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I need noise cancelling earphones.

Any suggestions?
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 9th, 2004 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
no, there's a meeting at the conference table outside my cubicle. It's loud.

And bad singing wouldn't bother anyone here. My boss makes sure to have random acts of bad singing often. :)

Anyway, it's just that I work better when I don't have the distractions.
calypso72 From: calypso72 Date: December 9th, 2004 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Bose actually makes exactly that - just headphones not connected to anything but which apparently block out all sound (like what the guys who work on the tarmac at airports wear so they don't go deaf).
cellio From: cellio Date: December 9th, 2004 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if they were those ones or something similar, but I knew someone once who used those to work and he raved about how much more effective he was. He did make a point of turning his desk to face the door, though. :-)

(I believe he called a shooting range to get a pointer. This was back in the wild days of the net, a decade or more before the web. :-) )
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 10th, 2004 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Um... why did he turn his desk to face the door?
cellio From: cellio Date: December 10th, 2004 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Because before he did, people would come in to see him and end up having to tap him on the shoulder or wave their hands in front of him to get his attention. It's easier to avoid being startled if you have a visual clue to replace the auditory one you're filtering out.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: December 9th, 2004 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I tested these headphones out in the Bose store and they worked really well.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 10th, 2004 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 10th, 2004 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to be able to also connect them to a music making device. Ones that just cancel ambient noise don't work for me, because the white noise it creates really annoys me. I'm one of the only people that I know that doesn't sleep well if there's "white" noise (like a fan running).

Thanks for the article. I appreciate it.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: December 9th, 2004 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bose make some that you can use to listen to whatever you listen to with headphones. I got an ad in an amazon order the other day.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 10th, 2004 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
faboo. I'll take a look.
drmellow From: drmellow Date: December 9th, 2004 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got a pair of Sony ones for Christmas last year. I absolutely *love* them. I use them at work almost every day. Sometimes, just by themselves, and sometimes playing music. I highly recommend them.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 10th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
whoo hoo! I'll check them out.
From: bodnej Date: December 10th, 2004 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't cheap out. The problem with noise-cancelling headphones is that the cheap ones hiss. For the way I use my Aiwas, the hiss isn't a problem, because I use them while mowing the lawn. They block just enough noise to allow me to hear music or the radio over the roar of the mower.

Also note that noise-cancelling works best on low frequencies. Human voices aren't going to be blocked electronically. What you need for higher-pitched sounds are headphones that seal around your ears and physically block outside sound. If you can stand it, in-ear headphones like Shure's might be the solution.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 10th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks for the info. I'm not so worried about people's voices, though it would be nice if I could muffle them a little. but there's a lot of just general chatter and background noise (and occasionally people playing music in their cubicles) that I would like to get down to a dull roar. Between the noise cancelling and a little of my own music, I think I'd be okay.

This may mean also getting an iPod! Heh heh. Don't let Seth know my devious plan for getting new toys!
gwiii From: gwiii Date: December 11th, 2004 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Shotguns work well as noise canceler....
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