Noise cancelling headphones for excercise

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Noise cancelling headphones for excercise

Post by runner9 » Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:05 pm

I've been using these $8 headphones for several years with running, walking, hiking, working around the house, etc.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CJTR82/

I mostly listen to podcasts an often they are quieter in general then music. Too often I turn the volume on the phone up all the way and still can't hear the podcast when a bus, truck, etc goes by. One podcast in particular I can't listen to at all with the headphones if there's any noise, even washing dishes.

I think I need some better headphones, hopefully still inexpensive and small that stay on when moving. Suggestions welcome. Thanks!

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Post by prudent » Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:11 pm

Runner's World did a round-up of earphones - I don't think any of them are noise-cancelling but it might not be a great idea to use noise-cancelling headphones if you're running on a road with traffic because you'd want to hear approaching traffic.

http://www.runnersworld.com/electronics ... or-runners

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Post by inbox788 » Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:00 pm

Noise cancelling vs noise isolation: you really don't want either.

There's nothing wrong with noise cancelling headphones as far as safety, but they're not likely to eliminate most of the noise you encounter. Works best to eliminate some low frequency droning sounds (engines, motors, etc.). Now noise isolating headphones would reduce all noise, so be careful, especially if you're listening to loud music. The outside world would be as if you were deaf.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/geoffreymor ... eadphones/

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Post by beyou » Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:59 pm

The noise canceling headphones also tend to be too bulky for exercise.
Designed for a plane ride more than jogging, IMO.

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Post by pparedes » Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:29 pm

I'm a big fan of the Bose QC20's which are noise cancelling and are very light. When you turn on the noise cancellation you can definitely hear the microphones going to work.

They retail for $300 on Amazon, however on eBay you can usually get a better deal:

I see some posted for buy it now for $85 --> http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R4 ... 20&_sop=15

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Post by nominalBob » Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:32 pm

pparedes wrote:I'm a big fan of the Bose QC20's which are noise cancelling and are very light. ...
I would think that for exercise you would want something very heavy.
Seriously, though, headphones+sweat=?

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Post by Wileycoyotepdx » Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:38 pm

I really like these: http://www.jbl.com/ifa-products/REFLECT+MINI+BT.html

The silicone mold helps with noise, and they've gone through the wash and still worked.

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Post by Pluto9th » Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:55 pm

I bought Panasonic RP-HC55-S noise cancellation earbuds 7 years ago for ~$60. Claimed noise reduction at 200Hz: 18dB; 1 AAA battery good for many hours. I use them chiefly for exercise in the gym - reduces the sound of treadmills, etc.; also good for reducing engine noise when flying by plane.

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Post by FreddieG » Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:07 am

I use a pair of cheap noise-isolating buds on the gym treadmill. $15

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Post by runner9 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:09 am

FreddieG wrote:I use a pair of cheap noise-isolating buds on the gym treadmill. $15
Do you have a name/link? I'm really looking for a less than $25 pair that I can still hear when there's loud outside noise.

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Post by mpsz » Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:17 am

Anything that has a silicone tip will go slightly into your ear, and is a big first-step towards blocking outside sound.

Amazon suggests these as a "newer" model of the ones you linked to (I have not used these):
https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHS8100- ... b_title_ce

I personally use a pair of wireless PowerBeats2 that I got as a gift. They have the silicone tips and they do cut out noise to some extent. The price is a bit on the high side. But I like wireless headphones because if I have my phone in my pocket or put it on the treadmill, the apple headphones would occasionally zap me in the ear from static.

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Post by stoptothink » Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:31 am

These are now my go-to's https://www.amazon.com/MEE-audio-Sport- ... headphones. Not noise-cancelling, but noise isolating. Previously I used the same ones as the OP, but I was going through them too fast and the ME electronics sound so much better. There are about a million other similar options in the ~$15 range on Amazon, the MEs are the most known quantity and the only ones I've tried.

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Post by dm200 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:38 am

In my opinion, those walking or jogging or running in any kind of public area should NOT have earphones or headphones of any kind. I see too many such folks completely oblivious to traffic when crossing streets, jogging on the street or in areas of potential hazard.

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Post by jjface » Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:09 pm

I like jaybirds http://www.jaybirdsport.com
Expensive but they have older models that sell on amazon that are decent - $40 for the original jaybird freedoms. Or the jaybird bluebuds X cost $79.

You do not want noise canceling or isolating ones when running - puts you in danger of not hearing a car or someone sneaking up on you.

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Post by jabberwockOG » Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:06 pm

Moving up to a better quality headphone is generally worth the investment. To me most inexpensive earphones sound flat and/or muddy or they produce more distortion than I can tolerate.

I have had good lucking using the Klipsch brand in the ear headphones for air travel as well as working out. Not active noise cancelling but because of in-ear design provide relatively effective isolation.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JPK9T1W/re ... 014&sr=1-2

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Post by capitalG » Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:27 pm

Slightly off topic but something else that could help is changing the app you use for podcasts. I had a similar problem as you when I used the stock Apple Podcast app and realized that the audio on many podcasts is not properly equalized - I switched to a free app called Overcast that corrects for this issue and it has eliminated my problems with podcasts that are too quiet. Headphone-wise I use the Monoprice 8320 earbuds - no active sound cancelling but great sound quality, works well for music and podcasts, and a sub $10 price.

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runner9 wrote:I've been using these $8 headphones for several years with running, walking, hiking, working around the house, etc.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CJTR82/

I mostly listen to podcasts an often they are quieter in general then music. Too often I turn the volume on the phone up all the way and still can't hear the podcast when a bus, truck, etc goes by. One podcast in particular I can't listen to at all with the headphones if there's any noise, even washing dishes.

I think I need some better headphones, hopefully still inexpensive and small that stay on when moving. Suggestions welcome. Thanks!

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Post by mouses » Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:43 pm

pparedes wrote:I'm a big fan of the Bose QC20's which are noise cancelling and are very light. When you turn on the noise cancellation you can definitely hear the microphones going to work.

They retail for $300 on Amazon, however on eBay you can usually get a better deal:

I see some posted for buy it now for $85 --> http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R4 ... 20&_sop=15
I have the Bose QC25s, and they are a Godsend. They block out my neighbors loud well into the night sound blasting parties. If I weren't worried about misplacing a $300 device, I'd bring them with me to public places that play music, television, talk radio, etc.

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Post by FreddieG » Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:09 pm

runner9 wrote:
FreddieG wrote:I use a pair of cheap noise-isolating buds on the gym treadmill. $15
Do you have a name/link? I'm really looking for a less than $25 pair that I can still hear when there's loud outside noise.

Sorry. I just saw your question. Looks like the price has gone up some.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C3 ... UTF8&psc=1

Still much cheaper than headphones.

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