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Old Sep 2, 99, 3:04 pm
Join Date: Aug 1999
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Noise-cancelling headphones

I didn't find anything in the archives, and wondered if anyone else use them, and if there are any opinions about them. I find I'm often the only one onboard with it, and sometimes even the FA asks what they are.

I have one from Brooktree which has the electronics built into the headphones. It uses 2 AAA batteries. There's a stereo input, and I use it to listen to channel 9 on UA flights for ATC communications. I find them to be very effective, even in the upper deck of a 744, and more effective than the built-in noise-reduction headphones on UA business class. My only gripe is that it is rather bulky and makes packing a little awkward.

My girlfriend uses the one from Sharper Image, which is a two-piece unit - small headphones and an electronics unit the size of a matchbox. She found it awkward to wear the headphones at first, but now she brings them with her on all her trips.
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