The Bose Quiet Comfort 15s are an excellent product with stellar noise canceling technology and impressive sound capabilities. I own a pair myself and they are the most comfortable set of headphones I've ever worn. You can get 35 hours of battery life on a single AAA battery and it comes with an airline adapter, carrying case, and two audio cables (one includes iPhone controls & mic). The best part about the Quiet Comfort 15s is that their “active” noise cancellation technology does not bother my sensitive ears and give me a headache like some competitors do.
The V-MODA CrossFade M-100s are one of the most expensive models on this list, but they are also the most well-respected from audiophile aficionados. This model is designed with a unique CLIQFOLD design and a patented 50mm Dual Diaphragm Drivers which work to separate the bass from the mids and highs. The materials used in these headphones are of a very high quality including memory foam, Kevlar, steel, and metal. If you're looking for a durable pair of noise-canceling headphones and are very picky on your audio elements then the V-MODA M-100s are likely the right choice for you.
When the Beats By Dre headphones entered the scene back in 2006, they took the market by storm. With tons of celebrity endorsements and previous partnership with Monster Cable, the Beats by Dre brand has grown to have an excellent reputation. This model has been recently redesigned providing a more appealing design as well as adjustments to the audio performance including toned down bass when compared to their earlier model. While these headphones provide decent noise canceling functionality and look appealing, their audio quality is not as well toned in as competitors such as the V-MODA M100s (seen below) and will likely not suit a diehard audiophile's needs.
The Sennheister Momentums are another one of the higher priced headphones on this list and are likely the most luxurious. Their high quality build materials include premium leader ear pads, metal ear cups, and a stainless steel headband. They feature outstanding dynamics and a strong overall output level thanks to their 18-ohm operating impedance. Similar to the other higher priced models, the Momentums come with a carrying case and two cables (one for iPhone use). Sennheiser has been in the audio game for over 65 years so rest assured, they know exactly how to make a killer pair of headphones.
The Shure SRH840s are one of the more affordable options which feature memory foam earpads that are designed to be ergonomic and offer a comfortable fit. The sound quality is excellent with a precisely tailored frequency response utilizing a 40mm neodymium driver that has been optimized for professional recording. A nice feature with this set of headphones is the detachable 9.8 foot cable which longer than most competing models.
The Audi-Technia ATH-M50s are the most affordable headphones on the list, but that doesn't mean they aren't a solid choice. They provide excellent audio quality and utilize proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet system. On the outside, you get a convenient collapsible design, closed-back cushioned earcup, and adjustable padded headband for maximum comfort and durability. They are offered in a variety of colors including black, white, or a limited edition silver. The M50s were designed for professional studio use, but don't make you settle for the premium price tag!
*It is important to note that not all of these models use “active” noise canceling technology and some are just designed to muffle out external sound.
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