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Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: Your Dell Mini 9 Plane Experiences... - 03-27-2009, 03:23 AM
I don't have my Mini yet but I see a side topic about headphones and flying.
Headphones are one of my main hobbies (visit http://www.head-fi.org/ to see how serious a hobby it can be).
I can't more strongly recommend that one gets a pair of IEMs (Shure, Ultimate Ears, Etymotic, Westone, etc.) to use while flying. They fit into the ear with a tight seal and block out considerable amounts of ambient noise. Unlike active noise-cancelling headphones (Bose, among others), no battery is required and they will work well in situations where there isn't a constant background noise. Most of them will sound much better and be cheaper than Bose (depends).
Personally, I use Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10 Pro but am seriously thinking about saving for a set of UE's custom fit IEMs. You can also get USB DACs/Headphone Amps (but they will draw power from the USB port) if you really want to improve your listening experience. Meier's 3Move is always a good choice.
You can tell I'm serious when I'm talking about headphones that cost more than the Mini itself. Of course, I have an interconnect cable for my iPod to connect it to an exterior amp that costs almost as much as a 16GB nano. The amp cost more than my iPod Classic 160GB! I really am serious about my headphones.
Anyway, get yourself a decent set of IEMs if you plan to fly with your Mini. You will enjoy yourself very much more and your ears will thank you because you won't have to crank the volume. The rest of your body will thank you when it arrives less tired not having been subjected to the noises of an airliner cabin.
Join Date: Feb 2009
Re: Your Dell Mini 9 Plane Experiences... - 03-27-2009, 03:51 AM
I've used these earphones recently on a plane. The noise isolation was very good. And if you have a set of buds you like but want even more isolation, you can just buy the foam tips from them.
Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: Your Dell Mini 9 Plane Experiences... - 03-27-2009, 04:26 AM
a couple years ago I began using a set of Sure E2C (nice cheap option) for headphones. The sound quality was better and depending on the interchangeable earpiece I was using, it cut down on tons of ambient noise.
However, last year I had a pair of Westone ES3 http://www.westone.com/content/114.htmlin-ears custom molded . The difference is amazing.... as well it should be for the financial outlay. I use them multiple times each week when performing music as well as when flying with an ipod ambient noise is no longer a problem (cuts about 30 decibles or so). Plus, since they are custom molded to my ears I don't suffer any ear fatigue (they actually have soft silicon tips that "melt" and form to your ear canal as you're body's natural heat warms them in your ear). I've done many 8 our trips with them in non stop and it has been pure bliss.
I've tried headphones with active/passive noise canceling... never again. It makes my ears so tired.
All that to say, find yourself a nice pair of IEM if you want an amazing listening experience coupled with amazing comfort. I'm definitely looking forward to using them with my dell mini!
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