Ultimate Headphones for Dot Com Travelers

Sony MDR-NC22 Noise Canceling Headphones

While shopping in Hong Kong today, I picked up a set of headphones to add to my list of mobile blogging gears. The Sony MDR-NC22 are in-ear noise canceling headphones. They cancel out, or significantly reduce, the noise of the plane’s engines by emitting signals that are 180 degrees out of phase with engine frequencies of the airplane. The difference in noise level is like night and day. It’s like someone turned off the plane’s engines.

The advantage of the Sony noise canceling headphones over the original Bose noise canceling headphones is the Sony unit fits in ear and it way lighter at only 0.1lbs. Light weight is very important for dot com travelers. The unit’s noise cancellation technology is powered by a single AAA battery that should last up to 30 hours. The rubber ear pieces, available in three sizes, are very comfortable and mold to the shape of your ears. There is also an adapter to use the unit with those strange headphone inputs that some airlines use.

The sound quality of the MDR-NC22 is very high and works great with the MP3 collection in my iPhone. I found the MDR-NC22 very comfortable to use and after awhile, forgot that I had them on. You can use the headphones with or without noise cancellation. It doesn’t make sense to turn cancellation on if you’re in a quiet place like a library. However, having it on during a flight will reduce the plane’s cabin noise by up to 80%.

You don’t need to use these headphones with music. Many travelers buy noise canceling headphones just to cancel out the ambiance noise of the plane’s engines. The extra piece and quiet means a more restful sleep or better enjoyment of a good book on the Kindle. Of course, watching an in flight movie or listening to music is so much more enjoyable without engine noise.

The Sony MDR-NC22 is definitely a mush have item for any dot com traveler. I’m looking forward to using it on my next flight.

45 thoughts on “Ultimate Headphones for Dot Com Travelers”

  1. I have the Bose QuietComfort 2 Headphones… I like them but they are bulky. This is definitely something to look in to.

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    1. fas says:

      But they don’t come cheap. Who said all good things in life come cheap, LOL.

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      1. Squidoo says:

        Let’s see some pictures of you rocking it!

  2. Ryan McLean says:

    Looks pretty cool but I don’t use headphones much when I am on the road.
    I prefer to read and write.
    But I am sure that a lot of people will enjoy these and will be glad that you recommended them

    Maybe when I go to New Zealand in may and blog from New Zealand I might need a pair. But I doubt it

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  3. Just do not buy them in an airport as they are scandalously priced – try and get them online for cheaper !

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  4. noise canceling headphones are a must for a traveler or student in my opinion…you got one of the better ones on the market also

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  5. Paul B says:

    I don’t go anywhere without my Sennheiser PXC 300’s, I had some Sony’s but the Sennheiser kick ass!

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    1. Are they noise cancelling too? Is it worth the extra money?

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  6. Does China or Hong Kong have some cool electronics that America doesn’t yet?

    1. Jake Stone says:

      Hi Steven, they make all that cool electronics so naturally they have it first. Also they tend to have weird gizmos that we wouldn’t know how to operate.

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  7. I’ve only heard of them but never got to try them out. Could be something travellers never go on a trip without.

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  8. Nice buy. Do they make the same kind of headphones for an iPod? I’ve been looking for a good set to replace my standard pair from Apple.

    1. John Chow says:

      These headphones will work with an iPod.

  9. zool photo says:

    I am travellers.. I hope I can get one..

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  10. Headphones has always been a headache for me. Its hard to find a good quality sets. I have so many that I only used once. I do not like to deal with returns 🙁

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    1. Jake Stone says:

      You must have closets full of only once used stuff.

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  11. Paul U says:

    The problem is that they don’t come cheap.

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    1. but they are entirely worth the investment. When I got mine, I was initially wondering why I paid $80+ for a pair…it literally took a few hours of use before I was hooked…the instance silence is phenomenal.

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  12. It makes me wonder if it is emitting “RADIATION” to stop the noise around you, lol.


  13. Nice idea. I didn’t even know noise-cancelling headphones existed.

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  14. Trigunner says:

    simply awesome. I always wanted to have excellent headphones specially when I travel. It kinda keeps me relaxed to listen to my favorite music

  15. Philip Nowak says:

    I have to eventually get a pair of noice cancelling headphones. I just flew back from Cabo San Lucas a few weeks ago and I could barely hear the in-flight movie because of the engine noise. Granted, the movie that was playing was Nights in Rodanthe so the headphones would not have changed the horrible acting on the part of Diane Lane and Richard Gere, but it would have been nice to hear them anyway.

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  16. Jonk says:

    This wouldn’t just be handy for flights.

    I’m going to South America and have found out I’ll be spending some time on 20 hour bus trips and I think this would be very handy

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    1. Dude done that, but in North America. All I can say is make sure your ipod is well charged! Enjoy the ride.

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  17. I went with noise-isolating rather than noise-canceling headphones. Noise-isolating headphones are basically earplugs + headphones.

    I tried some noise-canceling headphones at work and they freaked me out: They canceled out a lot of the steady background droning of the aircondition, etc. but that meant that instead of the constant background noise I could suddenly hear my colleagues’ conversations, people talking on the phone, etc. much clearer than before. And those noises are much worse for your concentration than steady, constant noises.

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  18. Joy says:

    I’ll have to look into this. The engine noise (and other people noise) in the plane irks me. Now if this came with a mic I think I might actually fall in love — perfect for when I’m working at a coffee shop.

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  19. Sounds like a great gadget

  20. MLDina says:

    Thanks for the tip! I travel a lot for trade shows and other events, and I always have a hard time finding headphones that fit comfortably and get rid of the background noise (I can hardly hear my iPod over the plane lately). I’m going to have to pick up a pair of these for AdTech.

  21. Cool. I can’t do earbuds [they keep falling out of my ear no matter what], but these look a little different.

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    1. Same here headphones are the way to go, little more bulky for travel though..

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  22. I still like my Bose. Yea they are bigger, cost more, and cost more. But I prefer over ear to in ear. With that said these would be a good fit for many.

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  23. Rick Vaughn says:

    Very cool, might even work to drown out my girlfriend.

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    1. MLDina says:

      LMAO I’m sure she’ll appreciate that.

  24. Can we really enjoy mobile blogging with small buttons on our mobile phone? I prefer to have laptop. It is more comfortable. Well, the headphones which you have just recommended is good. I might consider to buy one if it is available here in the nearby store.

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  25. Me likey, the onboard headphones always break on me!

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  26. Consider the applications, properties of the various types and then zero in, on the one most suitable for you. The article provides a brief over-view of the headphone. Weigh your options and choose them right, for an enhanced music hearing experience.

  27. Online TV says:

    Nice headphones set. I think I will also buy some of those from ebay, if available, because where I live, I think that it will be impossible to find some headphones exactly as those.

  28. I have used Sony’s ear phone and Bose as well. So far Bose got more marks and way ahead from Sony.

    But I would like to try this one … one important reason which this head phone have is light weight.

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  29. Those headphones really look pretty nice, I want one for me.

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  30. earbuds says:

    Great looking headphones. Nice gear you’re compiling!

  31. Josie says:

    That is pretty nice. Hope I can have one too.

  32. skyliner says:

    @Jan Karlsbjerg,

    I worked in a horribly noisy office as a programmer and what I did to cut out pop music radio and bloody thoughtless colleagues was generate some white noise (there is also pink noise or brown noise) using a software synth (eg SoundForge) and listen to a loop of that through noise- isolating earphones. Like aircon hum as you rightly said, it cuts out a heck of a lot of stuff. The downside is you can’t hear the juicy office gossip, the upside is you stay sane !!! (Probably any loop of frequency-rich, beatless synth noise would do the trick, as long as it wasn’t distracting in itself.)

    Hope this helps someone, I probably would have done a murder otherwise. Luckily I was made redundant and don’t have to put up with the buggers anymore.

    I’ve been curious about these noise cancelling headphones – can you play music (or whatever) with the noise cancelling function on?


  33. Those earbuds look sweet. I’ll have to see if I can find a pair!

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  34. I don’t think I’ll ever need a pair of that. Not that I don’t travel, but I just don’t think in-ear noise is much of a big deal to me. 🙂

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