Active Noise Cancelling vs Noise Isolating Headphones [Tested]

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In this post I am reporting on my performance tests comparing noise cancelling headphones, over-ear noise isolating headphones, and in-ear noise isolating earphones. Apart from noise reduction charts, I have also included tips based on my experience to help you decide which headphone type is right for your use case. Let’s get right to it. …

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Etymotic ER2XR Review: Great Noise Isolation and Good Bass

Etymotic ER2XR Noise Isolating Earphones Review

The Etymotic Research ER2XR earphones are excellent at reducing noise, and they can drive a good beat. I am getting 30+ decibels noise reduction with these virtually across the whole tested frequency range. A while ago, I tested the Etymotic MK5 Isolator, neutral sounding budget earphones with great noise isolation. I like the MK5 but …

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Slamming Your Fridge Door: A Simple and Effective Earplug Test

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Getting a consistent, deep fit with your earplugs is crucial if you want to effectively reduce lower pitched impact sounds such as door slams, stomping noise, etc. But how do you know you are getting a good, deep seal? Judging your earplug fit by listening to everyday noises can be deceiving. Your earplugs might muffle …

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What Are the Best Earplugs for Low Frequency Noise?

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In this post, I am sharing my favorite earplugs for blocking low frequency noise. I have systematically tested the earplugs mentioned here. In addition, I have used them in a variety of bass-noise heavy environments. To work well against low frequency noise, earplugs have to plug the ear deep inside the canal. It is the …

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Moldex Pura-Fit vs SparkPlugs [Noise Reduction and Comfort Test]

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The Moldex Pura-Fit (green) have been one of my favorite earplugs for several years now. They are easy to insert and exert just the right amount of pressure in my ears to stay put. Most importantly, I get a good seal with them and they effectively reduce noise. In this review, I am comparing the …

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Flents Quiet Time vs Quiet Contour vs Quiet Please [tested]

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Flents (Apothecary Products) distributes several very different earplugs in their Quiet-series. The short cylindrical Quiet Please are made of beige PVC. They may look retro, but in my experience, they shine as low frequency noise blockers and exert very little pressure in the ear canal. The longer Quiet Time (purple) and Quiet Contour (green) are …

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How to Make Your Earplugs Block More Low Frequency Noise

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Many people feel that their earplugs don’t help against low frequency noise that is bothering them. This could be traffic noise, hums from appliances and HVAC systems, stomping upstairs neighbors, and bass noise from music, to name a few. I too used to believe that earplugs don’t do well against this type of noise. However, …

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Etymotic Mk5 Review: Great Noise Isolation on a Budget

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Do you want earphones with excellent noise isolation and save some coin? The Etymotic MK5 in-ears don’t have active noise cancellation, but chances are you won’t miss it with these earphones, if you don’t mind deep-insertion ear tips. I am sitting on my balcony listening to some coffeehouse music: basically piano and acoustic guitar to …

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AGPTEK Sleep Earbuds Review (Isolation and Durability Tips)

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AGPTEK sleep earbuds are wired micro earphones with interchangeable ear tips. They are so small that I can insert them almost completely in my ear, allowing me to sleep comfortably on the side without ear pressure. Also, the sound of the earbuds doesn’t change when I hit the pillow. Apart from sleeping, these are also …

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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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