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Hello everyone, been a while since I've been on the forum.  Would appreciate your advice on a purchase that I'm contemplating.

 

Recently transitioned job roles and will be doing a fair amount of traveling.  I'd like to get a decent pair of noise canceling headphones that will mainly be used alongside my iPhone while I'm in an airport or on an airplane.  In doing research, a lot of the reviews highly recommend (and I feel dirty for saying this...) the Bose QC35 and the Sony MDR 1000X cans.  Both are wireless Bluetooth which I'd likely lean toward simply because of the lack of a dedicated headphone jack on the iPhone.  I've listened to both briefly at the local BB and I'd probably lean a bit toward the Sony's as they were slightly more revealing than the "rhymes with blows." 

 

So, I'd appreciate advice, real world experiences, etc.  For the use I described, what would you recommend, what sets should I be considering that I haven't listened to yet?  Looking to stay somewhere in that $350-400 range or below. 

 

As always, thanks for sharing your wisdom...  Brian

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I prefer the Bose Quietcomfort QC20i. I use an aftermarket adapter with my iPhone7. Wired sounds better than Bluetooth, so I deal with the wires. I also prefer in-ear for mobile use. The Bose are nearly as comfortable as the Klipsch x12i, which is quite an achievement considering how different they are in their approach and design. 

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Are you interested in IEMs, or do you want info regarding over the ear only?

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Appreciate the responses so far.  I've tended to stay away from in-ears because I haven't had a lot of luck with them.  Owned several including a few Klipsch, Senheiser's, and others but never really had a pair that I liked.  So, I guess I've focused mainly on over-ear's for this search hoping that I'd find a good pair that I really like.  I do agree, the in-ear is more convenient for travel due to the size, but just have not had good luck both from a fit and overall comfort perspective (I must have weird ears). 

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I recently got the Sony MDR-Z7... I really love it quite a bit. very clean and wide sound, highly detailed.

these have the same 70mm driver of the much more expensive Z1 model but at a fraction of the price. if you shop wisely, you can find a pair for around 300-500 or so... the Z1's, around $2500

 

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Man, I love IEMs. I feel bad for people that can't do them. 

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I also haven't found an IEM that I like yet. Bose QC25 has excellent noise cancelling and sound very good. I borrowed them from my brother for a bit and now looking for a used pair locally.

$300 new, $150-200 used

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The noise canceling circuit is amazing. The QC25 gets great reviews and people really like them - if the sonic signature is anything like the IEM 20s - enjoy!

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6 hours ago, Deang said:

The noise canceling circuit is amazing. The QC25 gets great reviews and people really like them - if the sonic signature is anything like the IEM 20s - enjoy!

Yes! I couldn't believe how well they work.

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I'll have to check out the QC-25 also, especially if noise cancellation is on par with the 35. 

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On 6/29/2017 at 8:42 PM, Schu said:

I recently got the Sony MDR-Z7... I really love it quite a bit. very clean and wide sound, highly detailed.

these have the same 70mm driver of the much more expensive Z1 model but at a fraction of the price. if you shop wisely, you can find a pair for around 300-500 or so... the Z1's, around $2500

 

 

Thanks for the recommendation Schu, I'll have to see if I can find a pair of these to give them a try.  How are they in mitigating background noise (airport, airplane, etc.)?

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My bad... I did not see your need for noise isolation. The Sony z7's are open backed but the more expensive z1 is closed back.

 

I find in ear are the best for isolation imho. I use them all the time in the poker room and my x11 and x20 are perfect for isolation and they are life and comfortable.

 

 

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The x11's are still the most comfortable in ear ever created.

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