Aiwa Noise-Canceling Headphones - HP CN6
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- Reduces exterior noise by more than 70 percent (10 dB at 300 Hz) so you can hear music against a quieter background
- Active noise reduction from 40 to 1,500 Hz using 1 AA battery (not included); extended battery life approximately 30 hours
- Compact size and folding design allows easy storage in a backpack, briefcase, or purse
- Noise-canceling on/off switch; headphones work with or without power
- Includes soft carrying case and airplane adapter plug
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The headphones' noise-canceling circuit senses outside noise using tiny, built-in microphones and sends an equal-but-opposite canceling signal to the headphone drivers, effectively blocking solid-state (continuous) noise from 40 to 1,500 Hz. It's especially effective on noises like air-conditioning systems, freeway rumble, and airplane engines (from a passenger's perspective).
The switchable noise-canceling circuitry runs for approximately 30 hours on a single AA alkaline battery (with battery housing located just above the right earphone). When noise canceling is off, the headphones continue to function for standard music listening (and with slightly better sound quality). The headphones' neodymium-magnet diaphragms deliver powerful sound.
The HP-CN6 features a mini-jack for connecting to portable CD players and digital audio players, but it also includes a larger jack adapter for home stereo receivers and a dual jack for plugging into airplane seats, enabling you to enjoy the in-flight movie in peace and quiet.
What's in the Box
Headphones, carry pouch, stereo receiver jack adpater, in-flight dual jack adapter, and printed user's manual
Top Customer Reviews
I tried going without a good set of headphones and finally decided that I HAD to purchase a quality set of headphones and needed them soon. I went online and did a great deal of research. In many cases, so many reviewers focused on the Bose-likely because of their large advertising budget. But if you think of it-it can't be too complex to put together a high quality headphone at a reasonable price.
What I immediatelty discovered what that Bose had some competition from a company called Aiwa. Wherever I looked, in my need to find additional technical reviews, I would seem to find the AIWA HP-CN6 Noise-Canceling Headphones. I could not believe that they were priced so affordably so I research that issue. Others had posed that same question and I learned that the ONLY real reason for their lower cost is that they didn't spend the millions of dollars in advertising that BOSE had.
I love all BOSE products and have nothing but good things to say about them. If I HAD to choose something to take up with BOSE-it would only be the cost of their products. However, I decided to purchase the AIWA HP-CN6 Headphones for just under $50.00.
I've had the headphones for almost 3 months and they have done nothing but continually impress me.Read more ›
Great noise reduction headphones for the money. Not as good as my current favorites, Sennheiser PXC-250s (which I also own). Also not as good as $300 Bose cans. But very capable. Good reduction of low frequency steady noise (which is all that any active noise reduction phones can properly deal with). Reasonably comfortable. Construction seems a bit on the cheap side, but they haven't broken yet. For sound quality, they are reasonably good compared to other noise reduction headphones, but mediocre compared to good non-noise reduction headphones. Typical story there.
Note that the predecessor model to these, the Aiwa HP-CN5, were basically identical to the Sony MDR-NC5, but the Aiwa were about half the price. (Sony owns AIWA, and on the back of the HP-CN6 package you'll even see a (c) Sony notice). As the HP-CN6 is a model upgrade from the HP-CN5/MDR-NC5, there is no reason in the world to buy MDR-NC5 given the major price difference.
The battery fits in the headphone band, which means no second in-line box to lug around. That's a BIG convenience compared to things like Sennheiser PXC-250 or Bose.
Very inexpensive for the quality.
Fold down into relatively compact size.
Excellent noise reduction.
Decent (but not amazing) sound. Certainly good enough for any environment where you'd want to use noise reducing phones.
Not the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. OK, but not great.
Seemingly cheap construction (but haven't had any problems yet).
Better sound quality options are available at similar or lower prices if noise-reduction is not important to you.
My version came with an airplane adapter (essential) and little attenuator cable that is required in most cases because the volume on the plane is set up to cut through the background noice with high volume. When the headphones cut out the background noise, the resulting audio is way too loud. Hence the need for an attenuator.
I don't use them on the ground or in any other situation very often, and never with the noise cancellation turned on, so the problems with hiss that others mention are never a problem for me.
If you can afford it, the Bose noise-canceling headset (about $300) is truly amazing. Comfortable (the earpieces fit around your ears) and with terrific audio response. American Airlines sometimes lets customers in international business class use a set, and it will spoil you for all others. However, I wasn't willing to pay 10X, and the Aiwa's are a nice compromise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These headphones are great - A co-worker and I compared headphones and Aiwa won hands-down. I really like the folding feature and the battery-enhanced sound boost mode is... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by S. Standifer
I listen to books while mowing my lawn. I did not believe a headset that just lays flat against my head (no cup around the ear or earbud in the ear) could cut the outside noise... Read morePublished on November 21, 2009 by BT Superman
These were hand-me downs from my brother-in-law who basically didn't use them all that much, but I have to tell you, I've had them for about 3 years now and still work as they did... Read morePublished on December 23, 2008 by Evey
These headphones have been very useful. The only time they make a little hiss noise is when the battery is about to die. Other than that I would recommend these headphones.Published on March 16, 2008 by Amazon Customer
I've had my HP-CN6's for going on 3 years now. On plane trips they're great at sound reduction. It does indeed reduce ambient noise by 70%. Read morePublished on March 25, 2007 by R. Reed
Save your hard earned $$$
It's simple "it doesn't work" the best ones I've tried on were the Boss, but they're very expensive. Read more
I bought these two or three months ago after a colleague told me that noise-cancelling headphones are very nice when you are on the plane for hours and hours. Read more
I agree with Watt mentioning there was a hiss..and I think its low-noise cancelling effect is good, not for voices at times.
Music quality was heavy in bass. Read more
When I first received my head phones I though they were ok at best, the sound quality was decent but the head strap appears bulky when wearing. Read morePublished on January 15, 2006 by Duff