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Sweet Sound of Silence: 10 Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

A respite from noise might seem thin on paper, but spend a few hours on an inescapable airplane with crying babies, heaving green-faced passengers or even a chatty cathy neighbor and get back to us on what you’re willing to pay for a little peace and music. What’s more, NC options have some of the best sound profiles available, making them true gems for audiophiles and the easily distracted alike. Considering the vastly small market for noise-canceling headsets available at the moment, the problem isn’t necessarily narrowing down the field — it’s choosing the best one for your audio needs. From pioneering audio staples to buzzing newcomers, these are the noise cancelers worth turning your ears to.

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Harman Kardon AE In-Ear Headphones

Is it hip to be square? For Harman Kardon it is. Using an atypical square aluminum alloy body, the Harman Kardon AE1 ($150) in-ear headphones reduce unwanted resonance as well as giving them a unique in-ear look. With a generous 16-20,000 Hz range and extended low-frequency reproduction, the AE delivers sound like a hot French…

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Harman Kardon MAS 102

Bookshelf systems may not be at the top of your gear-acquisition list, but to us, nothing really beats the sexiness of a well-designed compact system. It seems Harman Kardon feels the same way because the new tuxedo-clad MAS 102 ($999) certainly looks the part. Designed to perform like a separate component setup, the system still…

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Harman Kardon GPS-810 Guide+Play Navigation System

Factory car navigation systems are one of the last bastions of sheer profit motive in the car industry. Well, outside of repairs. $2,500-$3,000 for a crippled navigation system that’s outdated within a year. Seriously? Take our advice, forego the factory nav and get a portable GPS. You’ll get twice the features, newer technology and be…