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Help With NC Headphones...chatty Passengers  
User currently offlineASTROJET707 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 299 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2821 times:

I would appreciate the comments of a.netters on the various makers of noise cancelling headphones. BOSE, Brookstone and Sharper Image come to mind. With Bose at $350 and SI at $199 is there a big difference?

I flew AE3531 on Sunday and the two people behind me developed vocal chord diarhea/. From the time they took their seats till we landed in Ceveland nonstop chit-chat. I know way too much about these two!

I am gonna buy the headphones this weekend and need your recomendations.

Thanks,

AJ707

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User currently offlineORDPIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 140 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

Personally I prefer the Bose QC2. From my experience they have been the best and are quite worth the difference in price over the sharper image type. I have not used the QC3 yet but some of my friends have stated their preference for the QC2's over them because they are more comfortable over the ear. As far as battery performance goes I was pleasantly surprised by the Bose, I use lithium batteries in mine and they normally last me about 36 hours, I've made it to BKK and back with time to spare. There is one downside that I have found with all noise cancelling headsets and that it on occasion they will actually make it easier to hear other conversations as they block out the ambient noise and enhance voices. I have found this to be rare however and normally only happens when someone has a high pitched voice. That being said I would never give mine up as the benefits greatly outweigh the occasional annoyance.

Hope this helps



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2786 times:

Quoting ORDPIA (Reply 1):
There is one downside that I have found with all noise cancelling headsets and that it on occasion they will actually make it easier to hear other conversations as they block out the ambient noise and enhance voices.

Always a problem. They get rid of white noise and thus let you hear the chatterbox behind you more clearly. NC headphones only counteract sound that they can match with an opposite frequency. Voices change too much for the headphones to keep up with.

I have a Philips par of NC headphones that worked well but I got tired of dragging them along with me. I now just use a pair of iPod earbuds (not the ones that come with the iPod though they are Apple branded) and if you shove them in far enough they do a good job of blocking out the jet noise and the annoying passenger noise and I don't have to turn them up very loud either.



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User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3242 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2786 times:

I agree with ORDPIA in that the Bose are probably the best NC headphones out there. I have tried them on a couple of flights (business class on AA) and really liked the noise cancellation. However, I personally don't think they are worth the money ($350) and I found them too bulky as they wouldn't fit in my laptop bag (notice: I don't have experience with the QC3; only QC1 and QC2, the latter being a nice improvement over the former).

A year or so ago I bought a pair of Sennheisers (PXC300) and I love them. They fold to something much much smaller than the Bose, they are around half the price, and the noise cancellation is almost as good. Some people apparently find them uncomfortable, but I never had that problem and have worn them on several transatlantic and transcon trips with no problems.

Something else to point out is that some NC headphones might not be efficient in masking out passengers speaking, just the constant engine noise.

Hope this helps,

Tony



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User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3242 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2768 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 2):
I now just use a pair of iPod earbuds (not the ones that come with the iPod though they are Apple branded) and if you shove them in far enough they do a good job of blocking out the jet noise and the annoying passenger noise

For what it is worth: I personally avoid those, given that I often try to sleep on the plane by resting my head against the plane's wall. I cannot comfortably do that wearing the ear buds, given that they get pushed into my ear and are bloody uncomfortable!  Wink

Tony



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

The ear buds work excellent for me, then I don't rest my head on the walls!

Quoting ASTROJET707 (Thread starter):
flew AE3531 on Sunday and the two people behind me developed vocal chord diarhea/. From the time they took their seats till we landed in Ceveland nonstop chit-chat. I know way too much about these two!

You know there are 2 ways I have used to shut those chit-chat at the sound level of a B721 on takeoff roll: 1. If you want to be politically correct (NOT) ask the flying attendant to inform them of others desire to know hear their entire conversation, 2nd and my favorite, lay the seat out to the max very fast, if they have a tray of food on it even better.....WARNING, it might piss them off but will give you a nice ice breaker for conversation!  Smile



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21525 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2723 times:

NC headphones do not block out conversations. And since many designs are ported to "enhance bass" they let all the sound through the port.

You'd do better with a good set of studio headphones that enclose the ear. They cut out tons of noise, but usually need a headphone amp to drive them (though there are some that are self powered).

The option I use are the etymonic in ear headphones, that are earplugs with headphones in them. The stock version blocks out 25dB or so and sound great. I found them uncomfortable, so I had custom ear molds made. They don't block out quite as much sound, but they are way more comfortable for my ears.



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User currently offlineClearedDirect From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2720 times:

I have found the best way to shut them up or at least have them tone it down is to make comments on their conversation.
Just say something like "I cannot believe you did that!" Or something to that effect - works every time. I personally like putting on headphones when the person I'm sitting next to, insists on telling me their life story.


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2688 times:

Quoting ClearedDirect (Reply 7):
I have found the best way to shut them up or at least have them tone it down is to make comments on their conversation.
Just say something like "I cannot believe you did that!" Or something to that effect - works every time. I personally like putting on headphones when the person I'm sitting next to, insists on telling me their life story.

I like it, you get residuals when I use that should I need to use it.......  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

I'm a DJ - i play out to crowds anywhere between 200 - 2,000 most weekends and have to work around some pretty massive sound systems. This means I need headphones that cancel out everything, on all frequencies, and let me hear crisply and smartly what i need to over the sound of the monitors so I can beatmatch and mix a track. They need to have awesome sound quality across the lows, mids, and highs, and be comfortable to wear so I can mix for hours on end.

I use Sony MDRV700s - should retail about £90. Sound quality as good as, if not better than the Boses the airlines use - they fold up neatly, are much harder wearing, look better, and you dont sweat as much in them - all round they are the best on the market for what I need them for I think.

My point is, i never fly without them - they are the best noise cancelling headphones ive used and are absolutely wonderful for going on the plane.



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