04/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Best Headphones: A Guide To Noise-Canceling Headphones

Like DVRs, iPhones and Slingboxes, noise-canceling headphones are one of those special breeds of gadgetry that inspire instant and rabid fandom in their new owners; they wonder how they ever survived without them. So we're positive you're going to be happy with your upgrade to the sound of silence.

When it comes to headphones, audio jargon is bandied about rather casually and that can be confusing. But here's the gist of your 'phone options: