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Noise Cancelling Headphones/AcousticSheep Sleepphones

Hello-

I am planning my first trip overseas which will involve a long plane ride (at least for me) from Chicago to Dublin. I am looking into buying some noise cancelling headphones or AcousticSheep Sleepphones
http://www.sleepphones.com/

Does anyone have any experience - good or bad with these devices? I am a very light sleeper and earplugs won't work for me.

Thanks!

Posted by
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There are a few reviews on Amazon you might like to look at. I always check the one and two star reviews first. It has been my experience that there is where you'll find your best critiques.

Bill

Posted by
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Consider "in-ear" type headphones which act both as an earplug and headphone. I know you said earplugs won't work for you.
I found the in-ear headphones to block most of the noise and make it easier to hear music, the airplane movie, etc.

Plus they are very small and light weight.

Posted by
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I bought the Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones. It works and is reasonably comfortable for 10+ hour flights but "reduces" , not eliminates noise. (The AAA battery last the entire flight.). One factor in effectiveness is how tight the in-ear piece fits. My unit has leakage but I have not experimented with the various sized pieces that came with the device.

One down side is the active reduction only works at cancelling relative wave forms like engine harmonics. It does not cancel out endless chattering of passengers who feel the need to talk the entire flight. If anything, it cancels out the white noise that drowns out the chattering.

The decision factor for me was the light weight low volume of the unit. Over ear units may work better than my cheaper device, but I would be carrying them around the rest of the trip.