The roar of jet engines sounds like a whisper while listening to music in the best noise cancelling headphones Sony MDR-1000X or B & O Play H9 – headphones working through a Bluetooth data channel. Both models feature noise suppression technology at the highest level. Such headphones will suit those who like to travel a lot and can not afford to pay a tidy sum. But which model is better? To find out, we will compare them face to face.
Regardless of whether you are flying economy-class flights or sip champagne in a separate compartment, the monotonous noise of aircraft engines can start to get on your nerves. Headphones with noise reduction function will not get rid of the noise completely, but long flights with them will become much more pleasant.
Headphones use a Bluetooth data channel to play music from a laptop, tablet or smartphone. But also in the kit there is a cable with a standard connector of 3.5 mm so that they can be easily connected to any device with the appropriate connector.
In both models, batteries are installed, for recharging of which a micro-USB port is provided. The battery in B & O is enough for 14 hours of operation, and Sony will last about 20 hours. The first model uses a removable battery, which in the case of a discharge can be replaced by a spare battery. If the batteries are exhausted, you can connect the headphones through the cable, but the noise reduction function will not work.
The noise cancelling headphones Sony MDR-1000X provides special options, thanks to which you can adjust the degree of audibility of the surrounding world. They can also react to people’s voices, depending on the chosen mode. This model copes better with the problem of noise cancellation during flight in an airplane than B & O, is able to recognize and block a wider range of frequencies of sound vibrations. If you need to talk to someone, you need to touch the right ear with your hand. At this point, the headphones will automatically lower the volume of the music being played and turn off the noise canceling mode.
Another advantage of the Sony MDR-1000X is the use of the technology developed by Sony for the transmission of audio signals via Bluetooth – LDAC. It allows you to transfer high – quality Hi-Res sound in 24-bit format. Listening to music in the “.mp3” format is also more enjoyable than with a conventional Bluetooth connection. But this advantage can be appreciated only by connecting headphones to Walkman series or Xperia smartphones from Sony.
B & O Play H9 can not boast of the same well-implemented noise reduction function as Sony’s headphones, and the mid-range noise from the aircraft engine will be slightly annoying during the flight. But the B & O Play H9 headphones are much more comfortable to wear for a long time, they do not cling so tightly to the ears. Also, they developed a special application in which you can adjust the sound quality when connecting headphones via Bluetooth to a tablet or smartphone.
Of course, the winner in this pair is the model MDR-1000X from Sony. Even though they are sold cheaper, they better implemented the technology to suppress external noises. Other advantages of the model include its compactness and hard case for storing the best noise cancelling headphones, so the MDR-1000X is more suitable for travel.