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Anybody read the June/July 01 issue of The $ensible Sound magazine? I picked this up a few days ago and noticed the comments by TK(Tom Krehbiel) in the article Surveying The Soundscape about headphones. He was talking about the CES show when he stated that the IXOS Ministry of Sound headphones were "clean, [with] amazing range, [and] stunning dynamics. Put them on your must-audition list when you go headphone shopping." He goes on to talk about the Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones. He describes them as "supremely quiet and marvelously comfortable." And describes the sound as "decent." Anybody agree or disagree with his findings?
post #2 of 9
decent sound huh...and Bose...must be bloody expensive then .

but aside from the prejudice, I never heard thse cans, so...
post #3 of 9
I've heard these cans. They are very comfortable. The noise cancellation works, but I find it creates a wierd sensation for my ears (like a strange pressure sensation). They sound better than I thought they would. For $300 it's not worth it in my opinion for cans that don't even sound as good as the Grado -sr 60. My advice is buy a good pair of closed headphones.
post #4 of 9
Haha I was actually thinking about taking Bose up on their offer (try 'em, if you don't like 'em, return 'em) just to see what they sound like. But I probably won't - especially now.
post #5 of 9
How much do they cancel anyway? Can they beat the etys at 25dB?

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Um neveremind... 84dB of isolation?!? Thats insane, just for that they could be worth it...
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chych said...

How much do they cancel anyway? Can they beat the etys at 25dB?

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Um neveremind... 84dB of isolation?!? Thats insane, just for that they could be worth it...
Say what?!? No way does any earplug/headphone reduce noise by 84 dB, nuh uh. Now, 84 dB is supposed to be about how much noise passengers inside an aircraft hear during a typical flight, so maybe that's what you were thinking of. It only isolates you from 17 dB, according to this review.
post #7 of 9
It's impossible to block 84dB. Since the bone conduction is about 30dB below that through ear canal, even the very best isolation on ears is not going to prevent you hearing through your body. The headphone might be able to reduce the outside noise by 84dB but that's not going to help.
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Oops, I read it wrong

Forget that, etys it is
post #9 of 9
Umm, as someone who has actually tried on a pair of Bose ANC cans that were *not* connected to the display (which cheats) I can say that the Boast headphones block *only* low frequencies, unlike the Etys, which block nearly all frequencies equally. That's right, with the Boasts you'll still hear the colicky baby convention attendees, while the Etys will keep you firmly on Cloud Nine.
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