new Apple in-ear headphones: work as earplugs on flights?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rikers_mailbox, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. rikers_mailbox macrumors 6502a

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    Looking for advise and/or experience regarding the new in-ear headphones ...

    I really don't like using my earbuds on flights because they need to be turned up WAY too loud to be heard. There is a lot of ambient noise to overcome and it gives me a headache after an hour or so (not to mention it contributes to hearing loss). I typically wear ear plugs on long flights and it makes a world of a difference. Plus I like to block out all the background chatter of those sitting around me. People are annoying. :)

    Anyways, my question is simply: Do the new in-ear headphones act like earplugs in addition to being headphones? Will they block out the drone of the aircraft while letting me enjoy my tunes?
     
  2. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    They are not sound isolating headphones, so no.

    However just the fact that they actually go into your ear, helps a bit, but for it to drown out any sound you would need to be playing music, otherwise it doesn't work so well.
     
  3. romanaz macrumors regular

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    According to apple.com/iPod/inearheaphones they drastically reduce outside noise. I just picked up a pair at my local apple store and in the big loud food court I was able to use them as earplugs. Not nearly as good as say Bose noise cancelling but good for earbuds. Well worth the money imo.
     
  4. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    Hmm, guess I was wrong, my bad. They are actual sound isolating headphones, so there you go. :D
     

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