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Hi All,

 

For about 4 years I've used a pair of headphones from Brookstone that could attach the original I-pod Shuffle. That gum-pack shuffle died long ago, but the headphones are quite good!

 

I am thinking of buying a new set. Bose is the industry leader, but what about Sennheiser?

 

I want great cancellation, excellent fidelity, and good comfort (I wear glasses) and I only use the headphones on flights. All the better is a lower price. Is the Bose 3 still the leader?

 

What are your recommendations?

 

thanks in advance,

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RE: Noise canceling headphones

 

While I have not auditioned headphones recently, Sennheiser makes an excellent product... and in my experience a better sounding product than Bose. Also consider Beyerdynamic... I own an older pair of their 'DT-990 Pro' headphones... and they have held up quite nicely. At the time I thought they sounded a bit less bright than the Sennheiser models I investigated while still delivering a crisp if more mellow sound reproduction. Nonetheless, such a model would be too bulky for travel purposes, so it would be advantageous to investigate the lower end of the product line.

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The best way to go is in-ear sound isolating earphones by Shure. It's what professional musicians use on stage. Just like ear plugs, they go right into the ear and block out all noise while having amazing sound quality. They're expensive but you can find them cheaper on eBay. It took a few days to get used to the feeling, but now I would never use anything else.

 

http://www.shure.com/PersonalAudio/Products/Earphones/index.htm

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Hey guy --

 

My roomie, Escort DJ in Mpls, who spent 5 years as a DJ at a hetero strip club in Mpls, has a collection of over 35,000 songs comprising months of music on an external hard drive. He is a VERY serious music aficionado.

 

His words of advice are: "Bose are good but I think the sennheiser ones would be a higher level of sound quality."

 

FWIW :*

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>I am thinking of buying a new set. Bose is the industry

>leader, but what about Sennheiser?

 

Bose is only the industry leader due to their aggresive advertising campaigns. When thinking of sound, Bose is the first name that comes to the mind of the average consumer.

 

I use Sennheiser and find them to be much superior.

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RE: Bose is only the industry leader due to their aggresive advertising campaigns.

 

Exactly... and the same applies to their table-top radio which would cost about one third less if it were not marketed so aggressively. In fact the true so-called-golden-eared aduiophile usually laughs at the mention of the Bose name.

 

Still, we all perceive sound differently. So listen to several models and brands using the actual music you most enjoy listening to and I am sure you will make the correct decision...

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RE: Noise canceling headphones

 

I'd also say stay away from Bose. Their stuff isn't bad, but it's price-fixed to at least double what it's actually worth.

 

Sennheiser is a great name in headphones, but I returned the noise-canceling ones I bought.

 

I ended up with a JBL set I like and it didn't cost too much.

 

The thing is headphones are deeply personal. Maybe you won't notice the hiss of the Sennheiser's noise canceling, maybe the Bose are more comfortable on your head... and going into the in-ears, they are probably the best but good ones cost a lot, I've never liked the way earbuds fit, and I wonder about the comfort of airplane use with the ones that fit really tight (or are custom molded).

 

Whatever you do, I'd be sure to buy a from a store that is easy to return to, incase you just don't like the ones everybody recommended (like I didn't like the Sennheisers).

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RE: Noise canceling headphones

 

Which earphone are best if I do NOT want to listen to music during the flight? I prefer read, but would like to block out the babies crying and the women talking.

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