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Old 11-20-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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Noise canceling headset?

I fly. A lot. I gave my Bose Quiet Comfort 3 's to my wife a few months ago and have been using stereo ear plugs. I want to go back to a noise canceling/reducing on-the-ear headset.

I like the Bose, but their stuff is all I know.

My criteria is

Small, easy to deploy and pack case and cables
Well made
Long battery life
Good sound
Great noise reduction
Very comfortable
Bluetooth?

I'm not shopping price at all. I like buying great stuff, infrequently. But I'm not an audiophile either, since my ears are as old as I am.

I'm a bicoastal guy who doesn't get upgraded to Business enough and consequently sits in the back with the amateurs and their noisy, snot nosed offspring. Too often on redeyes, dammit.

I need my solitude.

Is there anything better for the traveler than the Bose? Cause it's pretty good.

Thanks.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
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this is what I'm using...

... in the last six years. I like it. It's comfy, sounds pretty good, packs small, gives me enough comfort and solitude on my international flights. Having said all that, I haven't tried any other kind or brand.



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Old 11-21-2012, 05:53 AM   #3
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My wife and i have been using some different Panasonic models for a couple of years. We are very happy with them.

Here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RP-H.../dp/B000OKH6ZI
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:45 AM   #4
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$300 headphones?


Just made my inner KLR rider have a panic attack.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:48 AM   #5
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I've been using the Bose Quietcomfort 15 for a year now. They are top notch in my opinion. Keeping in mind they are an over the ear headphone versus the Quietcomfort 3 which are on ear.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:56 AM   #6
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I'd avoid Beats, I don't think they do it as well as Bose.
One nit pick about the Beats is everyone can hear what you're listening to as they bleed lots of sound.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:00 AM   #7
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Posting to this thread just so it stays on my radar. I also take more flights in a week than is normal (read: healthy). I'm in the market, and currently use earbuds (ear-canal). I've been considering Bose QC15s, but I can't believe there's nothing better out there. I'm primarily interested in comfort and overall sound quality/balance.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:01 AM   #8
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Just adding in that Beats are terrible and nobody should own them (not even your 15 year old children/nephews). The quality is an absolute joke.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:41 AM   #9
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I tried the Sony noise cancelling headphones. They didn't work. At all.
Great headphones for listening to music, but worthless (IMHO) for noise cancellation.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:57 AM   #10
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My Bose noise cancelling headphones are old enough now that I need new ear pads. Haven't found anything better.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:30 AM   #11
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Do any of these cancel out voices, like a nagging wife, without the aid of music? I don't need the music just the voices canceled.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:52 AM   #12
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Posting to this thread just so it stays on my radar. I also take more flights in a week than is normal (read: healthy). I'm in the market, and currently use earbuds (ear-canal). I've been considering Bose QC15s, but I can't believe there's nothing better out there. I'm primarily interested in comfort and overall sound quality/balance.

http://www.seatguru.com/articles/noi...ing_review.php

http://noise-cancelling-headphones-r...tenreviews.com

According to the second review, the Sennheiser PXC 450 is the best and the Bose QC15 is only the 7th. Cost about same as the Bose. For what you're looking for the Sennheiser probably better. Looks comfier and the sound quality HAS to be better. I mean, it is a Sennheiser...
I will try one out as soon as I can.

Interestingly, the second best is the Beats... I guess you just have to compare as many as you can for yourself.

Interesting read:

http://www.earphonesolutions.com/coofsoiseaan.html

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Old 11-21-2012, 10:40 AM   #13
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one other great use for noise canceling headphones is when you're mowing grass. even if you don't wanna listen to the music.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:54 AM   #14
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I have worn a lot of different ANR (active noise reduction) systems over the years from heavy duty Dave Clark's, ultra light weight Telex 850s, as well as Bose Aviation and Q3. You will always get the greatest noise reduction from a headset that combines passive (covering the entire ear) and active (noise cancelling).

ANR systems are really good at blocking low, droning tones like jet engines but they are not worth a damn at blocking high pitch noise. Sometimes you can actually hear more with the ANR system.

Of course, this is all highly subjective as everybody is different. I have flown many thousands of hours without any hearing loss due to disciplined use of hearing protection.

If I had it to do over, I would have bought the lager Bose covering the entire ear...
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Jesus shit fuck.


$300 headphones?


Just made my inner KLR rider have a panic attack.
That shtick is really getting old.
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