Noise-Cancelling Headphones Review

Our mission at SeatGuru is to make your flight more comfortable. But there is more to a comfortable flight than a good seat. Just ask anyone who has ever sat near a crying baby, or right next to the galley. It's because of these situations that frequent travelers consider noise-cancelling headphones a necessity rather than a luxury.

So, to help make your next flight quieter, we've gathered some of the most popular noise-cancelling headphones on the market and put them through a lab test with our panel of travel experts. We've ranked all of the featured headphones in five different categories. While we can't guarantee you won't be seated near a crying infant, we can help you prepare for that day when it comes.

Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

Sony MDR7506

Be sure not to leave for your next trip without packing a pair of the Sony MDR7506 Large Diaphragm headphones! These headphones are ideal for travelling as they come with a convenient fold up drawstring carrying bag. The comfortable closed-ear design does an excellent job at blocking out and reducing externals noises and packing your sound with a punch. At such a reasonable price, you can be sure to have the powerful and detailed sound that even professionals in video and sound production rave about!

Sony MDR-XB500 40mm XB Diaphragm Driver Extra Bass Headphones

Sony MDR-XB500

These headphones pack quite the punch for such a reasonable price - with their extra bass feature you are sure to get premium quality sound. The earphone cups are rather bulky, however are quite comfortable with a King size ear cushion that has a diameter of 3.7” and thickness of 1.8".

Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones

Bose® QuietComfort® 15

The Bose QuietComfort headphone set offers superb noise cancelling features that limits noise across a wide range of frequencies, leaving you with nothing but clear and lifelike sound. With the added comfort of the around-the-ear fit these headphones are the perfect travel companion for frequent flyers. As an added complimentary bonus, these headphones come with a cable and remote for control of your iPhone or iPod, a microphone for hands-free calling on your iPhone, and a carrying case to seal the deal. Logging lots of travel time in the air? No need to be concerned as these headphones take AAA batteries, giving you an average of 35 hours of uninterrupted listening pleasure.

Thinksound ts02 8mm High Definition Passive Noise Isolating Wooden Headphone (Silver/Cherry)

Thinksound ts02

Looking for something a little more sleek and compact, than the bulkier headset versions? The Thinksound High Definition Passive Nose Isolating Wooden Headphones reduce the external noise while isolating all the sound you want to hear, without the added bulk. This headphone set features a lightweight design with a PVC-free and tangle resistant cable that work to offer you crisp, clear, and balanced audio sound. It even comes with four different sized flexible silicon ear inserts to ensure a secure and comfortable fit.

Sony MDRNC100D Digital Noise Canceling Earbuds

Sony MDRNC100D

These Sony earbuds offer fantastic audio quality with their active noise cancelling technology. The precision canceling of these headphones minimizes ambient noise by up to 98.2%. The intelligent auto noise canceling technology further enhances and optimizes sound performance and delivery in a lightweight option. There is no need to worry about an uncomfortable fit as this set comes with 3 different sizes of noise isolation earbuds and will provide you with 22 hours of battery life.

Sennheiser MM 400-X Wireless Bluetooth Travel Headphones

Sennheiser MM 400-X

The Sennheiser MM 400-X Headphones are in a league of their own offering wireless capabilities with Bluetooth 2.1 advanced A2DP profile. There is a built in, invisible, microphone for 2 way conversation. This headphone set is ideal for flight travel as it comes with a direct cable for in-flight use on aircraft and has a collapsible construction for ease of packing and transportation. In addition these headphones come with a two year warranty.

Do you have the G-Factor?

Your journey - and your flight - matter and who better than SeatGuru to make sure you have the best one possible. No one knows cabin comfort like SeatGuru: we've been helping travelers choose the best airline seat for over ten years. And now we've condensed all our knowledge into our new Guru Factor ("G-Factor") rating so you can choose the best possible flight for your journey. The G-Factor gives you comprehensive yet clear information about what to expect from the overall flight experience.

With our newly launched flight comparison search engine, SeatGuru not only finds you the cheapest flights but just as importantly gives you our G-Factor recommendation for each flight option. We'll tell you which itineraries score high on legroom and comfort and which ones don't. Each flight from the SeatGuru price comparison engine has been run through the new G-Factor algorithm (patent pending) and comes with our straightforward recommendation: "Love it", "Like it", or "Live with it".

The G-Factor recommendation is based on the following:

  • An overall comfort score based on the type of seat, seat pitch, width, and recline for each cabin
  • Data from over 45,000 user comments on more than 700 different aircraft configurations
  • Our comprehensive customer service and satisfaction ratings for hundreds of airlines
  • In-flight entertainment such as seatback TV, live satellite, and other audio and video options
  • Onboard product offerings such as WiFi, seat power ports, and other additional amenities

The G-Factor algorithm condenses all of the above and more - it is our secret formula used to calculate our SeatGuru G-Factor recommendation for each flight: "Love it", "Like it", or "Live with it".

For those that believe the journey does matter - we've created the G-Factor to make sure you have the best flight possible.