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Best IEM/cans for noise-cancellation/isolation [Not for listening to audio!] [$500]

post #1 of 12
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I am looking for something to provide absolute silence in any type of loud environment (cafes, parties, trains, etc.) and will not be using this to listen to any type of audio. With a budget of about $500, what can I get that will provide this silence in very noisy proximities?

post #2 of 12

I've heard good things about the sound of AKG's NC models (K490, K495).

 

I'd start here: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-noise-canceling.

post #3 of 12

No headphones block out sound perfectly when no music is being played. Go get those things that the dudes cutting the grass wear. They probably cost like $50 too.


Edited by halfinfinity - 3/7/14 at 1:32pm
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I've heard good things about the sound of AKG's NC models (K490, K495).

 

I'd start here: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-noise-canceling.

 

Yea, but do they block out noise when not listening to music?

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Yea, but do they block out noise when not listening to music?

 

I don't know; probably less than Bose. Howard Leight Sync Sync Stereo Earmuff will, but don't expect good build quality.

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I don't know; probably less than Bose. Howard Leight Sync Sync Stereo Earmuff will, but don't expect good build quality.

 

If I'm not mistaken the Bose have active noise canceling which can be turned on and off. Without music I think it would be just some form of buzzing if it would turn on at all.

 

Those things are enormous. 

 

BTW, why don't you wan't to listen to music again?

post #7 of 12
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No headphones block out sound perfectly when no music is being played. Go get those things that the dudes cutting the grass wear. They probably cost like $50 too.

Do you happen to know what they are called?

 

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If I'm not mistaken the Bose have active noise canceling which can be turned on and off. Without music I think it would be just some form of buzzing if it would turn on at all.

 

Those things are enormous. 

 

BTW, why don't you wan't to listen to music again?

Because I prefer silence to music.

post #8 of 12

If you just want to block out noise, get the over ear NC models for used for target practice with the highest dB rating.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

But I don't know which brands are reliable (in terms of construction quality and product longevity). If not headphones, is there a place similar to HeadFi where can I obtain more information about products like these that are not headphones?

post #10 of 12

I bought a pair some years back when I was flying more often from http://www.proears.com/.

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I bought a pair some years back when I was flying more often from http://www.proears.com/.

I'm reading a ton of reviews on the site as well as on Amazon about the headbands for many of their products breaking after a short while

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I'm reading a ton of reviews on the site as well as on Amazon about the headbands for many of their products breaking after a short while

I bought it a while ago (2008). Maybe they stopped caring about quality since then. In that case, don't bother.
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