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Noise Cancelling Headphones?
« on: January 19, 2016, 12:18:19 am »
I've been traveling for work a lot lately,  so that means I am spending a lot of time in airports and on planes.   Unfortunately, the noisy environment makes it damn near impossible to listen to music or audio books with my earbuds.   Any suggestions for some decent noise cancelling headphones that will work to drown out engine noise and the talkative jackass that always likes to sit in the seat behind mine?   

I'd prefer some that came with a replaceable cord, or at least a heavy duty one.  Way too many of them have crappy thin cords that stop working after a few months.  Also, I need something where the plastic that holds them on my head isn't going to end up breaking.   I don't need any fancy high-end audiophile stuff.  My hearing isn't great anyway,  so spending hundreds of dollars for some fancy Bose headphones isn't going to happen.   What can I get in the $50-100 range?   
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    Re: Noise Cancelling Headphones?
    « Reply #1 on: January 19, 2016, 12:28:26 am »
    The noise canceling headphones will eliminate most of the white noise of the engines.  Unfortunately, they don't work on sources like guy in the row behind you, because of the way the tech works by sampling the ambient noise and generating an inverse wave.


    Unless they have significantly improved them in the past few years.


    But they will reduce the volume of his gabbing by whatever NRR rating they offer.
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    « Reply #2 on: January 19, 2016, 01:00:34 am »
    Even that would help.   I'd really like to be able to listen to some audio books during the flights.   It seems like I'm always getting stuck near salesmen that like to gab.  Last week I got nearly 2 hours of some guy talking about his valve and piepeline company,  Alberta real estate, and going to bars in Canada.   :banghead


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    Re: Noise Cancelling Headphones?
    « Reply #3 on: January 19, 2016, 02:27:26 am »
    I found that the certified nrr rated earbuds are uncomfortable and they are limited on how loud you can turn them up. I use Sony's with sized rubber earbuds. I get the ones for less than $50 and more than $25. I wore them when I was riding on small prop planes and they were better than nothing, and I find them comfortable. I use an IPod so get the ones that control volume on the device. I will post a link from my computer, when I get up tomorrow.

    Look at Direct Safety if you want to see what is out there for certified nrr earbuds. Some of the semi-custom ear plugs will inbed your earbuds in the plugs, or the high end ear plugs will have earbuds built in. Sometimes your insurance or employer will pay for high end custom ear plugs.
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    Re: Noise Cancelling Headphones?
    « Reply #4 on: January 19, 2016, 12:15:33 pm »
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    « Reply #5 on: January 19, 2016, 12:45:13 pm »
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002M78JA2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

    These are the ones I am wearing now.  I wear them about 20 hours a day, sleeping in them.  The ones I liked better are these, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005M7AVLO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage.  But they are $80 now and I don't think they are worth the money for my use, which is spoken word.

    http://www.amazon.com/3M-Peltor-Isolating-Headphones-Plastic/dp/B00AEY4QP2/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1453224786&sr=1-3&keywords=nrr+earbuds
    I have these also, but find that I can't sleep in them.  They do a better job of cutting out outside noise, but they did not increase the volume enough when riding on small prop planes.  I also usually wear Pelator ear muffs over earbuds, so they are not my primary hearing protection. 

    My wife had a pair of Bose noise canceling headphones, they work and work well even on the planes we flew on.  Her son got them dumpster diving and we had to do a little fixing so not going to comment on whether or not they are durable enough for the money, but Costco has both the over ear and earbud Bose's sometimes for about $100 less than Amazon.  Due to our move we are not flying as much so have not replaced them.  If she/we were still spending two to three days a month on prop planes and in airports, we likely would have bought another set of the Bose.  Hard to put a price on sanity. :D
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    Re: Noise Cancelling Headphones?
    « Reply #6 on: January 20, 2016, 08:51:58 am »
    The Bose headphone are about the best available but way outside your listed price range.  I use a Quiet Comfort 15 set at work and, with a little metal or white noise, they do a very good job of blotting out the hen parties and the canned music.  That said...

    I use these Panasonic headphones at home for listening to videos or music on my computer or Fire.  They do not have a replaceable cord and the noise cancellation is moderate at best.  I tried them at work and they were OK but, after a few weeks, I went back the Bose.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007G95FJE

    These Audio-Technica headphones worked almost as well at noise cancellation as the Bose. but the ear cups had to be replaced pretty often -- seems a set only lasted about three to four months.  Now they set in a drawer at work JIC the Bose fail me.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HWJT1A

    I have never tried any of the above on an airplane so YMMV.
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    Re: Noise Cancelling Headphones?
    « Reply #7 on: January 21, 2016, 11:22:06 pm »
    Sennheiser has some comfortable on ear noise canceling earphones in that price range.  Because they are not plugs or full over ear style, you can still hear what others are saying.  But the microphone picks up constant droning sounds, reverses the phase, feeds the out of phase noise back to you and cancels out the original engine drone.

    I have a pair, but can't recall the model number.  I have noise isolation ear plugs to shut out everything when I want to listen to music on a plane. Those are Klipsch.  Can't recall model number.

    Both above are wired.  I do have some Plantronics full over ear bluetooth wireless headphones, too, but they are more expensive.

    Edit:  Sennheiser model is PCX-250. Several years old.  The current model may be different. The Klipsch model is R6i.
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    « Reply #8 on: January 21, 2016, 11:29:13 pm »
    First off, this is not my bag. But, didn't sure fire have some wonky ear plug/ear phone hybrids that worked pretty well?
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    « Reply #9 on: January 21, 2016, 11:51:55 pm »
    I'll second the suggestion for Bose.  You dont even have to be listening to music to drown out most of the ambient noise.  Flip them on and enjoy the silence.

    They are pricey though. 

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    « Reply #10 on: January 22, 2016, 12:57:22 am »
    I'll second the suggestion for Bose.  You dont even have to be listening to music to drown out most of the ambient noise.  Flip them on and enjoy the silence.

    They are pricey though. 

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    I do not to fall into the "Oh new, shiny, must have." mindset, but am trying to move beyond my techno-phobia.  I do believe in being cost effective with my money, sometimes it is better to buy multiples of cheaper items, and sometimes it is better to bite the bullet and buy once.  I have a hard time with spending the money for Bose sound quality, I rarely listen to music, but sanity is a valuable commodity and this could save some of yours. 

    I don't mind looking like a fool and will wear my beat to hell Pelator's in public and on airplanes.  If questioned about why I am wearing them, I refer to them as a life saving device and the life I am saving is, YOURS. 
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    « Reply #11 on: January 22, 2016, 12:47:04 pm »
    I do not to fall into the "Oh new, shiny, must have." mindset, but am trying to move beyond my techno-phobia.  I do believe in being cost effective with my money, sometimes it is better to buy multiples of cheaper items, and sometimes it is better to bite the bullet and buy once.  I have a hard time with spending the money for Bose sound quality, I rarely listen to music, but sanity is a valuable commodity and this could save some of yours. 

    I don't mind looking like a fool and will wear my beat to hell Pelator's in public and on airplanes.  If questioned about why I am wearing them, I refer to them as a life saving device and the life I am saving is, YOURS.

    My beats by Dre took a dump and I was travelling to New Jersey for work. I stand by my decision.

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    Re: Noise Cancelling Headphones?
    « Reply #12 on: January 22, 2016, 04:35:07 pm »
    My comments were in support of the Boss brand as the best noise cancelling headsets. Ask any pilot. 

    I did offer some other lower cost options that work somewhat. As a somewhat noise sensitive person, I advocate for hearing protection. Also as I am loosing some of my hearing I find crowd noise overwhelmingly as it becomes a wave of sound.
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    Re: Noise Cancelling Headphones?
    « Reply #13 on: January 22, 2016, 04:44:22 pm »
    If questioned about why I am wearing them, I refer to them as a life saving device and the life I am saving is, YOURS. 
    Excellent.  :thumbup1

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    « Reply #14 on: January 23, 2016, 07:51:41 pm »
    Thanks for the suggestions.   Anyone know of any that have a metal headband instead of the plastic?   During my limited research,  the only ones I've been able to find with that are aviation headsets.  I wouldn't be opposed to looking for one of those,  but they usually come with the attached mic and the extra communication functions that I don't need.   

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