I’m on a journey to find a decent set of headphones, (or, if needed, sets). On paper, AirPods Pro or Beats Fit Pro are perfect: small, super Apple compatible, multi-point pairing, and active noise cancelling, (I work at home and my kids homeschool, and we don’t have a separate space for me or them).
Unfortunately AirPods pro are very painful for me to wear, and their noise-cancelling makes me pretty nauseous. Beats Fit Pro were just released in Canada I got a pair, and they’re better on both fronts but not perfect on either. I can wear them without pain if I place them right, but it’s far from comfortable, and I don’t get as nauseous with ANC enabled, but it’s not super great either.
The pain comes from the large bulb that’s in my outer ear. Maybe I’m weird, but one of my ear folds ends in a fairly firm cartilage bump that these, and normal Apple EarPods, bump into, causing pain with extended wear. Do any of you have similar issues, if so, what options have you found that are comfy?
For the nausea, I don’t have a ton of experience with ANC. Will it be better, (ideally gone), if I use over-ear headphones with ANC vs the in-ear AirPods Pro and Beats Fit Pro?
In the past I have used smaller in-ear headphones, like Brainwavz Delta or BeatsX, and they’ve been great, except for the wires, and they are all dying or dead. I also have a pair of JBL E55BT that I won a couple of years back and they’re pretty good, but big, and the ear cup could be a bit bigger. None of these have ANC.
Part of me thinks I should just return the Beats Fit Pro and get some Beats Flex for 1/3 of the price, and maybe some Sony WH-1000XM4s for at-home noise-cancelling, but that means losing the H1-related features, and true wireless seems great, (especially when wearing a mask).
I’m not ruling out just keeping the Beats Fit Pro and learning to live with them. But at CA$249 I feel like I should really like, or love, my earphones, not learn to live with them.