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Old 18th May 2017, 10:12 AM   #5926
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As much as I hate Bose, the QC35's is probably the best when it comes to a portable wireless noise cancelling headphone.
Yeah I recently bought the QC35s but often fall back to IEMs with comply tips. QC35s are basically unusable whilst walking or in any type of wind and do a shit job next to people talking if you're only watching Netflix (ie not as loud or consitant in volume as music)
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Old 19th May 2017, 1:14 AM   #5927
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QC35 have issues. Namely, firmware, sound leak, and high volume distortion. I returned mine and got Sony 1000X for less.

Imo, QC35 is an expensive downgrade from QC25.

If you have custom fitted IEMs with noise isolating tips, you probably don't need NC headphones in most situations. You will also get superior sound quality. I own 5 different NC headphones and can testify that SQ isn't their strength. Sony 1000X and Audio Technica's ANC9 top the field in terms of SQ, but not extraordinary in any way.

QCs have exceptional NC and comfort, but are really tiring to ears especially on long flights. I am guessing the sound generated to cancel the noise is responsible for the pain. I recommend wearing foam ear plugs at same time if not listening or if you are trying to get good sleep during the flight (or in a server room ).

If you are after best Bluetooth NC headphones, Sony's 1000X is simply the best at the moment. Sony really stepped up their NC game.

The best way to save on these overpriced NC headphones is:

1. wait for a substantial discount (eg. stock clearance sale)
2. price match at a competitor's store
3. pay with discounted gift card(s)
4. claim TRS

or buy secondhand in audio forums (they appear to depreciate like Hyundai )

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Old 19th May 2017, 6:14 AM   #5928
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I agree with the above. I have 2x pairs of Zero Audio carbo IEMs and they are perfect for any NC duties I need. I often work in loud datacentres and have tried NC headphones and found the IEMs to work better.
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Old 19th May 2017, 10:56 AM   #5929
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The Sony 1000X are much more expensive then the QC35's though. $480-550 vs $350-395 for the latter.

Surprised Comply are still business. Unfortunately the T-400 and T-500 tips I had didn't last long enough. The foam and double flange tips from Sennheiser are absolutely superb for medium to large ear canals.
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Old 19th May 2017, 3:44 PM   #5930
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Originally Posted by Matthew kane View Post
Surprised Comply are still business. Unfortunately the T-400 and T-500 tips I had didn't last long enough. The foam and double flange tips from Sennheiser are absolutely superb for medium to large ear canals.
Comply seem to be pretty popular and are often bundled with IEMs. I personally couldn't get a good seal with them and found Etymotic grey cylindrical foam tips worked best for isolation. Then I discovered Sensaphonic silicone sleeves which are perfect in all aspects.
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Old 21st May 2017, 9:09 PM   #5931
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Hey guys, I'm currently hunting for some sub ~$200 closed over-ear headphones. They will be used for a variety of things, music, tv/movies, guitar, keyboard, and a little gaming. From my searches Audio Technica M50X's came up a lot. In the comments there were also a number of people suggesting the M40X were also worth considering (some saying they liked them better). JB hifi had the M50X and MSR7 which I tried for a couple minutes each. I'm coming from canalphones (Shure SE215) so the isolation on both didn't seem great but that was in a fairly noisy store. I thought the M50X's sounded pretty decent but for certain music like rock I found the treble end of the sound to be a bit harsh, I didn't notice the same in other genres like jazz or electronic. The MSR7's are out of my current budget but I did find I liked the fit of them better and the highs didn't seem to have the same harshness as I found in some music on the M50X's but they also had a little less on the low end which I'm guessing is what is meant by "flat sound profile". Haven't found a set of M40X's to try yet. Any suggestions for other headphones to consider?
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Old 21st May 2017, 9:55 PM   #5932
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I don't find the treble of the M40X harsh. The bass is a touch too pronounced, but apparently the M50X are worse. JB price matched a much better online price for me.
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Old 21st May 2017, 11:41 PM   #5933
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What are my options for wireless headphones with a mic?

Will be used purely for gaming, no music or anything (would get some decent wired ones for that).

Only thing is that it has to have a strong wireless signal. My current set (G930's) cut out intermittently because of interference from my wifi/baby monitor/whatever.
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Old Today, 12:27 PM   #5934
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currently run ath-ad700 open back headphones but need new ones some time soon. i would like a similar unit but in wireless, is this a thing? is it possible to get good open back cans that are wireless?
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Guys, I was reading about some motherboards today and I was amazed at the effort some go to to put good audio hardware onto their boards but nearly every headset that I or my kids have used (gaming) are usb so am I missing out on something? Are usb headsets (eg G930) good enough for gaming? What non-usb headset would you even use for gaming?

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