Bring the noise-cancelling with Sennheiser's PXC 450s

Gone are the days when it was socially acceptable to use bog-standard buds and let your tunes dribble out of your ears willy nilly. In fact, anyone st

Gone are the days when it was socially acceptable to use bog-standard buds and let your tunes dribble out of your ears willy nilly. In fact, anyone still using standard issue MP3 player headphones may as well wear a t-shirt saying: ‘I am a cretin who hates music’.Step forward Sennheiser – hot on the heels of audiophile favourites Shure, the audio giant has just released a pair of premium cans that promise to drown out 90 per cent of background noise. That’s 90 per cent of bickering chavs, barking dogs, crying babies or anything else that threatens to come between you and full enjoyment of Dark Side of the Moon. Although they will set you back the same price as a flight to New York.Faff levels have been kept to a minimum too – there’s a dedicated volume control included, while the TalkThrough button allows you to switch off your tunes and return to the real world in an instant without even removing your ‘phones. Just make sure you look both ways before crossing the road.

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Sennheiser PXC 450 Price: £300 On sale: April Contact: SennheiserRelated stories: Shure-ly the best headphones in the world?