ISOtunes XTRA 2.0 Earplug Headphones Review (plus Tweaks)

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Recently I tested a pair of basic wired ISOtunes and was impressed by their noise isolation and selection of ear tips. The ISOtunes XTRA 2.0 (NRR 27) are the wireless upgrade: they have Bluetooth 5, a rugged design and a high dust-and-water resistance rating (IP67), and they can be connected to two devices at the …

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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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Do Noise Cancelling Headphones Block Out Firework Noise?

Do Noise Cancelling Headphones Block Out Firework Noise

During celebrations like New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year, and 4th of July, it is almost impossible to escape firework shows. Besides, most people, including myself, enjoy the spectacle. Fireworks are beautiful, but they can get really loud. You may have heard that active noise cancelling headphones are particularly good against low-frequency noise, and the …

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How to Hear Your Alarm Clock with Earplugs? [5 Simple Ideas]

How to Hear Your Alarm Clock with Earplugs

Are you concerned you might not hear your morning alarm if you are wearing earplugs? I can usually hear my alarm even when wearing earplugs, provided I select a loud alarm tone and set my phone to maximum volume. It has happened though that I didn’t hear it. I should add that I often play …

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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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How to Block Bass Noise—and Save Your Sanity

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To our neighbor the music might sound perfectly balanced, but for us “it’s all about the bass.” Or, suppose the bass is coming from a party across the street or a dance club. You live pretty far away, but still, the rhythm of the drums coming through your windows and door is inviting you to …

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7 Different Types of Earplugs and What They Are Used For

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The purpose of this post is to provide an overview of different types of earplugs, prime use cases, and some peculiarities you need to know when using them. Common uses of earplugs include: Hearing protection at work and at the range Hearing protection at concerts and other entertainment venues while maintaining sound fidelity Noise reduction …

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