Hello this is my first post on this fine forum and I hope I post in the right sub-forum. (if not, mods, please feel free to move it where it belongs)
Here is my problem : babies crying in buses, the mechanical noises of the subway, traffic etc. are forbidden-by-Geneva-conventions tortures to me. Put me in a room full of crowded conversation noise for more than two hours and I lose all tolerance for other human beings. Whenever possible I go “smoke some silence” i.e. joining the smokers outside to enjoy a few moments away from all that noise.
Also multiple noises are diverting my attention span and concentration ability away from what I’m working on.
So my quest for a music-filled concentration booster.
Here is what I’ve tried so far :
- a few years ago an in-ear, noise canceling Philips earbud (don’t remember the exact model). I loved the noise-cancelling effect but the battery was attached to the cable. The weight of the battery made its presence felt at every step : not really comfortable.
- Right now : Bose MIE2. They are not noise-cancelling, only passive earbuds. I find them comfortable and love the way they sound. If only they could erase *all* outside noise.
- What I’ve been looking at : the debate on active noise-cancelling (Bose Quiet Comfort, Sennheiser PXC 450, etc.) vs the around-ear, not noise-cancelling headphone. Frankly, I’m lost.
Here are a few questions :
How much dB does noise-cancelling systems erase from the outside world ? How much dB can be erased from the outside world by a passive, conventional, around-ear headphone ?
Money : a 4 figures price (in euro) like the very high-end headphones would be too much for my budget. Price range of the Quiet Comfort range (350 euros) or less would be ideal.
Thanks in advance.