updated 04:05 pm EDT, Thu August 3, 2006
Turtle Beach Headphones
This is an era when it often seems safer to shut out the outside world than deal with the aural nuisances that plague it. It's not uncommon to hear of people who wear noise-cancelling earbuds and headphones even when the music has stopped - all in the name of enjoying a few moments of peace. That makes the new ANR series of headphones from Turtle Beach all the more welcome. As the acronym suggests, these earpieces use active noise reduction through microphones to counteract whatever sounds surround the wearer. There are two models to accomodate different people: the ANR-10 (pictured) is a smaller, behind-the-head set clearly meant for the street, and the price is right at $60. The more stationary among us can opt for the ANR-20, which promises better sound quality in a bigger package for $100. The 20 also has a detachable cable for when silence is the top priority.