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Very effective on planes, not so much elsewhere,
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These headphones do a very effective job canceling out the low-frequency engine roar on airplanes. I found they made airline flights a lot more comfortable. If you try them at home, though, you may wonder if they're even working -- the kind of noise you generally get inside a house isn't what they're designed to cancel. They only work on constant, low-frequency noise. That's both a blessing and a curse -- it means they won't block out the stewardess telling you to put your seatbelt on, but they also won't block out the baby crying in the row behind you.
- They generate high-frequency white noise when they're turned on. It sounds a lot like tape hiss. It's not very noticeable in a noisy environment like an airplane, but you will notice it at home. However, you can avoid this by turning off the noise cancellation when you're in a quiet environment.
- Loud noises very close to the noise sensing microphones tend to get transferred to the earcups. For example, if there's a breeze blowing past them, or you brush them with your finger, you'll hear it pretty distinctly.
- The headband is hard plastic and can make the top of your head sore after a while. Some padding there would be nice.
Overall I'm extremely pleased. For less than $40 these are a great way to make airline flights more comfortable. I can now enjoy my music on a flight without having to turn the volume up to uncomfortable levels.