Noise-Canceling vs. Noise-Isolating Headphones

No Comments 19 February 2012

Noise-Canceling vs. Noise-Isolating Headphones

We compare these two often confused headphone types on the New York City subway system to determine which works better at blocking out the noise.

Where you listen to headphones changes their sound. Indoor versus outdoor versus on the train, bus, or plane, a given set of headphones will sound different in each location. If you listen to more music on headphones while commuting than in quieter environments, go for a noise-canceling headphone. I have a newfound respect for what the Bose QuietComfort 15 does well, and it’s very comfortable, I just wish it sounded better at home. If you listen 50/50 while commuting and in quieter environments, consider a noise-isolating headphone.

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