When it comes to noise-cancelling headphones, there really is a short list if you want good audio quality and great noise cancellation. For my money, the Bose QuietComforrt 3 fits my needs. Other companies seem to think so too, as the Able Planet NC3550SCST Noise Cancelling Headphones seem to copy as much from the QC15 as possible without outright copyright and patent violation.
There are several reasons to want a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Some people really care about their music, and a good headset is the only way to appreciate it. Others just want to drone out the noise while travelling. A good pair should do both.
I found an entire stack of these Able Planet (by Linx Audio) headphones at Fry’s Electronics for a hard-to-believe price of $40, and was intrigued. I understand that they could not possibly be as good as a $300 set, and decided to put them through the test so the faithful OCmodshop readers (who happen to frequent Fry’s) would know if they’re worth two Yuppie Food Stamps.