Active Noise Canceling Headphones for under $20

Sometimes I wish I lived in the US. I’ve been keeping an eye open for Noise Canceling Headphone, ones which actively block out ambient sound, which I hear are just the perfect thing to have when you’re traveling. Anyway, I was looking at the sale page on and it turns out that they have a pair, just like what I’m after, for under $20.

It’s the Otto OT-5 Noise Canceling Travel Headset and it fits my requirements perfectly. They look great and I’m sure they sound great. Here are the features:

  • Design allows user to fold headphones flat & take up less space
  • Active noise reduction
  • 40mm neodymium driver
  • Noise reduction: -13dB
  • Sensitivity: 96dB
  • Freq resp: 20 Hz-20 KHz
  • 3.5mm connector
  • Up to 60 hours of use with required AAA battery
  • Includes Headset, travel pouch and airline adapter

I must admit, I’m not traveling as much as I used to, but the noise on the plane used to drive me up the wall. Headphones like these are great for flying because noise like the constant drone of plane engines is an excellent candidate for noise cancellation. I hear this type of headphone is also great for canceling things like voices. Again this would be really useful for me, as I work in an open plan office. Sometimes you want to concentrate hard on something but all the sounds around you just tend to drown out your thoughts sometimes.

Unfortunately they don’t seem to ship to the UK, so the search continues. Unless, someone in the US wants to buy them for me for my birthday, it’s only 3 weeks away.


  1. Hey Owen! These look like a nice set of headphones, but I prefer sound isolating earbuds. It’s kind-of like wearing earplugs when speakers built into them.

    I’ve had the Shure E2c model for several years now. I’ve used them during my law school exams, on commuter trains, planes, etc. Even with no music playing in the earbuds, you can’t hear much ambient noise. Turn your music on just a smidge, and you can’t hear anything!

    Also, Shure has an incredible return policy. If their products break within 2 years of purchase, just send them back for a repair or replacement. My first E2c developed a short in the wiring; got a replacement pair. That pair had cracking of the wire casing; got another replacement pair. Yeah, it’s odd that I went through 2 pairs in under 2 years, but awesome that Shure replaced them both!

    I’m pretty sure the E2c is discontinued, but you can still get it at Amazon, for even cheaper now:

  2. wow, these look like my kinda headphones too, i find all the background noises when i am trying to concentrate very off putting, just a shame they dont ship to the UK.
    And a happy early birthday.

  3. I don’t think I can afford to buy them for you for your birthday, even though I would like to. If you want me to send them to you I can help you work it out.

  4. I have a pair of Sony noise canceling headphones and I LOVE them! I don’t wear them often, but when I do, it’s wonderful to be able to listen to what I want to hear and not have to worry about the hubby, or the kids, or the dogs interrupting!

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