Best brand of noise canceling head/ear phones

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Alright...I NEED to get some, I cant stand my dorm/library/local coffee joints when there are people talking around me and im trying to study.

What are some good brands? I am leaning towards some earbuds but im not sure which ones are good.

Thanks
 

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Alright...I NEED to get some, I cant stand my dorm/library/local coffee joints when there are people talking around me and im trying to study.

What are some good brands? I am leaning towards some earbuds but im not sure which ones are good.

Thanks

If you plan to play music, earbuds can do more damage than good if you turn the volume up to over 70dB (or about the level of normal conversation). I would stick with over the ear head phones.
 

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These are Koss earphones. To me, they are the combination of earplugs and earbuds, as they conform to your inner ear to seal out external sounds, while rigid plastic tubes in the center of the foam plugs channel sounds in. When I sued to study at coffee shops, these allowed me to listen to music without having to crank ip up to compete with the ambient noise. Pretty cheap solution for about $11.
 

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I got the Shure E2c's for 80 bucks. And it was worth it. They're not for everybody though.
 

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I have the over-the-ear model from Sharper Image and love them. I also have the noise reduction ear buds from Sony and hate them.
 

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Bose sucks -- avoid Bose at all costs. Horrible sound quality! You DON'T get what you pay for.

The best earphones are the "noise-isolating" ones, not noise-cancelling. The best earphone, in terms of sound quality, bang-for-the-buck, and noise isolation, is the Etymotic Research ER-4 headphone. It can block up to 42 dB of external noise. Since it blocks out external noise, you don't have to turn up the volume in order to hear your audio, so it spares your eardrums. I got my pair for $160 at Amazon (ER-4P model). There's really nothing good for under $50 in my opinion. For under $100, look at the Etymotic Research ER-6i, which can block around 35 dB of noise. I have both and they sound great, more audiophile than the Bose over-marketed crap.
 

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Buy some shooting ear guards. Sure you might look goofy but they work!
 

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How about saving yourself a few hundred and $5 bucks (coffee), and study somewhere quiet like the library? Or your room? Or an empty classroom?
 

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Okay this may seem like a stupid question but, are you allowed to take noise cancelling headphones into the testing site? I mean if its not plugged into anything, would it be a problem?
 

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most test sites provide u with headphones....You cant bring your own. It is very strict ....I had a cold and was not even allowed to bring in tissue.
 

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Mack's Ear Seals

I used Mack's for a while, but my hair kept getting caught in the wax. I use Hearos foam plugs, which are comfy and actually seem to block MORE noise than the Mack's did. You could try layering these under another type of earmuff-type headset, maybe, but I've never done this myself.
 

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Bose sucks -- avoid Bose at all costs. Horrible sound quality! You DON'T get what you pay for.

The best earphones are the "noise-isolating" ones, not noise-cancelling. The best earphone, in terms of sound quality, bang-for-the-buck, and noise isolation, is the Etymotic Research ER-4 headphone. It can block up to 42 dB of external noise. Since it blocks out external noise, you don't have to turn up the volume in order to hear your audio, so it spares your eardrums. I got my pair for $160 at Amazon (ER-4P model). There's really nothing good for under $50 in my opinion. For under $100, look at the Etymotic Research ER-6i, which can block around 35 dB of noise. I have both and they sound great, more audiophile than the Bose over-marketed crap.

i agree, i suggest ER-4
 
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