rate as having somewhat better sound quality but for noise cancelation Bose is still the best.

    A word of advice if you get the Bose: pick up some Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. They’re a bit more expensive but they seriously last 4 or 5 times times longer than standard AAA batteries from any of the big brands. I use mine on a pretty much daily basis for 5-6 hours so it has really cut down on my battery consumption. You can get a 20 pack on Amazon for $35. [URL][/URL]

    Somewhat funny story- on August 5th, 2014 I bought the Bose QC15s. A set for both the SO and myself. On September 3rd, they announced the new QC25s. Luckily, Bose retail stores (where I bought mine) have a 30 day no questions asked return policy so I was able to make it to the store on September 4th to return them and pick up the QC25s. I would have been kicking myself if I hadn’t been able to because Bose only updates these like every 10 years or so.

  5. No Name

    Sadly Gaurav over 1 year in the consumer electronics market can be a long time.

    Suppliers and models especially on the cheap end of the market come and goes.

    For a list of cheaper models take a look on this list,

    Also see this for a bit more expensive headphones, but still cheaper than the QC25.


  6. Gaurav

    Hi No Name, yes, I agree, a year is a long time that’s why I suggested checking online for more up to date recommendations. With that being said I find CR recommendations to be usually solid you can often buy the recommended products cheaper with the passage of time. I really like the fact that they don’t accept advertising and are just about as commercially unbiased as you can find.

  7. PhatMiles

    I have the QC15 and I like them. I would not rate them the best sound quality ever, but the lows are better than highs. I love them for the fact that I can hold on my head for so long and the comfort factor exceeds on the Bose headphones for me. There could be other cooler looking, better sounding ones, I agree. But these are very comfortable for me. At times even without listening to music, I wear them and they do a very good job of noise canceling.
    I contacted Bose last month if they could do a replacement for QC 25 and surprisingly the agent quoted a return of QC15 and $125 will get me a QC 25. While I am still thinking that sounded like a good deal considering the fact that my QC 15 is 2.5 years old. I still use the QC 15 till they stop functioning. Their cables are not of the greatest quality, but you can get replacements easily.

    If you have an Amex Offer, buy them in BB. With Freedom & Discover Q4 categories, buying on amazon will be a good deal too. Keep a watch on slickdeals to see if they have any deals. I would personally create an alert though! Cheers!

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