Ohropax Classic Wax Earplugs Review (plus Tips & Tricks)

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Invented in Germany in 1907, Ohropax Classic wax are one of the first modern earplugs. They are made of a mix of cotton, Vaseline, and paraffin wax. Not surprisingly, these wax earplugs are a bit sticky, stickier, in fact, than pure wax and silicone putty earplugs. I have found this stickiness to be an advantage: …

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Noise Cancelling Headphones vs Earplugs: Who is Boss?

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Against low-frequency noise, active noise cancelling headphones (ANC headphones) reign, but against everything else, foam earplugs are more effective. That’s what I used to think, having used both for years now. But ANC headphones and ANC earbuds have become better and better, so I wondered, “Is this still true?” Besides, maximum noise reduction and isolation …

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ISOtunes Wired vs Plugfones Guardian Earplug Headphones

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ISOtunes Wired and Plugfones Guardian both are wired work earplug headphones with a noise reduction rating of 29. They combine hearing protection earplugs with the ability to listen to music and audio books. I have decided to test and compare these particular models because they offer pretty much the same ear tips as the more …

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The 5 Best White Noise Machines (with Sound Samples)

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This review is based on in-depth tests of (so far) 10 white noise machines, all acquired at standard retailers. The 10 candidates were shortlisted over time from a much larger selection of machines (through experience, reading, and listening to samples). I have used each of them until I was confident I had figured out most …

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1More Dual Driver ANC Pro Wireless Earbuds Review

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My search for effective earbuds to cancel low frequency noise has led me to a real gem, 1More‘s Dual Driver ANC Pro. Having put them through an in-depth test, I can report that these are very effective noise cancellers. In fact, they are substantially more effective than my current ANC earbuds reference, the Bose QC20. …

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Noise Cancelling Headphones or Earbuds? It Depends on Where and When

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The best over-ear active noise cancelling headphones (ANC headphones) feature impressive noise reducing performance and sound great. But, they take up a lot more space than active noise cancelling earbuds (ANC earbuds). ANC earbuds also use electronics to reduce noise, so perhaps they could do just as well? They fit in a handbag or even …

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How to Block Out Traffic Noise While Sleeping?

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I have lived in quite a few apartments and stayed in countless hotel rooms where traffic noise was waking me up several times a night. Over time, I have developed a good understanding of what works to block out enough noise to help me fall and stay asleep. Whether you have traffic noise keeping you …

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Do Bone Conduction Headphones Work with Earplugs?

Do Bone Conduction Headphones Work with Earplugs?

Runners and cyclists use bone conduction headphones because they want to keep their ears open and maintain awareness of what is going on around them. Used this way, bone conduction headphones are not suitable for very loud environments because the louder the environmental noise, the more it drowns out the headphones. But what if you …

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Sleepbox Portable Sound Machine Review

Sleepbox Portable Sound Machine Review

This is the next installment in my white noise machine test and review series. The Sleepbox is a budget sound machine and one of the few white noise machines with a removable (!) rechargeable battery.  With a weight of only 5.4 oz (152 g) and a small housing (4.3×4.3×1.4 inches) it is very portable indeed. …

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