The best noise-cancelling headphones – Telegraph.co.uk

How to pick a pair of headphones

There are a few things to consider when buying headphones, from the design and build quality to price and performance. But first, check if you really want a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, as they are more expensive than many regular headsets.

Why go for noise cancelling?

Noise-cancelling headphones are not actually known for giving the very best sound quality, so if you are a pure audiophile you may want to choose a different type of headset.

Active noise-cancelling headphones have tiny speakers built in, which cut out ambient outside noise. They require battery power to do this.

“Price for price, the sound quality won’t be quite as good as regular headphones and they do require battery power, but they can make all the difference between a stressful journey and a soothing one,” says the Richer Sounds headphone buying guide.

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