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BOSE Quiet Comfort Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones: Silence Is Golden.
By Steve Litscher

(Thursday, March 20, 2003 5:20 PM EST)

Noise Canceling Headphones

Bose Headphones

Air travel sucks. It really does - there's nothing worse than the hassles of driving to the airport, standing in line with your luggage for an hour, being searched a dozen times (which includes taking off your shoes, belt, etc), waiting for countless hours because your flight was delayed, only to be rounded up and loaded onto the plane like a heard of cattle.

Once onboard the plane, you're usually stuck sitting in the worst seat available, which is either the seat next to the obese gentleman who doesn't appear to be a fan of effective deodorant, or worse - you're near the engines and can now look forward to several hours of a deafening symphony of wind, engine, passenger (read: screaming babies) and other ambient noises.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, you discover that the $2 headphones the flight attendant just sold you are a complete rip-off. Thereís no way they're worth $2; they're worth ten-cents, at best. You do your best to crank up the volume of the "Everybody Loves Raymond" re-runs on your airline headphones, crumple yourself into the corner of the seat and do your best to survive the remainder of your flight.

Thankfully, at least one of these major headaches can be avoided with a simple call to the Bose Corporation. Bose makes a special noise canceling headphone, called Quiet Comfort, that uses an electronic "ear" to find disturbing ambient noise, then generates a noise that is completely opposite of the offending noise. This effectively works to cancel the noise, as the two opposing sine waves zero one another out (you did know that sound waves, i.e. frequencies, are sine waves, right?).

You might be asking yourself, "Who wants to sit there in complete silence?" Again, Bose has you covered - not only do the headphones cancel surrounding noise, they also feature an input jack that works perfectly with any standard mini-stereo headphone jack, and includes adapters for other types of connections as well.

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