May 2007 Issue

ANR Headset Shootout: Bose is Tops

Bose’s Headset X is the pricest ANR on the market, but its performance sets it apart from the pack. LightSPEED and Sennheiser are close seconds.

There are so many headsets on the market today—ANRs, passives, in-the-ear, featherweight designs—that we often wonder if there are enough buyers to keep all of the companies in business. And even if there are, what distinguishes one headset from another sufficiently to choose it? There’s no simple answer. In the past, we’ve evaluated headsets purely on a subjective basis and for this review, we’re doing that again. But this time, we also subjected the headsets to a thorough battery of audio laboratory testing.

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