noise cancelling headphones

What's an Affordable Option for Noise-Canceling Headphones?

bose

Episode 1652

Ronnie from California

Ronnie would like to buy active noise-canceling headphones, but the Bose headphones are way too expensive. Is there a more affordable option? Leo says that there are far better options now that don't cost an arm and a leg. The WireCutter says that the Bose 700s are the best, but they are costly. Anker's Soundcore Life Q20 is around $40 right now. Audio Technica makes a good pair!

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

The Giz Wiz

Episode 1027

Dick went to Boston recently and wanted to try out the Bose QC20 In Ear Headphones. They are the first in-ear noise canceling headphones and come in a small zippered travel bag. Like other Bose NR headphones you can block outside noise, but this model offers an additional setting called "Aware mode". It reduces the amount of noise reduction and lets you hear some of the outside that you probably want to hear. You can also get the QC20i's to use with your iPhone.