For the seasoned traveller, finding little things to make your flight more comfortable are priceless. Saving space is an added bonus. There are dozens and dozens of noise-cancelling headphones out there to choose from. Beats makes them. Bose is renowned for their noise-cancelling technology. Monster, B&O, and virtually every other headphone maker produces a version of this “type” of headphone. Generally, they are expensive with prices starting at $200 and easily reaching $1000.
Most noise-cancelling headphones are on-ear or over-the-ear style which are big and bulky but this style aids in blocking out ambient noise by “covering” the ear. The downside, half your backpack or purse is filled by the case and if you are not careful putting them away can be broken. Kiss your $$$ goodbye! Warranty doesn’t cover breakage in most cases.
Well, I’m here to tell you that for less than $50 you can get an excellent pair of earbud style headphones and get virtually all the performance an average-to-regular traveller would require and they will fit in your pocket. These Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones are outstanding and I’ve been using them for years. Can be had for less than $50 including shipping and no tax. I carry two pair just in case and sometimes if I like my seat mate next to me, I offer a pair as a gift. People look at me like I’m crazy but I get more contacts and new friends by offering little gifts to my neighbors on various flights.
Grab them from Beach Camera for $42.50 shipping and tax included! And I also recommend Comply Foam Tips. They are vastly superior and more comfortable than the silicone/rubber tips generally included with headphones and add to noise reduction considerably. You can get them from Comply or Google a bit and you can maybe find them a few bucks cheaper than retail.
Now, go get them!