Long before you started using headphones to listen to podcasts, Spotify playlists or just to keep sane during a long plane ride next to noisy passengers, headphones served a variety of purposes from helping telephone operators route calls in the 1880s to aiding military strategists coordinate air cover in World War II. Today, headphones come in all shapes, sizes and prices, but their primary purpose remains the same: Filter out the outside noises so the sound you’re listening to isn’t compromised.

Here are three of our favorite headsets to consider for your listening pleasure.

COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
These Bluetooth headphones can play 30 hours of audio per charge thanks to a built-in 600 mAh battery.Amazon

Music feels deeper, podcasts are more crisp and that chatty passenger next to you on the red-eye flight back home is suddenly quiet thanks to these noise-canceling headphones from Cowin. Plus, the pillowy ear cushions and rotating ear cups make for an ultra-comfortable fit.

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Headphones
A circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments.Amazon

Ever wonder what the pros use when mixing and edition audio tracks? This these Audio-Technica headphones. Contoured ear cups provide a tight seal with minimal bleed. These headphones deliver excellent audio and comfort at an entry-level price.

Bose QuietComfort Headphones

Bose QuietComfort Headphones
These around-ear headphones are light enough to wear all day.Amazon

Bose is one of the leading names in headphones and speakers for a reason - they know how to deliver a crisp and powerful sound. The company says this model was engineered for optimal sound, comfort and noise-canceling qualities. They're powered by an AAA battery, and the headphones work even after the battery dies out (just without the noise-canceling feature).

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