Saying I work in a noisy office is an understatement. In fact, it can get downright loud. When I'm trying to get my "geek on" and focus on my work, I often pop on my iPod and try to tune out the hustle and bustle around me. Until lately, I was using the regular Apple iPod Earphones because they are easy, light and always wrapped around my iPod. I may have been missing out. The Clear Harmony Noise Canceling Headphones from Ableplanet, $299, are an audio dream come true. Sure, they aren't as bling-bling or humongous as some of the other giant DJ headphones we've seen, but they do feature great noise canceling technology, in-line volume control for easy adjustment to safe listening levels and a removable cord.
They work with stereos, computers as well as CD, DVD and MP3 players, but sadly do not work with my new iPhone, which has a recessed headphone port and requires an adapter.
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While I am more than comfortable using them in the office (they drown out excess noise like you wouldn't believe) I'd feel a little dorky traveling with them. If you are comfortable using big headphones in planes, trains and automobiles, they do come with a protective carrying case. Clearly, these are not budget headphones, but if you are looking to make an investment in noise canceling headphones these aren't a bad idea. After all, you'll probably use them everyday.