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The 7 Best Headphones For Airplane Travel



Traveling is sometimes stressful. Many people manage the dread of flying by immersing themselves in their favorite movies until they land on solid ground. But nothing ruins an in-flight film like the pain of static sounds, sore ears, and overall subpar headphones.

If you’re planning a trip anytime soon, make sure you look at these 7 best-selling travel-friendly headphones:

Bose QC15


The Bose Quiet Comfort models are praised as one of the best over-ear headphones on the market. With the perfect blend of noise cancelling capability and cloud-like comfort, these headphones have earned their spot on the Travel’s Choice list. Unlike simple headphones, these require a single AAA battery for the ideal sound experience. The average battery life is about 35 hours, which equates to watching The Lord of the Rings extended edition eight and a half times.

Bowers & Wilkins C5


Traveling comfortably revolves around packing light and with as much portability as possible. With that in mind, lugging around huge headphones is a huge pain. For those who prefer simple in-ear headphones, there are plenty of options including the Bowers & Wilkins C5.

The sound is organic with a robust bass and crystal clear treble. Along with the impeccable sound quality, the sleek design features an ear loop wire that fits snuggly in your inner ear for greatest comfort and a secure fit. With these great abilities you may forget you’re wearing headphones all together, running the risk of embarrassing sing-along musical outbursts.

Sennheiser MM550-X


The leading technology found in the Sennheiser MM550-X is revolutionizing the headphone industry. With features like noise-cancelling clarity, wireless bluetooth capabilities, and built-in microphone, these headphones are the entire package.

You can connect them effortlessly via Bluetooth to your phone, laptop, or tablets to create a surround sound experience that rivals any home theater system. Remember though, just because you’re able to move freely while listening, it’s frowned upon by the flight attendants.



If you want over-the-ear headphones but want don’t want to look like an amateur DJ spinning a high school dance, try looking into the AKG K490. Smaller than comparable over-the-ear brands, they offer the same noise cancelling abilities and impeccable sound quality. These are perfect for someone who values portability, great sound, and of course stylish fashion.

Etymotic HF3


It’s difficult packing such powerful noise-cancelling ability in such a small bud, but these best-in-class ear buds have pulled it off. Etymotic HF3 have a perfectly shaped earpiece that rests comfortably in the ear canal, preventing any exterior noise from penetrating and disrupting your movie. You’ll find that the inaudible background sounds from your favorite flicks will be heard for the first time. From the excellent sound to the sleek design, these are a must-have for any frequent traveler.

Ultrasone HFI-680


Everyone has encountered that one person on the train, bus, or plane who’s oblivious to the blaring noise from their headphones. Besides the inevitable hearing loss and overall obnoxious persona, it’s safe to say that you don’t want to be that person.

The Ultrasone HFI can help you with that. With their dual noise cancelling design, these headphones keep all the sound in your ears, allowing others around you to sit in silence. With a comfortable design and affordable price tag, these headphones are making the world a quieter place.

Shure SE425


For more than 15 years, Shure has pumped out high-quality headphones for the picky listener. On the higher end of the price tag, you really get what you pay for. The ultimate sound-isolation technology coupled with a quality design and ergonomic ear shape, these headphones smoke the competition.

Unlike other ear bud designs, the Shure SE425 are designed to sit inside the outer ear as opposed to sitting in the canal, which is more appealing to some. If you’re looking for high quality, travel capable headphones these should definitely be considered as one of your top choices.

A lot of things need considering when purchasing your headphones. Think about what elements are most important to you. Whether that’s comfort, price, or overall sound quality. And sure, you could pay for some cheap white buds that leave your ears in pain. But if you want to make your next trip more than bearable, it’s time to invest in high-quality headphones.


Libratone’s TRACK+ Wireless Headphones Keep The Chaos Out And The Music In



Libratone TRACK+ Wireless In-Ear Earphones

When the Libratone TRACK+ Wireless Earphones were unveiled at CES earlier this year, I was intrigued by their Smart Noise Cancellation technology, which lets you control how much of the world you want to let in or out.

Now, active noise cancelling headphones are nothing new, and they’ve long been a must-have for frequent travelers like myself who want to “get away from it all” and just enjoy their tunes.

But Libratone has taken it a step further, with the TRACK+ offering 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation so you can control how much you hear of the world around you. You can even let Smart Mode do it for you automatically, adjusting based on your environment and activity.

Libratone TRACK+ Wireless In-Ear Earphones

When the TRACK+ detects movement like running or a workout, it will automatically allow in slightly more ambient noise so you’re aware of your surroundings. Because let’s face it, the last thing you want is to get hit by a car or bike because you couldn’t hear them coming!

Similarly, when you’re sitting still in a loud place (like an airplane or train), the earphones will cancel the maximum amount of outside noise so you can focus on the music and nothing else. And in that respect, they work incredibly well.. assuming you read the directions.

You see, during my first testing session, I wasn’t all that impressed with the TRACK+, as there was too much ambient noise coming through, even on the highest noise cancellation (-20dB) setting. The problem? The eartips weren’t forming a perfect seal with my ear. Once I switched to a larger eartip (four different sizes are provided), the difference was night and day, with the outside world completely disappearing.

Libratone TRACK+ Wireless In-Ear Earphones

Since then, I’ve taken the TRACK+ on a few flights, on a train ride to New York, and even into a crowded Starbucks. And in every case, they performed amazing well, allowing me to focus on my music, movies, podcasts, and such without being distracted by the outside noise.

Those planning on hitting the gym will be pleased to know that they have a splash-proof IPX4 rating, that the earbuds are sweat-proof, and the included sport fins allow you to run on the treadmill without concerns about them falling out. And thanks to the ANC, you can drown out those grunting meatheads and focus on what you’re there to do.

Overall, there is a lot to like about the Libratone TRACK+ Wireless Earphones, and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who’s looking to drown out some of the outside chaos. At $199, they’re not to cheapest option out there, but they’re well worth it. These wireless eadbuds offer high quality sound, 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation, long battery life (8 hours), and a sleek, minimalist design. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

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Alpine Unveils 9-Inch Aftermarket Head Unit With Floating Design At CES



Alpine HALO9 iLX-F309 in-dash system

Many of today’s newer cars come with huge infotainment screens (like the Lexus LC 500 with it’s 10.3″ dash-mounted screen). But if you’ve got an older car and want that big screen experience, you’re pretty much out of luck, as most single DIN and double DIN radios only give you so much space to work with.

Alpine Electronics came up with a unique solution to this common problem with their new 9-inch iLX-F309 in-dash system, which they debuted at CES this week. This AM/FM/audio/video receiver uses a 1-DIN chassis for installation, with a 9-inch touch screen “hovering” in front of the vehicle’s dash, allowing the oversized screen to be added to a variety of vehicles without the need for custom installation.

Installation of the Alpine iLX-F309 sounds like a breeze, as described here:

The 9-inch screen is attached to an adjustable mount connected to a 1-DIN chassis. Once installed, the screen and mount are fixed to the chassis for a sturdy installation. The screen hovers over or in front of the dash while its rear housing tapers off cleanly at the edges for a thin, modern silhouette. At its default position, the screen’s sliding mount is pushed out, sitting at a 90-degree angle and the bottom of the screen is centered with the 1-DIN chassis.

At this point, the screen can be angled at select positions to assist during installation, help with visibility, or move it away from other items on the dashboard. The screen can be positioned 20 mm back from its default position, to move it closer to the dashboard. It can be moved up or down 30mm from its default position and can be tilted up/down at a maximum of 45-degrees, depending on the position of the up/down location.

The iLX-F309 has a suite of entertainment features sure to please the most discerning of techies, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth streaming audio, HD Radio, SiriusXM, Alpine TuneIt App integration, AUX, HDMI, and rear camera inputs, and more. The system doesn’t include a CD or DVD slot.

If you’re interested in getting the Alpine iLX-F309 for your vehicle, you won’t have long to wait, as the system will be available at authorized retailers in February, with a suggested retail price of $1,100.

What do you think of the Alpine iLX-F309 with it’s 9-inch floating screen?

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How Cool Is This

This Is The Gravity-Defying Death Star Speaker You’ve Been Looking For!



Star Wars Levitating Death Star Bluetooth Speaker

Unbound from the laws of gravity, Plox is bringing the might of the Empire to your home with the Official Star Wars Levitating Death Star Speaker. Amaze your friends and yourself as your Death Star speaker delivers 360 degrees of uncompromising sound for up to five hours on a single charge.

The gravity-defying orb combines 360° Bluetooth sound projection with an out-of-this-world levitation system using Plox’s force technology. This exclusive Star Wars collectible is the Death Star you’ve been waiting for.

This is a great sounding speaker that any Star Wars fan would want. Sadly, this model does not come with the planet-destroying super laser. Hopefully, they can add this to their later models. For now, you can only ‘blast’ some cool tunes.

The Empire’s ultimate weapon can now be yours. May the force be with you!

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