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JVC HANC250 Noise Cancelling Headphones - Black

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  • Advanced noise-cancelling design offers 85% noise reduction for superior listening
  • Noise-cancelling can be switched on/off, and is powered by AAA battery for up to 50 hours use
  • Double housing for sound insulation; foam-cushioned ear pads for comfort and further isolation
  • Headphones weight just 5.3 ounces, and fold flat to fit in included carrying case
  • Includes four-foot detachable cord with airline and 1/4-inch adapters,Type: Active Noise-Cancelling, On-Ear
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Technical Details

  • Microphone
  • Noise Cancellation

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 2.8 x 8.1 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000U07C1U
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: HANC250
  • Batteries 1 AAA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (693 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

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The new JVC HA-NC250 combines outstanding sound quality with advanced noise-canceling and isolation technologies, for a superior, uninterrupted listening experience.

JVC HA-NC250 Headphones
Outstanding sound quality with advanced noise-canceling and isolation technologies.
JVC HA-NC250 Detachable Cable
Detachable four-foot cable.
JVC HA-NC250 Case
Headphones fold up to fit in included slim carrying case.
85% Noise Reduction

The HA-NC250's noise cancellation circuitry includes feedback technology, which constant monitors extraneous background noise to eliminate up to 85 percent. For further isolation, JVC employs a double housing structure on each earpiece, providing an extra sound insulation layer. The headphones' foam-cushioned ear pads add one last layer, not to mention they're nice and comfortable for long listening sessions.

The headphones use a single 1.5-volt AAA battery for powering the noise cancellation circuitry, squeezing about 50 hours of use from a single battery.

Noise Reduction On/Off Switch

For convenience, the HA-NC250's active noise cancellation can be switched off, enabling you to address someone speaking to you, hear announcements on a plane trip, etc.

Great Sound

Eliminating outside sounds is half the job. For the best possible sound quality, these headphone use a 40mm neodymium driver in each earpiece, for high sensitivity and a great frequency response.

Ultra-Portable

For comfort and portability, the HA-NC250s are one of the lightest headphones in their class, weighing just 5.3 ounces. The phones folds nice and flat, for toting around in the included slim carring case.

Also included are the four-foot detachable cord, airline dual plug adapter, and 1/4-inch plug adapter, for use with a wide range of audio and video components.

JVC HA-NC250 Specifications

Noise Reduction: 18dB at 150Hz(85%)
Driver Unit: 40.0mm 
Magnet Type: Neodymium
Frequency Response: 8-24,000Hz 
Input Impedance: 40 Ohms (On), 96 Ohms (Off)
Sensitivity: 102dB/1mW (On), 100dB/1mW(Off)
Power Supply: AAA Battery (DC 1.5V) x1 
Battery Life: 50 Hours (Using Alkaline Battery)
Cord Length: 3.94 Feet (Detachable) 
Weight (without cord): 150g (With Battery)
Connector: iPhone compatible, Gold Plated

What's in the Box

JVC HA-NC250 Headphones, Carrying Case, AAA Battery, Dual Plug Adaptor, 6.3mm Plug Adaptor

Product Description

The new JVC HA-NC250 combines outstanding sound quality with advanced noise-canceling and isolation technologies to provide a superior listening experience. The HA-NC250's noise cancellation circuitry includes feedback technology that constantly monitors the noise cancellation process. As a result, the headphones eliminate up to 85 percent of extraneous background noise. To further block noise, the HA-NC250 offers two JVC innovations that help isolate the listener from outside sounds. First, each earpiece employs a double housing structure for an extra sound insulation layer. Second, JVC developed a new technique for attaching the headphone's smooth memory foam cushioned ear pads to the housing that helps isolate background noise. The smooth pads also enhance comfort. These sound isolation features, for which patents have been applied, are especially important since the HA-NC250 can be used with the active noise cancellation switched off. For the best possible sound quality, the new headphone uses a 40mm neodymium driver in each earpiece. For comfort and portability, the HA-NC250 is one of the lightest headphones in its class, weighing just 5.3 ounces. It folds flat, and when folded is slimmer than most competing models. Included with the HA-NC250 are a slim carrying case, a four-foot detachable cord, airline dual plug adapter, and ¼-inch plug adapter for use with many home audio and video components. The headphones use a single 1.5-volt AAA battery for powering the noise cancellation circuitry. Battery life is rated at about 50 hours.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Here is why: Noise cancellation is great.
Amazonian
You cannot wear this for more than an hour without adjustment because your ears will start to hurt.
WWtraveler
They are built well and come with a nice carrying case.
J C Kikel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,035 of 1,047 people found the following review helpful By S. Noronha on November 7, 2007
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I travel fairly frequently on work and the long international flights were getting to me. I'd originally bought a Solitude Plane Quiet II headset which I was fairly happy with except for:
1. Quite tight around the head, difficult to wear for long periods of time.
2. Good sound quality, particularly bass, but an annoying hiss and missing treble and highs during audio playback.
3. Fairly heavy owing to needing 2 AAA batteries.

A colleague at work bought the JVCs and we did a comparison. Initially I was skeptical because my Solitudes were around the ear vs the JVCs which are over the ear. We went into a very noisy server room to do the test and I have to say the performance of the JVCs was astoundingly good.
All three issues that I had with the Solitudes were absent.
1. Extremely comfortable and light. Great build quality.
2. Even better noise canceling performance despite the over the ear design. Even with the active noise cancellation off, merely wearing the headset provides good sound insulation.
3. Great sound quality, very balanced bass and treble, zero hiss.
4. Better battery life than the Solitudes despite needing only one battery.

In addition, the JVCs have some of the benefits of the Solitudes over the industry's most famous headset (Bose).
1. Conventional cable (not proprietary like Bose).
2. Audio passthrough even when the battery dies.
3. Single AAA battery, non-proprietary (if you forget to charge your proprietary Bose battery, your headphones are dead).
4. Great price/value tradeoff compared to the Bose QCII or III.

The only negatives of the JVCs I could perceive are:
1.
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288 of 290 people found the following review helpful By Dana Stetson on February 22, 2008
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I recently purchased the JVC HANC250 headphones after researching the options on the internet. The Bose were an obvious option, but the price could not be justified.

I have always been thinking about buying noise cancelling headphones, and with a pending trip to Australia (from New York) I decided that now was the time.

Pros:
Great sound quality
Excellent Noise Cancelling
Very comfortable
Long battery life (changed the battery 2X over a 48hr use period)
Nice looking
Excellent value

Cons:
Changing the battery under the ear cup is not the best design, but not that hard to do either

Tips:
1. Keep a couple extra batteries in the accessory pouch inside the headphone case
2. Put a business card in the same pouch in case of loss

UPDATE: Feb, 2009

After owning the JVC HANC250 for a year they are still the best headset I have ever owned. I travel by plane almost every week, and they are always along for the ride. The hard cover case has well protected them and the headphones look like new. I comfortably wear them for hours at a time and use them with the airline sound system, my BlackBerry and notebook PC. There is no hiss and excellent sound quality.

UPDATE: May, 2010

Unfortunately I damaged the audio cable (totally my fault). There is a replacement part available from JVC [...] the part p/n J34915-001 is pricey at $33.69 + tax + shipping but I like original equipment.
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327 of 340 people found the following review helpful By Craig on October 11, 2008
I work in a noisy lab, so I wanted noise canceling headphones that could reduce the distraction of nearby chatter as well as the usual airplane engine sounds. After a bit of searching, it seemed like these JVCs and the Panasonic RP-HC500 were the best all around choices. So I bought both pairs and borrowed a friend's Bose QC2's to do a comparison.

*Noise Cancelling:
Although I did not have as much time with the Bose, I was able to use all three pairs to listen to city street noise outside my building as well as co-worker chatter in my office.
Although all three pairs did a fantastic job of removing the low frequencies (the ventilation system hum, etc.), the Bose really excelled here. It's really true that speaking while wearing them let's you hear your voice absent its lowest octave! The JVC and Panasonic pairs could not quite compete in that sense.
But for blocking higher frequency sounds, the JVCs were the winners. With the noise cancellation turned on, but without any sound playing, the voices of my office mates were muffled to the point where I could hear that they were speaking, but often could not make out what they were saying. The others muffle the chatter as well, but to a lesser extent.
Interestingly, it was sometimes hard to compare the Panasonics, as they produced audible hiss when the noise cancelling was turned on. The hiss was low, and wasn't distracting with even soft music, but the JVC's near-complete lack of hiss sometimes made me question whether the Panasonics were blocking as much sound as I thought, or just masking it.
But overall, the Panasonics and the JVCs were very comparable.
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By MTD-f on March 1, 2008
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I have been looking for a pair of well-performing and well-priced noise-cancelling headphones for a while now. After looking through a bunch of reviews, both professional and user, I settled on these JVC NC-250s.

The first test took place on a window seat of a 757 right by the engines. What I found is that these headphones successfully cancelled out the low- and low-mid frequency noise of the engine. It does not mean you hear nothing altogether - there is a "white noise"-like background - but the 85% figure in JVC specs seems to be about right. Once the music is on, you barely notice that. My previous headphones were in-ear Shure e2c, which blocked out the sound pretty well (I used foam heads). In comparison, JVCs are a very nice improvement. The sound quality is quite good - nice and clean across the range, for various types of sound - music and movies.

I am normally quite sensitive to wearing on- and over-ear headphones, so I was pleased to find that these cans are light and comfortable over time - I tried them on 2 and 3 hour flights and my ears were just as comfortable at the end of use as they were at the beginning. Considering its on-ear design, that is remarkable in my opinion. At the same time, they do reach a nice seal on the ear. The padding on the earpieces and the headband help that a lot. Plus, I believe these are the lightest headphones in the class (vs. QC2-3s, AudioTech). So that helps too.

My only real complaint, and the reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is the design of battery placement. To replace the battery you have to take off the ear pad from the right earpiece. I can foresee that being a prime opportunity for something to break, thus creating doubts about the durability over long-term.
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