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I need a pair of headphones! And I had to resist a powerful impulse to put HPQOTD as a subject...
My multinational megacorp employer has decide it will be a magical productivity boost to move all departments into large open offices, where images from Orson Welles' The Trial[^] come to my mind.
I am extremely sensitive to noise (cannot concentrate) and on bad days the first solution I think of is a decent XXL baseball bat. The second idea, to constantly walk around to remind colleagues of their acoustically pollutive behavior will soon make me the black sheep of the office floor. So I often listen to music, whale-song, ocean surf etc in my cheapo headphones. Not good enuff. I can distinguish seven conversations through the soundtrack.
The "noise-cancelling" models from BOSE etc are not doing much to human noises so I think I really need something that blocks noise out mechanically. So they need to be super tight and extremely comfortable. No contradiction there eh! Cordless would be nifty but arent they often suffering from crackling etc? I would like decent sound quality but mega-hifi is not important.
Suggestions, ideas, your experiences? Or even mental techniques?
I am extremely sensitive to noise (cannot concentrate) and on bad days the first solution I think of is a decent XXL baseball bat.
My (IMHO amazingly effective) solution is a pair of cheap, lightweight headphones (I use my original circa 1981 Walkman phones) into which I feed pink noise. I generated a 60 minute .wav file of unchanging pink noise (the changing kind was far too distracting) and play it looped in WinAmp, when the ambient noise around me rises to an objectionable level (which is almost always). I adjust WinAmp's volume to counter the offending ambient noise. Quite often, it only needs to be between 15-20% in order to do the job.
You can Google for online pink noise generators, or I can make the file available to you shortly.