Noise reducing earbuds are a popular item to use when traveling, exercising, hiking or in any noisy environment. They use electronic components to cancel out extraneous sounds and allow you to hear recorded sounds clearly. They allow relaxing and listening without the irritation of ambient noise.

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Klipsch IMAGE S4

The Klipsch Image S4 comes with three sizes of ear tips to provide a perfect fit with a good seal. This allows blockage of extraneous sound and enhance recorded sound. With the proper fit the earbuds are comfortable for wearing for extended periods.Klipsch Image S4(110813)Credit: Amazon

The Klipsch model IMAGE S4 is a small and light unit. It’s 0.7 x 0.4 x 0.1 inches and weighs about a half an ounce. It comes in black or white. An optional hard aluminum carrying case is available.

Klipsch Image S4 provides superior sound with exceptional bass, mid-range and high tones. The earpieces have to be fitted properly to produce the best results in blocking noise.

Its 3.5 mm headphone jack is the industry standard. This means it will fit any Ipod, IPhone or other portable accessory.

Some users burn in the earbuds to enhance the sound before using them. Play them at 50 percent volume about 40 hours. After doing this, the Klipsch Image S4 compares favorably to the more expensive noise reducing earbuds. They are a good value when compared to the best and more expensive products. The Image S4 is a good deal when compared to the prices of the high end noise reducing air buds.

Audio-Technica ATH ANC23 QuietPoint

The Audio-TEchnica ATH ANC23 QuietPoint, model number ATH-ANC23BK is also a small unit that is pocket sized and convenient for travel. The black ANC23 is 0.8 x 0.4 x 0.2 and weighs 1 ounce. The ANC23 has 3 earpieces, small, medium and large for a comfortable fit that block out 90 percent of extraneous noise. As with the Klipsch, the earpieces have to be fit properly for the best seal and results.Audio-Technica ATH ANC23 Quiet PointCredit: Amazon

Each earpiece is fitted with a miniature microphone that picks up extraneous sound. Electronic devices in the control box produce a wave that is out of phase with the noise. This nullifies the noise and allows listening to only the desired sounds.

The ANC23 has a universal jack and can be used with all audio players with a standard jack input. It provides a clear, clean sound. The ANC23 comes with a soft pouch with drawstring for storage and carrying. Also available is an adapter plug for airline stereo headsets.

The Klipsch Image S4 and Audio-Technica ANC23 offer the best value for noise reducing earbuds. There are higher priced units, but the quality of these bargain earbuds stand up well against the more expensive units. They are a real bargain.