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Feb. 3rd, 2006

10:01 pm - QuietComfort-y

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So, I bit the bullet and did something I've thought of doing a number of times over the years, in particular again recently since I get to try the latest generation, and bought these. They are nice. They're most decidedly not cheap, but they sound fantastic (I know some people are not big fans of the brand, but ... well, I don't detect any of the things people claim against them), and, well, ... quiet! Wonderful quiet!

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Delerium - Semantic Spaces

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From:delphinus
Date:February 4th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
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I bought Andy a pair for our 1 year anniversary (and I cringed at the price!) He loves them!
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From:mavjop
Date:February 4th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Cool. :) They are very nice, if you can swallow the price. A friend of mine apparently bought a pair a while back and while he liked them, was starting to feel serious buyer's remorse ... and then he went on a flight across the country and suddenly they were more than worth it. =) I'm going to enjoy using mine (along with my other new toy -- my iPod) at the office where there's a lot of A/C and machine room noise, but I'm definitely looking forward to trying them out on a plane some time.
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From:wy
Date:February 4th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
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They're okay headphones, just somewhere in the horrifically overpriced range, that's all. *grin* There's a couple cheaper alternatives of the same quality, and some better ones at the same price. So I'm given to understand, at least.

Me, I just have a cheap pair of noise cancelling aiwas.
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From:mavjop
Date:February 4th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
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I've tried a couple of other pairs (other brands), and I haven't liked them. Interestingly, the Bose ones make Lori feel like they're pressurising her ears, but I found that ones from other brands made me feel weird and even the Bose generation 1 ones did, but the new generation 2 ones I find really nice.

I know a lot of people who have NC headphones -- many of whom have bought several pairs from different companies -- and their experience has been that the cheaper ones have always had a catch.

Define "better" :)

If "better" means sound reproduction-wise (I know the complaint about no highs and no lows), the sound sounds fantastic to me and I cannot detect any removal of frequencies even from things that one might expect to suffer, so I have my doubts. A friend/colleague pointed out recently (and I think it's quite true), that audiophiles are not generally prepared to back up their assertions with a double-blind test.

They've made mechanical improvements since the first iteration of the generation 2 QuietComfort so that they no longer have a habit of breaking at the extensible part or the ear cups.

They fold flat (as flat as the ear cups allow), and they come with a really great semi-hard ballistic nylon case in a sensible form factor for packing when travelling.

All of these things factor into "better". I'll take those practical things over a notional audio quality difference I cannot discern and I'd be surprised if 1 in 1000 "audiophiles" could discern (note: I'm not saying that there are not audiophiles who really can tell differences but, if they exist, they're hidden in a mass of pompous pretenders).

Oh, and I am not at all interested in in-ear headphones.
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From:mavjop
Date:February 4th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and I didn't mean to diss your Aiwas! I just really like the Bose ones.
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