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Old 07-23-2018, 04:37 PM
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I'm not big on electronic noise cancelling. I go with IEM's and I've been using Shure se535's for a long time.
After a couple flights I'll confirm that both Shure 846 SE846 with yellow foam earplugs and Campfire Andronica with marshmallow tips both sound far better than Bose IEM with noise cancelling. I brought all 3 to test in flight on my last 2 trips.

With Bose I hear the hum of the noise cancelling, and also some noise of the plane.
With my 2 premium IEMs they both drown out sound in a passive way like earplugs, and there is no noise cancel hum at all, and they sound far better than bose on and off the plane.
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Not sure about 'best', but the AKG N60NC are on-sale on the AKG website for $99.95. That's a savings of $150. https://www.akg.com/root/N60NC.html
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:14 PM
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I’ve used Bose and Sennheiser noise canceling headphones, and several models of universal and custom-fit IEMs from Shure, Klipsch, and Westone. Any good IEM with the right tips and a proper seal will reduce noise more than active cancelling headphones, typically by about 10db. You can see that in headphone and IEM specs and Innerfidelity measurements. For me, triple-flange tips are the most effective, but yellow foam tips work well too. These are, after all, basically good earplugs with drivers attached. The only downside is that some people can’t tolerate having something inserted in their ears, especially for a long period of time.
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Old 09-29-2018, 11:14 AM
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I have the Bose for active noise cancelling but after 4+ hours I find the fit to be uncomfortable (headband shape digs into to of my head). I find myself mire comfortable with just really good in ear monitors that seals out the outside noise. Currently using an older pair of Future Sonics MG5’s, sound is phenomenal (it’s a professional musician stage product and not designed for everday consumer use)...but, if its good enough for The Grateful Dead and U2, why not me

The initial creation of your ear mold is a bit of a PITA, but the perfect fit blocks out outside noise, is less fatiguing than active noise cancellation, super comfortable, and their audio reproduction is stellar.
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Mouse, also consider custom molded in ear options too. They naturally block decibel levels similar to having foam earplugs in, and have several options for quality of speakers that are integrated.


Definitely the best option.

Way better noise rejection. And never runs out of batteries.

I have a pair of Ultimate Ears UE11Pro back when JH was still in the company. He’s now started JH Audio. You should definitely check out their offerings.

I now use a B&W PX which I think is the best compromise for sound quality and noise cancellation. It is Wireless so I originally got it for playing video games on VR or the big TV without getting entangled in wires. But on a recent trip was impressed how decent they sounded. I also liked that I never got strangled by wires when I was sleeping.

But for absolute noise rejection custom in ear monitors are unbeatable
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