Noise cancelling headphone or closed headset, What is the disparity?

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Part Four: Noise cancelling headset or closed headphones, What often is the disparity?

That is one of those most commonly asked inquiries, we get it all of the time and, frankly, we are sick of sending the identical stock reply again and again. So, we chose to answer it once and for all.

Now, before we go any further, I’m off to draft the standard email that directs someone to this article, back in any minute…….You’re still there? Good. I stopped off to obtain a vitamin drink plus a cup of tea too, sorry.

OK. To state it plainly, there are 2 sorts of noise cancellation, active and passive.

Passive noise cancellation/reduction is generally a by-product of wearing the earphones in the first place. If a headset covers your ears up, it basically has the same noise cancellation effect like a pair of earmuffs. The sound has to work that much more difficult to travel to the ear if it must initially pass through a solid surface. Passive noise cancellation comes largely from blocking, or covering your ears and listening to a louder sound in closer proximity. In case your friend is trying to talk to you and you can’t pay attention to them due to your headsets, then that’s passive noise cancellation.

Active noise cancellation/reduction is a little more scientific. Headsets that actively cancel outside noise do so by generating a low field of white noise around your ear, this actually masks outside sound and is a purpose in and of itself, from the sound reproduction performance of those speakers.

To be frank, anything you place in or around your ear carries a passive noise cancellation effect, but only headphones pre-loaded with noise reducing features will produce a masking white sound. This noise won’t interfere with the performance of the headsets, but it’ll cover the sound from wind, rain, road works and other train passengers and their noisy mobile conversations.

Noise cancellation/reduction earphones will do a much better job of drowning out the noise pollution generated by barking pets, train announcements, bad street buskers and the charity trolls who approach you in the street.

Joking aside, this is the FAQ because it is an excellent one to ask. Noise reduction features drastically add to the price of your headsets and it’s absolutely worth knowing what you are purchasing before you put down your hard-earned down onto the counter.