Noise Cancelling Headphones

Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:17 am

Does anyone have any noise cancelling headphones, and if so, how are they? I am guessing Bose is the best. For their good headphones, they charge $300. How are there Triport headphones for $150? Is there a bog difference? Thanks for your help.
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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:18 am

Bose is *the* premium brand... The question is whether you will appreciate the difference.
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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:11 am

I was convinced to get some mainly for flying and for peace and quiet on board a plane they are great, I can't travel without them now. You can even hear the movies etc without damaging yourself.

In any other situation thought the amount of ambiant noise you "control" is marginal so I'm not sure why you'd bother, to say nothing of the distorting effect on whatever it is you are listening to.
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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:27 am

If you can borrow a noise cancelling headseat from someone before you make a purchase to test it out first, definitely do it. I still have not but what I have been doing recently is wearing disposable earplugs along with my headseat and it seems like it reduces the noise level by as much as the headseat itself. It is MUCH quieter. And they are free.

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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:29 am

Flew business class on an AA 777 DFW-FRA-DFW and DFW-NRT-DFW and they were AMAZING! AA uses Sony noise cancelling headphones in Business. In fact, I slept with them on. You just turn them on, and they work even if you aren't listening to anything. You can DEFINITELY tell the difference with the noise cancelling on.

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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:18 pm

Are you talking about the Bose pilot's headset, or the consumer headset?

I have had one of the QuietComfort consumer units for several years now, beaten the hell out of it, and it still works great.

I absolutely love them, and never fly without them. They're getting a little tattered at this point, so I'm looking forward to upgrading to the QuietComfort 2 headset here soon.

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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Fri Dec 10, 2004 1:14 pm

I work for American as a CSD and so many of our Business & First head sets go missing its not funny - but if I where being honest I would take them if I was a passenger...

They work very well indeed, crew use them when we are on our breaks...

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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Fri Dec 10, 2004 1:35 pm

I have the Bose Quiet comfort Two head set and let me say, its the best thing that has covered my ears for sound, I love it, I recommend it all the way. Very light, very comfortable and most of all, clear Loud rich rich sound.

I also fly with the Bose Aviation head set X, and its just as good. BOSE all the way.
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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Fri Dec 10, 2004 6:00 pm

I've bought myself a pair of those while in the US. (brand Creative).

Not very efficient, but when I listen to music with them at work, I don't hear ambiant noise anymore (not even my cellphone ringtone !!)

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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Fri Dec 10, 2004 9:34 pm

I just bought the Sennheiser HMEC400 (for flying use, not for travelling as a passenger) and they are brilliant!  Smile

Boeing 747-700, I also looked at the Bose X but it was twice the price of the Sennheiser! I didn't think it would be 2x better... I may be wrong...

RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sat Dec 11, 2004 6:16 am

Thanks for all of your help. Does anyone know where there is a good promotion to buy these QC2 headsets?
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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sat Dec 11, 2004 6:44 am


bose rarely EVER has any promotions that reduces the actual price of the headsets.

i have seen ads in the past where you get a free companion tix when you buy a set of headphones...but that was the most extravagant promotion i have seen.

so again: no.

once you get them however, you'll wonder how you flew so much without them!
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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sat Dec 11, 2004 2:07 pm

Vneplus5, I demoed a lot of headsets before I shelled out for the BOSE. I bought the Bose ones because they out performed all the ones I tried. I would say yes they are more then twice as good.

BUSHCHENEY, I bought my QCII from Bose it self, they came in like 2 days in the post, its worth it trust me, every penny. I love mine, I wouldn't be with out.

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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Mon Dec 13, 2004 8:58 am

I bought the Bose QC2s and they come on every flight with me, be it an hour or 11 hours.

I find them very comfortable to wear all the time onboard, even when not using IFE or listening to music. If you move your pillow about into the right place (and depending on how you sleep) you can also get some shuteye very easily with them. Only problem with them is, they either noise cancel or don't work at all. So be prepared to take a stash of AAA's with you on long flights. Also they are a bit flimsy and a friend of mine who flies 150,000 miles a year has his bound up with tape!

I paid UK prices (£285/$545) for them and I'd buy them again!

As for promos they won't reduce the price but they might chuck in a free portable CD player....
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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Mon Dec 13, 2004 9:01 am

O you mean we werent supposed to take them? On a F/C trip i took on the 777 they had them and I thought that you were supposed to take them.....just kidding...i wish i did though...
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RE: Noise Cancelling Headphones

Mon Dec 13, 2004 11:03 am

I use lightspeed technology. ANR headset model 15k. Runs about $300 but threir worth every penny. The battery pack takes 2 AA's and I've been using the same batteries for 2 yrs. now without having to change them. They also have higher end models, the 20k 25k 30k.
I tried out a pair of the dave clark ANR and found it to be lacking and over priced for what they are. Battery pack was the size of a car battery.
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