Sennheiser’s noise cancellation gets clever

For pure isolation tank nihilism, nothing beats a good pair of noise-blocking headphones. Trouble is they tend to be a bit too effective. Slip them on

For pure isolation tank nihilism, nothing beats a good pair of noise-blocking headphones. Trouble is they tend to be a bit too effective. Slip them on and not even the screams of plummeting plane passengers will distract you.Step forward Sennheiser with its new ear huggers. The PXC 450 claim to filter noise intelligently. So they'll block out aircraft cabin noise but pick up the plaintive tones of your other half wanting to get out to the loo, before they resort to digging you in the kidneys and clambering over.Sennheiser’s claiming a first but we've been perfecting selective hearing for years. What was that? Our round? Sorry, can't hear you.

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Sennheiser PXC 450Price: £TBA ($500 in US)On sale: TBA (March in US)Contact: SennheiserRelated stories:Shure-ly the best earphones in the world?