Saturday 23 September 2017

Noise-cancelling headsets to shut out all that surround sound

Now you're covered

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless €368.00; amazon.com
Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless €368.00; amazon.com
Independent.ie Business Desk

If you're looking for a lightweight, high-performing pair of cans, the PXC 550 ticks all these boxes. It features NoiseGard adaptive noise-cancelling while touch control makes it easy to use - you can take an incoming call by touching the earcup for example - and you can connect via NFC, with a battery life of 30 hours. Sound quality is good and although these are around-ear as opposed to the more usual over-ear design, they are well cushioned and comfortable.

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless
€368.00; amazon.com

Take comfort

THIS top-of-the range offering is the latest in Bose's QuietComfort series and these wireless headphones have more than 20 hours of battery life, while a quick charge of 15 minutes gives it another two-and-a-half hours.

Exceptionally comfortable, its noise-cancelling qualities are powerful - as you would expect from Bose. The headphones can connect via NFC and are easy to pair with your smartphone.

Bose QuietComfort 35 €379.95; bose.ie

Listen up

With the MDR-100x, wireless connectivity is excellent, as is its noise-cancelling capacities. Comfortable to wear, they give about 20 hours of battery life.

High-Resolution Audio provides a great listening experience and its Quick Attention Mode means that you can use your hand to touch the speaker and immediately drop the volume, allowing you to hear external sounds when necessary.

Sony MDR-100x €377; thomann.de/ie

Travel partner

A LOVELY warm sound and a light sleek design characterise this set from Philips. The model is great for travelling because of its compactness and multi-way folding, the sound performance is excellent and the battery, rechargeable via micro-USB, will last around 30 hours on a full charge.

It's not wireless but overall this doesn't represent a problem because of the neat cable provided.

Philips Fidelio NC1 €209.99; currys.ie

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