Android Audio Weekly: Five of The Best Headphones for Travel

If you're someone that spends a lot of time commuting to work, or long business trips involving a lot of air travel then you'll know what a savior good music, a good audiobook or just your favorite podcasts can be. The problem is not every pair of headphones can easily be thrown in your carry-on and used comfortably on a train or plane. For instance, my AKG K550s, which I love, would look ridiculous on a long-haul flight. So, here we're going to take a look at some of the Best Headphones for Travel.

Plantronics Backbeat Pro


Bluetooth might not be available on all flights, but you can use it on trains and when you're actually where you need to be, too. Plantronics are a company that know a thing or two about Bluetooth, and the Backbeat Pro are a pair that have Bluetooth, noise cancelling and a neat little carrying case, too. One of the few Bluetooth cans that are full-size and yet also classy-looking while still quite light and portable, the Backbeat Pro sound good, are very versatile and should tick whatever boxes you need ticking. Sadly, they're not all that affordable, but they're worth the outlay if you spend lots of time traveling.

Buy the Plantronics Backbeat Pro from Amazon.



The AKG Y50 might not feature noise cancellation, or Bluetooth however, they're extremely good value if you're going for outright sound quality. They fold neatly, are available in a number of different colors and they feature a carrying case as well. The Y50 is a pair for those looking for something hassle free, with good sound quality and a fairly reasonable price tag. There's a reason these have been winning awards all over the place, and they're a casual pair that are easy to use and easy to take with you wherever you go.

Buy the AKG Y50 from Amazon.

JayBird BlueBuds X


This in-ear option won't please everyone, especially if you're not fond of Bluetooth. However, if you want to reduce cables tangling you up while you're on the move, then these are a great buy. They have a mic built-in, giving you the ability to take calls while on the move, and those hooks keep them in place. If you're in close proximity with others as well, these won't leak any noise, and they'll definitely keep much of the outside world out.

Buy the JayBirds BlueBuds X from Amazon.

Bose QuietComfort 25


If you're looking for more of a comfortable pair that will take away all the noise outside, then look no further than the QuietComfort 25. Sure, these aren't cheap, but Bose have some of the best noise cancellation technology in the business and they're damn good at sound reproduction, too. A high quality pair that will suit any frequent flyer, these are comfortable, they sound great and they have a very attractive case to go with them as well. The only problem is their price tag, but again if you're going to be flying a lot, then these will make your airtime much more enjoyable.

Buy the Bose QuietComfort 25.

Sennheiser MM450-X


Again, Bluetooth might not be available on every flight you take, but Sennheiser's MM450-X are great for when you're on the ground or traveling by train or coach. They look good, they're fairly comfy and the TalkThrough technology makes it easier to hear people in front of you as they try and tell you something. Lightweight with easy-to-find controls on the earcups, these are fairly hassle free, and they're a decent pair if you're looking for more sound quality than convenience.

Buy the Sennheiser MM450-X from Amazon.

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Tom Dawson

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For years now I've had a heavy interest in technology, growing up with 8-bit computers and gaming consoles has fed into an addiction to everything that beeps. Android saved me from the boredom of iOS years ago and I love watching the platform grow. As an avid reader and writer nothing pleases me more than to write about the exciting world of Android, Google and mobile technology as a whole.