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    Default John Deere Noise Canceling Headphones

    Ok, 1st of all, kubota don't make'em. If they did I would have bought them.

    Actually my kids got me these for Father's day and today I had the 1st chance to use them as I mowed my 6 acres.

    WOW!

    Deere claims they are specifically tuned to the reduced low frequency noise such as the noise you get from a tractor.

    They are correct!

    Last year I tried using my iPod with earbuds and I gave up after one try.

    Even at full volume, it was hard to hear the music.

    But these headphones changed all that.

    I found I could even test it. I hooked up the ipod and turned it on full volume with tractor at full throttle and MMM blades a spinning.

    It was just okay at 1st. It works without being turned on if you want but the noise reduction isn't present.

    Then I turned them on. WOW o WOW... I could not even hear the mower and the engine became a low rumble off in the distance, meanwhile my music was loud and clear and I actually had to lower the volume on the iPod a bit.

    If you are thinking about a pair of these, I highly recommend them.
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    Default Re: John Deere Noise Canceling Headphones

    Ok, I'm really intrigued. I have a pair of the Bose QC-3 phones that I use for air travel that are the greatest thing ever, but way over priced. They state they are most effective at low frequencies as well. I wonder who makes the John Deere phones?

    I would love to do a side by side comparison on a tractor, but I'm not sure if I want to run the experiment for $90. Besides, I'm one of the ones who likes the sound of diesel, and if my equipment is doing something angry, I want to be able to hear it.

    You could probably use a black marker to un-John Deere them. At least they're not green and yellow.

    Just found this thread from a few months back:
    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/j...i-radio-2.html

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    Default Re: John Deere Noise Canceling Headphones

    Sorry about the double reply, but I just found this from the Wall Street Journal

    Being Small Can Help
    Win the Big Contract
    By GWENDOLYN BOUNDS
    Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal.

    From The Wall Street Journal Online


    In the summer of 2004, Dean Hamke sat down at the computer to find possible contenders that could create noise-canceling headphones for his company, Deere & Co. As one of the nation's top suppliers of outdoor-landscaping equipment under the John Deere brand, the company wanted to tap the booming do-it-yourself market.

    But that meant getting headphones down to a mass-market retail price. And as a manager of licensing Deere, Mr. Hamke was charged with finding a partner who could oblige without diluting the Deere brand. With $21.93 billion in fiscal 2005 revenue, and a logo recognized world-wide, Deere is an example of a conglomerate that goes to great lengths to do reconnaissance about its partners -- and its search for a headphones partner shows how small businesses sometimes have an edge over bigger ones.

    "We've dealt with some big companies where it's all bureaucracy and management is always changing, and you never know who you are talking to and yours is just one of thousands of projects they take on," Mr. Hamke says. "Smaller companies want to move quickly and are looking for the next great idea."

    Like many companies in industries from consumer products and media to sports and apparel, Deere licenses its name to dozens of other firms -- big and small -- which then use their expertise to create products such as hats, boots and toys under the John Deere name. Licensing lets a company expand its product base -- and sales -- without making big infrastructure investments in unfamiliar arenas. In exchange for lending a powerful brand name to a product, the companies collect royalties on the sales. Licensed products generate some $110 billion annually in retail sales, according to the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association.

    Consumers, however, don't necessarily pay attention to such technicalities -- assuming that if a company's name is slapped on a ware, then that firm made it. Which means companies must take great care in picking licensing partners.

    To grade potential partners, Deere measures such things as turnaround time, financial viability, warranty cost and sales with a pass/fail system. But Deere also judges licensees based on something it dubs "wavelength" -- attributes that matter in the relationship. An example: Does it take a business three days or 30 minutes to call back with an answer to a question? What kind of outward respect do they show for the Deere brand? How quickly can they make prototype changes?

    Attending to such details is how David Dillinger of Pineville, N.C., a pilot turned entrepreneur, got and kept the Deere headphones deal -- one that's put his company, Outside the Box Inc., on track to double last year's $2.5 million revenue in 2006. He founded his company in 2001 to create thick, durable blankets for airplanes after seeing how quickly existing blankets disintegrated. Eventually, he says, he started playing with Bose Corp. noise-canceling headphones and believed he could create a competing product at a much lower cost.

    Mr. Dillinger created two models of his own, a basic one called PlaneQuiet for $54.95 and higher-end model dubbed Solitude for $199.95, and sold them through his Web site Home - Travel Supplies, Travel Gear, Travel Accessories, and Gifts for Travelers by Protravelgear.com. That's what Mr. Hamke at Deere found when he was surfing and looking for possible prototypes for a Deere model. After narrowing potential prospects to three, he picked up the phone and began cold calling those candidates, one of whom was Mr. Dillinger.

    He told Mr. Dillinger that he liked his designs and liked the price of the PlaneQuiet because Deere needed to keep it under $100 -- too low he expected for a well-known maker such as Bose, whose QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones currently retail for about $300. Meantime, Deere also needed significant tweaks made to any model for it to fly with their buyers. Could Mr. Dillinger do that? Mr. Hamke wondered.

    With a tiny staff of seven, including his wife, Ren馥, Mr. Dillinger says he was initially "dumbfounded" by the cold call. Deere, of Moline, Ill., has 46,000 world-wide employees and does business in some 160 countries; working with such a big player would require resources and time that would stretch Outside the Box thin. But Mr. Dillinger recognized the enormous upside potential of landing such a contract, so he told Deere "Yes."

    From the start, Mr. Dillenger put himself at Deere's beck and call. For instance, the company needed tricky modifications in the product's "articulation index" -- the range of sound let in -- so it could cancel out a running motor but still let the wearer hear a child yelling or a siren. Mr. Dillinger himself drove out to the Deere engineering center in Charlotte, N.C., and sat fine-tuning the headphones while a lawn tractor roared nearby in a test facility. Says Mr. Hamke: "We made those suggestions to David and they were more than willing and would turn things around in days."

    When the headphones, which are just now rolling out into Lowe's Cos. stores, went into production in China, Mr. Dillinger got a call from Deere saying they had forgotten to put a certain logo on the package. Production was halted, little stickers made to correct the error and pasted on by hand, and Mr. Dillinger swallowed the cost.

    "All John Deere knows is that we made it happen," Mr. Dillinger says. However, Mr. Dillinger also wisely used Deere's bigness to protect his interests. Since Deere owns its distributor, Mr. Dillinger was able to negotiate for the latter to pay 30% upfront for the product to mitigate production costs. He also asked for payment in full before the product would ship from China -- and got it.

    When done, Mr. Dillinger's John Deere headphones came in at $89.99, just as Deere had requested. The product began shipping late last year and is now in Lowe's and in some of John Deere's 3,000 U.S. and Canadian independent retailers as well as its John Deere Gifts Web site.

    Mr. Hamke adds: "With David, here was a guy that knew all the technical details and a lot about the market. He wasn't just a stuffed suit. If there's not a passion for the product, you don't get anywhere. A lot of big companies lose that quickly. That's one of the benefits of looking at a small one."

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    Default Re: John Deere Noise Canceling Headphones

    Very very informative. Thanks for posting that. I like my headphones even more now!


    I would love to put them up against the Bose phones just to see how much more headphone $200 would have got me.

    For the record, the headphone came packaged with an iPod cable, 2 Hi-Fi adapters for different sized plugs, battery's and a nifty black cloth storage case.

    The kids bought it on eBay and with shipping it cost them $80 new and factory sealed in one of those hard plastic cases that are always so hard to open.

    I could not be more happy with it.
    B7800 * LA402FEL * 72" Mid-Mount Finish Mower * Turf Tires * Bushhog brand PHD with 12 & 24 inch bits * Landpride 6ft. Box Blade * John Deere 510 bush hog

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    Default Re: John Deere Noise Canceling Headphones

    Here is a link to a forum that was talking about Deere vs Bose.

    John Deere vs. Bose Noise Canceling Headset [Archive] - FlyerTalk Forums
    Dana in Alabama

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    Default Re: John Deere Noise Canceling Headphones

    Quote Originally Posted by Fug1000
    Ok, 1st of all, kubota don't make'em. If they did I would have bought them.

    Actually my kids got me these for Father's day and today I had the 1st chance to use them as I mowed my 6 acres.

    WOW!

    Deere claims they are specifically tuned to the reduced low frequency noise such as the noise you get from a tractor.

    They are correct!

    Last year I tried using my iPod with earbuds and I gave up after one try.

    Even at full volume, it was hard to hear the music.

    But these headphones changed all that.

    I found I could even test it. I hooked up the ipod and turned it on full volume with tractor at full throttle and MMM blades a spinning.

    It was just okay at 1st. It works without being turned on if you want but the noise reduction isn't present.

    Then I turned them on. WOW o WOW... I could not even hear the mower and the engine became a low rumble off in the distance, meanwhile my music was loud and clear and I actually had to lower the volume on the iPod a bit.

    If you are thinking about a pair of these, I highly recommend them.
    Noise cancelling headphones will not provide enough sound reduction to protect your hearing while operating a tractor. It may reduce it enough to hear the music but I would be more concerned about hearing damage than tunes.

    They do make over the ear hearing protection with built in radio if you want to protect your hearing and listen to music.

    Another option is to using ear plugs and use the noise cancelling headphones, it does work. I used that approach before finding the hearing protection with built in radio.

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    Default Re: John Deere Noise Canceling Headphones

    Quote Originally Posted by dangerdoc
    Noise cancelling headphones will not provide enough sound reduction to protect your hearing while operating a tractor.
    Now you have me wondering what the NRR is in passive mode on the Deere's.
    Dana in Alabama

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    Default Re: John Deere Noise Canceling Headphones

    Since we're on this headphone subject
    Anyone know of a good set of radio headphones to use when operating a tractor? A dealer I spoke with mentioned headphones with radio but I haven't seen any around.

    Thanks,
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    Default Re: John Deere Noise Canceling Headphones

    Quote Originally Posted by Wombat125
    Sorry about the double reply, but I just found this from the Wall Street Journal

    Being Small Can Help
    Win the Big Contract
    By GWENDOLYN BOUNDS
    Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal.

    From The Wall Street Journal Online


    In the summer of 2004, Dean Hamke sat down at the computer to find possible contenders that could create noise-canceling headphones for his company, Deere & Co. As one of the nation's top suppliers of outdoor-landscaping equipment under the John Deere brand, the company wanted to tap the booming do-it-yourself market.

    But that meant getting headphones down to a mass-market retail price. And as a manager of licensing Deere, Mr. Hamke was charged with finding a partner who could oblige without diluting the Deere brand. With $21.93 billion in fiscal 2005 revenue, and a logo recognized world-wide, Deere is an example of a conglomerate that goes to great lengths to do reconnaissance about its partners -- and its search for a headphones partner shows how small businesses sometimes have an edge over bigger ones.

    "We've dealt with some big companies where it's all bureaucracy and management is always changing, and you never know who you are talking to and yours is just one of thousands of projects they take on," Mr. Hamke says. "Smaller companies want to move quickly and are looking for the next great idea."

    Like many companies in industries from consumer products and media to sports and apparel, Deere licenses its name to dozens of other firms -- big and small -- which then use their expertise to create products such as hats, boots and toys under the John Deere name. Licensing lets a company expand its product base -- and sales -- without making big infrastructure investments in unfamiliar arenas. In exchange for lending a powerful brand name to a product, the companies collect royalties on the sales. Licensed products generate some $110 billion annually in retail sales, according to the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association.

    Consumers, however, don't necessarily pay attention to such technicalities -- assuming that if a company's name is slapped on a ware, then that firm made it. Which means companies must take great care in picking licensing partners.

    To grade potential partners, Deere measures such things as turnaround time, financial viability, warranty cost and sales with a pass/fail system. But Deere also judges licensees based on something it dubs "wavelength" -- attributes that matter in the relationship. An example: Does it take a business three days or 30 minutes to call back with an answer to a question? What kind of outward respect do they show for the Deere brand? How quickly can they make prototype changes?

    Attending to such details is how David Dillinger of Pineville, N.C., a pilot turned entrepreneur, got and kept the Deere headphones deal -- one that's put his company, Outside the Box Inc., on track to double last year's $2.5 million revenue in 2006. He founded his company in 2001 to create thick, durable blankets for airplanes after seeing how quickly existing blankets disintegrated. Eventually, he says, he started playing with Bose Corp. noise-canceling headphones and believed he could create a competing product at a much lower cost.

    Mr. Dillinger created two models of his own, a basic one called PlaneQuiet for $54.95 and higher-end model dubbed Solitude for $199.95, and sold them through his Web site Home - Travel Supplies, Travel Gear, Travel Accessories, and Gifts for Travelers by Protravelgear.com. That's what Mr. Hamke at Deere found when he was surfing and looking for possible prototypes for a Deere model. After narrowing potential prospects to three, he picked up the phone and began cold calling those candidates, one of whom was Mr. Dillinger.

    He told Mr. Dillinger that he liked his designs and liked the price of the PlaneQuiet because Deere needed to keep it under $100 -- too low he expected for a well-known maker such as Bose, whose QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones currently retail for about $300. Meantime, Deere also needed significant tweaks made to any model for it to fly with their buyers. Could Mr. Dillinger do that? Mr. Hamke wondered.

    With a tiny staff of seven, including his wife, Ren馥, Mr. Dillinger says he was initially "dumbfounded" by the cold call. Deere, of Moline, Ill., has 46,000 world-wide employees and does business in some 160 countries; working with such a big player would require resources and time that would stretch Outside the Box thin. But Mr. Dillinger recognized the enormous upside potential of landing such a contract, so he told Deere "Yes."

    From the start, Mr. Dillenger put himself at Deere's beck and call. For instance, the company needed tricky modifications in the product's "articulation index" -- the range of sound let in -- so it could cancel out a running motor but still let the wearer hear a child yelling or a siren. Mr. Dillinger himself drove out to the Deere engineering center in Charlotte, N.C., and sat fine-tuning the headphones while a lawn tractor roared nearby in a test facility. Says Mr. Hamke: "We made those suggestions to David and they were more than willing and would turn things around in days."

    When the headphones, which are just now rolling out into Lowe's Cos. stores, went into production in China, Mr. Dillinger got a call from Deere saying they had forgotten to put a certain logo on the package. Production was halted, little stickers made to correct the error and pasted on by hand, and Mr. Dillinger swallowed the cost.

    "All John Deere knows is that we made it happen," Mr. Dillinger says. However, Mr. Dillinger also wisely used Deere's bigness to protect his interests. Since Deere owns its distributor, Mr. Dillinger was able to negotiate for the latter to pay 30% upfront for the product to mitigate production costs. He also asked for payment in full before the product would ship from China -- and got it.

    When done, Mr. Dillinger's John Deere headphones came in at $89.99, just as Deere had requested. The product began shipping late last year and is now in Lowe's and in some of John Deere's 3,000 U.S. and Canadian independent retailers as well as its John Deere Gifts Web site.

    Mr. Hamke adds: "With David, here was a guy that knew all the technical details and a lot about the market. He wasn't just a stuffed suit. If there's not a passion for the product, you don't get anywhere. A lot of big companies lose that quickly. That's one of the benefits of looking at a small one."
    Wouldn't it be great if Deere, and others, reacted that quickly to tractor owners' concerns/problems with their machines

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    Default Re: John Deere Noise Canceling Headphones

    Actually kubota makes a noise cancelling as well, it adds 4-5k to the price of your tractor........ the cab

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