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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2011 Editor's Choice - Part 1

HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2011 Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Best Active Noise-Canceling Headphones

For frequent fliers, active noise-canceling headphones are godsend because they are very effective at canceling out the annoying low frequency droning made by the airplane’s engines. They do this by using tiny microphones to pick up the droning noises and then using complex algorithms to playback an inverted phase of the droning noise, which cancels out the original noise. This not only allows the wearer to enjoy their music without any distractions, but if they turn the music off, the headphones can also help the wearer sleep better on their flights too.

To round off the year, we take at a look at two of the best noise-canceling headphones released this year to find out which is best.


  • Bose QuietComfort 15
  • Sennheiser PXC 360 BT

And the Winner Is:

The Bose QuietComfort 15 possesses what we like to call the signature “Bose sound”. It sounds impressive, authoritative, bright, clear and has great bass response. It’s certainly difficult to fault in terms of sonic abilities, but if anything, it also sounds a tad artificial and over processed.

However, the Bose takes the cake when it comes to design. Not only does it look more classy, it also fits better and is markedly more comfortable as we could wear it for hours without feeling fatigued. Furthermore, in our simulated test of an airplane cabin environment, the Bose QuietComfort 15 was able to block to more of the droning noise.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Bose QuietComfort 15 Sennheiser PXC 360 BT
Design 9.5 8.0
Features 8.5 9.5
Performance 8.5 8.5
Value 8.5 8.0
Overall 9.0 8.5
Price S$599 S$699

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.