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Last updated: 26 February 2019

We lab test and review the latest noise-cancelling headphones from Bose, Sony, Beats and more.

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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 models fit over, on or in your ear; can take a mobile phone call and have an adapter for use on an aeroplane.

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This score is an assessment by a listening panel of the audio quality of the headphones when reproducing music, regardless of the noise-cancelling or isolation effectiveness.

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The five people in our listening panel rate these headphones on how comfortable and adjustable they are, taking into account placing in or on ear, removing from ear, potential to accidentally fall out of ear and restrictiveness of the wire. We also consider how suitable the headphones are for left-handed users as well as those with weak grip, limited sight, limited hearing and colour-blindness.

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Whether the models on test can take a phone call, either through wireless Bluetooth or via a cable connection.

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