If you can’t afford ANC feature (AirPods Pro Lite are much cheaper than Airpods Pro, and you know how much they charge for this feature) even you can but ANC earbuds are battery-operated and you have to recharge it and not always functional – some are great but not always in some situations.
As a senior earbuds users I could easily point out a couple drawbacks of ANC.
- That’s when they are run out of battery at the middle of flight
- That’s they are unsealed like Bose QC20 – so they are not totally noise-isolating
Remember last time your mate snoring or noisy hotels you stayed in and you waked up a few times. And the rate of urbanization is increasing we are exposed to more traffic noise (a kind of pollution) especially in Asia countries than ever.
Noise isolating earbuds – by eartips and housing contour well into the ear is a great thing to protect your ears.
Etymotic Research MK5 has been my long-time favorite pair of earbuds for its noise isolating feature. The MK5 gets the NRR in a range of 35-42 dB. The Etymotic Research doesn’t blast a huge bass as most their earbuds’ sounding profile. The form factor – small housing together with triple-flange eartips make the MK5 maximize the noise-isolating capacity, but such deep insertion is not comfortable for everyone.
Earbuds comes in a form of IEMs such as KZ ZSN also shows the incredibility to sound isolation. If you don’t have small ears these earbuds are able to fit tight and rock your ears – feel that music coming from everywhere. A note that the KZ ZSN have dual driver – 1 dynamic driver and 1 balanced armature, it have more bass and body in mid-range.
The last option, you can easily find aftermarket replacement tips – both bi-flange or triple for your earbuds it will increase the noise isolation, but I’m not certain they will be as comfortable.