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JBL Reference 510 Noise Canceling Headphone (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by JBL

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  • 40mm Transducers deliver JBL realism and great bass response.
  • Inline battery-powered control.
  • Elimates up to 70% of ambient noise.
  • Compact on-ear design.
  • Compact carrying case.
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Technical Details

  • Folding compact design

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000KMXNI4
  • Item model number: JBLREF510BLK-H
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 9, 2006

Product Description

The JBL Reference 510 on ear headphones are noise cancelling.These headphones are ideal for airline travel.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

They sit on my ears with too much pressure so I find them uncomfortable.
fotobud
These have a bright, warm sound, and the sound is good whether or not the noise cancellation is on.
William R. Smith
This is something that you would not notice by looking at the pictures in advertisements.
D. Brinson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Brinson on July 8, 2007
I had two goals in mind when I went looking for noise canceling headphones: I wanted to be able to listen to podcasts or music while mowing grass without blowing out my ear drums, and I wanted something to help me concentrate at work when there was a lot of noise around (think classroom full of loud students right across the hall from my too-hot-to-shut-the-door office). With the JBL headphones I was able to accomplish both goals.

The sound quality is good, and the hiss/hum that people mention is present but not really noticeable when you are actually playing something on the MP3 player or CD player. The noise canceling is not what I was expecting, but I like it none the less. I was expecting a "cone of silence" when I turned on the feature - and that doesn't happen. You can still hear outside noises, but they are dampened to the point it is much easier to ignore them.

One feature that is great is that you can use the headphones whether or not the battery for the headphones is dead or not. That is not a true statement for other, more expensive headphones I looked at, include Bose.

I would have given the headphones a 5 star rating except for one very annoying feature of the headphones - the battery/on-switch for the headphones is not part of the headphones themselves - a wire that splits off from the plug-in. This is something that you would not notice by looking at the pictures in advertisements. The cord tends to get tangled and always seems to be in the way.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Hornet on June 16, 2007
Well, I bought them since they were on sell... $50. Thinking that the original price was $150, this was looking like a good deal. Well, not really...

Sound: The sound of the headphones is muffled and the high tones are covered by the bass-midrange. My Sony MDR-V6 is far better than this ones as sound quality and I compared them over and over...

Noise reduction: The active noise reduction is a joke. First of all because it does very little, and what it does is not good. With no signal you will still be able to hear a hiss, quite annoying. Most of the noise reduction is passive as pressure on ears due to the steel springs is quite high (there goes the comfort :-P). Even if the headphones are hardly squishing your ears, they still trend to fall off since they have a lot of swiveling going on :-P... My MDR-V6 has passive noise reduction at least as good as the sum of the sum of active and passive from JBL 510... and they don't add their own soundtrack.

Conclusion: if bigger size is not an issue (usually it is not :-)), I recommend V6 instead. For a few bucks less (or more - depending on where you buy them from) you will have much better sound quality, more comfort, more noise reduction and less hissing (not to mention that you will not need any batteries :-P).
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Psycho on January 12, 2007
I bought this product with the intention of upgrading the earbuds that came with my Creative Zen. I was very impressed with the sound quality. The sound is perfect even at the highest volume setting; In fact, I think it sounds best at the highest volume. I listen to everything from bluegrass to techno, and it sounds great with every genre. The highs have great definition and the bass is extremely rich. I think they are worth the money. They are very comfortable and come with all the accessories you will probably need. A great upgrade to the Zen's uncomfortable and mediocre sounding earbuds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Smith on June 23, 2007
I paid $50. For the price, acceptable...but under the wire.

About the hum, it is there, but it is relevant as to what eqipment you are hooked into.

IBM laptop...big hum

MindSpa Brain/Mind machine...very small hum, hardly there.

Vaccuum Tube headphone amplifier...no hum at all.

iPod...no hum at all.

They are OK for travel and light listening. If I find a better headphone for $40-$70 that cancels noise, I'll return them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coney on December 3, 2007
The $50 price , which is $100 discount , should provide all one needs to know about this poor product. Bad fit make for uncomfortable wear and the hum introduced with the noise cancelling turned on is a joke. What noise canceling? It's noise making !! Do not buy this terribly designed unit at any price..........
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Swami B on July 12, 2007
I wish I had done more research before buying these head phones on sale for about $50 (which looked like a fantastic markdown from the $150 list price). After about a month, the left ear piece fell off the head band, and simply did not appear to be secured very well. The incident led me to speculate whether the ear piece was intentionally removable for DJ work, but I tend to think the headphones are just defective (and thus, the fantastic markdown!). The noise-canceling features seemed OK. I didn't notice any predominant hiss that other reviewers have mentioned. I intend to return these to the store and get a full refund.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Petrullo on August 23, 2007
The sound and noise canceling aspects of the headphone are excellent as would be expected from a JBL product. But using the headphone for any length of time results in some discomfort around the ears and temples. I have a number of headsets that I use for silent keyboard practice and private listening of various audio media. All of these produce outstanding results and remain comfortable, even after extended periods of use. If JBL could make the unit more comfortable, I could rate this headphone as an excellent product.
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