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DAK's Super 36dB Active Noise Canceling Earbuds:
Add an extra dose of peace and quiet to your home, office or commute

By Sol Harari

Tune out distracting, unwanted and downright irritating sounds with the flick of a switch.

Better than earplugs.
Better than noise isolating headphones.

DAK’s Super 36dB Active Noise Canceling Earbuds are much, much better at giving you your golden moment of silence.

It’s physics, but it feels more like magic.

Instead of just blocking out sound, they actively counteract the soundwaves that reach your ears, effectively canceling them out.

And if you're musically inclined like me, you notice those ambient, background noises from machines and appliances. It's not your favorite soundtrack, either.

You might commute every morning like I do on a crowded, rumbling subway. You arrive at the office to hear the loud construction work outside. You try to relax at home with a movie, but the neighbor is mowing his lawn right where you can hear it.

You never really can catch a break from all the noise.

So imagine my excitement when I tried out our Super 36dB Active Noise Canceling Earbuds for the first time flying home from Asia. And just my luck I was in the window seat right next to the wing.

The noise is so loud that you can talk to yourself aloud without your seatmate noticing.

Truth be told, I was even skeptical that active noise cancellation would be a vast improvement over BSR's noise isolating earbuds. But as soon as we prepared to take off on this 16 hour sitting marathon, I flicked on the switch and...shhhh.

The world became still. It was beautiful. And I was blown away by how effective 36dB active noise cancellation can be.

Ironically, the silence was music to my ears.

Plus, the earbuds last up to 18 hours on a single charge, which was just what I needed.

What Is Active Noise cancellation?

Okay, so we know they’re great at canceling out ambient noise, but let’s quantify that so you really see what’s going on.

For perspective, a quiet library is 40 decibels.
Ordinary conversation happens at about 60 decibels (enough to get shushed in a library).

A lawn mower measures in at around 90 decibels.

A rock concert tops 110 decibels.

DAK’s Super 36dB Active Noise Canceling Earbuds can eliminate up to 36 decibels of continuous sound, so the 90dB lawn mower hum will sound quieter than a 60dB conversation.

They're really effective, and WAY above the 23dB industry standard for active noise cancellation.

But here's the catch: Active noice cancellation has a "sweet spot" for which frequencies it can best cancel out. Sound frequency, measured in Hertz (hz), is how we describe pitch.

For comparison, the general frequency range for a male voice is 100-900hz. The female voice typically ranges 320-3000hz

Our Super 36dB A.N.C. Earbuds eliminate lower pitched frequencies between 25-2000hz that are continuous. Discontinuous noise is harder for the earbuds to process.

The lawn mower is a good example, because like an airplane it's a constant loud droning sound that's below 500Hz, which is right in the sweet spot of DAK's Super 36dB A.N.C. Earbuds.

That’s strictly noise cancellation, without playing your music. And that leads us to our discussion about auditory safety.

Active Noise Cancellation is Safer Than Drowning Out Noise

When you use noise isolating headphones and earbuds in a noisy environment, you might be tempted to turn up your music to drown out the external noise.

You’re competing with the background sounds, and that could be trouble for your hearing.

Ever try watching an inflight movie?

I could never really hear the movie over that roaring jet engine. I crank the volume up to max to drown out the noise, but of course that just gives me a headache.

DAK’s Super 36dB Active Noise Canceling Earbuds don’t compete with other sounds.

You aren’t masking or drowning out background noise, you’re simply canceling it out.

That means you can enjoy your music and movies at way lower, safer volumes.

1. Here's the active noise cancellation box. That's where you'll flip on the switch to turn it on. From this angle, you can see the Micro USB charging port. You'll get up to 18 hours on a single charge.

2. Here's the controller to accept incoming phone calls. Use it to control your music, too. Notice how thick and durable those reinforced cables are.

3. These of course, are our premium earbuds.
Each one independently detects ambient noise with two onboard microphones. That's a total of four microphones working for you.

Sound Quality Still Matters Most

With so much to say about active noise cancellation, I almost forgot to tell you about the real star of the show: sound quality.

You know how much we DAKonians are sticklers for sound quality, and our Super 36dB A.N.C. Earbuds are no exception.

I was surprised to hear a subtle vocal on Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody that I hadn't ever heard before (at around 3:50 into the song), especially since I’ve known the song for most of my life.

You'll love the warm bass and the well defined highs. It's an additional benefit to the active noise cancellation circuitry. The extra amplification adds that extra “oomph” to your music.

The result is a clear and present soundstage.

 

Stay In Ear Webbed Comfort Cushions in S,M,L

Instead of penetrating deep into your ear canal, these earbud cushions use webbed earhooks to ensure all the sound waves (both your music AND the out-of-phase noise cancellation wave) are perfectly and precisely aimed to the right spot.

Precision is of utmost importance for active noise cancellation to work.

These webbed earhooks make our Super 36dB Active Noise Canceling Earbuds easier to wear for extended periods of time. It’s secured into place without putting pressure on your ears.

They may look funny, but I think you’ll agree that it’s a very comfortable fit.

 

Not just for jetsetters on airplanes:

Reduce all kinds of constant, droning noises from household appliances.

Trying to watch a movie while an appliance is running?

Knock down the ambient noises from:

-Hair blowers
-Washing machines
-Fans
-Air Conditioners
-Vaccum cleaners

One DAKonian claims he can tune out his mother in law. Read his funny review here



Easily Play/Pause your music, skip your tracks and change the volume without ever looking at your smartphone.

That's also where the phone mic is hidden. Answer and hang up with the center button.

Make phone calls while you're waiting by the flight gate.

You'll be amazed at how much ambient airport noise is completely eliminated from your conversation.

Testimonial:
Sol,

I recently bought a set of your noise cancelling earbuds and was extremely impressed. The sound quality of these earbuds exceeds any other pair of earbuds that I have ever owned and the quality of the components far exceeds any of the others also. They have nice thick wiring with sturdy connections. The noise cancelling performance was accurately reported in your write up as they eliminated background noise but you can still hear someone talk next to you. I do not experience any hiss from the noise cancellation circuit. They have greatly increased my traveling enjoyment and seem to reduced the stress of being on a plane. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for earbuds.

Thanks for a great product.

-R.V.
Kingsport, TN


Want to learn more about frequency?

Drew created a really informative tutorial about frequencies back in 2003. Check it out here


How loud is the plane cabin during your flight?

At cruising altitudes, in-fight cabin noise has been measured at 85 decibels.

On shorter flights, it’s an unwanted disturbance that just wears you out.

On longer flights, it’s causing irreversible damage to your hearing.

Your ears are sensitive organs, and even a little damage to your hearing is permanent.

Hearing loss is unfortunately cumulative, so any damage adds up and worsens over time.

So, protect your hearing! :)

 

See the two openings in the case?
Those are hidden microphones that detect ambient background noise, and send them for out-of-phase processing.

 

Super 36dB A.N.C. Earbuds Specs:

Freq. Range: 20Hz-20KHz
Active noise canceling: -36dB
Active noise canceling bandwidth: 20~2000Hz
Hybrid type: FF and FB
Passive noise canceling: -45dB
Speaker Impedance: 16 ohm
Audio interface: 3.5mm stereo
gold plated, right angled jack
Cable length: 1.2m

Battery capacity: Lithium 3.7V 200mA
Battery life: 18 hours Charging time: 2 hours

Micro USB charging cable included
Carrying pouch included

DAK's Super 36dB
Active Noise Canceling Earbuds

Forget getting worn out from loud background noises.
Forget drowning out the sound, too.

DAK's Super 36dB Active Noise Canceling Earbuds use a total of four built in microphones to convert external noise into silence.

Find out for yourself why these might just be the best darn earbuds you've ever owned.

And of course it comes with DAK's Satisfaction Guarantee.
30 days to try it out, risk free. You don't like it, you don't keep it.

And you're covered with a full 1 year warranty.

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What is DAK's Bluetooth Uprade?

DAK's Bluetooth Upgrade is a small device with the power to add Bluetooth capability to audio hardware that isn't Bluetooth ready.

We designed it specifically for old hifi home stereo systems that were built before Bluetooth even existed. With DAK's Bluetooth Upgrade, you can enjoy your favorite music playing through your favorite stereo system wirelessly. Music streams directly from your smartphone to your home stereo system.

You can read up on the full review here.
We also have a short video demonstration.


My Favorite DAKonian Review:


Sol,

I have been using your BSR earbuds for several years.  I've bought two sets of them.  I've had to put one new male plug on the oldest set (not too difficult, there are good tutorials on YouTube), but other than that, no complaints.  I like the asymmetrical shape which enables one to find the correct bud for each ear in low-light conditions.  And the sound quality really is excellent.

When I saw the $99.95 noise-canceling earbuds, I was initially not in favor of buying.  Then, my dear mother-in-law announced a visit to our house.  She is one of those old gals with Restless Jaw Syndrome who talks 24-7.  OK, maybe not in her sleep.  But she is loud and strident and constantly endeavors to fill up the silence, while seldom saying anything worth hearing.  So, quite suddenly, I felt a need to order your new earbuds!  I received them on the second day of her visit, timing not too shabby.  You can bet that I immediately charged up my new buds and commenced to torture test them.

After a couple of days, I can report that the earbuds are best at canceling noises like hum, fans, appliances, and so forth.  These sounds really do disappear.  They are also good at canceling normal vocal levels; my wife was standing right next to me and speaking normally as I was watching a Netflix show on the iPad, and I was completely oblivious to her presence, until she waved her hand in front of my face.  Now, as to the mother-in-law prattle, which is a high-volume type of talking that comes from years of practice in making sure that everyone around can hear her.  While it is not completely masked, it is reduced to about 15% of its normal annoyance.  I can still faintly hear her going on and on and on during the quieter parts of the video or music, so, this version of noise-canceling technology isn't perfect, but it is a great improvement, and well worth the premium price just in terms of my mental health.

And I have to admit, the fidelity of the shows and music I actually DO want to hear is really great, a few steps beyond the BSR buds.

If for some reason you wish to publish any portion of my review, go ahead, but please don't mention my name or location.  Just credit it to "Name withheld by request, Somewhere, USA."  Otherwise I could be in a heap of trouble.

Name Withheld by Request
Somewhere, USA


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Satisfaction Guarantee:

I only review products that I love to use myself, and I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do.

But, if you don't love it, you don't keep it. No hard feelings. We can still be friends.

Contact us within 30 days for return authorization. We'll refund the full merchandise cost after we get it back. Associated shipping fees aren't refundable.

Just email cs@DAK.com and say "Refund" within 30 days.

Warranty Info:

DAK's Super 36dB Active Noise Canceling Earbuds is warrantied for 1 full year against manufacturing defects.

If it's our fault, we'll fix it. This excludes any damage from improper use.

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