Noise cancelling headphones in general are not really the type of headphones that people want. Not only that its ridiculously more expensive, but due to the technology that active noise cancellation brings, it tends to create some unwanted and artificial elements into the music as well. Sure, you can cut out some lower frequency noises, but other headphones (specifically in-ear models) can do better passively without the artifacts.
But this is not to discourage you from using a headphone of this type. Some people really need active noise cancelling and for those who don’t want to use in-ear monitors this can be a good (albeit expensive) alternative.
Bose Quiet Comfort 15 – Bose specializes in noise cancelling headphones and their best headphone for this is the Bose QC 15. People are so rabid about its noise-cancelling capabilities and according to tests like this, it easily bested other (even newer) headphones in terms of cancelling out noise. The sound, while not superb, is good and considering that you’ll be using this in a loud environment, the ability to cancel out noise is what matters the most.
It comes with a bunch of accessories and has a pretty good battery life. But just like most noise cancelling cans, they will not run at all without a battery (AAA). Bose QC15 on Amazon.
Sennheiser MM550 – Sennheiser is not really known for noise cancelling technologies but the Sennheiser MM550 along with its other products in this line seem to get the job done. While noise cancelling is not as good as Bose QC15, Sennheiser does a fair enough job of attenuating low frequency noises. And unlike Bose, noise cancellation can be used passively, meaning you’re not forced to use it and so when the battery dies, you can still use the headphones passively.
This is also a bluetooth headphone and is a fairly good one so you can use it whenever you don’t feel those wires making contact with you. Its very very expensive though but they have a similar looking ones in PXC 360 that costs around 50-60 bucks less of the MM550. Sennheiser MM550 on Amazon.
Audio Technica ATH-ANC7b – Audio Technica’s lightweight and compact ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint headphones are ideal for use with MP3, CD, DVD and in-flight entertainment systems; with fully integrated ANC circuitry that effectively reduces distracting background noise by (according to them) up to 85% (active noise reduction up to 20dB).
This is one of the cheapest headphones for this type so you’re getting some really good value for your money if you choose to get this headphone for the price range. Audio Technica ATH-ANC7b on Amazon.