Originally Posted by trailofchalk
I'm looking for headphones that would completely keep out any outside noise while there is no music or any type of audio being played, I'll be sleeping. I would plug it into a stereo with alarm so I would have no chance of not hearing my alarm yet be able to sleep with no disturbances. Only importance is ability to keep out sound. Sound quality doesn't matter. What would you guys suggest to fit my description?
Thanks in advance,
If you're looking for headphones where sound quality isn't an issue but noise reduction is, I'd recommend these Sony MDR-N50:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...Fencoding=UTF8
I've tried both, and although the Sony's sound is mediocre at best, I think it does the same or better job of noise cancelling as the Bose, for $100-$200 less.BUT
you have to realize that no "noise cancelling" headphones are going to do a really good job of cancelling out all noise. The Sony's I mentioned will reduce all noise somewhat because they totally surround your ear and form a seal against your head. But the "noise cancelling" part only affect low frequency sounds, like jet engines (from inside the plane) and fan noises.
The sound of people talking is completely unaffected.
If you want to block out all frequency's of noise, the only kind of headphones that do that are called In Ear Monitors, or "IEM"s, like these:http://www.headphone.com/products/he...n-ear-monitor/
They go into your ear canal and block noise by completely sealing off your ear canal. By all reports, they are very
good at sealing out noise. But they also have a lot of issues - since your ears are blocked, you can hear noises inside your head like yourself breathing. If they get pulled out suddenly, it can be extremely uncomfortable. They are basically earplus, so if it wasn't for your alarm clock thing you could just buy earplugs.
Anyways, hope this helps.