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Old 11-23-2020, 12:14 AM
 
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I've seen headphones being advertised as "noise canceling". Do they really cancel noise outside of what is being listened to with the earphones on? How well do they work? Well? Or is it mostly hype that isn't much different from regular headphones?
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Old 11-23-2020, 12:52 AM
 
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No Hype. The good ones work really well, but few are good. For the longest time, Bose was the only manufacturer worth looking at but that's now changed.

Noise Cancelling headphones do not attempt to achieve to be the best sounding headphones on the market. They attempt to sound great in noisy situations. There's two types of noise cancelling: Active and Passive. Passive noise cancelling attempts to isolate your ears from outside sound by blocking sound from getting to your ear (no real "cancelling" going one). Active noise cancelling generates sound frequencies to cancel out ambient sound... thus removing/cancelling the sound wave. THis is effective for consistent ambient noise (airplane, trains, wind, ocean/rivers, appliances, etc.). They don't work well on sounds with varying levels and frequencies (voice, sirens, music, etc.). The only headphones worth looking at use a combination of both techniques.

In terms of affordable consumer-grade noise cancelling headphones, I suggest you sample the following:

Bose: QC20, QC25, WC 30, QC35, 700 (all great)
Sony: ‎WH-1000XM3, ‎WH-1000XM4 (great)
Apple: AirPod Pro 1, AirPod Pro 2 (decent)
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Old 11-23-2020, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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I've used Bose QC over the ear models for years and they are really good. Perfect for phone calls, masking conversations in the office, mowing the yard, and especially for air travel.
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Old 11-23-2020, 08:32 AM
 
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Because the headphones have to sense a noise in order to respond to it by providing an opposite signal, they work best on consistent background noise (engine noise of an airplane), and less well on intermittent short duration noise (the kid screaming in the seat behind you on the airplane). That said, I would hate to fly without them, and I use them a great deal in open office situations.
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Old 11-23-2020, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Even the cheap ones provide some decent canceling. Certainly the more you pay, like most things, the better they get.
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Old 11-23-2020, 08:34 AM
 
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They work. It's that simple.
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Old 11-23-2020, 09:31 AM
 
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Yup works.

I had Bose ones many years ago and I was thoroughly impressed. Since, I've had Beats and now Skull Candy. All three sounded great.
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Old 11-23-2020, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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Right now my headphones are Sony MDR-7506. They're cruddy but the electronics are fine. I'll probably look into sending them in for refurbishing.
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Old 11-24-2020, 12:42 AM
 
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Right now my headphones are Sony MDR-7506. They're cruddy but the electronics are fine. I'll probably look into sending them in for refurbishing.
The Sony MDR-7506 are great headphones... and a great choice for music when you don't need noise cancelling.
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Right now my headphones are Sony MDR-7506. They're cruddy but the electronics are fine. I'll probably look into sending them in for refurbishing.
Glad we could help?!?

I'm not so sure Sony offers a "refurbishing service".
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