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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I did a search, but none of the info. I found helped me out all that much.

I know that active noise-cancelling headphones are frowned upon here, but I figured I would take a chance in hopes that someone could actually provide me with some helpful information. Yes, I know that the sound quality of noise cancelling headphones is sub-par. I am looking for advice/suggestions only from people who have actually owned or extensively used the headphones that they will be suggesting.

I am looking for a pair of active noise cancelling headphones. The headphones I am looking for need to meet the following requirements:

1) Need to be circumaural and comfortable.
2) The Sound Quality only needs to be good enough for TV watching.
3) Need to cost $75 or less (the lower the cost, the better).
4) Need to provide ample isolation from outside noise (lets say 50% or better).

I know this is a long shot, since I doubt there are many Head-Fiers that have extensive experience with various models of active noise cancelling headphones. Any help would be appreciated. These will be a Christmas gift for my wife (who honestly wouldn't be super concerned about audiophile sound quality). She will only use them on Friday nights to watch TV and block out the noise of me and my drunken friends as we blast the music/play guitar hero very loudly.

As long as they effectively block out the noise, and sound decent enough to watch TV and are circumaural and comfortable, that's all I am concerned with.

Thanks!
post #2 of 15
Have you though about wireless? If yes, try this

http://www.akg.com/products/powersla...uage,ENUS.html

Dont think that they much more than your budget


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Originally Posted by lmilhan
I did a search, but none of the info. I found helped me out all that much.

I know that active noise-cancelling headphones are frowned upon here, but I figured I would take a chance in hopes that someone could actually provide me with some helpful information. Yes, I know that the sound quality of noise cancelling headphones is sub-par. I am looking for advice/suggestions only from people who have actually owned or extensively used the headphones that they will be suggesting.

I am looking for a pair of active noise cancelling headphones. The headphones I am looking for need to meet the following requirements:

1) Need to be circumaural and comfortable.
2) The Sound Quality only needs to be good enough for TV watching.
3) Need to cost $75 or less (the lower the cost, the better).
4) Need to provide ample isolation from outside noise (lets say 50% or better).

I know this is a long shot, since I doubt there are many Head-Fiers that have extensive experience with various models of active noise cancelling headphones. Any help would be appreciated. These will be a Christmas gift for my wife (who honestly wouldn't be super concerned about audiophile sound quality). She will only use them on Friday nights to watch TV and block out the noise of me and my drunken friends as we blast the music/play guitar hero very loudly.

As long as they effectively block out the noise, and sound decent enough to watch TV and are circumaural and comfortable, that's all I am concerned with.

Thanks!
post #3 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by lmilhan
She will only use them on Friday nights to watch TV and block out the noise of me and my drunken friends as we blast the music/play guitar hero very loudly.
I am no expert, but I think noise canceling circuitry will struggle with this type of fluctuating noise. Very different from say the sound of an aircraft engine.

Solutions?
IEMs, Sound Proofing......

....or maybe, a little less alcohol and a little more consideration for your wife! (joking)
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lipidicman
I am no expert, but I think noise canceling circuitry will struggle with this type of fluctuating noise. Very different from say the sound of an aircraft engine.

Solutions?
IEMs, Sound Proofing......

....or maybe, a little less alcohol and a little more consideration for your wife! (joking)
LOL

Actually, I have learned that Marriage is all about compromises. I still want to have fun with my buddies on Friday night, but I don't want to disturb my wife, so the headphones seemed like a good idea/compromise to keep everyone involved happy.

On Friday nights, the wife hides in the computer room (which is a few rooms away) to watch TV. The sound that gets into the room is mainly the lower frequencies. I am pretty confident that active noise cancelling phones will do the trick. I hate to say it, but the dreaded Bose QC phones would probably work a charm for this application, but no way in hell will I pay that much for the Bose phones.

IEMs are out, my wife would fall into the category of 'hates things cramed in her ears'. As such, I would like to stick with comfy circumaural phones.

I found a competitor to the Bose phones that may just do the trick (at a much more reasonable price):

See here for those interested.

For the other fella, the answer is "no. I am not opposed to cordless headphones", but the AKG you suggested are not active noise cancelling phones. They look decent, but since they appear to be semi-open, I doubt they would do the trick for my application/requirements.

Thanks so far for the suggestions.
post #5 of 15
Yeah, I aggree.....looks like you need to look for headphones that are isolating, not noise cancelling. IEMs or closed phones.

I have Sennheiser PCX250s that I use for plane travel. I think they're great for traveling with....but they're not really for TV watching. Noise cancelling only works with low level humming noises like jet engines.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lipidicman
I am no expert, but I think noise canceling circuitry will struggle with this type of fluctuating noise. Very different from say the sound of an aircraft engine.

Solutions?
IEMs, Sound Proofing......

....or maybe, a little less alcohol and a little more consideration for your wife! (joking)
post #6 of 15
If sound quality isnt that big a deal, I hear that the Creative Full size noise cancelling headphones are pretty good. They are supposed to be extremely comfy (which in my opinion is very important when it comes to noise cancelling headphones), and their noise cancelling is also quite good. Since its only for TV watching SQ should prolly be more than enuf.

And the best part, its 70bucks.

Heres the link

http://www.creative.com/products/pro...&product=11392

NP:Black Dragon - Rhapsody
post #7 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by lmilhan
The sound that gets into the room is mainly the lower frequencies. I am pretty confident that active noise cancelling phones will do the trick.
Maybe. On the other hand would simple closed back circumaurals (ie passive attenuation) do the job. I am sure others can suggest something here
post #8 of 15
x2 again! Especially if these phones are mainly to mask out drunken mayhem on a Friday night, noise cancelling wouldn't be nearly as effective as an isolating earphone. IEMs would probably have the best isolation.

I can say my noise cancelling Sennheisers don't mask out anything but ambient noises in an airport. I can still hear anouncements, jetways, those ocassional mechanical sirens with noise cancelling on.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lipidicman
Maybe. On the other hand would simple closed back circumaurals (ie passive attenuation) do the job. I am sure others can suggest something here
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hmm ok then, I am not opposed to trying passive closed phones. So what passive closed phones isolate the most DBs, are circumaural, and comfortable?

I had a pair of DT-250-80s and they were comfy, circumaural, but didn't quite attenuate enough outside noise IMHO...

AKG K81DJs are out, because my wife tried them on and couldn't stand the clamping force/supra aural feeling for more than 5 minutes.

So I suppose for a pair of passive closed phones, the most important attributes for my application would be the following (in order of importance):

1) Attenuate outside noise very effectively.
2) Circumaural and very comfy.
3) Easy to drive, say from a headphone out jack of the TV.
4) Good enough sound quality for TV.
5) Under $75, the cheaper the better.
6) Bonus points for a long cord.


Thanks for the help so far.

I suppose I will fire off an email to Headroom with my requirements, and see what they suggest as well.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Double post *shakes fist in the air*
post #11 of 15
Well these Koss always seem to get good marks for SQ and isolation......and if your wife is alone, it may be OK in the design department (OK, they're not stylin...but she doesn't need to impress anyone). So hopefully that might, just might, pass the wife test.

http://www.amazon.com/Koss-Pro4AAT-T...&s=electronics

really old school!
http://www.amazon.com/Koss-Pro-4AA-S...&s=electronics

cheap on the budget! Though some of the reviews seem to indicate they don't really isolate
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...344780-3634517
post #12 of 15
I guess I'm the only person here who finds the HD280s comfortable?
post #13 of 15
aren't they supra-aural?

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Originally Posted by Radagast
I guess I'm the only person here who finds the HD280s comfortable?
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Davesrose
aren't they supra-aural?
They don't actually rest on your ears like Clipons, so I guess their more "Circumaural Noise Cancelling Headphones", if there is such a thing.
post #15 of 15
Well I know those big honking old time Koss can go around anyone's ears! They're tanks, so they don't let any sound in. Haven't listened to the HD280s, but I hear they're similar to the Sony MDR-V6.....so SQ is probably better. Though for TV, maybe you want the Koss bass heavy sound signature!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Radagast
They don't actually rest on your ears like Clipons, so I guess their more "Circumaural Noise Cancelling Headphones", if there is such a thing.
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