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Anyone traveling frequently or traveling on long flights, especially international ones, knows the pleasant flight can quickly change into an ear popping annoying unhappy experience. All it takes is one unhappy shrieking baby or toddler or the snoring flyer beside you, or maybe a group so excited to travel they don’t realize how very loud they really are. Depending on your reason for flying in the first place, sometimes you just need some time to unwind and relax before arriving at your destination.
The great things about noise cancelling headphones is that they muffle ambient sound, which means you can listen at lower volumes and not have the sound in the airplane cabin or engine sounds drown out your music. It’s also no secret that a little silence is not only golden, unless of course, what you really need is some good music to take your mind off being anywhere - but on a plane -- that’s where noise canceling headphones are often a flyers dream come true. Be it silence you crave or a song -- such devices can greatly enhance your flying experience.
While it’s true, the really good noise cancelling headphones can be quite pricey, it’s also true that you can obtain some great ones without breaking the bank. You want to look for: Affordability, a long battery life; comfort, and quality. Here are Dream Travel Today’s top four picks for noise cancelling headphones:
Sony WH-1000XM5 - Perhaps one of the best in terms of quality in sound and cutting edge modern noise cancelling headphone technology. Pros: 30 hour battery life; comfort; USB-C charging; accessories included; ambient sound control; smart phone app for adjusting for atmospheric pressure. Cons: A little pricey and overly sensitive to touch control if you have big hands. Price Point Range: About $350.
Marshall Mid ANC - For those who are young and young at heart and care about how they look in headphones, it doesn’t get any cooler than these sleek, contemporary, headphones on-the-ear experience. In case you aren’t aware, Marshall is a well-known brand name for rock-n-roll amplifiers, lending to the expertise in the quality of sound. Pros: Noise-cancelling enough to be comfortable, but also mindful of surroundings so you aren’t lost in a world of song or silence should an important announcement be made or a need to be totally aware of your surroundings situation. Good looking, and more reasonable price point. Battery longevity: 20 hours. Cons: Some unwanted sounds can leak into your ear space and perhaps a little less comfortable than over-the-ear headphones. Price Point Range: About $225.
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC -- Are you wanting noise cancelling headphones but still need to stick to your budget? These great headphones won’t break the bank and will still do their intended job. Pros: Price. Foldable for easy carrying, auxiliary cord included; good noise cancelling, reasonable battery life of 19 hours. Cons: Not totally comfortable compared to other headphones for long hauls; made of cheaper plastic; and occasionally you’ll get a little static. Price Point Range: About $150.
Bose Quietcomfort 25 - Good value - Lightweight and Affordable - All things that you’d want in a noise cancelling headphone is what you get here. Pros: Great quality for music; great ambient noise cancelling, and affordability. Battery Life: 20 hours. Cons: Not as up-to-date as newer noise cancelling headphones, but still a good value for the price point. Price Point Range: About $175.
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