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post #1 of 19
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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,
MJB
post #2 of 19
Well if sound quality doesn't matter I hate to admit it but,.........the Bose QC2s do an excellent job of blocking out ambient noise, they're overpriced but I haven't heard any others as comfortable nor as good as blocking out sound, music is another thing though...
post #3 of 19
bose

I wouldnt advise someone to sleep with headphones on, but if you are going to, perhaps try some low profile IEM's.

The new shure e500's sure look nice......
post #4 of 19
This subject has been discussed to many lengths in other threads. The final line is that listening to music while sleeping can cause hearing loss due to prolonged exposure.
post #5 of 19
I'm ashamed to admit this, but my wife always falls asleep before me. She has the tendency to cut some serious wood (snore) and keep me awake. If necessary, I pop in Shure foamies- just not all the way in so I can get them out in the morning...Don't hear a thing.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by The_Duke_Of_Eli
This subject has been discussed to many lengths in other threads. The final line is that listening to music while sleeping can cause hearing loss due to prolonged exposure.
Please refer to first line of subject post.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by memoriesaflame
bose
Obviously you failed to read the part where he said there would be NO music playing , he just wants to block out ambient noise. So if you've never had a pair of these I suggest you shut it. I've never really found IEMs comfortable enough to fall asleep in that's why I didn't suggest them.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by skyline889
Obviously you failed to read the part where he said there would be NO music playing , he just wants to block out ambient noise. So if you've never had a pair of these I suggest you shut it. I've never really found IEMs comfortable enough to fall asleep in that's why I didn't suggest them.
Not IEM's, just the foam tips, hardly even noticeable. The idea of noise cancelling phones is a good one, although doomed for failure. They don't "cancel" enough noise to begin with without music on, and what happens when you turn on one side or god forbid- roll over. Potentially you could damage them or break them altogether. Multiply that x 10 if they are Bose. I understand your comments weren't directly addressed to me, but telling someone to "shut it" is downright obnoxious. There's no call for rudeness here.
post #9 of 19
bose QC2s are only good with cancelling low frequency noise, plus they'll be guaranteed to break if you sleep with them on. I suggest either earplugs, or burying your head under the pillow.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by The_Duke_Of_Eli
This subject has been discussed to many lengths in other threads. The final line is that listening to music while sleeping can cause hearing loss due to prolonged exposure.
don't forget the guy who almost slept thru a fire cause his IEMs were in
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by The_Duke_Of_Eli
This subject has been discussed to many lengths in other threads. The final line is that listening to music while sleeping can cause hearing loss due to prolonged exposure.

i usually fall asleep to a playlist of 2-3hrs length playing out of my speaker system where the volume is really low and its barely audible, do you think this will hurt my hearing?
post #12 of 19
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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,
MJB

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.
post #13 of 19
Hmm, why not the Sennheiser HD280?
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by lostbobby
don't forget the guy who almost slept thru a fire cause his IEMs were in
I don't think those were IEMs.
post #15 of 19
ety already have some products for those kind of use you might want to check it out:High fidelity hearing protection and Musicians earplug
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