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Blockade noise isolating earbuds: Review round-up

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(Read caption) The Blockade Noise Isolating Earbuds come with three sets of replacement tips each, and a snazzy carrying case, but how do they stack up?

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Nothing says "I value my hearing" like bright yellow earbuds.

But how do these "industrial quality" noise-blocking cans stack up to their higher-priced cousins? Before you pull the trigger on today's Woot, have a look at what folks are saying about them.

Noise canceling, or noise isolating?

There's a difference. These come with a triple-flange noise-isolating system – essentially rubber tips you jam in your ear canal to block out other noise. There's no electronics inside, covering up outside noise with white noise. Suffice it to say, the experience of wearing these versus something from, say, the Bose QuietComfort line is going to be very different.

The benefit of noise-isolating over noise-canceling, according to Woot forum poster "winafew," is that they don't require batteries, and block a wider range of frequencies.

Safety first

AO Safety's Blockade 'buds not only block out 24 decibels of noise, they also have a hearing-saving volume limiter. Try to crank your Crunk past 91 decibels, and the Blockades won't budge – their inline volume controller keep things at a mild roar. Everyone, including The Who's Pete Townshend, thinks that's a good idea.

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