Good Quality Noise Canceling Headphones?

mi1stormilst

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EvanAdams

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In ear canal ear buds are the best option. Just got back from four months on trains and plains and I can say with absolute certainty that the $50 sony in ear buds I got were the best money I spent. To beable to put on my phones and not hear a plane engine was invaluable.

A friend of mine loves his grados and patrick norton on "the screen savers" swears by them. However I think good in ear phones can be just as good. Look for things that musicians wear and make sure to look at how you will store them, because they go inside them you need to keep them clean and away from dust.

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EvanAdams

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I'm not talking ear buds as most people know them. I'm talking the things that go into your ear cannal not the fuzzy things that just sit in your ear, those are garbage.
 

0roo0roo

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noise canceling works against things like engine hum... what are you trying to block out?
 

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Anything in the ear is not good for me - I prefer full cups over the ear - much more comfortable for me - and the best noise cancelling phones of that type are Bose. But - alas! They are out of your price range. :(
 

Sennheiser PXC250 if you want over the ear, and budget. Excellent phones.
Bose Quiet Comfort 2 if you want over the ear, not on a budget.
Etymotic ER-4P: (http://reviews.cnet.com/Etymotic_Research_ER_4_MicroPro_Earphones/4505-6468_7-30690254.html?tag=txt) If you want the best of the best. THese are the only headphones that block out all noise (the above two do passive blocking a little, and the active is only ambient/low frequency noise). These are the ultimate audiophile/silence earphones, EVER. I wish I could justify buying them for 300 dollars...
 

mi1stormilst

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Originally posted by: 0roo0roo
noise canceling works against things like engine hum... what are you trying to block out?

The constant hummm of my wife under my desk :p
 

butch84

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I am pretty sure that cheaper noise cancelling headphones in the lower price ranges are usually of poor quality, not because of the noise cancelling tech, but because they just pair it with some crappy headphones. I would suggest picking up a pair of Sennheiser HD280 Pro headphones, which should run you about $75. They fit around your ear, and while they dont have noise cancelling, they isolate outside sound very well. I was listening to music on them last year in my dorm, and my room mate had to tap me to let me know the fire alarm was going off. And trust me, the fire alarm is really REALLY loud. Anyway, that is the route i would take.

Let us know what you decide!
butch
 

L00PY

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If you fly a lot (say a couple long flights a year), go with the noice canceling (I think Sony makes a nice pair too).

If you turn up the sound levels, go with the quality set of cans. That's probably the best option really.
 

Nebor

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Originally posted by: vegetation
Originally posted by: Terranboy
Those Bose are Amazing! To bad they're $400+

No Bose bashing with their headphones?

I think the Triports are a pretty good bargain. I think noise cancelling outside of extremely loud environments (jetways, etc) are a bad idea, they create noise in your music.
 

Zepper

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Even Bose can get something right by accident - and then extravagantly overcharge for it as usual...
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If you're really on a budget, go out and buy a pair of high-decible earguards. Drill a small hole in an inconspicuous place, run some wire in and speakers, and you're set. I wish I had pictures for you...