The Best Noise Cancelling Headphones To Take Abroad Travelling



Even within one country, the type of terrain, climate and culture can vary hugely, as can the experiences you gain from such a trip. This means there are plenty of choices which you have to make when travelling – and the same thing extends to your music. What do you choose to load your MP3 or iPod with before you leave? And crucially, what headphones do you take? Sometimes, the best moments of travelling involve periods of quiet reflection where listening to a live recording of The Smiths is the furthest thing from your mind. On the flip side, you are likely to be in regular situations where you are veritably screaming out for some music to help you pass the time. Unfortunately, travelling is not exactly a quiet affair and you’re sure to be greeted with plenty of background noise as you try to enjoy your favourite tracks. If you want to hear your music over that racket, you need noise-cancelling headphones and here are our pick of the best for travellers.

Even within one country, the type of terrain, climate and culture can vary hugely, as can the experiences you gain from such a trip. This means there are plenty of choices which you have to make when travelling - and the same thing extends to your music.

 

What do you choose to load your MP3 or iPod with before you leave? And crucially, what headphones do you take?

 

Sometimes, the best moments of travelling involve periods of quiet reflection where listening to a live recording of The Smiths is the furthest thing from your mind. On the flip side, you are likely to be in regular situations where you are veritably screaming out for some music to help you pass the time.

 

Unfortunately, travelling is not exactly a quiet affair and you're sure to be greeted with plenty of background noise as you try to enjoy your favourite tracks. If you want to hear your music over that racket, you need noise-cancelling headphones and here are our pick of the best for travellers.

 

SONY Prestige MDR-1R Noise-Cancelling Headphones

 

The SONY Prestige headphones are towards the top end of the range, but you definitely get what you pay for.

 

This model exhibits very good bass which will prove attractive to fans of reggae, dub or drum and bass. Unlike some headphones which can provide overly distorted bass, the 40mm Liquid Crystal Polymer Film diaphragm keeps keep sound tremendously well balanced so that certain aspects are enhanced but never warped.

 

Exterior noise is almost entirely eliminated thanks to the digital noise-cancelling device and the extra comfortable silicone rings which make wearing the Prestiges for a long period of time easy.

 

The only drawback with the Prestige is that its cost (and quality) means you will have to be extra careful not to lose them. If you are not the most diligent of travellers, it might be best to consider an alternative to these fantastic, high-grade Sony noise cancelling headphones.

 

                                                                                   

                                                                            

BOSE QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise-Cancelling Headphones

 

While the BOSE QuietComforts are fairly bulky and a little ungainly for headphones, they do offer sensational comfort levels to make them an ideal option for travellers.

 

As with some other pieces, this model doubles up as mobile phone headset with a switch that makes it very easy to alternate from one to the other. A microphone allows you to control tracks and volume alike, perfect for when you're on the go and want convenient access and control to all your devices.

 

In terms of sound quality, the QuietComforts perform exceptionally well. This is in no small part due to the remarkable effectiveness of the noise-cancelling feature which is arguably the best of all models reviewed here.

 

Memory foam ear cups enhance comfort further while their fold-flat functionality allows them to rotate by 90° for compact and convenient storage - great if you're struggling to find space in your case!

 

                                                                       

 

SONY MDRNC8B Noise-Cancelling Headphones

 

The price alone makes the MDRNC8B a very strong candidate to take with you on your travels. At just £34.99 they represent an excellent purchase but what exactly do you get for your money?

 

As well as economy, these SONY headphones are elegantly stylish and disarmingly lightweight, meaning that they are ideal for occasions when you might have to lug around large rucksacks. The cushions are comfortable, if a little on the small side, and block out background noise surprisingly well.

 

The in-flight plug adaptor is also a massive bonus if you will be spending significant amounts of time in the air while their foldable design offers a practical solution to the problem of compact storage.

 

                                                                       

 

PARROT Zik PF560000AA Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

 

The first thing that strikes you about these PARROT headphones is their distinctive style, which could be called 'effortlessly minimalist' and give the headphones some welcome physical flexibility.

 

However, these headphones bring more than just that to the table. They are wireless, Bluetooth-ready, possess a 'concert hall' app which is available with iOS and Android and also double up as a mobile phone headset with an array of distinctive features - like the jawbone conduction sensor and the double microphone.

 

They might be a little costly at £254.00 but with a huge number of extras as well as terrific sound quality they are a very viable option for regular travellers.

 

                                                                     

 

BEATS BY DR DRE Studio High Definition Noise-Cancelling Headphones

 

Dr Dre's brainchild has acquired a huge reputation for producing slightly high quality products with similarly high price tags but where this model is concerned, the cost is somewhat justifiable.

 

This model's biggest let-down is in fact that the noise-cancelling feature can be turned on and is not altogether reliable. That said, this function does five users greater power over how they use their headphones and the sound quality itself is enhanced to fantastic levels.

 

Add onto that the fact that they come in a range of bold and beautiful colours and you have a travel accessory that really stands out!