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#55949 11-Jan-2010 10:34
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Hey guys

I want to find out the best/most effective headphones or earphones I can buy for around $100-$150 which will block out noise -- mainly the sound of keyboard bashing at work.
I sit next to 2 extremely loud typers, and even with my in ear earphones which were $40 its OK but i can hear the bashing .
I've tried the Phillips DJ style headphones, again these are OK when the music is playing but say if im listening to the radio, and its talking only, the typing sound almost gets more defined than if i wasnt wearing them.

It is very distracting, It is driving me insane, like Im at the point I want to scream at these people. however, i cant do that.
So really id like some recommendations on what I could buy which is effective with blocking this type of noise out completely or at least very close to.

I work at a place where we type all day every day for 8 hrs. So ideally I'd like something that I can wear most of the day comfortably...but really as long as it works in blocking sounds out, im willing to endure anything.

Thanks :)

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#288904 11-Jan-2010 10:38
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Blackbox are the best around here... We have some reviews and the devices are really good.

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  #288905 11-Jan-2010 10:40
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Mine are Ultimate Ears Metro Hi 200 and do a very good job of blocking background noise at the gym and office. Trouble in the office is that they will also block out all sorts of other noise like conversations and instructions - so you run the risk of being accused of ignoring people.


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  #288907 11-Jan-2010 10:45
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I agree with freitasm, I have the blackbox C14 earphones, they are great.

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  #288908 11-Jan-2010 10:46
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Might be cheaper to replace the two keyboards next to you with quieter versions...Laughing

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  #288944 11-Jan-2010 13:11
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I use a pair of Sony MDRV500 DJ headphones.  Over the ear style, blocks out a bunch of sound, and has awesome bass response.  I prefer the DJ style for being able to take them off one ear etc for answering the phone.

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  #288953 11-Jan-2010 13:38
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I recommend Blackbox. Used them for years; both in ear canal and around ear dependant on environment

that would be an ecumenical matter

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  #288969 11-Jan-2010 14:38
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If you get an earbud headset you can put that under the headphones so can still use a phone with them on. I had to ghettorig a cable to get a nokia type headset running on a plantronics amp but it worked ok.



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  #291850 21-Jan-2010 12:34
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I use the plug by Koss. These are not "Active noise cancelling" but they work wonders for eliminating office noise for me.

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  #291852 21-Jan-2010 12:38
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I love the senheiser in ear canal earphones. They are not specific to noise cancelling but the fact that they are in ear canal makes them perfect to block out exterior sound. They're also pretty cheap aswell for such great quality earphones.

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  #291881 21-Jan-2010 13:30
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I should point out that "the Plug" works so well that you shouldn't be surprised to get a tap on the shoulder when someone wants to talk to you, as you most probably won't hear them calling your name.  I might also recommend a phone that has a flashing LED on it so you know it is ringing!  :o)

These phones are a bit tricky to find, as they have been around for a while, but I have yet to find a better value product.  Last time I purchased a set was from Ascent Technologies and they cost around $45.00 NZD.

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  #291890 21-Jan-2010 13:53
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Thank you everyone :)
i plan on doing some browsing this weekend.

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