Hi, I'm new to the forum. Sorry if I haven't my homework, I haven't read many of the threads, I'm very very tired and should be in bed.
I have an ipod, and rather long commute on a rather loud Skytrain + bus (Vancouver, BC). I need some serious noise reduction. The noise pollution is terrible. Low rumble and tumble train noises, but also high pitched screeches and chimes and PA recordings.
I'm not rich but am willing to pay extra if necessary. I tried the the Bose QC15 in their store. It seemed like magic to me. I've read many reviews talking about audio quality. Personally I don't care. I currently use 20$ Sony buds. Anything over ear sounds really good to me.
So how much of that QC15 magic is due to the active canceling, and how much of it is due to simply having quality padding, over ear cans? I didn't compare with Bose Around Ear model while I was there. Probably should have.
Which ones are the best passive ones for commuting in the city? Say under 200$. And how much more noise would I be hearing when compared to the Bose?
Koss seem to have some nice ones. What's the deal with Direct Sound EX-29? Or Audio Technica ATH-A700?
I went to the Sony store. A sleazy salesman turned me off that store. Won't be going there again.
It would be nice if they were tough and durable. And it would be nice if I could walk with them, without hearing the hinges squeak or any such noise.
Any help is greatly appreciated.