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Looking for Inexpensive Headphones for Traveling

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hello everyone!

 

I am going to doing some air travel this spring and summer and I am in the market for a set of new headphones or earbuds that I can use while I am on the plane.

 

I have a cheap Sandisk Sansa MP3 player and in the past I used the ear buds that came with it. Needless to say, they didn't cut it while I was flying. I had to turn the volume WAY up to barely hear the music and ended up ditching the idea of music while on the plane.

 

I currently have a pair of Sennheiser gaming headsets that looks similar to the PC 151 and they are a good fit and sound fine. I have a rather large head so finding a pair of headphones that don't squeeze my head very tightly is top priority on my list. I prefer a set of on or over the ear cans instead of earbuds, but if earbuds offer better bang for the buck I am all ears. rolleyes.gif

 

I would like to keep the cost under $50 because these are not going to be used that often. I listen mostly to rock and appreciate a balanced sound but I am not going for something capable of critical listening. I just want to be able to hear it over the engines.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 9

Sony makes a few inexpensive noise cancelling phones. Here's a pair of Factory refurbs on eCost for $24.00 Something like this would be your best Bang-for-the-buck.

 

http://www.ecost.com/prod/Electronics/Headphones/Stereo/Sony+Noise-Canceling+Dynamic+Stereo+Headphones+-+MDRNC40/41807071.aspx?navid=155442295 

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. I will put those on my list. I read in a few reviews that some people experience fatigue or nausea when listening to noise canceling headphones. Does anyone have any experience with that? Should I be concerned?

 

How about something like the Sennheiser HD201 or maybe some earbuds?

post #4 of 9

Earbuds have poor isolation.  Do you mean in-ear monitors?

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

No, I was talking about earbuds. I thought that maybe there were some that might work for airplane use. I guess I'll give the Sonys a try!

 

post #6 of 9

Those aren't buds either. I don't believe anyone makes a anc bud.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys. I'll give the Sonys a shot. It doesn't seem like anything else can compete for the price right now.

 


Edited by Matt193 - 4/5/11 at 3:51pm
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Originally Posted by Matt193 View Post

Thanks for the reply. I will put those on my list. I read in a few reviews that some people experience fatigue or nausea when listening to noise canceling headphones. Does anyone have any experience with that? Should I be concerned?

 

How about something like the Sennheiser HD201 or maybe some earbuds?


When I fly I use a Bose QC-2, I've never felt fatigued or ill.
 

 

post #9 of 9
If you don't mind IEM's, I highly recommend the SoundMagic PL50. That's what I use when I fly in combination with my Sansa Clip+. They fit in ear like an ear plug and passively block out most airplane noise. They are very comfortable and easy to fall asleep with.
Edited by os2k - 4/7/11 at 6:22pm
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