Panasonic Noise Cancelling Earphones
The Panasonic RP-HC55 earphones are a lightweight (under 4 oz.) alternative for the business traveler who doesn’t – or can’t – carry around full-sized noise-cancelling headphones. The noise cancellation is fairly effective in drowning out the drone of an aircraft engine but the sound itself is rather lackluster.
The in-line volume control is convenient (you can easily switch off noise cancellation to facilitate conversation) and they are fairly comfortable to boot. Still, given space limitations when packing, these may just fit the bag and the bill.
$99 at www.panasonic.com
–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.