Sshhh! Tech to Drown Out the Noise

Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones

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Parties and football games are fun, but sometimes you need a quiet space to study or ponder the wonders of emoji. Worry not, students. These gadgets will help you reach your happy place.


Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones - Bose rules the roost when it comes to active noise-canceling headphones, which pick up certain frequencies with a microphone and then produce noise to cancel them out. Bose's new model has spiced up the brand's normally staid design scheme with 52 customizable color options. ($299.95, custom model $399.95)

Marpac Dohm NSF White Noise Machine - The principle behind Marpac's machines has remained the same since the 1960s: an actual fan moves air through them to create white noise. Fans swear by this mechanical method. The reason? It doesn't involve an electronic sound loop, which some say can disrupt sleep when it resets. ($49.99)


Audio-Technica QuietPoint In-Ear Headphones - Earbuds will never be as good at drowning out noise as over-ear headphones. Still, for a convenient, lightweight way to get some peace and quiet, these in-ear headphones are not a bad option. ($41)

Etymotic Music PRO Earplugs - These active noise-canceling earplugs were designed with musicians in mind, but that doesn't mean you can't use them to drown out your roommate. ($299)



— Keith Wagstaff