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Good for noisy conditions,
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This review is from: Jabra C820S Active Noise Cancelling Stereo Headphones (Electronics)I own several cheaper models of noise canceling headphones, so I am well equipped to do comparison.
As everyone has stated, the headphones are very comfortable, have good battery life and excellent sound quality. As the matter of fact, these are the first headphones I tried that can reproduce Alicia Keys music without distortions with my iPod's equalizer set to "Rock".
Noise canceling is the most efficient among all headphones I have ever seen. Even in the loud train, they create quiet environment.
Sound quality is worse when noise canceling off, but it is still tolerable.
One major problem (at least with my particular unit) is relatively loud hiss. When you listen to the music in a loud place (like train or plane), this doesn't matter because this hiss will be masked by remaining ambient noise. However you don't want to use these headphones for music in the quiet home. The only way to avoid the hiss will be to turn off the power, which as I stated above, lowers the sound quality.
Here is the bottom line.
These headphones are excellent solution for noisy environments (for which they are of course primarily intended). Because of the hiss, they are not so good for music listening in the quiet places despite very good sound quality.
I have tried another pair of these phones and the level of hiss noise was identical to the first pair. So now I am sure that I didn't deal with a random fluctuation; they all are likely to be as described in my review above.
I used these phones on a plane during a very long flight. Excellent experience. I wore them during the entire duration of the flight and didn't get tired. Listened to my iPod for some time, just used them for noise protection the rest of the time, and even slept with them on my head. They worked extremely well with airplane noise.
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Initial post: Jan 8, 2009 10:31:28 PM PST
Sheldon Botha says:
I'm with you on the hiss, if you use these just for noise cancelation (no music involved) it can over long periods start to wear on you, I was just wondering myself if mine was different from what they should sound like hiss wise, glad I read your comments, guess its just what is.
Over all for the price (got mine at about fifty somewhat dollars on woot.com) they are great.
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