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For what purpose?

Air Travel?

Public Transport?

General Background Noise?

The reason I ask is the more expensive ones give a range of options that you can choose to suit your surroundings

Your price constraint obviously precludes choosing Bose which most unbiased observers regard as the best in this category

A good place to do some research is on Amazon where there are literally thousands of user reviews

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thanks yes will be for Air and Train travel, My preference would be to lean towards a pair which had better SQ i will use the headphones regularly in the office but sound cancellation is not an issue in this instance mainly SQ. Plane and train travel will be the secondary use where the sound cancellation part come in. I will use this which i use maybe once every 2 months.

 

from my googling it looks like Bose and Audio Technica are the better ones and my budget my be too low :-( 

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For that price, I suggest Etymotics. Having tried virtually every noise cancelling headphone, the venerable Etymotics passively block out more sound, are easier to sleep in on the plane and sound vastly superior to active noise cancelling. 

 

(I should add, personal preference plays a huge roll in this type of headphone.)

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I'm wearing a pair of Bose QC15's now. They're magnificent. The new 25s are also out now so the 15s are on run out. I've seen them as low as $329...More than your budget but so worth it. Spend the extra. They rock.

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I'm wearing a pair of Bose QC15's now. They're magnificent. The new 25s are also out now so the 15s are on run out. I've seen them as low as $329...More than your budget but so worth it. Spend the extra. They rock.

 

I hope their headphones are better than their speakers which are just awful IMHO.

 

Cheers,

Alan

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I love my Sennheiser PXC-450, big airplane stuff.

 

I've also Senn MM-450X which I'm less impressed with, I bought because they have internal DACs that you can bluetooth too, but I found the DACs in my iPhone more musical.

 

A friend listened to some Senns and ended up buying some Bose, don't know which ones.

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I'm wearing a pair of Bose QC15's now. They're magnificent. The new 25s are also out now so the 15s are on run out. I've seen them as low as $329...More than your budget but so worth it. Spend the extra. They rock.

 

I have them too and love them for air travel. Just be aware they won't work in "passive" mode, ie. battery and cancellation turned off. That doesn't bother me as I don't wear them walking about. I've got a blue limited edition I got from the Bose store in Camberwell, but they were a company purchase as we can't afford for me to sit up the front on my long haul flights :(

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The Bose QC series are an excellent noise cancelling headphone. They have been doing the technology for longer than anyone else and in fact started out making noise cancelling cans for pilots. Unlike the QC15s, the new QC25s will work if the battery runs dry, however sonically they sound much better with the noise cancelling mode on (some kind of active DSP I'm guessing). Worst case, buy a pack of Energiser lithium AAA batteries and I doubt you'll have to replace them very often.

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The Bose QC series are an excellent noise cancelling headphone. They have been doing the technology for longer than anyone else and in fact started out making noise cancelling cans for pilots. Unlike the QC15s, the new QC25s will work if the battery runs dry, however sonically they sound much better with the noise cancelling mode on (some kind of active DSP I'm guessing). Worst case, buy a pack of Energiser lithium AAA batteries and I doubt you'll have to replace them very often.

 

I travel to Italy a few times a year, I always have 2 spare AAA's in the hard case's little pocket. Running dry is my worst nightmare... I do wish they made an integrated 2 prong airline cord though, the connections on those little adapters is shocking.

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Listened to the Bose at Apple store today very impressive noise cancelling did notice the pressure feeling in my ears which was a little uncomfortable, is this something you get used to? I can imagine getting a headache after long use any one had issues with this

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Get the Bose if you want over ear, the Etymotics ( or similar) if you can get along with in ear

 

Someone at work who is complete nuts about headphones lent me 5 in-ear and 6 headphones, all of very high quality (read expensive), plus I compared against my to Senns.

 

In my experience, in every case the headphones were better than the in-ear.

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Listened to the Bose at Apple store today very impressive noise cancelling did notice the pressure feeling in my ears which was a little uncomfortable, is this something you get used to? I can imagine getting a headache after long use any one had issues with this

Pressure feeling seems to disappear after a short while - never been a problem for me even on long flights

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Replaced a 12 year old pair of Bose QCs (over ear) with their in ear model earlier this year. Sound quality (and noise cancellation) was easily better with the over ears, but the in ears are much more comfortable if you rest your head to the side to sleep, which I do. A lot.

 

Both are very, very good, and worth every cent.

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having trouble finding the QC15 at $329 any leads?

 

I've just found them for $309.

 

http://www.eglobaldigitalcameras.com.au/bose-quietcomfort-15-acoustic-noise-cancelling-headphones.html?utm_source=myshopping&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Headphones&utm_term=Bose+QuietComfort+15+Acoustic+Noise+Cancelling+Headphones

 

However the new QC25 is only $399 so I'd be buying the new one, because you can also use them without batteries.

 

http://worldwide.bose.com/axa/en_au/web/quietcomfort_25/page.html

 

It's only money! And for the sake of $90 the news ones are definitely worth it.

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If you've got a lot of frequent flyer points, you can have a look at cashing them in on the airline's FF store for a pair of headphones. I did this with my Qantas FF points and got a pair of PSB noise canceling headphone for about 40,000 FF points (from memory) and $0 out of my pocket.

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