Feeds

Ten... noise-cancelling headphones

Ditch that din

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Bose Quiet Comfort 15

RH Numbers

Bose's over-ear QC15 is not too bulky, while pleasant padding offers excellent soundproofing. Vented ear-cups improve the acoustics, while noise cancelling microphones are placed both inside and outside. A choice of two detachable cables includes one with a hands-free mic and volume control, which appears to be only for iPhones. The headphones use one AAA but sadly don't function unless noise cancellation is switched on. In consolation they are very impressive at this task and the sound quality is equally striking. Even bog-standard MP3s sound well rounded and fine-tuned, full of bass and clear high notes in equal measure. However, they are not demonstrably better than the less expensive Denon, Sennheiser or Sony.

Bose Quiet Comfort 15 noise-cancelling headphones

Reg Rating 70%
Price £279
More info Bose

Creative EP-3NC

RH Numbers

This pair is fashioned in a traditional in-ear bullet shape. The fit is a little awkward and its control unit, which holds a AAA battery, sits a very short distance along the cable, so you have to use the clip to attach it to clothing otherwise it drags the buds out of your ears. It has a monitor but no volume buttons. The headphones work normally when noise cancelling is off. When active, the noise suppression is rather middling, roughly in line with the lower-priced Panasonic, and the audio quality is not the best, so on balance the Digital Silence gives better value for sub-£100 in-ear ’phones.

Creative EP-3NC 15 noise-cancelling headphones

Reg Rating 50%
Price £90
More info Creative

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Next page: Denon AH-NC800

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.