Ever heard of sound ISOLATING earphones ?

For last few weeks since I got my iPod Shuffle, I've been using this earphone to listen to my collection of music while in the office. There's a reason why it's called sound isolating - I don't hear almost any sound when I'm plugged.

I don't hear my phone ringing unless I turn the ring volume all the way up. I don't hear my roommate talking on the phone (he doesn't exactly whisper when he's on the phone). I don't hear someone asking me for lunch. I don't hear my manager opening my room door (I sit facing away from the door), walking across my back and sitting down on my side. I have no idea he's there until he taps me on the shoulder. Ooops.

This earphone works...and works too well to use it in the office. So I ended up switching back to less satisfying earbuds bundled with iPod. If you're working in noisy environment (maybe in some cubicle full of noisy coworkers or rack full of servers), sound isolating earphones might be a great help. Of course, it reproduces music \*much\* better than others.

PS. I'd love to get this one if I have some spare cash to burn. Although mine sounds much better than most other earbuds, I know it still lacks precise high to mid-high frequency response (I'm not much of a bass person and the bass of E2c is enough for me). And like most other earphones, the sound field feels "closed". Maybe I should get one of these.

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My wife and her sister both have e2c's and they love them. I have cheaper sony earbuds, which still sound pretty nice. Nicer than ipod ear-buds, mostly because they are the rubber in-ear style, rather than the ipod-style "just sit there" kind. In the office I use actual headphones which gets you both good sound and also the ability to hear people who talk to you. But when I work out or go for walks I use the ear-buds, basically so I don't look like a dork walking around in headphones on the street.

Posted by Chris Q on June 10, 2005 at 08:05 AM PDT #

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