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Noise Cancelling Earphones
hlass 
15/3/08 7:57:32 PM
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Anyone recomend a good pair for listening on public transport?

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.exe 
15/3/08 11:22:10 PM
Master

Creative Earphones EP-630. $35.

http://www.techshout.com/images/creative-ep630.jpg

Excellent noise isolation, great for public transport listening, and superb audio reproduction and bass control. A great pair of earphones, bought my pair not to long ago from Dick-Smiths, and set me back $35. I travel on bus to and from school everyday, and they work great for canceling all other surrounding noise (pesky little kids :P).

There are some more exy noise canceling earphones available on the market offered by Phillips that have the same design layout as the Creative pair, though your looking at around $100 (they are also available at Dick-Smiths).

Cheers.

EDIT - Also worth mentioning is the Creatives come with 3 different interchangeable earbud sizes. Ow, and the choice of different colours (my pair are black, goes well the teh Pod).


Edited by .exe: 16/3/2008 12:25:33 AM

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hlass 
16/3/08 9:24:05 AM
Hero
Titan



Cool. They seem readily avaialable on ebay.

Another question. Can you buy adaptors to the twin plug 'plane jacks?

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Girvo 
16/3/08 12:43:05 PM
Immortal

Be careful with purchasing headphones on eBay. Make sure it's from an Aussie seller: the chinese factories produce knock-offs which they see as the real deal.

My two cents: Seinhausser CX300's. The most brilliant earphones I've used. Passive noise cancelling, but brilliant.

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makaveli 
16/3/08 1:43:29 PM
Overlord
i think there is a web site called www.head-fi.org or something like that and they have a lot of headphone/earphone reviews.

but yes, girvo is right, there are some knock off products around also, so just make sure you shop at the right place.

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Linux_Inside V2 
16/3/08 2:13:24 PM
Immortal

Quote by Girvo
My two cents: Seinhausser CX300's. The most brilliant earphones I've used. Passive noise cancelling, but brilliant.



+1

The creatives recommended above are made in the same factory, and are the same drivers etc. so you can get the awesomeness of the CX300's at a lower price point :3

I bought the CX300's yesterday, and now my HD202's are looking like they'll be used less and less, the 300's are surprisingly good.

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hlass 
16/3/08 5:21:33 PM
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Titan


Quote by Girvo
Be careful with purchasing headphones on eBay. Make sure it's from an Aussie seller: the chinese factories produce knock-offs which they see as the real deal.

My two cents: Seinhausser CX300's. The most brilliant earphones I've used. Passive noise cancelling, but brilliant.



Passive?

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Linux_Inside V2 
17/3/08 10:22:03 AM
Immortal

Quote by hlass
Passive?



Because they are canalphones, they block out the surrounding sound by sealing your ears.

There are active noise canceling headphones around, that use wizardry to cancel out the unwanted sound

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_noise_control

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thylacine 
17/3/08 1:47:57 PM
Guru

Yeah the CX300s are pretty awesome, had a pair myself, but they just broke (loose wire or something, I could get sound popping in and out if I squeeze the wire etc).

Hard to find instore these days though, but can definitely pick up online for about $80.

Otherwise the Etymotic Research ER6i, also canal phones (and they can go in FAR, so takes a bit of getting used to... come with foam and rubber flange covers, so you can choose the most comfy). Great sound, but very long cable (5 ft) which can get tangled. Nice pouch comes with, for storing. Problem is they're at least $199 online, usually around $220. They REALLY cancel out the noise, passively again, because of how far in they go (they don't HAVE to, there's 3 ridges on the flanges so they only go in as far as is comfy in your ear), best noise cancellers I've used.

I just picked up some stunning Koss KSC75 'phones, rrp $80, got em for $20 off eBay (Aussie seller), so by no means impossible to get damn good deals off eBay. Those aren't noise-cancelling though, just fuckin awesome 'phones.


Edited by thylacine: 17/3/2008 1:51:29 PM

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TedJ 
17/3/08 4:43:30 PM
Primarch

Vsonic R02-Pros... bought a pair of these a couple of months ago from Headphonic and love them.

http://www.headphones.com.au/psingle?productID=321

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Andrew999 
20/3/08 1:51:57 PM
Serf
Canalphones are not really noise cancelling, but noise blocking.
They typically deliver excellent midrange, good bass (provided they are inserted properly!), and poor treble. The treble is inherently poor since they seal off the ear canal and create a standing wave which results in a dip at somewhere between 4-6khz and a peak between 8-12khz.
Ideally you should use a source (or amp) with enough power output so that you can use the Equalizer to smooth out the frequency response. (each gain of 3dB at a given freqeuency effectively lowers the overall volume before clipping by 3dB (assuming the intensity is evenly distributed across the frequency range), hence why you need a player with a reasonably powerful amplifier).

I'm not a fan of the cheap Sennheiser or Creative earphones. I prefer the Etymotic Er-6i and these can sound good with a touch of equalization. You might be able to save a bit of money by purchasing them from a (reputable!) overseas seller.

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Girvo 
21/3/08 2:16:37 PM
Immortal

"Hard to find instore these days though, but can definitely pick up online for about $80."

JB Hifi have 'em, $80 instore.

Pick 'em up from an Australian seller for about $30-40 on ebay.

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ghost_ops 
22/3/08 8:28:49 PM
Titan

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=116_249_367&products_id=

$55 + postage

i only brought them because i was buying other stuff off the site. thought what the hell, need a new pair...love 'em.

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Girvo 
23/3/08 1:06:22 AM
Immortal

/creams

/buys pair to replace the ones I snapped

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plebsmacker 
25/3/08 6:07:24 PM
Hero
Immortal


http://www.bose.com/controller?event=view_product_page_event&product=qc2_headphones_index

Best ever.

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Girvo 
27/3/08 12:44:21 AM
Immortal

Hot 'phones. 'spensive but :(

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Malicine 
31/3/08 1:40:44 PM
Overlord

Shure in ears are my personal choice.
Best overall dbspl reduction and they sound brilliant.

http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/Products/PersonalMonitorSystems/us_pro_earphones_content

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scootre 
5/4/08 10:32:08 AM
Champion

Yes you can buy airline adaptor plugs... Jaycar I think have them. JB probably have too.

As for passive / active...the best are the combination of both. My (now 3 years old) Philips ones are great, having stepped rubber ear buds that seal all around your ear'ole and little microphones on the ear pieces to collect noise info and send back to the little battery holder unit half way down the lanyard, which does the sine wave inverting.

Whichever you buy, make sure you can get the ear buds as a spare part. Philips were long criticised for never making the earbuds available as a spare part for the model I have. So far, I've been careful not to lose mine.

Edit;
None of the links I see above from other posters show any true active noise cancelling models. Hard to believe really.
I've tried the "passive" types... believe me, they do not cancel much of the airline noise (which is probably one of the best tests for them).

These are the ones I have: http://www.amazon.com/Philips-HN060-37-Noise-Canceling-Earbuds/dp/B00061IYJC
They are brilliant BUT as I said, if you lose the rubber ear piece (it comes off too easily) then you are stuffed.

But that's the technology you should get for plane, train and bus travel.

Edit 2:
My ebay link has a "sponsored link" almost at the top of the page that says

Customers viewing this page may be interested in this Sponsored Link: Defibrillators (AED's)
LOL


Edited by scootre: 5/4/2008 10:44:07 AM

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scootre 
5/4/08 10:59:12 AM
Champion

OK so this all got me thinking about what I do when I do lose my ear buds (see above post).

So a search on the net reveals a couple of interesting points for me... because noise cancelling for my music is very important as I do a hell of a lot of flying:

The true active cancelling earphones are generally really expensive... like $200 - 400 (who are they kidding?). Like the Sony unit.

My Philips HN-060's are still available on ebay at $30US... about what I paid for them originally... so still your best option. BUT you absolutely cannot get replacement buds... so glue the bastards in. I'm doing that to mine, today. :)

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scootre 
5/4/08 11:13:35 AM
Champion

OK... here we go:

This is more like it...
http://tinyurl.com/45fvav

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