Last week I shared with you some pretty detailed info on watching downloaded and streamed media in your hotel room.  Today I’m going to add my two cents about watching video on an airplane.

The good news is the first part, the video itself, is pretty easy.  My guess is if you have a phone, tablet or notebook computer, you already have a favorite video player.  You likely even have content.  My preference is to purchase digital downloads or simply rip one or two of my personal DVDs to my hard drive or memory card.  Obtaining and playing video like I’m suggesting has been around for a long time and I probably don’t need to go into too much detail – but feel free to ask questions below.

The final piece of the puzzle is sound.  Planes are noisy.  Some of them, like the turbo-prop I take at Christmas to see my family in Portland, are nightmarishly loud.  I’ve tried standard ear phones and headphones, noise-isolating headphones and some of the cheaper (sub $100) noise-cancelling products.  For the most part I couldn’t hear a thing even with the volume cranked.

I did, briefly, own a pair of Beats Solo HD and I loved them; they had great sound and decent noise isolation.  Alas, I left them on the floor and then stepped on them and now they are in a box labeled parts.  So, I finally decided to take the plunge and buy what I’ve always wanted and I’m not having buyer’s remorse (which I almost always do) so I must be satisfied with my purchase.

The other day I went to the Bose outlet and picked up a pair of their noise cancelling over-the-ear headphones.  After researching the subject I found the noise cancellation Bose offers is widely considered the best in the industry.  The sound quality seems to be pretty good (bass is not what the Beats offered but I’m watching movies with these, not listening to music) and the fit, well it is sort of like wearing a pillow; the Bose Quiet Comfort 15 is the most comfortable headset I have ever worn.

The only problem is they are a bit pricey at $299, though I got a factory renewed pair for $269 and Bose offers zero percent interest to further reduce the sting.  So, if you are planning to take a plane ride, or need to do some studying/work in a noisy environment, give the Bose QC 15 a try, I’m glad I did.  Click on the image below to be taken to tech blog Cnet’s detailed review of these headphones.

– John Morton