Noise canceling headphones & the like: Help me stop the beat from going on.
February 20, 2010 4:08 PM Subscribe
My husband's been playing drums for about a year, and he's getting really good. Yay! Unfortunately, I sometimes have a really hard time concentrating on my work when he's practicing. Help me find some gear that will give me the quiet I need.
posted by palmcorder_yajna to grab bag (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Specifics: My husband plays V-Drums at home. This is an electronic kit, so it's not like I have to deal with the sound of Animal and Keith Moon in a duel-to-the-death, or anything. Volume-wise, it's more akin to someone repeatedly (but very skillfully) thwakking on a pickle bucket with a pair of wooden spoons. I actually enjoy it when I'm not also trying to teach myself something about DNA supercoiling.
For the record, my husband's very good about accommodating me: When I tell him that I really need total quiet for something, he obliges without question. I also have the option of packaging up my schoolwork and doing it elsewhere. But it'd be a lot nicer if we could work on our projects in the same place at the same time. We like being able to take breaks together and stuff.
I'd really like to find some kind of ear protection that will block out the drum noise as completely as possible. I'm not looking to cover up the drum sounds with music of my own: Music of any kind tends to mess me up when I'm trying to learn or analyze super-complicated material.
In shopping for solutions, I've found really expensive noise-canceling headphones that are designed for audiophiles, and I've found headgear meant to keep gun hobbyists and heavy equipment operators from getting nerve damage. I'm not sure that either of those categories of things will do what I want. (Ideally, I'd rather have some sort of headset rather than ear plugs, but that's not the most important criterion for purchase. )
So, what should I buy? Have any of you found a noise-obliterating solutions that you really like? Ideally, I'd like to spend about $60.00 or less on this, though of course cheaper is better-- and if you've had a truly amazing experience with something more expensive, I'll happily give it a look.
Thanks in advance!