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Best set-up using noise canceling?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi HFi,

What are my options for a decent set up that incorporates noise cancelling headphones!

At the moment I run a basic iPad mini and bose qci20's or something. Just downloaded "canopener" app and still very unserwhelmed with my bose head phones!

My budget is variable and would happily move to a iPod + iMod arrangement but I spend a lot of time on a plane or transport so noise cancelling or maybe moulded would be good and obviously it needs to be a self powered solution and reliativley slick !

My music taste is everything - from big band to swing to dubstep to grime etc and my collection varys from MP3's - 320kbps - full FLAC/ALAC.

What would you experts recommend ?
post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 
I presume by the lack of reply's that my fears where correct in the fact that noise canceling headphones and head-fi SQ don't go together.....
post #3 of 8

What don't you like about the qc20s?

what exactly are you looking for?

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi Zune,
Not sure really! The bass is the most underwhelming thing! I've had better results from the in ear apple ones but the highs are harsh, mid range is disappointing etc. I put it down to the iPad being crap but then spent hours on apps last nite fiddling and still nothing I'm happy with. I'm wondering do they need a break in period ? There maybe 100 hours old?

Also, There's a part of me that just wants to buy toys I think smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by bigwilly1 View Post

Hi Zune,
Not sure really! The bass is the most underwhelming thing! I've had better results from the in ear apple ones but the highs are harsh, mid range is disappointing etc. I put it down to the iPad being crap but then spent hours on apps last nite fiddling and still nothing I'm happy with. I'm wondering do they need a break in period ? There maybe 100 hours old?

Also, There's a part of me that just wants to buy toys I think smily_headphones1.gif

Does it improve at all with eq? If not, it is probably because the tips aren't sealing right

post #6 of 8

In a way you're right - for active noise cancellation, you won't find anything better than Bose - I've tried lots of them and the QC 20 is the best by far. I found the sound "pretty decent" but you really buy these things for noise cancellation, not superlative sound. For comfort, air travel and high noise environments, I'd stick with Bose. If you want the best sound - you need to go more to isolating iem's not active noise cancellation. There are lots of choices for good isolation from different manufacturers such as Shure, etc. - just search the on the site for "isolating" but isolation in iem's also depends on the tips you use and the seal you obtain.  You will probably never achieve the comfort level of the QC20's without going to Custom IEM's

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by hockey_magnet View Post

In a way you're right - for active noise cancellation, you won't find anything better than Bose - I've tried lots of them and the QC 20 is the best by far. I found the sound "pretty decent" but you really buy these things for noise cancellation, not superlative sound.

+1

And if you don't listen in a particularly noisy environment, good over ear headphones with decent isolation may provide all you need.

Are you sure you need active noise cancelling? Or just some isolation from what's going on around you?
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
It's mainly on planes if the only time I need the ANC and that's a small percentage of my listening i suppose so I could keep them only for travel. And zune thanks for the idea about the tips - will experiment later!

How much does custom tips block out sound?
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