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Old 05-04-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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Anyone found a really good headphone or earplug that works the best to drown out the awful roar of the airplane?

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Old 05-04-2012, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Aside from sitting in 1st class....headphones are your best bet! Don't know of a brand, as I don't like headphones. Try to sit in front of the engines, when possible....or all the way in the back...the noise isn't so bothersome there.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:40 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Noise-cancelling headphones.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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Noise-cancelling headphones.
I believe Bose noise-cancelling headphones are good.
http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/...t_15/index.jsp
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Somewhere Out West
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Bose better technology through marketing. They are no better than many at half the price.

Personally I use Shure noise isolating ear buds. They block out the engine noise while still allowing me to hear voices. Got mine on sale for about $30.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:28 PM
 
Location: SW France
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What product is most effective is quieting airplane noise?

Alcohol?
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Bose better technology through marketing. They are no better than many at half the price.

Personally I use Shure noise isolating ear buds. They block out the engine noise while still allowing me to hear voices. Got mine on sale for about $30.
They might compare to Bose's "noise isolating ear buds" at a slightly better price, but neither compares to the Bose "noise canceling" headphones.

If you really want to eliminate the noise, go with noise canceling headphones They're bulky, but they'll do the job like nothing else will.
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:54 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville/Afghanistan
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Bowers and Wilkins C5 headphones are noise cancelling without being as ugly or bulky or needing batteries like the Bose headphones. And they're the same price.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:59 PM
 
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They might compare to Bose's "noise isolating ear buds" at a slightly better price, but neither compares to the Bose "noise canceling" headphones.
There are other noise cancelling headphones that are available for a lot less than Bose and just as good, if not better. The only thing Bose does better is marketing.
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:41 PM
 
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Two different kinds of noise, low freq (props) and high freq (jets). Two different kinds of noise reduction (NR), passive noise reduction or PNR and active noise deduction (ANR).

PNR = great for high freq noise on jets - get earplugs
ANR = great for low freq noise on props - get battery powered headphones

Noise reduction comes in the form of db ratings for certain freq ranges. The higher the number the better the reduction. A NRR of 20 = 20 db of noise reduction.

A great and cheap solution of PNR on jets is earplugs, here is a good set of 20 for $6:
Amazon.com: Howard Leight MAX-1 Foam Ear plugs Uncorded NRR33 (20 Pair): Home Improvement

As far as ANR goes, you'll have to compare the NRR in db reduction and freq ranges between headphones. Bose does make a good set, but they are expensive. I own a commercial use version of the Bose headphones and while they are good, I got them for a song ($400 slightly used) which was why I bought them, but on jets you really don't need any sort of ANR. Earplugs are better and MUCH cheaper and do a better job reducing the noise. On props it's a different story, PNR is almost useless.
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