Having to listen to the sound of a train during your daily commute or the constant hum of a plane on a long-haul flight over the soothing notes of your music can be annoying, to say the least.
The best way to shut the world out and enjoy your favourite tunes, or listen to an immersive podcast or audiobook, is to invest in great set of noise-cancelling headphones – in-ear or cans, whichever one you prefer.
As the name implies, noise-cancelling headphones eliminate background and ambient noise by noting incoming sound waves and then creating a new wave that is 180 degrees out of phase with said frequency.
They do this to allow you to focus on your preferred choice of audio-visual medium. In fact, these headphones can be so effective, we’ve seen people just pop them on for some peace and quiet during long journeys.
One of the biggest names when it comes to audio gear is Bose, with four great headphones in its noise-cancelling line-up called QuietComfort (QC). And we’re here to help you find the best bargains on the Bose QC range – whether that’s via a time-limited discount, a coupon, or some other bit of frugal magic.
Bose QuietComfort 35
Bose has brought its fantastic noise-cancelling technology to a pair of wireless headphones and it's done so without any of the traditional drawbacks of wireless headphones. They sound great, and their battery life is long enough for all but the longest of flights. They're super comfortable, and despite the fact that they don't use the AptX Bluetooth standard, the wireless doesn't harm their sound quality one bit.
Priced at AU$499 a pop, the QC35s sit firmly at the premium end of the spectrum, but if you want the best noise-cancelling headphones available right now, then you can't get any better. And they can be bought at a great price, too.
Bose QuietControl 30
For a pair of in-ear headphones, the QC 30 has a level of noise cancellation that matches any of Bose’s over-ear cans, and that’s very impressive given its size. In fact, the level of noise cancellation can be adjusted to suit your environment via the in-line remote.
But the effective noise-cancelling comes at the cost of sound quality. The QC 30 isn’t the best-sounding headphones in the world, but if you’re not an audio connoisseur, these are still a pretty good set of headphones to get, especially for those who don’t particularly enjoy the feel of cans on their ears.
Bose QuietComfort 25
The QC 25 are just as good as Bose’s premium cans, but without the premium price tag. They’re still expensive at $399 a piece, but they achieve top performance per dollar and definitely worth your hard-earned dosh.
With exemplary sound quality and equally excellent ambient noise cancellation, the QC 25 will suit the serious or the casual listener, providing a wonderfully immersive experience when watching movies or TV shows, playing games or just listening to your favourite beats.
Bose QuietComfort 20
For a pair of tethered in-ear headphones that cost you $369, you’d expect only the best from Bose, and the QC 20 does not disappoint. If you have the spare change and want incredible noise-cancelling combined with comfort and amazing sound quality, you really ought to get the QuietComfort 20.
The silicone ear tips are designed for a perfect fit while sealing the ear canal and the power for noise-cancellation comes from a lithium-ion battery. This makes the battery pack a tad unwieldy, but you’ll figure out how best to stow it as you go along. But all in all, these are one of the best headphones we’ve put through the paces.