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Noise isolating headset for music and calling?

by frbra1 / June 18, 2009 9:14 AM PDT

Okay, I've been searching quite a lot for this so I hope someone in here can help me:

I need an in-ear headset for my nokia 5310expressmusic with these requirements:

- noise isolation (I ride my bike in inner city)
it doesn't need to be extreme, but enough so I don't have to blast my eardrums to be able to hear my music.

- descent sound quality (music is the main purpose for the headset)
I am not audiophile, and do not need extra bass. I listen to music from my phone.

- a microphone
It doesn't need buttons to answer since I always put my phone on auto-answer.

Price: max $100 app.
minijack (3.5 mm)
Cord or bluetooth doesnt matter
Design pretty much doesn't matter

If anybody could find something like that, or a combination of two things I'd be very happy!

- Thanks, Fred

PS: I hope this is the forum.. I'm new here.

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Noise isolation and bike riding? Bad combo.
by DarkHawke / June 25, 2009 7:35 PM PDT

I appreciate how wonderful and even vital having noise isolating headphones can be in today's urban environment, but wearing them while bike riding? Please re-think this notion, ESPECIALLY if you're riding in the inner city. You need to be twice as aware of your surroundings as any pedestrian, given you'll either be traveling faster than pedestrians on the sidewalk, or slower than the much larger cars in the street. You may pose only a minor hazard on the sidewalk, but you could be in MAJOR danger in the street unless you have your full wits about you, including unrestricted hearing.

That said, I'm seriously loving my V-Moda Vibe II's. They can be had for under $100 discounted on-line, the sound is excellent, the noise isolation superb and they do have a mic. It's designed with the iPhone in mind, so the mic's button works to control phone answering and some music playback; no idea if it works with any other phones. In fact, since I've yet to get an iPhone, I can't tell you how good it is as a phone headset, but I CAN say that it works BEAUTIFULLY for music. It *does* emphasize the bass, but that's actually the best part, 'cause most other headphones I've had don't give decent bass, but not at the expense of clarity. It is corded and uses a standard 3.5mm connector. Check the CNET review: the lovely and gracious Jasmine France rated it quite highly.

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smaller ear piece, less isolation
by frbra1 / July 1, 2009 1:08 AM PDT

Thanks for the advise DarkHawke, you made me rethink it.
First of all the bike trails in Denmark are some of the greatest in Denmark, and it is only a few times I have to drive on the road with cars, and it is illegal to drive on the pedestrian pathways.

My solution:
Shure SCL2-K
The standart earplugs that follows with the phone has a microphone and can be split in two parts. I'll take the microphone from there and combine it with the SCL2-K.

In order to still be able to hear the most vital sounds in traffic, I might have to use a smaller silicon piece than I usually would.

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