The JVC HA-NCX78
($80) was more my style, in a price range I would consider. This set features discreet earbuds instead of bulky over-the-ear cups, and for that reason alone I tended to use it more than the others. The Bose, Creative and Sennheiser headphones all did a noticeably better job of filtering noise, but with the JVC I could fall asleep with my head against the airplane bulkhead, something I found impossible with the over-the-ear models. The JVC boasts a long wire and a shirt clip that houses the noise receiver and controls. All the other sets make you fumble blindly at the ear controls, or else take them off to make adjustments. The JVC provides a "monitor" button and a power switch. The monitor button disables noise canceling, but that struck me as unnecessary. Why not just flip the power switch?
But overall I liked this set a lot. If JVC added an iPhone-compatible microphone to this headset, it would have a killer device that I'd wrestle wild dogs for.
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