I forgot about how closed backs can be counter intuitive with noise.
Thanks. So you are saying that if I want on-ear style headphones that have active cancellation, I am looking at $300? The thing about the in-ear is that I don't think they would be that comfortable for a long movie or set of movies. I did own a pair of Etymotics before, and they were excellent, but I never used them for more than an hour at a time.
IEM can be comfortable and it really comes down to the tips. I have a pair of Comply foam tips that dramatic improve the comfort level.
Cool Thanks! I do remember that my Etymotics did come with more comfortable tips than your standard earbuds, but I just wonder if I can stand to wear them for the entire Lord of the Rings Extended Edition trilogy :) We shall find out! I think I will look at those mc5s!
So if I go up to $100 is there anything a lot better than the mc5s?
I doubt it. Even Etymotic - one of the pioneers of the use of balanced-armature drivers in in-ears - acknowledges that at $100, moving-coil drivers are a better compromise than balanced-armature drivers. And for $100, the MC5 will beat out most entry-level balanced armatures and will be among the top performers for moving coils.
Per my note below, do the new Klipsch S4 II line of in-ears use the moving coils? How do they compare to the etymotics?