Headphones to cut out the TV. Recommendations?

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  1. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking for some (hopefully inexpensive) headphones. I want a pair for my iMac (I don't have an iPod). Not necessarily lightweight, as they'll just sit on my shelf when I'm not using them. Of course, they need to have respectable sound and be comfortable to wear. The TV is about 6 feet from my desk so it becomes frustrating for me to use iMovie, and intrusive for my wife if I play music. Does anyone have experience with a good pair of headphones that cut out external sound (without turning the volume up full blast, I mean!)? I don't want the TV to drown out the quiet audio of iMovies. I'm guessing the Walkman type wouldn't cut it. For iMovie and MP3s I guess I don't need a professional pair.

    If I can buy a good pair from the Apple store online it would be great.

    Thanks for any advice!
     
  2. Drum macrumors newbie

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  3. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Look for some cans, not in-ears. They always seem to block out external sounds better...
     
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  5. Drum macrumors newbie

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    I have some Shure E3cs (in-ear). I tell you - NOTHING isolates like these boys!
     
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  7. balamw Moderator

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    Noise cancelling headphones are generally only good at cancelling out noise, like motor/fan hum etc... They do not generally do better at blocking out sound like TV or conversation than any other headphones.

    I have a pair of in ear Sonys, and friends who have the Bose ones, can easily carry on conversations on airplanes with the headphones on...

    B
     
  8. nsutt22 macrumors regular

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    I have the Bose 300 bone ones and they are amazing... my bro has teh Shure E3cs . i would go with the Bose, heck of a lot more comfortable and really blocks the sound better. The Bose are simply amazing.
     
  9. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Listen very carefully to the high end though. The Bose adds a lot of warbling, like heavy MP3 compression to the sound. There is no escaping this with noise cancelling. It's one of the bi-products....
     
  10. Drum macrumors newbie

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    I suppose it has to be what suits the individual in the end. I cannot imagine how anything could be more comfortable than my E3s; you can't feel them at all. As far as blocking the sound, well, I can hardly hear any external noises even when I'm not playing music (feels quite weird!). I think you have to make sure that you have the correct size rubber outer rings fitted for your ears. If not, they won't work properly.

    One thing I think headphones score above in-ear phones with is that I can hear my own footfall vibrating through my body if I tread heavily when wearing my E3cs. I don't think that would happen with headphones. Mind you, that's not going to be a problem watching TV!
     
  11. Drum macrumors newbie

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    I'd have that lanced if I was you!
     
  12. nsutt22 macrumors regular

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    alot of people get sick when no music is playing cause it messes up peoples equilibrium being that they cant here the white noise.
     

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