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Recommendation for budget noise-cancellation headphone?

post #1 of 4
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Hi everyone,

 

I'd really appreciate some help helping me pick out a cheap noise-cancellation headphone. I have a budget of about $100, can go up to $150 if needed. My main use of the headphone would be studying in the library or coffee shops. Noise cancellation and comfort are two of the most important aspects for me since I'll probably wear it for hours during finals :(. I'm okay with sacrificing sound quality. I now have my eyes on these three products:

 

JVC HANC250 http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HANC250-Noise-Cancelling-Headphones/dp/B000U07C1U

Solitude XCS http://www.amazon.com/Solitude-Active-Canceling-Amplifier-Headphones/dp/B00915OV1E/ref=pd_cp_e_2

or Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-ANC7B-QuietPoint-Noise-Cancelling-Closed-Back/dp/B002HWJT1A/ref=pd_cp_e_0

 

I really don't know much about headphones, so I'd appreciate any help >"<

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 4

I have never tried any of those noise-cancelling headphones but I have tried the Bose QC15's and one of the Beats with noise-cancellation.. The thing about noise-cancelling headphones is that they don't completely get rid of all noise. You will still hear some outside noise and a buzz or high frequency sound that's often associated with NC headphones. 

I would suggest noise isolating over cancelling headphones. Noise isolating just means it blocks noise well instead of cancelling it with inverse waves. I would also suggest in-ear monitors because they usually are more comfortable for long periods of time and provide great noise isolation if you have correct tips on. Foam tips work really well but silicone tips can work just as well. 

The're many IEM's (Shures, Westones, etc) within your price range that sound great and isolate noise. 

post #3 of 4
Noise cancelling headphones are mostly effective for reducing engine rumble noise when travelling, such as when flying. The ones I have tried actually seemed to amplify nearby voices, due to the reduction of plane engine noise. As noted above, a good sealed headphone or in ear monitor many times are more effective overall. The Shure SE 215 fits well in your budget and blocks out a lot of sound. If you prefer a headphone, the Logitech UE6000 can be found for under $100. It has noise cancelling, but I never turn it on, since it passively blocks quite a bit of outside noise.
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Good fitting IEMs will work better than noise-canceling headphones for your application. If you want a cheap way to test that, try the Mee M6:
http://www.amazon.com/MEElectronics-Sport-Fi-Noise-Isolating-In-Ear-Headphones/dp/B0038W0K2U

If that seems promising, then try them with some Comply foam tips.
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