Noise cancelling headphones

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1. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1316 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

Anyone have any experience or opinions on whether active noise-cancelling headphones make long haul flights more pleasant or easier to sleep? And as I really like to travel light, I guess the actual question is whether they're worth carrying as well as the price of buying them.

I'm aware this splits into the expensive Bose ones and the cheaper brands available on popular shopping websites named after latin american rainforests. Are the cheap ones worth a shot, or is it pointless unless you go for the Bose ones? I already use earplugs on a flight to diminish the noise.

And I'm really hoping this doesn't result in first time posters promoting products.

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3. Posted by MilesTX (Budding Member 22 posts) 10w 1 Star this if you like it!

I find that active noise-cancelling over-the-ear headphones do make flying more relaxing, but I can't easily sleep with them on my head.

The difference between the cheapies that I own, and the Bose that I once used on a flight in Business Class, was dramatic...the Bose were much more effective.

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1162 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

You don't have to pay a fortune for some good headphones - What Hi-fi? have recommended AGK as one of the leading brands for the past four or five years and the Best Buy in 2017 were the K92 closed-back headphones at about GBP40. They are excellent! I use them at home for the hi-fi and I've never taken them on a plane but .... :):):)

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6. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1162 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

So even moderators get moderated!! (It wasn't me!) I did see it earlier but didn't have time to reply.

True - I am a useless salesman, that's why I'm a teacher! :):) I just thought you wanted a recommendation and AGK are one of the best - and definitely value for money. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 are worthwhile too but a little bit pricier.

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 6631 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Andy's comment was only removed because it made no sense after the spam comment was removed. It was just a case of clean up :)

As for the headphones - yes, they are great. That said, I've also used over ear headphones that weren't noise cancelling and that also made a huge impact - better than noise cancelling earbuds. Just the fact they cover your ear helps dampen the sound. And I find the earbuds a bit uncomfortable when stuck in your ears for a long time. The downside is that sleeping with giant headphones can be pretty awkward as well as Miles pointed out.

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 6631 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

I also wonder if something like these Sleepphones would work well on a plane. Has anyone tried anything like it?

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1316 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Thanks lads. My spammer comment was directed at Steve as I thought he was writing in the style of a spam post - failed banter - oops. :)

I'll pass the sleepphones idea to herself, as allegedly we have a snorer in the house and she uses an mp3 player some nights.

For me it's got to be compact, the in-ear type if anything. I don't think I'm willing to spend £200 on this for Bose ones, so it's just a question of whether to spend £35 on some cheapies. I'll go read some product reviews... Thanks everyone.

10. Posted by Hensku (Budding Member 79 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

These are expensive but we use at work (i work at indystry) cotral earplugs which are made specially to each users ears. I havent try them at airplane but i am positive that they would be comfortable in there too :)
Ps. I am not trying to promote any product so if this post is inappropriate, i apologize!

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Nov-2018, at 01:13 by Hensku ]