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I wear Active Noise Cancelling headphones (ATH-ANC7b) almost 16 hours a day. I ride public transit bus and live in an apartment that is noisy (radiator heater, fridge, and neighbor noises). I work from my apartment as well. Sometimes I like to listen to music/podcasts while working and sometimes I like to not listen to music to concentrate with ANC on. I constantly switch between my iPod nano and my computer's audio via a cord. Sometimes I like to walk around my house while connected to my computer via an extension audio cord. I'm getting annoyed by how frequently I pull the headphone jack out of my headphones by accident. It happens about 3 times a day. I basically see the ANC as a must compared to closed-headphones alone.

I started looking into bluetooth ANC headphones but there are only a few pairs that don't have poor quality audio. The $400 Parrot Zik bluetooth ANC headphones seem like a good choice but they don't connect to computers well at all via bluetooth. Even if they did connect to a PC via bluetooth, i switch from iPod to PC audio so much that I imagine all the bluetooth syncing would be more annoying than unplugging and plugging a cord. I'm thinking about getting the Quietcomfort 15's but I just know I'll be constantly yanking that cord out. It kind of seems like I'm asking for more than is available on the current market; wireless, good sound, ANC, easily switchable from portable audio player to PC. Any suggestions/recommendations?

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I don't have problems with bluetooth and my laptop most of the time, once in a while the laptop will fail to connect. Why do you switch away from the IPod? What advantage does your PC offer?

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The Parrot Zik cannot sync with multiple devices so you're forced to de-sync your phone and then sync to your PC every time. The microphone in the Zik will not work with windows when connected via bluetooth and lots of bluetooth dongles will not work with the Zik. This is all software related. I don't think that's worth $400. The bluetooth problems I'm talking about are only related to the Zik aside from the steps it would take to sync to your computer and back to your phone. Don't you have to go into your device manager (using multiple clicks) just to sync your headphones to your PC (when the headphones are synced to a portable music player)?

I mainly use my iPod for music and podcasts, and I use my PC audio for in-game audio and Youtube videos.

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The Parrot Zik cannot sync with multiple devices so you're forced to de-sync your phone and then sync to your PC every time. The microphone in the Zik will not work with windows when connected via bluetooth and lots of bluetooth dongles will not work with the Zik. This is all software related. I don't think that's worth $400. The bluetooth problems I'm talking about are only related to the Zik aside from the steps it would take to sync to your computer and back to your phone. Don't you have to go into your device manager (using multiple clicks) just to sync your headphones to your PC (when the headphones are synced to a portable music player)?

I mainly use my iPod for music and podcasts, and I use my PC audio for in-game audio and Youtube videos.

I use Bose AE2w, they are wireless but without ANC, so wouldn't suit you, but they automatically reconnect to my laptop when in range (well 9 time out of 10) even if connected to a phone. Not at all familiar with Zik. I think the technology hasn't caught up with your demands though...

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Yeah, I've definitely looked into those. Maybe I should just get the AE2w's and forget about the ANC (maybe use ear plugs). I'm not a fan of the on-board battery but it looks like I'm out of options.

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