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Works well for me.
on September 14, 2009
I purchased the SHN2500 Noise Canceling Earbuds about a year ago. I primarily use them when mowing the lawn, so I don't have a wide variety of experiences to relate. However, when using them with a gas-powered mower, I found it to be remarkable how much they reduced the sound of the mower. Without the mp3 player turned on at all, the mower noise all but disappeared; as in, I could barely tell that the mower was even running. With the mp3 player turned on, the device does, in fact, increase the volume of the mp3 output. But with the noise canceling turned on, I could set the volume of the mp3 player to a much lower level than usual and still hear the music quite well.
So, here's my summary; for lawn mowing, these things seem to work great. No, they don't just cover up the noise by turning up the volume. They can be used without the mp3 player turned on, and the reduction in noise volume is remarkable. I find them comfortable, and the sound quality is fine for me. I'm no audiophile, so I can't comment further on sound quality. As with all earbuds I've used, the cord is too short to wrap around behind me to keep it from getting caught up in my work; I've had the cord snag on the lawn mower handle as I'm turning a corner and rip the buds out of my ears.
Now, here's something to check; make sure you have a fresh battery in the unit, and make sure you have flicked the switch that turns the sound canceling on. Just because you're hearing the mp3 player doesn't mean the sound canceling is turned on. I'm not saying anyone in these reviews has done that, I'm just advising folks that might overlook that.
Do these earbuds work in every noisy environment? I have no idea. But if they're not working for you, consider the possibilities of a dead battery, a switch turned off, or a defective unit. Hey, crank up your lawn mower and see if they work! If not, I would be very suspicious that something is wrong with your particular pair. Do I think these work as well as a $$$ unit? Not a chance. But for this price, they actually work better than I expected.