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Torn between three active noise cancelling headphones (Budget < $500)

Looking at getting some good headphones. I'll be using them primarily for traveling -- I fly once or twice a month and often the flights are cross country. Once I have a pair I'll probably use them in my office as well. Doubt I'd use them at the gym, stick to cheapo ones in the gym. Anyways, I'm between:
Sennheiser PXC 480
Sennheiser MM 450-X
Sony 1000X
Any opinions on which of these is the right balance of sound quality, comfort, and noise canceling?
I used to own a pair of Sennheisers PXC 250 very similar (probably a predecessor to) the MM 450-X and really loved them. Very small and convenient with good noise cancelling, at the time by a switch on the wire. So I'm torn between getting the updated one or an over the ear.
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Mar 5, 2019
consider edifier w860nb and Plantronics backbeat pro 2 se
Dec 23, 2016
I own the QC35 and the QC25, the QC35 is slightly better in term on sound quality and noise cancelling. QC35 is my fav , you can plug a cable and go for 40 hours of autonomy !
Dec 13, 2016
I wouldn't call any of those remotely higher end, but nomenclature aside, if you want wireless noise cancelling headphones, just get the Bose ones. Bose is a 1 trick pony and wireless noise cancelling is their 1 trick.
Dec 14, 2016
I was a fan of Sony till I tried the QC35. I use it for commute everyday now. Don't expect a noise cancelling headphone to have "great" sound quality as it alters the sound spectrum. But the QC35 has very decent quality with clear bass and mids.
Dec 27, 2016
Which Sony had you been a fan of?
I went to the closest Bose Showroom over the long weekend and tried their selection on. Preferred the weight of the 25's over the 35's but still trying to feel out the Sennheiser's and Sony's before buying. A friend (actually the person that introduced me to Massdrop) said I should also consider the AKG. He said he loves the Y50 but hasn't tried the N60 NC.
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