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USB Noise-Cancelling Headphones [Jan. 15th, 2008|10:49 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Dear Lazyweb,

Product recommendation, please: I want USB noise cancelling headphones. Big ears. No microphone. I can't seem to find any.

(And please, don't recommend products that aren't USB. I already have one that's not USB and I'm sick of listening to internal computer noise and the cord being an antenna for my cellphone's RF activity.)

Lovingly always,

[User Picture]From: gholam
2008-01-15 07:14 pm (UTC)
What about bluetooth?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-01-15 07:29 pm (UTC)
I don't trust things that go over the air. WiFi barely ever works.
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[User Picture]From: gholam
2008-01-15 07:32 pm (UTC)
YMMV, but I'm quite happy with my Plantronics Pulsar 590A.
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[User Picture]From: arbiterman
2008-01-15 07:45 pm (UTC)
I used to own a few of them, but pretty sure that bluetooth audio is a worst audial expirience a man can get :^) Due to low power consumption requirements they are too quite and A2DP profile sound quality is unaccepatble. You whould better get any china-made 10$ wired headphones, than any 100$ wireless bluetooth :)
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From: ext_62163
2008-01-15 08:23 pm (UTC)

Know anyone in Tokyo?

Google says: http://www.thanko.jp/noisecancel_headphone.html
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[User Picture]From: joshc
2008-01-15 08:37 pm (UTC)
I've gotten around this the cheap way on my iMac with a little attenuator from Radio Shack.
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From: tom
2008-01-15 08:43 pm (UTC)
Fucking A, it doesnt exist man, trust me, I've looked. Took me long enough to stumble unto some USB speakers. For those reasons and a work around for a busted earphone jack until I just buy a new laptop. Might wanna look into that bluetooth though, not sure about it personally although I'd rather wait for the newer bluetooth technology to hit which wont be for quite some time.
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[User Picture]From: jaybonci
2008-01-15 08:45 pm (UTC)
In a bizarre, end of the internets scenario, you will note that the second search on google for "USB noice cancelling headphones" is this post.

Beware the deep recursion.
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[User Picture]From: cowsandmilk
2008-01-15 10:14 pm (UTC)
Google always ranks theire employee blogs high as a way to boost morale
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[User Picture]From: mart
2008-01-15 11:11 pm (UTC)

My USB headphones have the DAC only a few inches from the USB plug, so most of the cord is still noisy. If the noise bothers you, I guess you should make sure to get some where the digital gets a close to your ears as possible. I have no specific recommendations, though.

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[User Picture]From: 1foxyfemale
2008-01-16 12:29 am (UTC)
My dad has a pair of Bose noise canceling headphones that run on batteries. I know that's not what you want, but try the company's website, they might have something.
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[User Picture]From: newscane
2008-01-16 12:43 am (UTC)
What about noise isolating headphones/earphones, rather than active cancelling headphones? I can make a few recommendations in that regard.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-01-16 03:48 am (UTC)
Nope. Does not fit requirements. :-)
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[User Picture]From: wy1d
2008-01-16 01:35 am (UTC)
All the USB headphones I've used had the same problem.. It wasn't until I got a 3g phone that it finally went away, oddly.
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From: evan
2008-01-16 02:16 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, the work machines have really noisy headphone jacks in the back while the jack on the front is quiet. Or maybe I have that in reverse -- just try the other one and see if it makes a difference.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-01-16 03:49 am (UTC)
Laptop on shuttle.

Noise-canceling makes the bus noises gone, but it just makes the cellphone RF noises all the more loud. Can't enjoy the music when every 30 seconds or so it makes some random buzzy noises.
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2008-01-16 08:15 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, in my experience, it doesn't matter how your headphones are connected, the GSM chatter still breaks in. I've used USB headphones, it's the cable acting as a resonant antenna.

In other news, I have to hate you now, since you work for the competition :(.
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