Noise Cancelling Headphones

Ponzi purchased the world’s most expensive noise cancelling headphones from Bose the other day… which cost as much as her second iPod (actually, third – if you want to count the Shuffle). I gotta admit, they’re quite comfortable on the ears. I’ll have to give ’em a good spin to decide if I’m going to pick up a pair, too:

QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones deliver acclaimed Bose performance in a new on-ear design. Just slip them on and experience the difference our proprietary technologies make. Enjoy full-spectrum noise reduction that fades background distractions. Rich, clear audio that reveals nuances you might have missed. And a compact, lightweight, easy fit for hours of comfortable listening.

I hate earphones – I don’t care how much “better” they are. When I was a kid, my mom told me never to stick anything in my ears – especially if it does nothing but collect wax and make my ear canal sore.

7 thoughts on “Noise Cancelling Headphones”

  1. I have the QC2, and I love them. They’re critical to music listening and TV watching on airplanes, and the sound quality is so good I use them all the time at work. I’m not sure how much better the QC3s will be since they don’t cover the ear completely, but the QC2s do an excellent job of blocking out all the irritating buzz of the office.

  2. Living in NZ means 3 to 12 hours flying to get anywhere…
    My Bose QC2’s make long flights much more tolerable, they are not cheap and they are worth it!

    The URL on this comment links to my QC2 blog post

  3. But niether of the two Boze noise-cancelling models actually go IN your ear. QC2 cups your ear and QC3 lies flat against your ear. So you can have your headphones and listen to your Mom, too. Not the same as the ear buds, which do require a teensy bit of penetration.

  4. I cant wear buds, well not for a 12 hour flight but the QC2’s are fine for that time. The only bud type phones I like are Sony’s vertical buds with a headband that sit in your ear.

  5. Personally I prefer headphones that isolate sound, rather than trying to cancel it. I did a big review of high-quality headphones and earphones over at the podcast a few weeks ago, and in-ear monitors (IEMs) like the Shure E2C or better E3C, or Etymotic 6i Isolators, or big closed-back headphones like my favourite Sennheiser HD280 Pros generally produce better sound, because they’re not using circuitry, just good old fasioned noise blockage.

    One caveat with the IEMs: on airplanes you might have to take them out and put them back in as you gain altitude, or the pressure differences between your ears and the outside air might prevent them from working — that’s how good the seal is.

  6. You know I have to agree with you about not liking headphones. Even now if I need headphones I gravitate towards earbuds because they do not cover my entire ear. I also don’t like wearing headphones because they feel restrictive because of the band going over the top of my head.

    However, I want to enjoy the sound of noise cancelling headphones. I have researched them and have found that the Bose, Sennheiser and Audio Techna are the best in the market. If I purchase one of them which most audiophiles have chosen the Sennheiser 450 as the pair to get I will have to come to terms wearing those ear muffs. In my mind they are bulky on the head and around the ears but anyone wearing them have commented on how comfortable they are despite their bulky looks.

    Gosh, just to experience the listening pleasure of noise cancelling headphones with my iPod is very tempting. Plus, I travel and the benefits of having a pair on I understand is heaven. I guess I will just have to get used to wearing my ear muffs!

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