Do you need noise cancelling headphones?

After having a good few days now to play with the Bose NC 700’s I’ve reached a point where I’m weighing up the inconveniences of a larger over the ear headphone compared to something like AirPods. I’ve come to the conclusion that a pair of noise cancelling headphones are only really needed for those of us that commute very frequently. I’m home based but do travel for work and in those times it would be good but I’ve found that I’m not using them daily now the initial enthusiasm for noise cancelling has worn off. Can I justify keeping a pair of £350 headphones for something I’m going to use maybe a couple of times a month. At home I work on my own so for the majority of the time I use what I have that sounds the best, that’s the HomePod.

For the other times I’m using my AirPods as I can lie more comfortably with them in my ears than a pair of over the ear headphones.

If you’re after a pair of noise cancelling headphones then I still think the Bose NC 700 are the best I tried in my testing but if you only travel a few times a month either don’t get a pair or get a pair of Bose QC35 or Sony and save yourself (depending on sales) around £100.

Teenage Engineering PO-33 KO

I came across Teenage Engineering via the Playdate and love their design so when I saw their Pocket Operator series I thought I’d give one a go. I wanted something small I could fiddle with and act as a change to using an iOS device. I was also after a new creative outlet so having a tiny music device I could pocket, have on my desk or take with me sounded perfect.

I’ve only just ordered so I’ll post up some unboxing and review stuff once I’ve had a play.

Does the Yamaha THR5 work with the iPad?

I picked up a Yamaha THR5 as a desktop amp that I could also use to record with. I’ve recorded on both an iPad and Mac in the past so wanted it to work on either of these. The bad news for my iPad is that it doesn’t recognise the signal coming into it.

I tried USB from the amp into the camera connection kit then into the iPad. GarageBand and Bias don’t show a signal at all. Yamaha could patch this one but not sure what the demand is. I can’t try usb-c as I have an older 10.5 with a lightning connector.

So I can record with my MacBook so not the end of the world as I’m quite used to Logic Pro, which is a superior app to GarageBand anyways.

Only option for getting an iPad input is to use the headphone out or a microphone plugged into the iPad.