On this very blog of mine, I identify as being a minimalist/frugal person. Because of this fact, I always feel like I need to justify it, every time I advise the readers to break open their wallets.
In my opinion, the purpose of being a minimalist is not to spend no money whatsoever. The main idea is to realize, that most of what consumer culture has to offer, is total garbage, and that we should always be very skeptical, whenever someone is trying to sell us something.
However, in some cases, we simply run into products or offers, that are truly worth it, because they add value in a meaningful way to our lives. In those cases, I believe that it is exactly the job of the minimalist to shine some light on these objects, to make the market easier to navigate for everybody else.
Recently, I acquired a product that falls into this category. After considering it for a very long time, I finally took the leap and bought the in-ear, noise cancelling headphones from BOSE.
As I said, it took me a long time to actually do it, since they were fairly expensive, but I always had the suspicion that they might be worth it. They are by no means, an essential product that everyone should own, but they are a really nice luxury to have if one can afford them.
Their main feature, obviously, is the noise-cancelling function. With them, you get a button, that you can press at any time, in case you want to shut out all low-level noise around you. This is truly powerful whenever you find yourself in a train, airplane or even open office, and want to be able to concentrate. I also find that you get a lot less fatigued from sitting on an airplane, when you are able to shut out the constant humming that goes on in the background during the entire trip. If you want to take a walk down the street and be alone with your thoughts in a noisy city, they are great for that too.
They do not make you completely deaf. They just filter out all low-level background noise, and still allow you to hear, what the person next to you is saying. This also makes them reasonably safe to wear in public/traffic.
I say that they are like having a new superpower, although a minor one, because they allow you to concentrate and have some peace, a little bit better than everyone around you – whenever you click the button.
They are great headphones in the classic sense too, and I use them for podcasts and music every day. However, the sound quality aspect is not something I obsess so much about. All I can say is that they are very good in my uninformed opinion.
To be honest, it is a minus that you have to charge the headphones separately every other day with a micro USB cable. But since you can do this, every time you sit in front of a laptop, it is a minor detail in my view.
To sum up: the headphones have my very strong recommendation.
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