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Noise-cancelling headphones reviews

Last updated: 16 May 2016

Solitude doesn't come cheap, but your ears may thank you for some peace and quiet. We lab test and review the latest noise-cancelling headphones. For a better understanding of their features, read our buying guide, or learn about our testing methodologies in how we test.

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Our test covers on-ear and over-ear models from brands such as Bose, Sennheiser, Sony, Beats by Dre and more.

Our expert testers give every set of headphones a thorough workout to help find the models that:

• have the best sound quality
• are best at active noise cancellation
• reduce noise through passive isolation
• are the easiest to use.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands will continue to work if the battery is drained, if they're bundled with a travel bag and an adapter for use on an airplane. And our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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Operates with noise cancelling off
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This is a handy feature when travelling as some headphones stop working when the battery runs dead.

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