Every time I get on a plane and read the SkyMall brochures I pause and gaze longingly at the photos of Bose or other noise-cancelling headphones. What bliss, I think, to have the din of the world around me muted at my whim. And therein of course lies the absolute irony: if you dream of noise-cancelling headphones on a plane you are most likely at the back in goat class, with your knees somewhere up around your elbows, a querulous passenger at your side, and no wherewithal for buying said expensive noise-cancelling headphones.
Still, a great pair of folding, over-the-head headphones always been on my fantasy want list for several reasons — not just because of the noise-cancelling properties. Of course it is the excellent sound quality that is the main reason. These beauties above, are by Beats Electronics, the audio brand co-founded by artist and producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, so that fans can hear music the way artists intended it to sound in the studio.
AND: a large pair of headphones immediately stops strangers from talking to you, especially handy on trains and buses if you are a sole traveller and want some peace.
Specs: Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and an iOS compatible microphone cable for full phone functionality including answer/end, call waiting, call switching and voice command. The Executive comes in a classic silver and retails at £269.95. Available for purchase from authorised Beats retailers, as well as at http://store.universal-music.co.uk
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