Noise Cancelling Headphones - Recommendations?
Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:45 AM
can anyone recommend a pair of noise cancelling headphones that they are happy with? I'd like to get some to use with my iPad on flights so that I don't have to turn the volume up to maximum to hear the audio. I only fly a few times a year, so I probably don't need the super-expensive type, but am happy to hear any suggestions from anyone who has these (and whether you like them).
Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:41 PM
Edited by Andyaussie013, 19 May 2012 - 10:27 PM.
Posted 29 May 2012 - 04:51 PM
Ideally, yes, and definitely for better headphones in a normal situation. However, in an airplane, with noise canceling on, and wailing kids, noise canceling capability and comfort is just as important as sound quality. There is no other way to asses it other try it on the longer flights.
Well first off, never buy headphones you haven't heard in person. Head on out to a music store and listen (bring some music of yours to play on them).
I own a number of headphones, low and high end, both normal and noise canceling, and have tried most of them on the planes. I still own a Plane Quiet headphone, bought directly from USA. While they do not rate as well as Bose, my concern was losing or damaging the headphones. It is very easy to leave it behind on the plane, accidentally sit or pull on it etc, especially if you fly often. A $100 lost or damaged headphone is easier to live with than a $400 one! You could argue that you will take more care with the more expensive item, but one can do stupid things when tired on a long flight.
Another good site to look at: http://www.seatguru....ing_review.php.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 06:46 PM
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Posted 20 June 2013 - 12:14 PM
There are a numbers of reason why I find these best. First, you get a number of different types of tips. Flanges of any size don't work for me, foam tips do but they don't last very long, but the gliders give me a perfect seal and don't get gunged up. YMMV. Replacements are easy to get and fairly cheap if bought direct ($2 postage to Australia).
Second, if you can get a good seal, these will block out nearly all noise across the entire range. Even with no music playing, I can't hear announcements on Sydney trains. As for people who shout at each other from 6 inches away, I see their lips moving but that's it. Amateur Train DJs have no effect on me.
Last, I find the sound quality excellent. I used to think a pair of Sennheiser mm30i (these are for iphones, and have a mike) had pretty decent sound, now I won't use them at all - in comparison, the bass is bloated and nasty. I don't need to crank the volume up because external noise is already gone. The Etymotics' bass isn't bloated, it's just there (also, no need to crank the bass for blocking, which is what I used to have to do). And no distortion from active components. These are the ones I use: http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/hf2.html
Not cheap, but very good, and far easier to cart about than the over-ear headphone. But, be prepared for them not to work for you - if you can't get a proper seal happening, or if they're too uncomfortable, you may need to sell them on. And as with any headphones, avoid ebay, and generally avoid if they're sourced from Asian countries.
Edited by Autocrat, 20 June 2013 - 12:16 PM.
Posted 20 June 2013 - 05:40 PM
Posted 20 June 2013 - 07:24 PM
You can always make little foam socks for them.
Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:56 AM
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Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:25 PM
Posted 04 May 2014 - 03:38 PM
As a (very) frequent flyer, I have been using Bose noise cancelling headsets since the QC1 back in the early 2000's.
The thing that annoyed me was the space they took up - my prayers were answered with the QC20's. Brilliant!
The best thing is that if the battery fails, they still pass thru sound. Whilst they're not as effective as the closed ear types, the size factor more than makes up for it.
At $400 they're not exactly accessible to all - but the Bose store policy of 21 days free trial or your money back, I couldn't lose. Needless to say, they didn't go back.
Edited by crankyfranky, 04 May 2014 - 03:38 PM.
Posted 22 March 2015 - 10:50 AM
I bought these for a long flight to europe. http://www.officewor...ones-mumignc102
They are amazing for the money (they were $30 but now $34). Best bang for buck you'll ever spend. The noise cancelling works well enough to let you sleep on the plane or listen to music without turning it up loud.
Only word of caution is to be very gentle when extending the headband as it snaps pretty easily.
Posted 22 April 2015 - 12:12 PM
Have just updated my QC15s with QC25s.
Both noise cancelling and audio quality of the 25s is marginally better. Maybe not enough to warrant the upgrade, but the 15s are going to the better half now.
Edited by figjam, 22 April 2015 - 12:41 PM.