PXC 150 Noise Guard
The PXC 150 over-the-ear headphones kill 70 per cent of background noise, so you still have a chance of hearing screeching brakes should you forget yourself and cross the road without looking. Apart from following the Tufty Code, these lightweight headphones are quite comfortable and offer a good soundstage.
While not offering the jaw-dropping acoustic soundscape of others here, the mix is good – bass doesn’t predominate, but is apparent, and delicate acoustic mid-range moments still resonate. You don’t need to pump up the volume to hear the full expression of sound, whether it’s Ice Cube or John Martyn you’re into. Bad side? If you turn the volume right up in transit, you’ll have to pity whoever’s beside you – they’ll be listening too.
The accompanying double AAA battery pack is annoying. It’s heavier than an iPod nano and the size of a marker pen. However, these are a decent set of headphones that are worth shopping around for.