The Sennheiser PXC 550 can keep your ears closed off to the rest of the world. A must-have for those of you with long holiday travels and long holidays with family. They're good-looking and long-lasting, just like everything you'd want in a ... pair of noise-reducing headphones. With the added luxury of a touch-sensitive panel to help control what you're listening to, you'll really drive your ... headphones wild.
MrMobile, in his infinite wisdom, will help you decide if these cans are what your ears have been looking (listening?) for, or if you're better off with the Bose QC35. Take Michael Fisher's advice, and you'll be ready for all that December has to offer.
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Justus Perry is a producer for MrMobile. He still likes Match 3 games, despite their ubiquity. He's also a comedian and actor.
If I were choosing between all the noise canceling headphones out right now, I'd probably pick the Sony MDR-1000x. Better than both the Sennheiser (both PXC-550 and newest Momentum) and Bose offerings in terms of overall sound quality, with NC enabled or disabled. The MDR-1000x is also comfier than the PXC-550 (on my head at least), though the Bose's pads edge the Sony in this department, particularly in warmer climates. Personally, I'm not sold on active noise canceling headphones yet. Sound quality still lags a long ways behind "standard" headphones in that price point, whether wired or wireless. Case in point: the Bowers & Wilkins P7 wireless annihilates any of these NC headphones in terms of sonics. It's not even close. For traveling/commuting, I still prefer the isolation offered by a good sealing in-ear monitor, particular the custom fit kind. They're all wired though, so you'd still need a headphone jack, or a separate bluetooth clip-on device of some sort.
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