Top 5 noise-cancelling headphones

By Grace Nasri
November 16, 2011

By Grace Nasri at FindTheBest

One of the most irritating things about business travel – of air travel in general, really – is flying when your seatmate is a crying baby or a non-stop chatter and you’re trying to work, sleep or just enjoy the in-flight entertainment.

But even when you’re not sitting next to a teething infant or gabby neighbour, the hum of the plane engine can be distracting.

Whether you need complete silence to get that report done before you land, hope to catch up on some sleep during a cross-country red-eye, or simply want all outside noises blocked so you can watch Casablanca in peace, noise-cancelling headphones can help.

According to data provided by FindTheBest – a data-driven comparison engine – when consumers are looking to purchase headphones, the most common feature they search for is noise-cancelling functionality. Fifty-two percent of consumers researching headphone features look into noise-cancelling functionality; that’s more than the amount of searches for the next three top researched features: Wireless (20 percent), microphone (18 percent) and volume remote (11 percent).

But there are several other factors to take into consideration when looking for a quality set of headphones for business travel – from the weight and style of the headphones to its frequency range and sensitivity. The headphones below are the top Smart Rated noise-cancelling headphones; the Smart Rating takes into consideration product features – including the features above – as well as the reviews and ratings of experts.

Top 5 Smart-Rated, Noise-Canceling Headphones:

1. Shure SRH940
Style: Over ear
Frequency low/high: 5Hz/30kHz
Weight: 322g
Impedance: 42 ohms
Sensitivity: 100 dB

2. Sennhesier HD25-SP II
Style: On ear
Frequency low/high: 30Hz/16kHz
Weight: 115g
Impedance: 60 ohms
Sensitivity: 114 dB

3. Sennhesier PXC 450
Style: Over ear
Frequency low/high: 8Hz/28kHz
Weight: 240g
Impedance: 150 ohms
Sensitivity: 108 dB

4. Bose QuietComfort 15
Style: Over ear
Frequency low/high: N/A
Weight: 207.5g
Impedance: N/A
Sensitivity: N/A

5. Creative Aurvana X-Fi
Style: Over ear
Frequency low/high: 20kHz/20Hz
Weight: 245g
Impedance: 450 ohms
Sensitivity: 105 dB

(Grace Nasri is Managing Editor of FindTheBest. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

(Caption on blog landing page: Publicity image of Shure SRH940 headphones)


Nice article. Although quite pricey, the Sennhesier PXC 450s are incredible.

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