The Wirecutter Answers “The Best Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones” Question

I love my active noise cancelling headphones because they make everything from air travel to the kid’s playdates tolerable. They are on-ear, and in extended blocking er… listening sessions my ears do tend to get a bit sore. I’d be curious if in-ear would be more comfortable when in it for the long haul.

We based this on objective testing with headphone measurement equipment, subjective listening tests conducted with multiple listeners, and more than 100,000 miles worth of in-flight testing. In all, more than two dozen models were considered and the best of those tested, and the QC20s came out on top because they had better active noise cancelling than any other model we tested by far.

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