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Get the Best Experience out of Your Headphones with these Items

So you've finally decided on which pair of noise cancelling headphone you're going to get. Now all that's left is how to maximize your experience with them.

Little things make all the difference in the world.

From making sure you have extra batteries to carrying around your entire music collection in your pocket, these items will ensure the best experience with your brand new set of headphones.

Great Companions for your Noise Cancelling Headphones:


The iPod Touch is the Single Best Device to pair with your brand spanking new set of noise cancelling headphones!

The Single Best Device for your Headphones!

What can I say, I love my iPod Touch and I use it every single day with my Bose QC15s. I use my noise cancelling headphones more with my ipod Touch than any other device.

I have my entire music library on this guy along with over 20 hours of my favorite TV shows, Movies, and audio books. And the gaming is pretty dang exciting as well. Being able to focus while playing is just as important as focussing while working and I'm not being sarcastic.

It's a treat everytime I fire up Angry Birds or Cut the Rope with my Bose QC15s. But having my music collection at my fingertips for those extra noisey occasions is priceless!



The Best $8 you can spend for your noise cancelling headphones is this inline volume controller

Koss In-line Volume Control

This is the best $8 you can spend for your Noise Cancelling Headphone experience. This little guy allows you to adjust the volume with a little switch without touching your ipod, DVD player, or whatever.

Seems like such a simple thing but it makes tuning out noise as easy as hitting a switch. If that impromptu meeting in your office gets a little hairy, just turn up the switch. Lower it back down when it's over.

This is not lazy, this saves you time and keeps you on task by not having you have to fumble with device controls.

Some Noise Cancelling Headphones come with this already built in but most do not. So double check before wasting money!



PSP Gaming with Noise Cancelling Headphones is tremendous!
Nintendo DS and Zelda plus a set of Bose QC15 equals bliss!
Gaming on the iPod is great fun, especially if you're tuning out airplane noise with a great set of Noise Cancelling Headphones!

Get Your Game On!

Gaming on the Go if you're into Games can make that flight go by much quicker than just about anything else other than a long nap.

Pair up one of these killer portable gaming consoles with the noise cancelling abilities of a great set of headphones and you'll be fully immersed in no time.

The great thing about the Sony PSP, Nintendo DS, or even the iPod Touch is you can have these do double duty if you have kids. Use them to pass the time on that flight and then let them occupy the kids while driving to Grandma's.

Not sure which one is for you? Quick advice is this. If you love your PS3 and or Xbox 360, chances are you'll want a PSP. If you're a fan of Nintendo, then the DS is the one.

If you don't know what any of these acronyms are and just want something fun for the occasional game, get an iPod Touch which has a great deal of entertaining games for ANYBODY through Apple's app store.

For double duty with the kids, grab a Nintendo DS for 10 years old and under. Anything over 10 and it's going to have to be a PSP or iPod Touch. Just a broad stroke of advice so take it for what it's worth. My boys are 10 and they're constantly on their iPod Touches. Their DS's are collecting dust somewhere.




This in-line remote is indispensible when using your headphones with an ipod!

iPod in-line Remote

If you already have an iPod skip the Koss in-line above and grab this one.

At a cool $6, this guy not only can adjust the volume from your iPod but it can also goto next and previous music tracks and pause and play!

I use this guy with my noise cancelling headphones as well as my workout in-ear-bud headphones. I can't go to the gym without it!




Go green, save money, these Eneloops are the best!

Eneloop Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries

Most noise cancelling headphones require batteries and I highly recommend keeping 1-2 spares inside of your headphone case. Some headphones such as the Bose QC15 do not work without juice.

Now before dismissing these Eneloops as more sorry rechargeable batteries that die too quickly, take a closer look. These guys are new technology that last much longer and also stay charged while not in use.

I use these type of batteries exclusively with my Bose QC15 and they are great!!! Long battery life and I always keep 2-3 extras inside my case. They don't last as long as regular batteries but they will save you money and the environment.



Preserve your pricey noise cancelling headphones, get a spare for the gym!

Use Separate Earbuds for Working Out

Don't chance ruining your good set of noise cancelling headphones by using them while working out. Sweat alone will damage headphones that aren't specifically made for working out.

I personally love the Sony Mdr-As40Ex pictured left for working out. They wrap around your ear for a snug fit as well as some pretty decent sound. The tight seal in the ear canal helps with noise reduction too!

Preserve your Noise Cancelling Headphones by NOT using them in the gym. Invest $10-25 on a dedicated pair.





Airline Adaptors are necessary for that awful in-flight movie, well if you want to hear it anyways!

Airline Headphone Adaptor

If you plan on watching and listening to the in-flight movie be sure you have one of thes airline headphone adaptors handy.

Some noise cancelling headphones come with this adaptor such as the Sennheiser PXC-350 but double check before purchaing this guy seperately.

If you're like me and you've got you're own personal portable cinema, then disregard this altogether!



An Extension Cord may become your best friend!

Headphone Extension Cord

If you're living in the dorms or just have roomates or family members that keep telling you to turn down the movie, your music or whatever, then an extension cord will be your best friend.

This extension cord will allow you to use your trustee noise cancelling headphones while sitting clear across the room from your beloved big screen LCD screen.

Just don't trip over the wire. I would recommend getting enough cord so you can wrap it away out of the main walkway.



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