Iphone/Ipad/laptop: noise canceling earphones/plugs

Hi,

Please advise on a noise canceling earphone/earplug. I prefer no headphone since I would like to use it on the train or work environment. This way I could concentrate on reading an article on my Iphone (train)/Ipad or laptop (work).

Any experience with this? Does it also work when there is no music playing?

I know Bose has this, but it's a headphone (http://www.bosebelgium.be/BE/nl/home-and-personal-audio/headphones-and-headsets/acoustic-noise-cancelling-headphones/quietcomfort-3-headphones/).

Please advise.
J.
janhoedtAsked:
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PhoenixUnlimitedConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In my experience, off the shelf ear buds are very poor at noise cancellation. You need specialized ear buds to have any impact at all.

There is some discussion about the subject here.

A friend recommends these.

If you can spend that little bit more, then these would be a good buy.

And for those where money is not a concern, there are these.
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Jared LukerCommented:
You don't need to put TOO much of a premium on noise canceling technology when you are talking about in ear phones.  By the nature of their design, they cancel out a lot of noise simply because they create a seal between the phones and your ear canal.  There is not a lot of sound that can get through that as long as it is a good fit.

Having said that, there are lots of options out there.

Here are a few:

Beats

Sure

Bose

Those are all fairly expensive, but you can find some in the $50 range that as long as they fit good and make a good seal, you could be happy with them.
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CallandorCommented:
A noise canceling headphone needs a microphone to sense ambient background noise, so that it can generate out of phase signals to cancel them.  I doubt anyone has come up with an earplug that can do this, but as jared_lurker says, why bother - the seal is tight, so ambient noise is unlikely to be heard.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the tips but I would like an objective before spending this kind of money. If it is really worth it, I might buy it.
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PhoenixUnlimitedCommented:
Check out your local electronics store to see if they are in stock, buy a pair and give them a try. Don't like, then return. If the electronics store doesn't carry them, then find a large musical instrument store in your area. Where I live it would be Tom Lee Music or Long & McQuade. Call them and ask if they carry such products (I've seen them carried in the stores I just mentioned). Again, buy them to try them out, if you're not satisfied then return them.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Doesn t work like that in Europe. You cannot buy and return whenever you want. Btw, the models you mention, aren t available here, so need to buy via Internet.
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PhoenixUnlimitedCommented:
Pity. I try out all my electronics that way. I probably return more than I keep. Well, I would still check out the musical instrument stores. They are more likely to have display models that you can try out in the store.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
No they dont. Cerrtainly not the in easr plugs. I don t actually understand stores do take back in ear plugs. Not that hygienic, wouldnt go there.
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PhoenixUnlimitedCommented:
: ) Well, here large & professional musical instrument stores carry display models for the exact reason you are hesitant to accept our answers. You want to know for certain before spending a large sum and that can only happen if you test them for yourself. They use alcohol wipes to clean them between customer use. As for returning ear buds, I agree, that is troubling. Best to make sure that package seal is factory perfect.
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PhoenixUnlimitedCommented:
Thank you!
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CallandorCommented:
Those are not noise-cancelling earplugs, unless you see that phrase in their documentation.  That was what you were originally looking for.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
I meant these:
 Bose QuietComfort® 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling®
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