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What headphones/IEMs do you use to travel on trains/planes?

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What headphones or IEMs do you use when you go for a long or short flight or just the train ride? Im going on vacation soon, its a 6hr flight. I need some ideas from all the audiophiles who travelwink_face.gif

post #2 of 24

I use a pair of JH Audio 10 x3 Pro IEM for travel.  They are very comfortable, seal extremely well, and sound amazing.  I tried my pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50s a while back and the masking effect was just too much on planes.  I had to turn the volumes up to scary and ear damaging levels to even hear the music.  Even my pair of Brainwavz M2 with Comply T-400 foams tips performs pretty well on noise flights.


Edited by NA Blur - 12/12/12 at 3:26pm
post #3 of 24

My Westone 3s are in my ears every time I fly (and I'm on at least 4 different flights a week...)  Before that it was Westone 2s and also Shure 215s.  They all have done amazing jobs of isolation.

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Originally Posted by Codefox View Post

My Westone 3s are in my ears every time I fly (and I'm on at least 4 different flights a week...)  Before that it was Westone 2s and also Shure 215s.  They all have done amazing jobs of isolation.


All of these are a excellent for their price.

 

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post #5 of 24

ER4. 

post #6 of 24

I used my Fitear TG334 on the daily basis. Usually with stock silicon tip but for longer flight, I would change to comply foam tip for better comfort and isolation.

post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for the replies

 

 

I was thinking about getting the shure 215s however i have heard mixed reviews on them.. claiming the noise isolation is not that great on the plane.

post #8 of 24

I'm a regular long-haul flyer.  I have a number of discount <$50 IEMs that I've brought with me, but I always compare them with my HF5.  Nothing so far can beat the HF5 w/ tri-flange for isolation on planes and trains.  However, they are quite flat in the bass, so the planes/trains can still drown out the lower bass in these.  I'd like to have something with as good isolation but a bit of a boost in the bass so I don't have to resort to a separate amp in order to get some bass boost in the movies I'm watching.  But for now I live with it because not having to listen to the noise and other people on the plane is worth it.

 

I also have XBA-3s, but haven't tried them on a plane yet, though it's pretty obvious even at home that the isolation is not going to be as good as the Etys.

post #9 of 24

Shure SE-425s. I moved to these from HF5s, they add extension and weight at both frequency extremes without compromising the midrange too much. I use the Shure olives, but I suppose you could fit the Ety flanges.

post #10 of 24

It's changed over the years, but the last 4-6 months I've been using Klipsch X10's on the train. The very noisy Metro-North train between the Connecticut shoreline and New York's Grand Central Terminal is all but nullified thtnks to the great isolation of the X10's. Besides great isolation, the comfort is great, ease of use is great, portability is great, and the sound is fantastic. For the train, they're an excellent choice.


Edited by FlatNine - 12/14/12 at 10:22am
post #11 of 24

You should just find an IEM that sound the best to you because pretty much all will have good isolation and as long as they're comfortable then your good to go.  If the $100 price point is what your looking at the Mee A161p, Sony XBA-1, Think Sound MS01 and one that's a little over $1000 at $120 the R-50 are all good choices and have good isolation.  With a good set of triple flange tips the R-50 has really good isolation and sound very good, they would be the best choice imo.

post #12 of 24

HF5 until I sold them. Now, I use 1964Ears Quad customs. Great long-term comfort and enough bass to overcome the ambient low frequency noise.

post #13 of 24

If you need Comply premium earphone tips, send me a pm and I'll hook you up with a discount code.

post #14 of 24

For air travel and public transport, you'll get the best isolation and comfort from silicone earpieces. I use my Sensaphonics 2X-S. I wear them on planes even when not listening to music, just to cut down the oppressive noise level. Great for long flights!

 

Another useful solution is a Shure SE Series fitted with a custom silicone sleeve. Sensaphonics offers a package deal bundling either the SE425 or SE535 with a sleeve.


Edited by JackKontney - 12/14/12 at 5:20pm
post #15 of 24

I fly on 13+ hour flights multiple times a year and without a doubt my favorite IEM to use is the SE215. It isolates extremely well (though nothing isolates better than any Ety's) so can be listened to at reasonable (non-damaging) volumes and produce sound which, to my ears, is very forgiving in terms of fatigue from sibilance, etc. I don't have any other IEMs which do these things quite as well as the Shures. I do switch back and forth between them and my Panasonic HJE900s and Heir 3.Ai when I want a different sound or my ears just need something different inside of them. I can only use them for so long before I need to go back to the Shures though.
 

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