You see and hear a lot about noise canceling headphones these days. You hear how they are great on airplanes because they block out screaming kids, airplane engine sounds and assorted other airplane annoyances. You see commercials on TV featuring celebrities and athletes sporting cool headphones. So I decided to check a few of them out for myself and see what I thought. In my experience, Beats by Dre (Beats) has the best headphones for travel.
I took a look at a few of the major headphones brands you always hear about like Bose, Sony, Skull Candy and Beats. I looked at basic things like; do they cancel noise; how clear the sound is; comfort; ease of use; travel-ability; and just general coolness.
I have to admit that the headphones that I tried really weren’t too much different than each other. The major differences I found were in the marketing, appearance and accessories.
I also admit that I came into my experiment with a small bias. I wanted Beats to be my favorite because I think they look cool. All the professional athletes use them so I constantly see them as I watch a ton of sports. What I found was they were.
Aside from a superior coolness factor, Beats has crystal clear sound. It literally sounds like you’re in a recording studio. Whether you’re listening to your iPod, iTunes or doing a podcast or Skype, the sound is perfect.
I also admit that on my last flight from New York to Las Vegas, I had my Beats Executive headphones with me and two screaming children in a close radius to my seat. I simply put the headphones on to block the screaming out without even plugging them in. The sound of a piercing scream, while not completely drowned out-was significantly reduced and I was easily able to fall asleep with them on.
I also liked the Bose headphones and the Sony. I didn’t really like the Skull Candy headphones. I have to say the differences were minimal and as I said the marketing and appearance have so much to do with it. Even the packaging on the Beats headphones was cool. But what cinched my opinion was how they travel including the small carrying case.
Obviously flying as much as I do, it makes sense to have some good headphones, and in my view Beats are the best headphones for travel. Check them out and let me know what you think.