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Affordable Noise Canceling Headphones

by mpatel1991 / September 6, 2008 4:29 AM PDT

Hey guys,

Just wondering if anybody had a solid pair of affordable noise canceling earbuds that would be good for long flights. Looks like I'm heading overseas this winter and it's gonna be a loooooong one. Any info would be nice. Something around the ballpark of 40 dollars or less would be great.

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You'll have a job...
by fbbbb / September 6, 2008 8:52 AM PDT

... finding even half-decent noise isolating earphones with that kind of budget restriction. Avoid any active noise-cancellers in that price range: they won't work. The best you can expect really is the passive, not-that-great levels of isolation to be found on earphones like the Sennheiser CX300, V-moda bass.freq, Sony EX phones, Apple in-ear phones (not the ones that comes with the iPod), etc. It's certainly better than nothing, but not a patch on phones like the Shures with the Comply tips or the pricier, effective electronic cancellation in the ~$300 area.

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from a non audiophile
by mementh / September 6, 2008 3:17 PM PDT
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by fbbbb / September 7, 2008 3:38 AM PDT
In reply to: from a non audiophile

... and similar phones, as I said, will be the best you can get. It's not hugely effective, but definitely better than nothing (or a pair of open phones). This has absolutely nothing to do with audiophiles, just a matter of noise isolation / cancellation, and cheap stuff doesn't work that well - end of story.

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