I'm a big fan of peace and quiet which, in turn, makes me a big fan of Active Noise Cancelling headphones. The company that invented ANC, and has remained the best at jamming it into consumer headphones for the past 16 years, is Bose. So when their new QC35 cans were announced, I was eager to check them out for TechHive..
Overall, I like them--but not enough to buy a pair. It's not that they don't sound good or that they don't keep the noise of the outside world out of my skull--because they do. I already own a set of on-ear headphones, and like them fine enough for use around the house. When I travel, I prefer to bring along a smaller set of earbuds that won't take up a mammoth amount of space in my carry-on bag like the QC35 do. Right now, this task is fulfilled by Bose's QC20s--a corded pair of ANC in-ear headphones they released a few years back. They sound great, they run for hours at a time and can be used passively when the battery craps out. But, due to the external battery/ANC pack attached to their analog cable, they're awkward as hell to use if you're walking around. Happily, the company will be releasing a Bluetooth iteration of the in-ears, the QuietControl 30, later this summer. I'll be looking at them for TecHive as well.
If you're thinking of buying a new set of cans before your next long haul flight or want to block out the blather of a co-worker in your office who never shuts up, be sure to check out my review, which can be found here.