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Old 05-05-2014, 12:48 AM
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My birthday is coming up, and my wife and daughter sneakily asked me what I wanted (I didn't realize I was being asked...). I travel a fair bit on planes, and have been considering getting some noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds.

So Gillian dragged (under false pretenses) down to the Bose and Sony stores at a local mall to try out the noise-cancelling features.

Wow!

I ended up getting these:

Bose | QuietComfort® 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones | Noise Cancelling Headphones



They're amazing! You can plug them into an iPod or other music player if you want. I just tried them attached to nothing. I just put them in my ears and turned them on. There's a little button on the volume control on the cord to switch them on and off.

I turned them on, and then switched on my sander (ETS125) and CTMini/cyclone combo. I could hardly hear it. When I pushed the little button to turn the noise cancelling off, it was quite unpleasant.

I tried using my usual hearing protection (in-ear foam system with a head band - I can't recall the name, but I got them through here - I'll look it up if anyone cares). The Bose earbuds were slightly better. But they had the advantage that they didn't slip when I tilted my head down, they're very small and light, and you can turn them off without removing them so you can hear the radio once you've finished sanding.

I haven't tried them hooked up to a music player, but I'm guessing that it's even more impressive. Now I can hear music and listen to the radio while I sand! Yay!

I'm just so impressed with these guys. Thought I'd share.

And yes, they're REALLY expensive!

But they work...
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:59 AM
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Thanks for posting this -I've wondered about their effectiveness in the shop. Now just need to find the funds.
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:05 AM
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Yes - they ain't cheap. But they have a good warranty, and I think I'm going to be very happy with them. And - unlike Festool - the new rubber pieces aren't very expensive!
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Old 05-05-2014, 01:09 PM
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Peter,

We bought some of the Bose headphones years ago and then replaced them when one went bad. By the way, if you live near a store and they fail out of warranty, they seem to give you a (great) deal on replacement units. I've used mine with my iPhone so I could get calls while listening to music, but I've always been concerned about the wire(s). I've tucked them inside my shirt and/or apron, but eventually it seems there's always wire hanging out somewhere. With a sander, probably no big deal, but with a lot of other power tools, well ..................

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Old 05-05-2014, 05:50 PM
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That's a really important point about the wires, Mike. I've worried about that, too. They do come with a small clip so you can clip the wire closer to your shirt, but there's still some hanging out. Perhaps I'll rig something to go over my shoulder from the back...
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I've fed the wires thru my shirt before.....
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Old 05-06-2014, 03:43 AM
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Through the shirt is definitely preferable to through the chest...
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I just use foam earplugs. The voices in my head are easier to understand.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:36 AM
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I just use foam earplugs. The voices in my head are easier to understand.


I was considering some noise canceling headphones to use in the workshop, but I'd read that they weren't so good with higher frequency noises. Have you tried them with a saw going, Poto?
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Old 05-06-2014, 03:57 PM
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I haven't tried them with the saw yet, Chris. I'm finishing up (literally) a project, and I didn't want to get sawdust in the finish. Hopefully this weekend - I'll let you know.

Up until now I've used something like these:

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They work really well, except that they fall off my head when I look down, and they're REALLY loud if you happen to bump them on something hard. They're certainly better than just the foam plugs, which is what I used to use.

I'm hoping that the Bose earbuds will do just as well with the high-frequency sounds. It's clear, though, that they work best on the low-frequency rumbles.
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