headphones http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/18260/all en-US 7 Fun Podcasts for Kids (That Parents Love, Too) http://www.wisebread.com/7-fun-podcasts-for-kids-that-parents-love-too <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-fun-podcasts-for-kids-that-parents-love-too" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/listening_to_some_tunes_with_mom.jpg" alt="Listening to some tunes with mom" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The variety of podcasts seems unlimited these days, and they're not just for adults. They can hold tremendous benefits for your kids by promoting listening skills, giving them a break from illuminated screens, enhancing knowledge, and entertaining them on trips. Here are seven great options for your kids that you'll enjoy with them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-new-podcasts-thatll-improve-your-money-mindset?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 New Podcasts That'll Improve Your Money Mindset</a>)</p> <h2>1. But Why? A Podcast for Curious Kids</h2> <p>Every kid's favorite question is &quot;Why?&quot; and we love them for it. They want to understand every part of the world around them. And you can leverage that natural curiosity with the <a href="http://www.npr.org/podcasts/474377890/but-why-a-podcast-for-curious-kids" target="_blank">But Why?</a> podcast's wide variety of content. Recent episodes include &quot;Where Do Hurricanes Come From?&quot;, &quot;How is Glass Made?&quot;, and &quot;How Do Bees Make Honey and Why Do They Sting?&quot;</p> <h2>2. Wow in the World</h2> <p>Another podcast for curiosity seekers, <a href="http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510321/wow-in-the-world" target="_blank">Wow in the World</a> shares the coolest stories in science and technology explored and told by Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas. They just completed the first season, so you have plenty of content to keep you and your kids occupied until they return for season two.</p> <h2>3. Eleanor Amplified</h2> <p>New to the podcast scene, <a href="http://www.npr.org/podcasts/483123262/the-radio-adventures-of-eleanor-amplified" target="_blank">Eleanor Amplified</a> combines adventure, storytelling, and timely news stories. Eleanor, a clever reporter, takes you along her journey through Hollywood, into haunted mansions, and even down the halls of Congress.</p> <h2>4. Brains On!</h2> <p>If you were a fan of Mr. Wizard growing up, then the <a href="https://www.brainson.org/" target="_blank">Brains On!</a> podcast is perfect for you and your kids. Recent episodes explore why sea turtles live so long and where thunder comes from. Best of all, each episode is hosted by a kid scientist, which may just inspire your little one long after each episode is over.</p> <h2>5. Storynory</h2> <p>Your bedtime story companion, <a href="http://www.storynory.com/" target="_blank">Storynory</a> tells tales new and old that are just right for your kids. From <em>Alice in Wonderland</em> to Aesop's fables and some original stories, too, this podcast will make bedtime something your kids look forward to. It also has children's author interviews as well as music, poetry, and stories from history.</p> <h2>6. Stories Podcast</h2> <p>Like Storynory, the <a href="http://wondery.com/wondery/shows/storiespodcast/" target="_blank">Stories Podcast</a> on Wondery features a new story every week. It's suitable for all ages and specifically focused on stories that are best enjoyed on car trips and during bedtime.</p> <h2>7. Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child</h2> <p>For music lovers and their music-loving kids, <a href="http://sparetherock.com/wordpress/" target="_blank">Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child</a> selects a weekly indie playlist that you and your kids will love. From Quincy Jones to They Might Be Giants to Ella Fitzgerald, this podcast will be music to everyone's ears.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-fun-podcasts-for-kids-that-parents-love-too&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Fun%2520Podcasts%2520for%2520Kids%2520%2528That%2520Parents%2520Love%252C%2520Too%2529.jpg&amp;description=7%20Fun%20Podcasts%20for%20Kids%20(That%20Parents%20Love%2C%20Too)"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Fun%20Podcasts%20for%20Kids%20%28That%20Parents%20Love%2C%20Too%29.jpg" alt="7 Fun Podcasts for Kids (That Parents Love, Too)" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fun-podcasts-for-kids-that-parents-love-too">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-podcasts-bookworms-will-love">12 Podcasts Bookworms Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-podcasts-for-travel-lovers">6 Podcasts for Travel Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gifts-6-fun-games-that-teach-money-and-finance">Holiday Gifts: 6 Fun Games That Teach Money and Finance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-new-podcasts-thatll-improve-your-money-mindset">10 New Podcasts That&#039;ll Improve Your Money Mindset</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Family educational entertainment free entertainment fun activities for kids headphones new podcasts podcasts podcasts for kids Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Christa Avampato 2026294 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Bluetooth Headphones http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-headphones <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-bluetooth-headphones" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/headphones-kid-3137800-small.jpg" alt="headphones" title="headphones" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="204" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever used a pair of headphones in your lifetime, then you must have dealt with, at one point or another, the troublesome cord that finds ways disrupt your auditory enjoyment. More often than not, these annoying cords are getting your headphones caught and knocked off by some random nook, or they become a tangled mess that requires some elaborate manipulation to undo. Fortunately, wireless Bluetooth headphones are a newly available option that finally cut the cord and give you the freedom to listen to your music without being tethered to your devices. Wise Bread is here to show you the best Bluetooth headphones you should consider with our five best Bluetooth headphones list.</p> <h2>What Are Bluetooth Headphones?</h2> <p>Bluetooth headphones are essentially wireless stereo headphones worn on or over the ears that use the Bluetooth radio frequency to connect to compatible electronic devices. While Bluetooth headphones can&rsquo;t compare to the audio quality of wired headphones due to the Bluetooth technology&rsquo;s inherent audio compression, the audio quality of the best Bluetooth headphones can still be quite impressive if you&rsquo;re not a devoted audiophile. Most Bluetooth headphones also come with a built-in microphone that allows for hands-free calling when connected to a smartphone. A wired connection cable is also included with most models to allow you to connect the headphones to non-Bluetooth devices. Beyond audio quality, comfort and design are also important factors to consider when choosing Bluetooth headphones.</p> <h2>Top 5 Bluetooth Headphones</h2> <h3>Harman Kardon BT<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A3R3U2U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00A3R3U2U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u943/Harman%20Kardon%20BT_s.jpg" /></a></h3> <p>The Harman Kardon brand is well known for producing exceptional audio equipment that blends superb audio quality with unique, modern designs; and the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A3R3U2U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00A3R3U2U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Harman Kardon BT</a> Bluetooth headphones definitely lives up to the brand name in both respects. This Consumer Search top pick has received great acclaim for its best-in-class music performance, with many users praising its capability to produce crisp, clear sounds and impressively deep bass despite its Bluetooth audio limitations. While its sophisticated look may not be for everyone, its signature design does include two adjustable headbands and memory foam ear pads that allow for a very comfortable and snug fit that&rsquo;s good at keeping noise out as well. Its USB-rechargeable battery can last up to 12 hours on a single charge, and an included bypass connector cable can extend its battery life even more when connected to a playback device.</p> <p><i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A3R3U2U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00A3R3U2U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $178.00 on Amazon</a></i></p> <h3>Bose AE2w<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CD1FB26/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CD1FB26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="200" height="184" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u943/Bose%20AE2w_s.jpg" /></a></h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CD1FB26/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CD1FB26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Bose AE2w</a> is an excellent set of Bluetooth headphones from another renowned audio equipment brand that offers outstanding sound performance along with intuitive features. Sound quality from the AE2w has all the great elements you&rsquo;d&nbsp; expect from a Bose headset, including good definition and wonderful dynamics. Its closed, lightweight design with cushioned ear cups makes the headphones very comfortable to wear and provides some nice noise isolation as well. A detachable Bluetooth control module is also integrated into its design, providing power, volume, and Bluetooth controls along with a special multifunction button that can control the music settings on your connected devices. The AE2w is also able to connect with two devices simultaneously. Not only that, but it can also automatically pause the media on one device to allow you to take an incoming call from your smartphone and then resume the media when you&rsquo;re done.</p> <p><i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CD1FB26/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CD1FB26&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $249.95 on Amazon</a></i></p> <h3>Parrot Zik<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0081TH24O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0081TH24O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="152" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u943/Parrot%20Zik_s.jpg" /></a></h3> <p>If you don&rsquo;t mind its high price tag, then the well-reviewed <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0081TH24O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0081TH24O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Parrot Zik</a> headphones offer you a premium set of Bluetooth headphones that looks as good as they sound. While many users agree that the Zik headphones are able to deliver an astounding sound performance, they also highly recommend downloading the Parrot Audio Suite app in order to get the best sound quality from these headphones. One of the Zik&rsquo;s most exclusive features is its head detection sensor that allows it to automatically pause and resume a phone call based on when you remove the headphones. The Zik&rsquo;s visually striking design integrates a touch-sensitive control panel onto the right ear cup, allowing you to control your music with a simple swipe. Other notable features include active noise cancellation technology that effectively blocks out unwanted noises and built-in NFC technology for more wireless connectivity options.</p> <p><i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0081TH24O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0081TH24O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $353.45 on Amazon</a></i></p> <h3>Jabra REVO<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFO14W8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BFO14W8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="200" height="112" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u943/Jabra%20REVO_s.jpg" /></a></h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFO14W8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BFO14W8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Jabra REVO</a> is another very well-reviewed option on Amazon that delivers a remarkably feature-heavy set of Bluetooth headphones that comes at a more affordable price. While the sound quality on these headphones are impressive in their own right, the REVO is similar to the Parrot Zik in that what really sets it apart from the rest is its incredible array of exclusive features. Along with Bluetooth connectivity, you can also wirelessly connect your devices to REVO via NFC technology. These headphones also come with touch controls on the headphone turntable that allow you to control your music and your phone calls. Additionally, you can download the Jabra Sound app to enable Dolby Digital Plus enhanced sound as well as to manage your music library and EQ. All these features are wrapped into a very stylish, durable design that&rsquo;s sits comfortably on your ears and can fold up for convenient storage.</p> <p><i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFO14W8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BFO14W8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $204.39 on Amazon</a></i></p> <h3>MeElectronics Air-Fi AF32 Runaway<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0070UKBO8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0070UKBO8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="200" height="164" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u943/MeElectronics%20Air-Fi%20AF32%20Runaway_s.jpg" /></a></h3> <p>With a Consumer Search top recommendation as well as a 4&frac12;-star rating on Amazon averaged from over 700 reviews, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0070UKBO8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0070UKBO8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">MeElectonics Air-Fi AF32 Runaway</a> is undoubtedly one of the best values for Bluetooth headphones that you can find today, as it delivers a sub-$100 option with superb sound quality and outstanding battery life. &nbsp;Many users have said that the sound quality for both music and calls on the Runaway is actually quite terrific and definitely much better than what they expected from a pair of low-cost Bluetooth headphones, with most of its downsides being attributed to the Bluetooth&rsquo;s audio limitations. The Runaway also has a nicely stylish design that has accessible controls and is also comfortable on the ears, although some say it does tend to slip off your head a bit. Last but not least, the Runaway will allow you to listen to your music all throughout your entire day, thanks to its incredible 12-hour battery life.</p> <p><i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0070UKBO8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0070UKBO8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $49.99 on Amazon</a></i></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-headphones">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-wireless-headphones">The 5 Best Wireless Headphones</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bluetooth-trackers">The 5 Best Bluetooth Trackers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cleansing-milks">The 5 Best Cleansing Milks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-reusable-straws">The 5 Best Reusable Straws</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Buying Guides 5 best audio bluetooth headphones product reviews Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:24:22 +0000 William Tran 1134066 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Noise Canceling Headphones http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-noise-canceling-headphones <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-noise-canceling-headphones" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tablet-4489852-small.jpg" alt="woman wearing headphones" title="woman wearing headphones" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for some peaceful salvation from the loud, bustling world around you? Want to listen to your music and <em>just</em> your music? Need to concentrate on your work without being disturbed by the activities of others? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then a pair of noise-canceling headphones may be an invaluable piece of gear to add to your daily arsenal. While noise-canceling headphones are generally more expensive than a set of regular headphones, their unique ability to eliminate external noises while also delivering great sound quality are worth the premium, especially if you need the extra quiet space to be more productive or more relaxed.</p> <h2>What Are Noise-Canceling Headphones?</h2> <p>While most normal headphones just deliver audio to your ears, noise-canceling headphones use different technologies to block out external sounds so that you hear only what you want to hear. Most noise-canceling headphones use passive noise cancellation, also known as noise isolation, to accomplish this task. By creating a tight seal around or within your ears, these snug-fitting headphones dramatically reduce the amount of noise you hear while wearing them. Higher-end models of noise-canceling headphones utilize active noise cancellation via digital signal processing (DSP) technology to reduce ambient noise. These types of headphones possess an internal microphone that listens to the sounds around you, and then they emit their own frequency to counter the external noise.</p> <h2>Top 5 Noise-Canceling Headphones</h2> <p>The key factors that differentiate noise-canceling headphones are sound quality, noise reduction capabilities, and comfort. With that in mind, here are our top 5 recommendations for noise-canceling headphones:</p> <h3>Bose Quietcomfort 15</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0054JJ0QW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0054JJ0QW&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="210" height="210" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hdph-Bose.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0054JJ0QW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0054JJ0QW&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidelink-20">Bose Quietcomfort 15</a> headphones are widely regarded as one of the best pairs of noise-canceling headphones available today, garnering high recommendations from Consumer Reports, Consumer Search, and Good Housekeeping. These Bose headphones utilize a closed, around-the-ear design along with both passive and active noise cancellation technologies for effective noise reduction and sound leakage prevention, all while delivering a very comfortable fit for its users. Sound quality isn't perfect, but unless you're an audiophile, you'll still get very good, clean sound. These headphones also come with a nifty carrying case that may help remedy their bulky size. The main downside to the Bose Quietcomfort 15 is its hefty price tag. But if that doesn't bother you, then you'll find these Bose headphones to be the perfect companion for when you want to listen to your music in peace. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0054JJ0QW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0054JJ0QW&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $299.00 on Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Sony MDR-NC500D</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001786D5A/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001786D5A&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="210" height="210" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hdph-Sony.jpg" alt="" /></a>Another top choice from Consumer Reports, the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001786D5A/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001786D5A&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidelink-20">Sony MDR-NC500D</a> headphones are an excellent option if you're serious about owning a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. These Sony headphones have a couple of special features, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that provides three different noise-canceling options that the headphones automatically determine based on your current environment as well as a built-in monitoring function that allows you to hear important external sounds such as announcements without the need to remove the headphones. Users have reported the bass being too soft and the fit being a little too tight for their liking, but overall, the sound and build quality are still very good. While these headphones are one of the more expensive options, it does come with a slew of accessories, including a rechargeable battery, a wide variety of adapters, and a carrying case. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001786D5A/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001786D5A&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $189.34 on Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Audio-Technica ATH-M50</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ULAP4U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000ULAP4U&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="210" height="210" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hdph-Audio-Tech-M50.jpg" alt="" /></a>If you're in the market for a pair of noise-canceling headphones in the sub-$200 range, then you'll be hard-pressed to find ones better than the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ULAP4U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000ULAP4U&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidelink-20">Audio-Technica ATH-M50</a>. While they don't have the active noise-canceling technology found in higher-end models, the closed-back, around-the-ear design creates a tight enough seal that does manage to keep a majority of external noises out, and the cushioned earcups allow them to be worn comfortably for extended periods at a time. Many users have praised these headphones for their incredible sound quality, with some users going as far as to claim that they even best some higher-end models in sound clarity. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones are also collapsible and very durable, making it easy to store and ideal for traveling. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ULAP4U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000ULAP4U&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $149.00 on Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Phiaton PS 20 NC Earphones</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00456V6WQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00456V6WQ&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidewid-20"><img width="210" height="210" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hdph-Phiaton.jpeg" alt="" /></a>If you're always on the go and you value durability and portability over bulk, the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00456V6WQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00456V6WQ&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidewid-20">Phiaton PS 20 NC</a> earphones (well recommended by Good Housekeeping) are made just for you. Since these are in-ear headphones, they lack the passive noise cancellation found in around-the-ear headphones. However, these earphones do have active noise-canceling technology which filters out a majority of external noise, and the in-ear design decently limits sound leakage as well. The sound quality of these earphones is pretty good, but its bass depth wasn't as strong as other headphones. The Phiaton PS 20 NC earphones may also be uncomfortable for some due to their irregular design. However, the earphones do come with four different-sized ear tips to ensure the best fit. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00456V6WQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00456V6WQ&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidewid-20">Currently $98.98 on Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Audio-Technica ATH-M30</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00007E7C8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00007E7C8&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="210" height="210" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hdph-Audio-Tech-M30.jpg" alt="" /></a>The most budget-friendly option on this list, the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00007E7C8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00007E7C8&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidelink-20">Audio-Technica ATH-M30</a> headphones deliver the most bang for your buck. These headphones share a lot of the same features with their bigger brother, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50, such as the closed-back design and passive noise cancellation technology. There's actually not a lot of difference between the two, despite the $100 difference in price, which can actually be seen as an advantage for the ATH-M30. With a 4½ star rating on Amazon and many users reporting excellent sound quality and great durability and comfort, the Audio-Technica ATH-M30 proves that a lower price tag doesn't necessarily equal lower quality. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00007E7C8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00007E7C8&linkCode=as2&tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $59.00 on Amazon.</a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best noise-canceling headphones. 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