First of all, have you ever noticed that FTW is WTF backwards? Yeah...just thought I'd point that out. I also thought I'd point out that none other than Tyll Hertsens has admitted that the Bose Quietcomfort 15 are among the best in the category of noise canceling headphones, and that the and the Beats Studio headphones didn't actually sound that bad within this category of headphones either. For those who haven't yet seen the video, here's the link (it's at the bottom of the page):
I mention this only because most of us headfiers (myself included) tend to be dismissive of these two brands. But when you come down to it, we largely dismiss these brands because we dismiss the whole notion of the noise-cancelling headphone as little more that a bad-sounding gimmick to begin with. But for frequent commuters who don 't like IEMs, these really are often the best alternatives, and I don't believe we should judge people that harshly for thinking that "the Bose sound good." After all, Tetsuro Oishi had a hand in designing the Quietcomfort 15, and I must say, he did a damned fine job. Anyway, I was curious as to other people's impressions of noise-cancelation technology. Personally, I've never been a huge fan, but then, I don't like IEMs either, so I guess I have to settle for good sound but sub-par isolation with my regular closed-back headphones.
Edited by Mishalex - 6/22/12 at 7:02pm