Good in the ear noise cancelling headphones for the subway?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Acamerainjapan, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie


    Oct 7, 2011
    I like to listen to my ipod classic on the subway, but most of the time I can't hear the podcasts I like to listen to. Any good in the ear headphones that have a noise cancelling feature?

  2. macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    the etymotic research ER4 series have a high degree of noise isolation.Around 30-40dB i believe. those should sound good and also block out any noise on the subway.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2007
    I love my Shure SE215K headphones. These are also noise-isolating (not canceling) but do a great job at it. And the sound quality is incredible for $100 headphones.
  4. macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2012
    Anything by Sennheiser or AKG.
    Make sure they fit though, otherwise it defeats the purpose.
    When you put them in your ear, you should feel like your underwater.

    Also, if you have the cash to spend, Logitech makes some custom in ear models for musicians that offer -30 dB of cancellation.
  5. macrumors member

    May 25, 2010
    Any of the Shure SE series earbuds would be a solid choice. I've got a pair of SE110's that are almost 5 years old and still work great. The cord is braided so they are extremely durable. They don't use any active noise canceling tech either, just a tight seal in your ear and they block out 90% of outside noise. If you want something with active noise canceling Bose is supposed to have the best in the business. Sound quality however, is a different story...
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie


    Oct 7, 2011
    I will check all these out. Thanks a lot guys.
  7. macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    The Etymotic ER4 is fantastic. Pretty pricy, but great.

    I have a pair of Bose QC15s that I often use on commercial flights... and the ER4s are MUCH quieter... even though they are noise isolating. When it comes to sound quality... Etymotic and Bose are not in the same league at all. The ER4s produce music that I've never hear before. Remarkable.

  8. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2012
    Get a pair of Apple Earpods.

    Just kidding... Get the klipsch s4i, heard a lot of good remarks about it.
  9. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    Depending on your budget you could consider custom ear monitors.

    Ultimate Ears makes good ones. Custom fit for comfort and seal; never have to share your earphones with anyone else.
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie


    Oct 7, 2011
    I was thinking of dropping around 100 to 150$$
  11. macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2012
    Washington DC
    Do Try the Sony XBA-3 I got them off ebay for my wife, she loves it.


  12. macrumors 603

    Feb 20, 2009
    I think it might be worth saying that no matter which "noise canceling" headphones you buy, they probably aren't going to cancel out -all- the noise, particularly if it's the New York City subway that you're talking about.

    It's noisy down there!
  13. macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2002
    I love my Etymotics and used them every day when riding the squeaky rails around Boston. They have some of the best sound for in-ear headphones and even the basic "flanges" do a great job blocking sound. There are also high-density foam inserts that will pretty much make you deaf to external sounds...I didn't like them because it made me paranoid since it completely blocked the outside world.

    I have the Hf3's which are more expensive, but worth every penny, IMHO.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    Another shootout then for the Klipsch S4 II. They're about 80 bucks but you can find them for 60 USD on Amazon here.

    Just remember, they have passive noise isolation, not active noise cancellation. They cut out a lot of ambient noise however.
  15. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Active noise cancelling the BOSE Q20i is an excellent earbud, very comfortable too. If you can afford them highly recommended.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2014
  17. macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2015
    Good earbuds for the subway

    ANC Bose QC 20 earbuds is the most effective and comfortable
    Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 is also good
    I like Sony MDRNC13 too.
    AKG K391 NC–Aluminum housing earbuds, durable, good sound quality, long battery life.
  18. macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Another vote for the Shure SE-series. Just take the time to try out all of the different sleeves. I was originally a Black foam sleeve guy, but I hated the process of putting them in. I switched to the triple-flange a few years ago. After a little surgery (I shortened the tips), they fit wonderfully. I get a great seal and they're plenty comfortable.

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