Noise isolating earbuds

 

Anyone have tips for selecting noise canceling/ isolating earbuds for travel?

I've been flying more for an organization I volunteer with. I usually use a pair of Jonathan's old Bose noise cancelling earphones. They work great, but they're a bit bulky and since I'm doing this travel on my own dime, I try to fly as cheap as possible, which usually means those "only one personal item" tickets. So I'm often regulated to taking only what can fit in an average backpack.

I'm definitely not willing to spend $200 on some earbuds, but would like something that cancels out the airplane noise & allows me to listen to audio books. I'm good with them being corded. I've also been told to look for memory foam for the ear pieces rather than plastic, not sure if that really helps or if it's just a comfort preference.

Anyone have thoughts or tips or suggestions on additional things I should consider in my research?

Thanks In Advance!

~Angela

They make earplugs for

They make earplugs for musicians they filter certain frequencies, this pair mentions "flight"

https://www.amazon.com/Vibes-High-Fidelity-Concert-Earplugs/...

Plus shooting sports earbuds is another way to go.

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Monoprice.

If you want to try some very inexpensive ones, check Monoprice.com. I have used several of their earbuds in the $5 to $30 price range and have been surprised by the sound quality and noise isolation. The good thing is if you don't like them, you have not wasted much money. This is one I have tried that had surprisingly good sound quality for only $7.41 https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=9396

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I bought

I bought these to use at the gym because the bluetooth that I bought had no mic and can't be used with the phone. No complaints at all and cheap enough at $21.xx......the ones without a mic were only $2 cheaper so I should have thought of that before...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0721MP41Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b...

I used to use these also no complaints and they even went through the wash 3X and no problems...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UH35NEI/ref=twister_B07MXYTT2K?...

Hearing aids

I have hearing aids and would have to remove them, to put in the ear buds.

I would need an app, that would correct for the frequency range of my hearing loss. Does anyone know of any such app?

Otherwise earphones are my only solution.

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lots here

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oops

soberbyker wrote:

They make earplugs for musicians they filter certain frequencies, this pair mentions "flight"

https://www.amazon.com/Vibes-High-Fidelity-Concert-Earplugs/...

Plus shooting sports earbuds is another way to go.

Reading some of the other comments I offered the wrong type, you want earbuds that both filter noise and receive music/audio, I thought you wanted something that filters the loud noise but you'd still be able to hear someone talking to you. Sorry.

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Comparison

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Noise Reduction Vs. No Noise (Active vs. Passive)

Given that you are traveling, you're probably looking for cancellation - which tends to make sure cost rise on the item since you'r repaying for electronics to do the signal processing. Some reasonable amount can be done by getting a good "tip" on most standard earbuds - plus if you lose them, you don't feel bad about the money spent versus a more expensive pair of earbuds/earphones.

A side tip for looking for good "seals" if you aren't going with the tip route, with foam, is to actually look at the earbuds folks use for swimming. They provide a good seal. Then you also could also go way over, and just get regular earplugs and go the bone induction route.

Personally due to worries about the earbuds and tips getting "schmutz" on them, I tend to go for over-the ear cans that can be folded. Typically they are large enough that you won't lose them, and I think provide far better sound quality than something jammed in your ear canal (and when you land/take-off that pressure differential that makes your ears pop is more natural than the sealed canal).

I'll just submit this versus actual brands (although I've been digging my Marshall on-ear cans for the past few years.I've had the wired ones, but they've now begun to offer a Bluetooth version: https://www.amazon.com/Marshall-Monitor-Bluetooth-Over-Ear-H...

Thanks!

Thanks, everyone!

I knew I'd get quality advice from you!

~Angela

Ditto GlobeTurtle and Thanks

Excellent topic and appropriate for the traveling GPS folks like us. Sooo..... Thanks for excellent tips.

GlobeTurtle wrote:

Thanks, everyone!

I knew I'd get quality advice from you!

~Angela

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Plugfones Basic

Plugfones Basic Earplug-Earbud Hybrid

I use them in my motorcycle helmet, and at work. They are rated for the same noise reduction as earplugs. I usually only get one year out of them before I lose a channel, but that's probably because I am yanking on the wires every time I take the helmet onoff.

I am not a fan of the "second generation" only because they catch on my helmet cheek pads. The "basic" or "first generation" are low profile.

https://www.amazon.com/Plugfones-Basic-Earplug-Earbud-Hybrid...

Wish I'd known sooner

These would have been nice to have in my past travels.
Read the comparisons posted in an earlier post and bought the recommended Audio-Technica ATH-ANC 23 WH for $63.00.shipped to me free.
I like the fact they use a AAA battery and you don't have downtime to recharge.
May come in real handy this summer when I fly to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

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better fit

johnnatash4 wrote:

I bought these to use at the gym because the bluetooth that I bought had no mic and can't be used with the phone. No complaints at all and cheap enough at $21.xx......the ones without a mic were only $2 cheaper so I should have thought of that before...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0721MP41Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b...

I used to use these also no complaints and they even went through the wash 3X and no problems...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UH35NEI/ref=twister_B07MXYTT2K?_encoding=UTF8&th=1

I like these because they look like they stay on your ears. I find the ear buds pop out.

Earbud types

This type falls out even walking: https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/i9s-tws-bluetooth-4-2-s...?

Useless style, fall out constantly: https://www.amazon.com/MDRE9LP-BLK-Sony-MDR-E9LP-Black/dp/B0...

This type stays in my ears all night while sleeping, I use this type to listen to an APP to help me get to sleep: https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/skullcandy-skullcandy-s...?

I DO NOT want the over the ear type or any kind that needs a hook to keep in place !

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Earbuds falling out

I don't understand why these companies make earbuds that fall out of your ear. I will have to try the skullcandy earbuds but they are expensive.

There are others

bsp131 wrote:

I don't understand why these companies make earbuds that fall out of your ear. I will have to try the skullcandy earbuds but they are expensive.

Just look for that type of earbud, you don't have to spend a fortune.
The one thing about in ear earbuds is that they usually have better bass sound!

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I was going to ask Battery life

Then someone mentioned AAA, I was thinking these were the WiFi Rechargeable type

Yes these have AAA batteries

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC 23 WH
I like the fact they use a AAA battery and you don't have downtime to recharge.

BTW: WiFi and rechargeable are two different processes!

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Yes, added WiFi because it eats battery life

Melaqueman wrote:

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC 23 WH
I like the fact they use a AAA battery and you don't have downtime to recharge.

BTW: WiFi and rechargeable are two different processes!

WiFi, Bluetooth eat up battery time, was wondering if anybody had experience with Rechargeable Wireless Buds. Since buds need to be small, lightweight, do they have adequate battery life to be worthwhile. I use muffs now with AA's but would like Noise CXL Buds if they would have enough battery to be worthwhile