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Old 09-14-2008, 09:22 PM   #1
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Noise-cancelling headphones

I tried a pair of Sony noise cancelling head phones on sale at Sam's for $80. The kiosk was designed to simulate jet noise on a commercial flight. The units seemed lightweight and sat on your ears rather than over them, but were pretty softly padded.

The performance was pretty impressive, at least the way they had them set up. I do a fair amount of travelling and like to listen to music or podcasts, or just to doze off.

Anyone had any experience with these things? I'd look for serious noise reduction as a primary feature. Brands, performance, music quality?
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:30 PM   #2
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I have a pair of Bose over-the-ear noise canceling headphones. They work great for steady noises, like airplane engines and ventilation fans. Not so good for intermittent noises, like conversations, door opening and closing etc. I hooked them up to my Ipod and the music quality is great (as you would expect from Bose). They are quite comfortable. The downside is that they are very expensive.
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:40 PM   #3
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I have a pair of Bose over-the-ear noise canceling headphones. They work great for steady noises, like airplane engines and ventilation fans. Not so good for intermittent noises, like conversations, door opening and closing etc. I hooked them up to my Ipod and the music quality is great (as you would expect from Bose). They are quite comfortable. The downside is that they are very expensive.
My wife has those too. Same experience, great with steady noises, not so great for intermittent noises. But she loaded an application with background noises (ocean waves, wind, etc...) on her ipod and when she combines the Bose headphones and the background noises (or music), she can really tune out almost all outside noises. Very comfortable, good sound quality.
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A few years ago, I looked at the $300 bose noise cancelling headset and decided instead on a $30 pair from Maxell sold at Walmart (link for similar product below). They are cover-the-ear style which I find is more effective at blocking out noise than the on-the-ear style, even if the NC technology isnt activated. With the NC feature turned on (there is a little dongle in the cord that holds the switch and two AAA batteries). For the period when I was travelling a lot, the $30 was definitely worth it. Don't know what it is about airplane noise, I was much less tired when I got off the plane after using the headphones. Also worked well if you wanted to plug them into the laptop to watch a DVD or ipod.

I did compare them once to someone else's Bose and the Bose unit is definitely better engineered (for example, they dont have a separate battery dongle in the cord) and they did a slightly better job of blocking airplane noise. However, I didn't think the higher quality was worth 10x the price - maybe if you fly around the globe on a reguar basis, it would be. Also, this was 2 years ago, so maybe Bose has improved things even more.

Maxell HP/NC-II Noise Cancellation Headphone - 190400 - Buy.com
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Be sure to fully investigate ear plugs. I find that when I get the 33 dB ear plugs inserted all the way, it really cuts down just about everything but the voices in my head.
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I bought a $70 pair of Panasonic noise canceling, folding headphones, and they worked great for about 6 months until the head band started falling apart. Despite my aggressive crazy gluing all the weak points, the headphone eventually became a torture device for my head. My $15 POS Sony headphone, on the other hand, is still going strong after 6 years.
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I have used the 33 dB soft foam earplugs on airplanes routinely. They work great. But a few weeks ago, I bought some Sony noise-cancelling ear-buds. They worked extremely well on the plane. First, they are earbuds that go in your ears, so they work almost as well as the foam earplugs. Second, they have noise cancellation circuitry which works well with a constant drone kind of noise. Third, they let you listen to your MP3 player, iPod, airplane entertainment audio/video with a low volume since outside ambient noise is cancelled out. Fourth, they are tiny and easily fit in a small pocket.

I highly recommend them. One review I read said they had a high frequency noise, but I didn't (or couldn't) hear that at all.

Here's a link to the earbuds I have: SONY Noise Canceling Earbuds Black: Compare Prices, View Price History and Read Reviews at NexTag
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I have had Sony noise cancelling ones headphones for a few years now. They work great for airplane, train, and ferry background noise. While I normally despise Sony products, they were rated almost as good as the Bose, but much more durable. Given my habit of breaking everything, I am very satisfied with them. I also use them for music / dvds on my trips - they work fine for this also.
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I had custom ear plugs made for motorcycling years ago, which I use when all I want is blocking (e.g. live music too close to the speaker, sporting events, mowing). I was hoping the noise cancellation technology would provide good quality stereo with decent blocking of jet noise etc.

The custom plugs work so much better than the foamies that I gave the latter up for good.
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Amazon.com: JVC HAFX33A Marshmallow In-Ear Stereo Headphones (Blue): Electronics

I have been using these for my ipod and work great and cheap....
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I have a pair of inexpensive noise canceling headphones from Sharper Image that work nearly as well as the Bose, though as others have noted, the hardware quality is not the same. But, they were a good value. I use them with an inexpensive MP3 player on planes and find them to help a lot, especially near the engines.

When I was w*rking in the cube farm, I used shooter's ear muffs (passive) and found they really helped my concentration, since they work for all types of noise. I'd love to see a combination of a good passive (well sealed around the ears) and antinoise technology in one design.
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