Review: 5 Premium noise-canceling headphones for peace and quiet

At a Glance

The ATH-ANC9's multiple noise-cancelation modes and capability to function without battery power make it a versatile performer, and it also sounds very good.

Price when rated: $349.00
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 headphones
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Among the noise-canceling headphones we've tested, Bose’s QuietComfort 15 reigns supreme in terms of noise-canceling performance and comfort, and it also offers good sound quality.

Price when rated: $300.00
Lowest price: $300.00 via BOSE
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The NC looks great, but it’s not very travel-friendly, its noise-canceling performance is only average, and its overall sound quality disappoints.

Price when rated: $300.00
Lowest price: $300.00 via Amazon.com
Harman Kardon NC headphones
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At a Glance

Though it doesn’t offer the best audio and noise-canceling performance on the market, Logitech’s UE 9000 is comfortable and versatile, offering both wired and wireless (Bluetooth) connectivity. It’s noise-canceling circuitry is moderately effective, and its audio quality emphasizes the low end.

Price when rated: $399.00
Logitech UE9000 headphones
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The Ultra Focus 8000 offers decent noise-canceling performance, along with good-but-bass-heavy sound quality.

Price when rated: $300.00
Polk Ultra Focus 8000 headphones
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