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Reviews of Noise Reducing Headphones - Koss QZ-5, Comply NR-10 and Creative Aurvana

We present three popular passive noise reduction headphones from Koss, Comply and Creative—great options if you want noise reduction, but don't want to deal with batteries or the bulkiness of noise cancelling headphones.

Noise Reduction Headphones

Noise reduction headphones are becoming more and more popular every day. With these types of headphones, you can listen to your media without any disruptions.

The design and/or technology used to develop noise reducing headphones help to block out any outside noises. That way, you will never have to worry about any outside noises interfering with your listening.

Noise reduction headphones come in many different shapes, sizes, and designs. So, type that you choose should be based on your personal preferences.

Here are some reviews of a few of the most popular noise reducing headphones that are on the market today.

Koss QZ-5

Koss QZ-5 Noise Reduction Headphones
Koss is a very popular brand when it comes to headphones. And their Koss QZ-5 Noise Reduction Headphones are only one of the many noise reduction headphones they manufacture.

For phenomenal sound definition and clarity, these headphones feature some neodymium structures. Not only do these headphones reduce outside sounds, they also have superb sound reproduction.

These Koss headphones use passive noise reduction.

There are two types of noise reduction: passive and active. With passive noise reduction, the noise reducing comes from the design of the headphones themselves, nothing else. For active noise reduction, noise reduction technology is incorporated to give the best results.

To make sure that these headphones have a good fit, the designs include a unique head strap. The Velcro-style head strap allows for any sized head to fit securely without moving at all.

Although these headphones are superb, some users have found some problems with them. Some of them found that the head strap can sometimes be uncomfortable and may not fit all heads as they should. Another problem is that the sound can be quite lacking and spotty.

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Comply NR-10

Comply NR-10 Noise Reduction Headphones
Comply is another brand that is popular for manufacturing noise reducing headphones. One of their most famous models is the Comply NR-10 High-Tech Noise Reduction Earphones.

Unlike other headphones, these headphones were designed to maximize noise reduction; it wasn't just a little feature that was added later. These noise reduction headphones even were awarded a NPR (Noise Reduction Rating) of 29dB.

Not only are these headphones great for noise reduction, they are also very compact, making them ideal for traveling. No longer will you have to suffer through the loudness of the plane engines or a train.

Included with these headphones are foam ear tips, which form to the inside of your ear for a perfect fit every time.

These tips will fit in any sized ears, big or small. The foam tips also create sort of a seal in your ear, making the sound even more pure and clear. The seal that is created adds an extra sense of isolation from any outside noise that may be present.

Some of the users of this product complained that the build quality (especially of the foam ear tips) is quite low. Some of them have also said that the noise reduction that these headphones were made for is not present when in noisy places.

Best price on the Comply NR-10

Creative Aurvana

Creative Aurvana Noise Reduction Headphones
Creative Labs is mostly famous due to their portable media players. But, Creative also manufactures a range of accessories to go with them. In this line of accessories, the Creative Aurvana In-Ear Earphones are included.

With these noise reducing headphones, you'll hear it all: lone instruments playing, a whole symphony, or even the crisp workings on a synthesizer, even at the lower volumes. If music is your passion, you will find these headphones very sufficient.

Again, these headphones use passive noise reduction. Creative claims that you will block out about 90% of all ambient noise that could interrupt your listening enjoyment. These headphones were designed to even meet the high demands of music professionals.

These headphones are very comfortable, making these noise reducing headphones very valuable. Unlike other headphones of its kind, the ear cushions used on these headphones will not cause any irritation.

They also can help relieve from the fatigue that listening to music for extended periods of time can cause. With these headphones, you can block out sound and listen to your music for hours on end, comfortably.

A few customers have found some flaws with these headphones. Some common problems include: a tinny sound and a disappointing build quality.

Best price on the Creative Aurvana


Noise reduction headphones are great for listening to your media when you are in noisy places and you don't want to be bothered by anything. Each brand and model is different, so you should choose the right noise reduction headphones for you.

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