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    Hi people,
    heard a lot about these headphones but there seems to be some division over the effectiveness of them. Can anyone make a suggestion on the best brand and model..I have seen heaps of secondhand qietcomfort qc-2 on the sellmystuff web site for $159 which seems like a good deal and I'm tempted to buy these but are the Bose headphones really as good as what people say? There are other brands I should be looking at..going to Madrid in a few months and dont wanna endue another noisy long flight without some kind of relief.
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    Depends what your priority is. Active noise canceling is going to degrade the sound quality, so from an audiophile perspective - your money is better spent elsewhere. When I need quiet environments, I turn to my Etymotics ER4S, they will give you more isolation than the Bose (and anything else, to be honest), provide a balanced sound sig and a realistic timbre. However, the Etymotics are iems (in ear monitor) and require literally sticking them in your ear and working at getting a good seal. So it's something to get use to..

    Apparently the Bose are great for airplane engine noise canceling, so if that's what you're looking for and don't want to bother with iems, then...looks like you found a good deal. Don't forget to post at head-fi.org forums though, those guys are unhealthily obsessed with this topic and will be able to provide better suggestions.

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    I've used my brother's Bose phones on a flight before and they were magic. I can't afford over $300 for a pair of cans though 8(. I'm interested in the Klipse image sound cancelling headphones ( or rather, isolating I think ). Anyone used isolating ones before - are they very effective ?

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    In theory noise cancelling headphones should work well, in practice they don't. In ear monitors with double and triple flanges isolate extremely well though. And even single flange earphones do a better job than most headphones.

    If earphones won't work for you, instead of buying noise cancelling headphones, I would buy studio monitor headphones instead. They provide decent isolation, yet sound better than noise cancelling cans.

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    "No highs, no lows,
    It must be Bose"!


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    In a word, Sennheiser.

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    Bose is great but I am with vaneyes on this one...Sennheiser is top notch...great phones and the only mic I really like to use...Shure and Audix are just not quite right

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    Quote Originally Posted by David58117 View Post
    Depends what your priority is. Active noise canceling is going to degrade the sound quality, so from an audiophile perspective - your money is better spent elsewhere. When I need quiet environments, I turn to my Etymotics ER4S, they will give you more isolation than the Bose (and anything else, to be honest), provide a balanced sound sig and a realistic timbre. However, the Etymotics are iems (in ear monitor) and require literally sticking them in your ear and working at getting a good seal. So it's something to get use to..

    Apparently the Bose are great for airplane engine noise canceling, so if that's what you're looking for and don't want to bother with iems, then...looks like you found a good deal. Don't forget to post at head-fi.org forums though, those guys are unhealthily obsessed with this topic and will be able to provide better suggestions.
    I've been using Etymotics for years now and I agree with the above assessment. Unfortunately, the wires are fairly fragile and wear out (i.e., the connection is lost in one channel because of a problem that develops in one of the ear piece connections or at the plug-in point) after a couple years (even if you take care of them). I tried some highly-rated in-ear plugs a couple of years ago and it really screwed up my hearing temporarily. (I had extreme sensitivity to noise for several days, and my doctor said I probably irritated my hearing nerves . . . whatever they're called.) The rap against Etymotics seems to be that they don't have the "power" of other in-ear plugs. But take it from me, you don't want powerful plugs stuck in your ear canal. Etymotics are perfect for me in that the provide excellent sound and isolation, if inserted properly. Just don't tug on the cords. Also, wash the rubber tips on a regular basis (they're removable and you can buy additional ones) and wipe off the part they connect to. If you don't, the tips could come off in your ear (damn greasy earwax). Not a big deal to remove with tweezers, but it happened to me right before a flight and I had no tweezers! Someone on the plane did, and my wife got them out for me. (I bought the tweezer lady a drink for her generous donation.) My current pair is losing the connection in one ear and I'm ready to buy another pair. I think they have helped save my hearing in that I can listen to music at a lower volume. With iPod-styple earphones, you have to crank up the volume to compete with exterior noise. And Bose-style headphones make me feel like an air traffic controller.

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