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Bose QuietComfort 25
These Bose cans offer stunning noise cancellation and full sound, and as its name indicates, you can wear these headphones all day long with ease. They come in black, white, or if you’re lucky, the special edition triple black. All of this for only $299. For $100 more you can custom pick your color from 52 vibrant hues.
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8
Control these wireless headphones with a touch on the anodized aluminum interface: take a call, adjust the volume, change a song, or turn the active noise canceling (ANC) on or off. You get the Bang & Olufsen sound in a lightweight, luxurious headset. Lambskin on the ear pads make the BeoPlay H8 easy to wear. The price is $499.
Parrot Zik 3
The next generation of the Philippe Starck-designed headphones has improved upon the already attractive and great-sounding Zik 2 by offering more customization. There are more colors available, plus two texture options: croco and over-stitched.
The Zik 3 delivers its features through an app that gives the user control of the volume, the noise cancellation levels, and more. A USB listening mode allows you to bypass the Bluetooth and save on battery life. The price is $399.99.
ASTRO Gaming A38 Bluetooth Headset
This Bluetooth wireless pair cancels out the noise while letting you be mobile and answer calls. One charge gives you about 20 hours of run time, and you can look super stylish while wearing them, especially if you add on $25 for custom speaker tags. Cost is $120. (Note: The noise canceling cannot be turned off.)
A-Audio Legacy Over-Ear (ANC) Headphones
The biggest decision you’ll have to make for these flashy cans is between the Liquid Chrome or Phantom Black color options. Beyond the eye-catching design, you’ll find this CES Innovation Awards 2015 Honoree allows you to shift between the active noise cancellation (to shut out the world) and bass enhancer (to pump up the beats) modes. The price is $239.20.
Samsung Level Over Wireless Over-ear Headphones
This wireless Bluetooth headset offers decent noise cancellation with rich audio quality, and still lets you listen in passive mode. With two color choices (white or black) and charging via USB, these headphones cost $349.99.
Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless
With killer audio fidelity and active noise canceling that kicks in automatically, the sound quality is best in its class. Also, the extensive 22-hour battery life is more than enough to keep the outside world from interfering while you work. The MOMENTUM Wireless will set you back $499.95.
Philips NC1/27 Fidelio
These compact, wired on-ear headphones are a good-looking noise-cancelling solution with well-balanced sound. With a rechargeable battery that works for 30 hours of noise cancelling, settle in with this comfortable pair for $299.
Bohm B66 Wireless Headphones
CNET has uncovered a $69.99 deal on a set of good-looking, wireless, noise-canceling headphones. The Bohm B66 comes in tan and silver versions, is lightweight, and charges via micro USB. A stereo patch cable offers wired sound. Both wired and wireless options deliver excellent sound, and the noise canceling can reduce a good amount of ambient sounds.
Plantronics BackBeat PRO
The BackBeat PRO is a snazzy Bluetooth set that lives up to its appearance with fantastic sound, ANC, and an impressive 24-hour battery life for only $249.99.
House of Marley LEGEND ANC REGAL Over-Ear Headphones
Inspired by Bob Marley, these headphones give you good vibes while drowning out everything else. A USB port doubles for music and charging. The realistic sound and high-end design costs $279.
Beats Studio by Dre Studio
If you’re a lover of deep bass and sharp highs, then the iconic Beats is for you. The wireless version of the Studio headset offers a 30-foot range with Bluetooth and dual-mode adaptive noise canceling. The multitude of colors assures that your pair won’t get mixed up with your neighbor’s. Crank it up for $379.95.
Creative Sound Blaster EVO ZxR
Active noise cancellation will keep annoying sounds out as you immerse yourself into your work, music, or gaming, while the CrystalVoice and Bluetooth technologies make sure you’re heard clearly.
For those times when you need to speak to someone in your environment briefly, just touch the Talkthrough button to converse without removing your headset.
PSB Speakers M4U 2
These effective, noise-canceling headphones allow for 55 hours of run time in ANC, or you can listen in passive mode without replenishing the batteries. Supremely comfortable, the gyro-suspended and adjustable ear pads let you listen to music for hours on end. The price is $299.
Denon AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser
For $399, you get amazing sound quality with excellent noise canceling.
These headphones also boast long-lasting wireless Bluetooth connectivity for 20 hours on battery, snug but plush ear pads, and a light and compact design for storage.
Naztech i9BT Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones by NoiseHush
Costing just under $80, this is a bargain for a set of Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones. Turn on the ANC with a small switch, and that should last you 15 hours per charge or up to 30 hours if you don’t use Bluetooth. They’re also comfortable, thanks to memory ear pads. It charges via USB.
Audio-Technica QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Lightweight and with 40 hours of battery life, these headphones can reduce background noise by 90% while still giving superb sound. They’re priced at $179.95.
Definitive Technology Symphony 1 Executive Wireless Headphone
This luxurious headset delivers rich sound and active noise cancellation for 15 hours wirelessly, or you can use it with a cable for passive audio. Buttons allow for easy control and adjustments, although sometimes it’s easy to press the wrong button. This $399 set also comes with a strong protective case with a silk liner and soft travel pouch.
AKG N60 NC
The ANC on ordinary headphones can often drain batteries, rendering them useless until they recharge. The beauty of these on-ear cans is that even after the 30 hours of charge is depleted, passive audio kicks in — so if you forget to recharge, no worries. The $249 set delivers stunning audio, can be folded down for easy transport, and comes with a small neoprene carrying case.
Also see: Best noise-canceling headphones of 2016 (CNET)