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Do noise cancelling headphones work without music ?

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Initial post: Sep 26, 2010 7:23:35 PM PDT
L.I.T. says:
I'm thinking of buying a noise cancelling headphone, but my intended use of it is not to listen to music, but to keep myself in a quiet environment.
I often go to coffee shops to read books, but chatting from nearby tables just distracts me from focusing on the books and I always wish that I had some way to keep the noise from entering my ears.

Does noise cancelling headphone shut the outside noise without listening to the music ?

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 10:17:47 PM PDT
Yes- definitely. If they have active cancellation, as long as you have them turned on, you will get noise cancellation. With passive, just having them on your head will ensure blocking of outside noise. Passive headphones block noise in their design, they don't use mics to cancel out the sound.

Then again, we're talking about the difference between noise cancelling and headphones that are merely blocking out external noises. With noise cancelling headphones, when they're turned on, the mic(s) on the phones will pick up the outside noise then cancel it out by pumping in basically what is the opposite of that sound- they then cancel each other out. You will probably get the sensation of air pressure changes when you put on noise cancelling phones- but there's no actual pressure change. In fact, the blocking of the low frequency sounds fools your brain into thinking there's a loss of air pressure, and at first they feel weird. You will get used to that though.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 9:27:42 AM PDT
Generally noise cancelling headphones take out low level drone (jet engines etc) so while they will cut the noise of a conversation at the next table they will not reduce it to the same extent that they reduce the noise of the bus rumbling by outside.

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 1:38:25 PM PDT
Yes, they are an effective way to remove some noise, but not all. But if you're sitting in a loud cafe, trying to read, those conversations that are swirling all around will still be audible, but barely. These are a great pair of headphones that I've had for a few years Audio-Technica ATHANC7 Noise-cancelling Headphones. They were being offered at a much lower price when I initially bought them, so there could be some newer ones that are just as good for a better deal.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 7:43:08 AM PDT
Janet says:
Thanks for asking this question and thanks for the answers. This is exactly the information I needed.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 1:17:10 PM PST
kamikazlee says:
If you intend to use noise cancelling cans to keep yourself in a quiet environment like in a coffee shop to read a book and not for music I sugguest you to use ear plugs. Ear plugs will do a good job an it's cheap. Don't waste your money on noise cancelling headphones not worth it.
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