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5.0 out of 5 stars
The best thing for long flights, 26 Oct 2013
This is the 2nd time I purchased these headphones, after my cousin lost the first set in Thailand. The sound quality is very good - Even for everyday music listening I find myself using these most of the times, even though I do have several more expensive non-NC headphones. At size/quality/convenience these work best for me most of the time.
But I write this review to point out something that many reviewers have missed. The jet plane noise.
On a plane, there is this constant very low noise, that one gets used to, and after a while is not aware of. One can also block it out at least partially by listening music very loud on normal headphones. However, if you try to listen to an audiobook, or catch up with your NPR shows, that's where the low frequency noise becomes noticeable. That makes it nearly impossible to to hear your recording unless you are REALLY blasting it on uncomfortable level. The regular noise-isolating headphones are even worse on a plane, since they close your ear, and the low-frequency noise is amplified in your closed-up ear!
The ATM33 almost completely removes this low-frequency noise. You will be able to clearly hear your talk-radio podcasts in normal listening volume. If there is higher-frequency noise, like screaming babies or loud teenagers crowding around you, those sounds are only dampened about as much as with normal isolating headphones, but it is the low jet engine noise that is all but gone. Same goes for other constant low freq noise, such as loud air purifiers etc... Those sounds just disappear.
On 10-hour flights, I usually find myself giving my ears a rest even when I am not listening to music, by just by wearing the ATM33s without audio, and only the noise cancellation on. That is when you really become aware of how noisy the inside of a jet plane is, even though you have gotten used to the noise and not aware of it -- One would never think that simple silence can be so enjoyable to listen to! The ATM33 headphones make flying so much more pleasant, that I would not imagine boarding a 2+ hr flight without them.