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Holiday 2017: Wireless noise-cancelling headphones for the music lover in your life

The Sony MDR-1000X headphones are priced US$349.99. — Handout via AFPThe Sony MDR-1000X headphones are priced US$349.99. — Handout via AFPLONDON, Nov 26 — Headphones are once again a major trend in high-tech gifting this holiday. Noise-cancelling models offer top performance and are pleasant to use since they help cut out background noise for total immersion in music. Here are four best buys that are sure to delight music lovers this holiday.

Sony MDR-1000X

The Sony MDR-1000X wireless Bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones are a reference in the field. The right headphone is equipped with a touch-sensitive control panel for skipping tracks and adjusting volume. It’s also possible to switch off the noise-cancelling function at any time to let in sounds from the surrounding environment. This can be useful for talking to people or listening out for important information without taking the headphones off. Sony promises around 20 hours of battery life for these wireless headphones, which are sure to please music lovers.

The Sony MDR-1000X headphones are priced US$349.99 (RM1,441), for retailers visit sony.com.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are priced US$349.95. — Handout via AFPThe Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are priced US$349.95. — Handout via AFPBose QuietComfort 35 II

Another market leader, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II noise-cancelling headphones can completely cut off users from their surrounding audio environment at the push of a button. Bose’s built-in technology constantly monitors and analyses noise in the wearer’s surroundings to cancel it out by emitting opposite signals. Note that this version II model gets a button for connecting to Google Assistant when tethered to a compatible smartphone. Battery life is announced at 20 hours of music per charge.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are priced US$349.95, for retailers visit bose.com.

The Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones are priced US$349.95. — Handout via AFPThe Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones are priced US$349.95. — Handout via AFPBeats Studio3 Wireless

The freshly landed Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones feature the new Apple W1 chip. This lets wearers switch easily between devices connected to the same iCloud account. These headphones feature the new and exclusive Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling (Pure ANC) technology developed by Beats, ensuring wearers enjoy their music to the max by cutting out background noise. The multifunction controls and built-in microphone can be used to activate Siri. The headphones also gain battery life compared to the previous generation, with the spec sheet promising up to 40 hours of non-stop playback in low-power mode.

The Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones are priced US$349.95, for retailers visit beatsbydre.com.

The Parrot Zik 3 headphones are priced US$249.99. — Handout via AFPThe Parrot Zik 3 headphones are priced US$249.99. — Handout via AFPParrot Zik 3

Designed by Philippe Starck, the Parrot Zik 3 wireless headphones promise an ultra-intuitive design and come in various colours and finishes (smooth finish, textured finish, topstitched finish, black, red, green, etc.). They have a wireless charging system, for around 18 hours’ battery life, and promise high-quality audio. The Parrot Zik app is now compatible with the Apple Watch and all Android Wear smartwatches. Plus, thanks to a built-in proximity detector, the Parrot Zik 3 can automatically pause music when the headphones are pulled down around the wearer’s neck, before restarting playback when put back in place.

The Parrot Zik 3 headphones are priced US$249.99 via parrot.com. — AFP-Relaxnews

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