The Search for Decent Headphones
My latest travel experience has convinced me that I need to invest in a good set of noise-cancelling headphones. I couldn’t turn up my iPod’s volume loud enough to drown out the voices of those two people sitting behind me on the two-and-a-half hour flight from Colorado Springs to Atlanta. It’s not that they were talking all that loudly, they just had those nasally voices operating at just the right frequency to pierce glass.
I knew that for a small fortune I could probably get some Bose headphones that would do a fine job, but I was hoping to find a compromise that would work almost as well. As it turned out, Googling for “noise cancelling headphones” led me to a recent review (by David Pogue) of some notable alternatives. The problem is that, so far, I can’t find two of his top picks in any local stores. There’s no hint on the Audio-Technica web site about where you can find their ATH-ANC7 headphones in stores, and it’s not clear to me that the Panasonic RP-HC500 headphones are even being made anymore.
I could order either of these off of Amazon.com (or some other online dealer), but I really want to try them out in person first. I have a history with headphones not fitting me very well.