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Noise Cancelling Headphone Comparison
Philips HN 110, Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B and Bose QuietComfort 3 Headphone Reviews

Our noise cancelling headphone comparison of three top headphones from Philips, Audio Technica and Bose — from cheap to pricy, one is sure to fit within your budget!

Noise cancelling headphones are ideal when you are going on a trip somewhere and you just want to relax and listen to your music without interference from noisy passengers in the plane, or loud engine noises.

You want to just sit back and relax and enjoy the music coming from your iPod or Zune or digital media player of choice.

Noise cancelling headphones are ideal for that due to the fact that they will suppress the sounds coming from the environment around you to such an extent that you will end up only hearing the music.

The options for sound suppressing headphones abound, but the sky is the limit when it comes to prices concerning these headphones.

Here we'll compare three excellent headphones, the pricy ones against those that are cheaper.

Philips HN 110

Philips HN 110 Noise Reduction Headphones
Our noise cancelling headphone comparison starts with the Philips HN 110. These headphones are a 2 pound lightweight that have a frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz.

The small earpieces might take a little getting used since these are not over the ear headphones.

They are easy to wear either way but if you have smaller ears you are safe with these headphones, if your ears are bigger you might want to consider headphones that simply lie upon your ears rather than go completely around them.

A myth is that noise cancelling headphones will cancel all outside noise. These headphones will not cancel out all outside noises, but will reduce them significantly.

The sound quality is good, although a bit lacking in the lower tunes range, concerning bass tunes. At higher frequencies however you will get some sounds from around you, but it phases out lower frequency tunes effectively which is important when you are using them on a plane or a bus.

For their price, these headphones are pretty good and are even on par with Bose noise reduction headphones as they end up doing the same job, more or less well.

Best price on the Philips HN 110

Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B

Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B Noise Reduction Headphones
Our noise cancelling headphone comparison continues with the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B. What a futuristic sounding name!

Alone from the name we'd not only expect it to reduce noise from our surroundings but also be able to read our e-mail with it. We're kidding, of course, but these headphones are quite good either way.

The solid and durable construction is also light on your ears, as they also weigh only a meager 2 pounds, thus allowing you to enjoy your music without having a heavy load on your head.

They are medium in size and will go over your ears. As in the aforementioned model, be sure to try them out before you order them online, to see if they will fit on your head correctly and well.

The sound quality with Audio Technica is good and most of the noise reduction is done on the lower frequencies which makes sense, and higher frequency levels will still manage to get through somehow but that is inevitable.

The noise cancellation is sufficient either way but as is the case with many sound cancellation headphones you will still be prone to overhearing a conversation.

With around $100 for these headphones, will the Bose headphones surpass these headphones and the Philips version? One would think so, considering the price.

Best price on the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B

Bose QuietComfort 3

Bose QuietComfort 3 Noise Reduction Headphones
Finally, our noise cancelling headphone comparison ends with the Bose QuietComfort 3. The Bose relatively expensive QuietComfort comes in a slim and easy to carry case with rechargeable batteries.

If you are going on longer trips, be sure to carry a charger and spares with you.

The headphones themselves are a comfortable fit and go on top of your ears, which is ideal if you happen to have larger ears.

The sound is great, of course, as it is a Bose headphone, but it tends to exaggerate the bass tunes.

There are complaints the QuietComfort 3 is just an expensive QuietComfort 2, but are otherwise identical. The fact that Bose noise cancelling headphones seem to omit a certain type of pressure upon the eardrums when using them, can be painful for some.

The noise isolation is good, but when there is a lot of interference from outside the QuietComfort loses sound quality as it tries to balance the sound interference and still manage to give you the music you are listening to.

Lastly, one can agree that the Bose QuietComfort range is very expensive and that in comparison are only slightly better than other noise cancelling headphones that are available on the market today.

Best price on the Bose QuietComfort 3


In concluding this noise cancelling headphone comparison, all three of these headphones are very similar in their function and have their pros and cons.

A majority of the headphones will still have a problem reducing noise in higher frequencies such as babies' cry or conversations, but will otherwise do quite well.

If don't mind the price and want the best, get the Bose QuietComfort 3, but you are better off in terms of a price-performance if you buy the Audio Technica headphones which are around $100. Or just get the Philips headphones if you don't travel a lot.

To underscore our point about price, the money you would have spent on Bose you could spend on 3 Audio Technicas or even 10 Philips noise reducing headphones!

We hope you've found this noise cancelling headphone comparison useful in your quest to find the perfect headphones within your budget.

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