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Old 12-21-2009, 02:06 AM   #1
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Which pair of noise-cancelling headphones should I get?

So, my main Christmas present is going to be a good, high-ish end pair of noise-cancelling headphones, but I can't decide which one. I've been reading reviews for months and in particular the last few weeks, and I'm having a hard time picking one. I've got it narrowed down to two:

Bose QuietComfort 15

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Sennheiser PXC-450

I've read countless reviews on Amazon.com, but I just can't decide. The Bose looks sleeker and apparently has better noise-cancelling functionality, but a good number say the Sennheiser has better sound quality. I've read that both are quite comfortable. I could try on the Bose at my local Best Buy(and in fact I have, but it was months ago and not for that long, and I could only listen to source it was connected to, I couldn't connect it to an ipod or anything), but there's nowhere I could try the Sennheiser on at.

Other ones I've been looking closely at are the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B and the Bose QuietComfort 3.

I'm looking for a combination of high sound quality, comfort, portability/compactness, and good noise-cancellation.

Any advice/help you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:20 AM   #2
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have you thought of Earphones? For the Headphones I would go with Sennheiser they build quality headphones. If you decide to go with Earphones, then I would go with Shure. The best Earphones ever, hell even better than headphones. It blocks out all noise with out using any batteries. Well worth the price.
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i went with bose (not noise canceling, because the extra cost didn't justify how rarely i'd want to have noise canceling headphones) and i'm very happy.

i have used friend's sennheiser headphones and was equally impressed.

really it's six one way, half dozen the other.
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I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 202, they block outside noise pretty decently and they're a great product for it's low cost, although I want to try out the HD 457.

I don't really know much about Bose headphones, oher than Bose being a great brand for home theaters, etc. But I haven't tried their headphones for long peiods of time, I guess they're pretty good but they're expensive aswell.
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have you thought of Earphones? For the Headphones I would go with Sennheiser they build quality headphones. If you decide to go with Earphones, then I would go with Shure. The best Earphones ever, hell even better than headphones. It blocks out all noise with out using any batteries. Well worth the price.

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I went with the Sennhesier PXC-450. Thanks guys.
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My Sennheisers that are not "noise cancelling" block a good deal of noise!
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I've never owned Bose or Sennheiser anything, so don't take this as personal experience. However, what I generally surmise from the audiophile community is that Sennheiser makes the best products, and Bose just jams highs and lows towards the center for "quality".
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