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distill
post Oct 24 2011, 15:13
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What's the most isolating (high quality) head phones available at $200-900?

I have Sennheiser HD-280 Pro and Sennheiser HD-25 II. The latter is not what I can use due to too much pressing against ear (hurts after a while). But HD-280 Pro, is it actually a good choice or is there some other choice with (considerably) better isolation available?

Or, can noise cancelling head phones be recommended? I haven't looked that way and don't know about the sound quality of those.
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Martel
post Oct 25 2011, 19:15
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If you want to be isolated from a non-stationary noise, noise-cancelling headphones are not going to help much. Perhaps the tech advanced a bit in time but I tried some Bose Quietcomfort (around-the-ear) and they did remove only noise (like the one from air conditioning), you could still hear someone talking, music playing etc. (basically any non-noise sound).

I have Sennheiser HD 380 and their passive isolation is really good. Unfortunately, I don't have HD280 to compare to so I can't tell whether they isolate equally well, better or worse. The only problem is that the lower-frequency the outside sound, the less attenuation (they don't work against jet engine hum on a plane, this is where active noise-cancelling headphones rule).


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