Noise cancelling headphones - great for those with a sound sensitivity; horrible for those with a significant other. ;)

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I saw a post about those with sound sensitivities and thought that I would create a new thread to highlight advancements in noise cancellation. My understanding is that an inverse ambient sound wave is created, greatly reducing external noise. The first time I put on the Sony 1000XM3 over-the-ear headphones was a surreal experience. Unlike other noise canceling headphones, there was no hint of white noise or suction. It was like watching a silent movie. Very trippy. Added bonus - the headphones are super comfy and sound amazing!

To quote a devotee, 'It's a love/hate relationship. I love them! My wife hates them!'
 
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I'd like to know whether it is worth spending $300+ for the noise cancelling effect, since I don't want to use them to listen to music because of my sound sensitivity. Has anyone compared the more expensive models to cheaper ones that are under $100 in terms of how quiet they make things?