Shaking off the world and sinking into a new album can feel like a train ride through the countryside … unless you’re in the same room with two young toddlers. Or have a neighbor’s dog that constantly barks. Come to think of it, there are a lot of sounds that can ruin a good song, and that’s why we have headphones that isolate and actively cancel out noise. Below are the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy, handpicked by the Gear team here at WIRED.
Updated for March 2020: We’ve added the Montblanc MB 01 and Apple AirPods Pro to the list.