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What are your favorite over the ear noise cancelling headphones?

Asked by Rarebear (25159points) March 30th, 2017

I travel a lot and the airplane noise really bothers me, so I use a pair of Bose over-the-ear noise cancelling headphones. Now they’re on the fritz and if I can’t get them repaired I need to get a new pair. So do I get another Bose? Or do you like another company? Quality is more important than cost. I want good sound.

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si3tech's avatar

@Rarebear Sennheiser. My apology. These I have are headphones, not noise canceling.

zenvelo's avatar

If it were me, I would get another pair of Bose. I have had them for the last fifteen years, and they are great for airplanes (and for the BART trains I take to work).

My only negative on over-the-ear headphones is that they interfere with resting my head when I nod off..

Pachy's avatar

I’ve only owned two pair, both Bose. They were okay but not as good as I expected for the price I paid.

Rarebear's avatar

@zenvelo I use them on BART also. The BART train bothers me similar to an airplane.

@si3tech I looked at the Senheisers. Is the noise reduction enough to muffle out airplane noise?

Judi's avatar

I love my Bose too. We even have Bose noise canceling head sets for the airplane.
You might want to check out Bang and Olufsen to see if they’re worth the extra few bucks.

flutherother's avatar

I use Sony MDR-ZX770BN which I find pretty effective when flying.

cazzie's avatar

Look for the ones pilots use. I hear they are the best.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I have Sennheiser PXC 250 folding headphones (the older model, not the current PXC 250-II

They really cut the aircraft noise down drastically. I wanted folders because I used to live between two cities and fly every other week with just a shoulder bag.

The only downside is a rather large inline battery pack for two AAAs, butI see the new model uses a single AAA.

I have not compared to the Bose, but I would bet you would much prefer the larger headphones if you are used them.

Rarebear's avatar

Thanks folks. I emailed Bose to see if they would do an RMA but if they don’t I’ll use this thread as reference.

Rarebear's avatar

Just an update. After a few back and forths with Bose, they’re replacing my defective earphone free of charge with a new pair with a new warranty. So yay Bose!

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