Here are five solutions, from Sony’s remarkable new noise-cancelling headphones to Panasonic’s wireless solution for CD lovers, that all have something to offer. Sony 1000X Noise-Cancelling Headphones 5/5 / $700 / sony.com.au The Sony 1000X Noise-Cancelling Headphones rive the Bose QC35.Source:Supplied SONY calls these wireless headphones its most technologically advanced and it doesn’t take long to work out why. The adaptive noise-cancellation inside this headset matches industry-leader Bose and then takes the technology further, letting wearers decide whether they just want to just magnify voices (for airport announcements, for example), or whether they want to momentarily turn all the sound back on by covering the right ear cup with a palm (to hear someone talking to you). Other touch-sensitive controls let you switch tracks, change volume and answer calls, and the re-engineered over-ear cups are super comfortable, even for people with spectacles, though they do cost $200 more than their QC35 rival. Panasonic ALL7CD Panasonic / 4/5 / $659 / panasonic.com.au The Panasonic ALL7CD lets you play your CDs through a home network of wireless speakersSource:Supplied There are some people who are torn, wanting the advantages of a wireless speaker network but want to be able to play your own CDs, rather than MP3s, throughout your house. This unit is pitched firmly at them, offering Bluetooth and Wi-fi network connections and both DAB+ and FM radio but also a CD player that lets you stream directly from your CDs throughout your house. The design seems a little old school, although partly because of that CD tray in the front. You can also rip your CD to the unit’s memory although you have to play the CD in real time to do so, making it impractical. The sound quality through 40W speakers is good, if not outstanding, although it should be with a unit this size. If you never play CDs, there are more compact solutions but for those still attached to the old format this is an attractive unit. JBL Everest Elite 300 JBL / $300 / 3.5/5 / jbhifi.com.au JBL Everest Elite 300 are active-noise cancelling headphones with three levels of noise-cancelling.Source:Supplied These