These transparent noise-cancelling over-ear headphones are exactly what Nothing should have released, but didn’t

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These transparent noise-cancelling over-ear headphones are exactly what Nothing should have released, but didn’t

In a parallel universe, these headphones are the latest product from Nothing. Because like the Nothing Ear (a) earbuds, they’re considerably more affordable than their direct rivals, they have an unusual design that exposes their innards, and they have all the tech you’d want (apart from Nothing earbuds’ ChatGPT integration, of course) – including active noise cancellation. But these headphones aren’t the Nothing Headphones. They’re the Mondo by Defunc. 

Defunc is straight outta Stockholm, where it claims to “create purposeful audio products to simplify choices for sound-savvy personalities around the world” by combining Swedish style with carefully chosen tech. Mondo is the brand’s flagship range, but here premium doesn’t necessarily mean pricey: the Mondo headphones are currently listed on Amazon for £125 in the UK and $166 in the US (which is around AU$240).