Travel Product Review – Sennheiser Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Travel Product Review - Sennheiser Noise-Cancelling Headphones
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You’ll usually recognize the road warriors as you board the plane as they fiddle with their noise-cancelling headphones. And I can finally say that after many years as a frequent traveller, I have joined up with the road warriors and invested in a good pair of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones. I wish I had them on my trip to Dubai! Rather than review 5 different headphones (buy 5 and return 4), the purpose of this post/review is to bestow the virtues of quality headphones for travel. And also to review my new Sennheiser headphones based on real life usage.

For many years, and like many of you, I carried earbuds (or purchased them on the plane when I forgot to bring them). I even purchased noise-cancelling earbuds a few years back. (They aren’t noise-canceling and aren’t nearly as effective as over the ear headphones). While travelling with earbuds in your pocket or handbag is beyond easy, listening with them on a plane is like being in the dark ages. If you travel with any regularity and/or commute by transit or walk distances, you simply must get yourself a pair of noise-cancelling headphones.

Travel Product Review - Sennheiser Noise-Cancelling Headphones
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Headphones are quite simply essential in today’s world of packed flights and delays. Travel is certainly easier when you can “noise cancel” the snoring guy beside you, the crying baby and/or the arguing couple. They will change your in-flight experience, letting you disappear into a cone of silence and/or song. Deep relaxation and sleep are within your reach. I find it easy to sleep on a plane but only if I can block out the airplane sounds, the baby cries and the frat boys’ banter.

There are plenty of great headphones in the market. Sony, Beats, Bose and Marshall all make great headphones. Whatever you choose, make sure they warrant the investment (generally $200-$1,000) and are worthy of being in your carry-on. They must be comfortable, portable (fold up), have great sound, cancel noise, and have enough battery life to last through a long day of travel. And will they fit with a decent travel pillow? Keep in mind that if you are a commuter, you’ll be using them on subways, buses and long walks down busy sidewalks (in addition to travelling).

I’ve opted for Sennheiser Model HD 4.50BTNC, largely based on their reputation for fidelity. They are middle of the pack in terms of cost ($250-$300) and quality. You’ll pay more for many other models from Sony, Bose and Sennheiser too.

Travel Product Review - Sennheiser Noise-Cancelling Headphones

The lower price comes from a mostly plastic shell (fine with me), and a canvas sack carrying case (instead of a rigid case). The 4.50s fold up easily for carry-on and provide very good stereo sound (my opinion). Sennheiser’s NoiseGard™ active noise cancellation lets you enjoy silence or music in peace. If you spend more on a higher-end model, you will undoubtedly get more but I’m perfectly happy with my first pair of quality, noise-cancelling headphones. I’ve travelled with them and had an almost silent plane ride with music and sleep. The battery life is decent at close to 19 hours (2 hours to charge).

My verdict – a solid buy (and I did buy them). They provide great value; they are comfortable; fold easily and come with an auxiliary cord when you need to be wired. Perfect for travel!

Safe travels,


17 thoughts on “Travel Product Review – Sennheiser Noise-Cancelling Headphones

  1. mydreamality January 6, 2020 / 5:47 pm

    These look and sound great – I could really do with a pair of headphones like this 🙂

  2. bournemouthgirl January 7, 2020 / 11:21 am

    What a great product, great for travelling especially if people are being noisy! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this product! Great photos! X

  3. Riana.AngCanning January 8, 2020 / 11:10 am

    Great to know! I’d love to try a pair of noise cancelling headphones – especially on those long flights with all the announcements, babies crying, etc. etc. I like that these are between cheap and luxury – like you I wouldn’t mind a plastic shell or canvas bag.

  4. Lisa's Notebook January 9, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    I’ve never thought about noise cancelling headphones until you pointed out what you can quite literally block out! Like everything, I guess you get what you pay for and quality doesn’t come cheaply. But these sound really good (no pun intended) and one to bookmark for a future purchase. Thank you for such a detailed review.

    Lisa |

    • markstraveljournal January 9, 2020 / 1:35 pm

      Thanks Lisa. They are an overlooked purchase for many of us. Well worth it for the peace and quiet they afford

  5. nortoncharity January 9, 2020 / 4:56 pm

    What a great product review! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Farzanah Fazeel January 10, 2020 / 10:51 am

    Agreed! There’s nothing better than a pair of headphones to block the noise out when you want to travel in peace. These sound great. Thanks for your review..very helpful.

    Much Love,
    Farzanah Mohamed

  7. Lindsey January 11, 2020 / 6:35 am

    Great advice here. Definitely something I’d look into in the future when I know I’ve got travel plans coming up.

  8. itsjustjessie12 January 13, 2020 / 8:36 am

    Really great and useful advise, glad they were good for you on your travels! I use Beats by Dre and they are also really good noise cancelling also!

  9. glowsteady January 13, 2020 / 5:39 pm

    They look and sound great. They sound like great value for money too, especially for frequent travellers/ commuters. I could do with a new set myself.


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