I was an early adopter of noise-canceling headphones. I still have my original NCT NoiseBuster NB-DX, though the foam earpads have turned to a sticky goo (stay tuned!) so I haven’t tried them lately. Other than being a bit cumbersome (the electronics and battery are in a separate box), and eating (9V) batteries a bit faster than I’d like, I loved those things. I’d wear them just to kill the building thrum where I worked without even feeding them input.
Recently I got some Philips SBC HN060 in-ear noise cancelers (even cheaper than they are usually- gray at Goodwill) I use with the iPod when I’m on vacation. They work OK for their price, size, and accessories, but I’m always afraid they’ll eat my brain like those bugs in Star Trek.
The Jabras come with a couple of cables and all the adaptors you usually need. They also have a nice, rigid, zip-up case to keep them in. I plan to use them while shooting video and here in the lab when I’m mixing music and sound, but they might get some recreational use now and then.
While I was typing the paragraph up there, I picked up my NoiseBusters to look for a manufacture date to guess how old they are (I got them at CES when they announced them). I made the mistake of touching The Black Goo. Man, that stuff is nasty. I had held out hope I could get it off without destroying the speakers, but I don’t know. I had to wash my hands two and a half times to get most of it off me. It’s really gross.
Guess I won’t be comparing the NBs with the Jabras anytime soon unless I want to have sticky black ears for a week. I’m sure they dust the Philips ones, though.