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Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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IsoTunes alternative for the Poorboy
« on: December 30, 2019, 10:35 AM »
There's a lot of posts about the IsoTunes noise cancelling earbuds here.  And although they may be great, they're close to $100.
 I've been using another brand called Plantronics Backbeat Go earbuds.  They differ from IsoTunes in 2 ways:  There is a wire that connects the two buds but is not a factor as it is worn behind the neck and out of the way.  The second is the price....$13 on Ebay! 

I'm on my second pair.  My first pair I bought 5 or 6 years ago, I paid around $60.  I don't use them for woodworking I use them while I'm mowing the lawn on my diesel powered tractor or snowblowing on same rig.  They worked great but like any other battery powered gizmo, the battery goes south and so I needed a replacement.  I was surprised and skeptical about the new replacement price of $13.  But after 2 years of use it still running strong and sound every bit as good.  It also links to the phone so you can take calls and hear notifications with the phone in my pocket.

Full Disclosure:  I'm in no way affiliated with Plantronics or any seller of the aforementioned on Ebay.  Just a happy consumer passing on a tip on a great price of a great product.  For 13 bucks you can't go wrong!

This seller only has a couple but there are others on Ebay for similar price

Plantronics Backbeat Go Bluetooth noise cancelling earbuds on EBAY
« Last Edit: December 30, 2019, 10:38 AM by Jim Kirkpatrick »

Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: IsoTunes alternative for the Poorboy
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2019, 03:54 PM »
Isotunes are actually noise “isolation” and not noise canceling. Their forte is that they are OSHA approved in that the limit sound to 85dB (very important to me). They have a NRR of 22dB to 26dB. Do you know the NRR for the Backbeats?

Maybe it’s just me but I don’t like wired headphones - especially when moving around or working.

Mike

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Re: IsoTunes alternative for the Poorboy
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2019, 07:05 AM »
Isotunes are actually noise “isolation” and not noise canceling. Their forte is that they are OSHA approved in that the limit sound to 85dB (very important to me). They have a NRR of 22dB to 26dB. Do you know the NRR for the Backbeats?

Maybe it’s just me but I don’t like wired headphones - especially when moving around or working.

Mike
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Offline derekcohen

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Re: IsoTunes alternative for the Poorboy
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2020, 11:23 AM »
I want to use them travelling on a plane. They need to cut out engine noise. And then they need to have excellent sound. I prefer to listen to FLAC on an MP3 player. I have tried several earbuds, and the only one that has the quality of sound I seek are Bose QuietComfort 20, which I own (along with the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones).

I am after a wireless equivalent. The provisor is that they can slip into a pocket. I also do not want truely wireless earbuds, as I worry that one (or both) will fall out and get lost. Or there is the inconvenience of holding one when my wife wants to talk to me. The Bose QuietControl 30 have this heavy neckband, and they cannot be slipped into a pocket.

At one time I thought I was onto a winner with Jaybird X3. They are perfect to slip into a pocket, have reasonable noise isolation, hold a charge for about 10 hours, and a reasonable (lower cost price). But they do not sound decent enough to my ears. Even the basic Apple earbuds (wired) sound better.

Anyone used the Apple wireless earbuds?

Regards from Perth

Derek
« Last Edit: January 01, 2020, 11:27 AM by derekcohen »

Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: IsoTunes alternative for the Poorboy
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2020, 11:37 AM »
I want to use them travelling on a plane. They need to cut out engine noise. And then they need to have excellent sound. I prefer to listen to FLAC on an MP3 player. I have tried several earbuds, and the only one that has the quality of sound I seek are Bose QuietComfort 20, which I own (along with the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones).

I am after a wireless equivalent. The provisor is that they can slip into a pocket. I also do not want truely wireless earbuds, as I worry that one (or both) will fall out and get lost. Or there is the inconvenience of holding one when my wife wants to talk to me. The Bose QuietControl 30 have this heavy neckband, and they cannot be slipped into a pocket.

At one time I thought I was onto a winner with Jaybird X3. They are perfect to slip into a pocket, have reasonable noise isolation, hold a charge for about 10 hours, and a reasonable (lower cost price). But they do not sound decent enough to my ears. Even the basic Apple earbuds (wired) sound better.

Anyone used the Apple wireless earbuds?

Regards from Perth

Derek

Derek - in my quest to find non-muff style headphones I tried Powerbeats Pro. They have some isolation and sound great and have a hook that goes over your ear. Big drawback for travel though is that charge case is quite large. My wife has the 1st generation AirPods and really likes them. Haven't tried them but for commuting the new 2nd gen AirPods may be for you. They seal in the ear so may be more secure and have active noise cancellation that can be turned off if you need to converse.

Offline derekcohen

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Re: IsoTunes alternative for the Poorboy
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2020, 11:41 AM »
Thanks Mike

Regards from a chilly Prague ... off to Berlin tomorrow.

Derek

Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: IsoTunes alternative for the Poorboy
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2020, 11:51 AM »
Derek,  the Plantronics have a 12” cord for doing what you said, taking one out and let it dangle to talk to someone.  Also, you can take them both out and let them both dangle.  I’m not sure they can compete with the sound quality of Bose is that’s what you’re used to, but they sound pretty good for the money.  I give them a B+.  And if you lose them you’re not out a ton.  The charger is a micro usb cord that plugs into them directly.


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Re: IsoTunes alternative for the Poorboy
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2020, 09:00 PM »
I want to use them travelling on a plane. They need to cut out engine noise. And then they need to have excellent sound. I prefer to listen to FLAC on an MP3 player. I have tried several earbuds, and the only one that has the quality of sound I seek are Bose QuietComfort 20, which I own (along with the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones).

I am after a wireless equivalent. The provisor is that they can slip into a pocket. I also do not want truely wireless earbuds, as I worry that one (or both) will fall out and get lost. Or there is the inconvenience of holding one when my wife wants to talk to me. The Bose QuietControl 30 have this heavy neckband, and they cannot be slipped into a pocket.

At one time I thought I was onto a winner with Jaybird X3. They are perfect to slip into a pocket, have reasonable noise isolation, hold a charge for about 10 hours, and a reasonable (lower cost price). But they do not sound decent enough to my ears. Even the basic Apple earbuds (wired) sound better.

Anyone used the Apple wireless earbuds?

Regards from Perth

Derek
I have AirPods pro and I really like them. Since I purchase them I virtually stopped using my Bose QC20. On the airplane you will get slightly more effective noise cancellation with Bose as it goes over your ear, but it’s not a big difference. I really like the “transparency” mode which in essence provides bypass mode with enhancement of human speech. Basically, it acts like a hearing aid for speech only. Also, with the previous generation noise cancelling devices you could not hear yourself so you were basically screaming or talking loudly if you want to communicate something, with AirPods pro you can actually hear yourself, so you speak normally.

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Re: IsoTunes alternative for the Poorboy
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2020, 07:27 AM »
I want to use them travelling on a plane. They need to cut out engine noise. And then they need to have excellent sound. I prefer to listen to FLAC on an MP3 player. I have tried several earbuds, and the only one that has the quality of sound I seek are Bose QuietComfort 20, which I own (along with the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones).

I am after a wireless equivalent. The provisor is that they can slip into a pocket. I also do not want truely wireless earbuds, as I worry that one (or both) will fall out and get lost. Or there is the inconvenience of holding one when my wife wants to talk to me. The Bose QuietControl 30 have this heavy neckband, and they cannot be slipped into a pocket.

At one time I thought I was onto a winner with Jaybird X3. They are perfect to slip into a pocket, have reasonable noise isolation, hold a charge for about 10 hours, and a reasonable (lower cost price). But they do not sound decent enough to my ears. Even the basic Apple earbuds (wired) sound better.

Anyone used the Apple wireless earbuds?

Regards from Perth

Derek
I have AirPods pro and I really like them. Since I purchase them I virtually stopped using my Bose QC20. On the airplane you will get slightly more effective noise cancellation with Bose as it goes over your ear, but it’s not a big difference. I really like the “transparency” mode which in essence provides bypass mode with enhancement of human speech. Basically, it acts like a hearing aid for speech only. Also, with the previous generation noise cancelling devices you could not hear yourself so you were basically screaming or talking loudly if you want to communicate something, with AirPods pro you can actually hear yourself, so you speak normally.

Maybe so but now you're talking $200.  This thread has officially been hijacked.   [blink] [scared]  [blink]

Offline Gregor

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Re: IsoTunes alternative for the Poorboy
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2020, 06:12 AM »
...AirPods...
This thread has officially been hijacked.   [blink] [scared]  [blink]
Indeed it has. And by throwaway stuff.

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Re: IsoTunes alternative for the Poorboy
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2020, 04:45 PM »
...AirPods...
This thread has officially been hijacked.   [blink] [scared]  [blink]
Indeed it has. And by throwaway stuff.

Wow.  And people ask why posts are way down on this forum.


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