The Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100

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Most people you see on an airplane these days have some kind of iPod or MP3 device that they use to listen to music during the flight.

The problem with planes is that they’re extremely noisy.

Because of this, wearing a pair of noise cancelling headphones is a great idea, as they block out and negate (or ‘cancel’) the ambient noise around you.

Even if you don’t have an iPod (or something similar), noise cancelling headphones allow you to watch the in-flight movie in peace.

Although noise cancelling headphones are more expensive than ‘ordinary’ headphones, if you’re a frequent flyer they’re well worth the money.

For those of us who want a pair but can’t afford to spend too much on them, here’s a list of the best noise cancelling headphones under $100 currently on the market:

1. Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones

Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones$87.74 (

Sennheiser’s HD-280 PRO noise cancelling headphones can block out up to 32 dB (decibels) of outside sound.

These collapsible headphones are lightweight and compact, and have rotating earcups (for DJ’ing).


2. Audio Technica ATH-ANC25

Audio Technica ATH-ANC25$65.94 (

Audio Technica’s ATH-ANC25 noise cancelling headphones are one of the best on the market at the moment.

They look great, are compact in size and provide great sound quality.


3. Sennheiser PXC-150

$69.00 (

Sennheiser PXC-150Sennheiser’s PXC 150 noise canceling headphones are designed to ‘combine comfort with luxury and quality sound’.

Their high-end technology allows them to combine great noise canceling circuitry into a compact, lightweight design.

The only downside of these headphones is that some people complain that the maximum volume isn’t as high as it should be.


4. Sony MDR-RF970RK

$61.99 (

Sony MDR-RF970RKSony’s MDR-RF970RK wireless headphones provide great sound quality and without being restricted by wires.

With 150 feet of transmission range and a 14 hour battery life, they are one of the best wireless noise canceling headphones on the market, and one of the best sets wireless headphones on the market (even if you take away the noise cancelling feature).



$47.54 (

JVC HAW600RFThese super light wireless headphones come equipped with an auto-tuning feature, have a 164 foot wireless range.

Their battery life is estimated to be around 10 hours. Although this isn’t as long as some other wireless headphones (such as the Sony MDR-RF970RK headphones listed above), for the price it’s hard to argue.

So why no Bose headphones on this list? Aren’t Bose supposed to be the industry leaders in headphone (and noise cancelling) technology? Bose headsets usually retail at over $100, which is why they haven’t made my list. Simple!

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