Panasonic RP-HC800: 7/10

These cans utilize big, hidden microphones intended to offset distracting sounds. Bonner found their noise-canceling capability to be the "best of the bunch," but thought their sonics lacked a bit of low-end oomph. "Their sound signature is fairly flat," he said. He wasn't a fan of their cosmetics, either: "I felt like I was borrowing them from the library." [$230; shop.panasonic.com]

Rating: 7