Enjoy the silence.

Gadgets, Useful Things by Richa

If you’ve ever been in an Apple store, you’ve probably seen these. Chances are, though, you didn’t give them a second glance. Recently, though I am the satisfied owner of a pair of fancy over-the-ear sealed headphones as well as an excellent pair of active noise-cancelling headphones, I wanted to get a pair of earbud headphones that would give a better sound quality and bass response than the frankly inferior earbuds that shipped with my 4th gen iPod. On the recommendations of friends and colleagues, then, I got these Etymotic Research 6i isolator in-ear headphones. What’s so special about these? Well, they double as earplugs, so they block out external sound as well as delivering high-fidelity sound into your ears. Moreover, they block out sound much better than active noise cancelling headphones. Why? Because noise-cancelling headphones block out white noise such as plane engine hum, with the result of making things like voices, etc. clearer. Anyone who has been on a plane with a screaming child will know that this is not a desired result. The ER-6is, however, block out all external sound, making them worth their weight and more in gold.

A tip: don’t buy them from the Apple store, as they charge retail price. Buy from Amazon, which is selling them for almost half the price.

ed: Joe Mathlete Explains Today’s Marmaduke. This is too freaking funny. via Chris Glass.

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I have a pair of Shure E4Cs, which I love. Little on the expensive side, but the sound quality is glorious, if a little bit bright. eBay’s a good bet if you want a pair, or any number of audiophile forums.

[…] If you listen to an MP3 player away from your car or your home, you use earphones. Bluetooth hasn’t made it’s way onto most popular players yet (although it is on some) so chances are, those earphones have cords. You could have some nice earbuds with well-managed cords, but still, all that wire-flopping is terribly annoying, especially if you are doing something like running or mowing the lawn. […]

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