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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2006
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I hate to give these 1 star because they could have been much better:

The band on these headphones is the worst piece of junk I have ever seen. Ok now that I got that out of my system.... I bought these in the main lobby of an airport. After passing through security and into the departure area I excitedly unpacked them so I could try them on the flite. They immediately broke when I tried to put them on. Fortunately the dealer had an outlet in the departures area so I got a replacement. I tried to put the second pair on very gently and they also broke. I didn't have enought time to return the second set because the plane was bording. The force it took to break them was equivalent to breaking a toothpick (very serious). I fixed them (with black electrical tape) and then rapped electrical tape around every joint and they are solid now. Electrically they are very good with great active noise cancelling and decent sound. I'm using Bose Quiet Comfort II's at work and these are about 80% of the Bose at 1/8th the cost. The sound is pleasant with a warm bass and transparent highs although a little brittle sounding. The Bose QC's have a cleaner sound and slightly better passive noise cancelling but the active noise cancelling is similar.

It's to bad the Coby's are mechanically so bad. After reinforcing mine they're ok now and the band is much stiffer so they also have better passive noise cancelling (noise seal) but forget about adjustments and collapsability which didn't concern me anyway. I use them to listen to a small Sony FM radio while commuting on the buss instead of the Bose QC's from work. They have a detachable cord using standard mini-phone plugs which is great, they still work when the noice cancellation is turned off (the Bose don't) and they are super light and comfortable. If you buy them they will break!!! I give them a 4 for electrical performance and a 1 for mechanical quality.

Unfortunately most people are not going to be happy repairing a broken product and they should NOT have to, so they would be better advised investing they're money in something else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2007
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One word describes this product; "JUNK"!

I bought three pair of these phones in the Montego Bay airport duty free electronics store on Dec 31/06. One pair broke as soon as I put them on my head in the departure lounge. I hadn't even plugged them into my ipod yet and the left ear cup snapped off.

I got them replaced right away before my flight left. That pair snapped the right ear cup off about two weeks later. My one son's pair broke on the flight home - the right ear cup snapped off after just two hours of listening. (My other son got his pair stolen at the airport which is not Coby's fault, but they are probably broken by now too)

All three pair of CV191 are broken and in the trash. STAY AWAY from this headphone. The sound quality is actually very good ... but the integrity of the phones is junk. They are very very cheaply made.

Thankfully Coby replaced two of the three phones at no charge with the CV-192. These seem to be built much better and sound just as good.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2006
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This item came broken right out of the package. There are five conncting points for the folding feature and all are weak plastic hinges. The sound is ok but nothing spectacular. Save your money and invest in something else.
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on January 29, 2008
Granted these headphones are inexpensive, and not as uncomfortable as the price might lead you to expect. But noise-cancelling? Nope.

The major difference that I could tell between the ON and OFF positions in the ANR switch is that in the ON position, it does a much better job of... picking up the funny electrical noises my iPhone produces when it is about to receive a call, or accessing the internet. I was not able to detect any noise reduction at all.

Pros:
1) cheap
2) folding
3) has airline adapter & carrying bag

Cons:
1) not great sound
2) the active noise cancellation doesn't work
3) poor shielding of the ANR causes it to pick up electrical noise

If you are looking for cheap, and relatively comfortable, go for it. But don't expect truly great sound or any ANR at all. Without the battery, it's a bit lighter, and actually works better.
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on August 6, 2007
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If they don't break on you, they are a spectacular buy. Don't believe anyone who says the sound quality is terrible. The sound is phenomenal for the price. Note: The bass is much better with the amp on. Even though they felt cheap, I was very happy with them until the unusually-thick, stiff, tin? wire that came with it shorted on the inside. Yes, all the materials are dirt-cheap, but hey, cheap means lightweight, and lightweight = good. Instead of buying a new durable cable which is what I should have done, I returned the product. Now I want to reorder them. I can definitely see them snapping easily if you have a wide head.
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on February 24, 2008
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They may not have the world's best sound quality (I'm not an audiophile, but they always sounded fine to me), but these COBY headphones are a great bargain. I used my pair for over six months without mishap with many foldings, unfoldings, packings (into backpacks, pockets, etc) and unpackings). They've been great for the price and have proved to be highly portable. Sadly, I lost them recently and am about to buy another pair.

My only recommendation: get some thin strip stick on foam (preferably black) to put on the inside of the headpiece. It will make them more comfortable to wear over long periods of time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2007
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I picked these up at a closeout store locally and half expected to end up throwing these away. For the price, I was willing to take a chance. I am glad I did. You can look at them an tell they are cheaply made. I haven't folded them up fearing they might break at the hinges but the audio quality is better than any non noise-canceling set I have owned.
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on August 12, 2008
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The first set arrived broken in at least 4 places. I exchanged them and received yet another broken pair. I cannot comment on the sound quality because I never even had a chance to use them. Poor quality I can't believe this product is even on the market.
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on March 10, 2009
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I purchased one of these and only one speaker worked. I purchased the second pair and they worked but I would say they arent the best quality. You get what you pay for but they do work pretty good.
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on February 8, 2009
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This is a very good product. It isn't 5 star quality but for the price can't pass it up!!
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