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As the title says I'm looking for USB POWERED active noise canceling headphones. I have the Asus Vulcan now and they're alright, but they also require a constant change of triple A batteries.
I will be strictly using them on my desktop for gaming and music, that's all. They don't have to be compact, or cheap. I want Over The Ear design of course.

Just looking for advice, any information would be appreciated, cheers thumb.gif
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Not sure how these sound, but AKG typically makes good stuff:
http://us.akg.com/akg-noise-canceling-uk/brand_akg/akg-headphones/on-the-go/noise-cancellation.html
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Have you tried just using closed headphones? That's usually enough to cancel out household noise and computer fans, active canceling is typically for stuff like airplane noise.
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Thanks for the comment smile.gif
I thought about those but they're ON EAR and I like OVER THE EAR
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I already have headphones that cover the ears completely, the problem is that I have a loud portable AC unit in my room, that's why I need the Active Noise canceling, because it DOES feel like I'm in an airplane lol
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I already have headphones that cover the ears completely, the problem is that I have a loud portable AC unit in my room, that's why I need the Active Noise canceling, because it DOES feel like I'm in an airplane lol

Ah I see now. Another option you might check out is IEMs (In ear monitors). My Atrios basically act like earplugs, blocking up to 30db, and sound quality wise a pair of $300 earphones should smoke $300 noise canceling headphones.
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With respect to the quality of the noise canceling itself and not necessarily the overall sound, Bose is actually probably still the leader.

I think pretty much every single active noise canceling set runs on batteries though. That's just how it is. Almost everybody wants to use these away from home in places that are loud.

Why USB, anyway? Can't you just use a USB sound card? Or is it the cost of batteries? You know, there exist rechargeable NiMh AAA batteries and chargers that can work for hundreds or thousands of cycles. Most of these come in a pack of four, so you could rotate two in use and the other two charging. Okay... so that requires some effort and isn't as convenient, but I'm not sure there's an alternative.


But as stated above, some in-ears give you better isolation than active noise canceling headphones, but they don't exactly fit your description.
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