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Thursday, February 14, 2008

La La La - I Can't Hear You!

My mom got me new headphones for Christmas and they're really great. Totally great sound. Full sound range. But one funny thing - they're earbuds. They came with three different sizes of silicone covers, and one fits just perfectly. Really, they're great. But they don't cover my ears.

The funny thing is that without having my ears covered, they don't seem to do the trick for helping me block out the rest of the world and providing focus for work. This is totally unexpected, but after several weeks and a lot of thinking about it, normal over the ear headphones act as both a visual cue and a physical reminder that I'm more or less sitting here with my hands over my ears, but since it's really headphones, my hands are free to continue working.

So I'm going to pack the earbuds with my mp3 player and use them for exercise and such, but I'm going back to old school headphones for the office.

3 Comments:

  • Check with Rick or someone over the amount of sound that bleeds out of the earbuds. I have long suspected the noise from people listening to ipod and such on public transit is partly due to the fact that the earbuds 'bleed' a lot more of the music to people standing around compared to other forms of earpieces/headphones. So the headphones are probably much better for work, both in a keeping noise out and keeping from your coworkers having to listen to whatever you choose play.

    By Blogger Chris, at 2:28 PM  

  • Sony's MDR-V6 are the bomb if you prefer over-the-ear headphones, as I do. They're a bit pricey, but I've been using the same pair for 15 years. You just have to replace the padded earcups every 6 years or so.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-V6-Monitor-Headphones-Voice/dp/B00001WRSJ

    By Blogger Kevin Fox, at 2:30 PM  

  • I love these earphones, by the way. THey make working in a 7-person room with constant conversations going on totally bearable:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OMKR8E/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3NZEZJSZCZ6J5&colid=I4S67YP0LVZ1

    THey were a tip from Lisa D. Great product.Also pricey.

    By Blogger tshuma, at 10:19 PM  

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