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OK, LJ, I need some advice.

This morning I was out for my morning job (or what some of you may call my morning brisk walk) and the last decent pair of headphones I have finally gave out, and I was stuck for over a mile with nothing to listen to but the sound of my own panting.

So now I am on the hunt for a new set.  easilydistractd has an awesome pair of ear buds that fit really well and are very comfortable, but as I was hunting the web trying to find out where I could buy some NOW (because that's how I roll), I found some Shure ear buds that are NOISE CANCELING.  Do I need this?  Probably not, but it would be nice to have someone else tell me that there are better ways to spend my money.

Also, has anyone had any experience with USB to headphone converters?  My poor laptop at home believes the headphones are always plugged in when, in fact, the headphone jack is totally missing.  The result?  No sound for me.  So I am left wondering if I hooked up a USB to headphone adapter if I would once again be able to listen to iTunes or awesome online videos.

Anyone with suggestions?  Hurry!  I need them ASAP so I can jog tomorrow and ignore people on my flight to San Jose!


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May. 3rd, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
I doubt the Shures are noise cancelling. More likely they are IEMs, which are noise isolating. Big difference. If you are going down that route, I'd take noice isolating over noise cancelling any day. (noise cancelling headphones are bit of a techno-scam. they block out less background noice, are no better for your ears, and the music quality isn't as good. thanks bose.) Be warned that they will save you on the plane, but they will probably kill you if you jog with them.

I've got a pair of E3s from Shure and love them. One of my lj friends is an audiophile and likes some other brand slightly better, but I cannot find the name. Anyway, you get a lot of definition from the music and you can have them at much lower volumes because there's no competing background noise. They are much better for your ears in this case; I used to listen to my ipod near max volume on the tube and now I'm rarely over 60%. I've reviewd mine in my journal here: http://danouche.livejournal.com/395047.html I listen to mine every day because I take the noisey train and it's the best for this situation. If you want them for walking and running and being outdoors, they are quite dangerous. If you want them for a plane trip here or there, they are probably a bit on the pricey side, though you can get less expensive models than the E3 or you could maybe try IEMs from Sennheiser.

May. 3rd, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Re: headphones
Man, those get amazing reviews. The prices are strange; all over the board. I found them from 129 to 299. Weird. I think that might be a awesome bet; although I don't have a noisy commute, I am about to sit in a much louder bank of cubes, and could use something to block out the noise.

Thanks for the suggestion!
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