How do I minimize outside noise while still listening to music?

Discussion in 'Full Size Headphones' started by veggiop, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. veggiop

    veggiop Well Balanced

    Feb 18, 2011
    My main question is what are the most effective noise-cancelling headphones that are as loud or louder than the Senheiser PXC-250?

    I'm currently a grad student and I live in a relatively loud environment. I ususally study to music, but can't do it when there are other sounds around me (aside the music itself)
    What I started doing is wearing earplugs (Mack's Pillowsoft) that reduce noise significantly, and then wear my Senheiser PXC-250 noise canceling headphones over the earplugs.
    It works pretty well, but I think I've overused the PXC-250 (the noise cancellation basically stopped working and the sound itself is getting spotty)
    I'm looking to get new noise-cancelling headphones to study with (over the earplugs)

    Sound quality isn't that important (because the earplugs muffle the sound anyway), but noise-cancellation and volume are important.
    On the senheiser website it says the Sound Pressure Level (SPL) for the PXC-250 is 112 db. Not sure if that's a direct reflection of the volume, but i figure it has to do with it.

    I'd prefer (but don't require) Closed , Circumaural (and blue-tooth) headphones, and price really isn't an issue.

    Any suggestions?

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