Died ... and ... gone ... to ... heaven....
OK, so I scoffed at noise cancelling headphones for years. I dragged my heels. I ignored advice. I was close-minded, stubborn, hard-headed and fool-hardy. My wife bought some (mid-tier) headphones for my boys, and I wouldn't even try 'em. I didn't want to pay the money. I didn't want to carry them. I've been traveling without them for my entire life, why could I possibly need them? Most of the people on the planes don't have them. Etc., etc., etc. I was a skeptic, but I WAS WRONG.
I recently flew to London and back with a (highly educated) friend/colleague (who I find to be a knowledgeable, sophisticated consumer). He raved about his Bose headphones. I tried them briefly on the plane. Impressive. So, when I returned, I did a lot of Internet research. I read a lot of reviews. I tried a number of the competitors in the store.
I finally broke down and bought myself a pair of the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. I LOVE THEM. I WISH I'D BOUGHT THEM YEARS AGO. If you can bite the ($300) bullet, I cannot recommend them enough. On my recent trip to Bangkok,
- I wore them the entire length of both flights (well in excess of 30+ hours of airtime);
- I wore them while I slept;
- I was fortunate to be in Biz class the entire way (and I enjoyed United's rear-facing lie-flat seat). I normally sleep on my stomach (and turn my head sideways), but the headphones were so pleasant that, instead, I slept on my back, wearing the headphones, and enjoyed some of my best in-flight sleep, ever.
- I listened to (a fair amount of) classical music. I often don't bother on the flight, because I don't want to turn it up loud enough so that I can really hear it. The sound quality was terrific.
- I listened to (a fair amount of) one of my audio books. (I use AUDIBLE - another service that I love!!!) I often don't bother on the flight, because I don't want to turn it up loud enough so that I can really hear it. The sound quality was terrific, and I did not have to make it loud to hear.
- I wore them with (over) and without my favorite travelling baseball hat.
- OK, I even wore the headphones when I went to the rest room. I basically never took them off.
Note: the toughest decision is size, I opted for the larger over-the-ear model, and I do not regret it. In terms of comfort, they never bothered me (at all) during my long trip.
UPDATE: After years of satisfaction with the Bose over-the-ear QC15, I just took the plunge and bought a pair of QuietComfort® [QC] 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones - that's the Bose in-ear (or ear bud) model. It's a LOT less to carry (including batteries)!
More information here: Bose® QuietComfort® 20 Headphones | Bose
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