AblePlanet NC180BMM Black Noise Canceling Headphones
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I have the Bose NC15 and three pairs of the Able Planet Headphones for my daughters and wife. I travel frequently, so we could justify the cost of the Bose for me (my wife uses them when we travel together). We couldn't justify spending another $900 for three more pairs of Bose. These headphones are exceptional for movies on the airplane, or for listening to audio books. They don't sound as good as the Bose, but for less than a third of the price, what do you expect?
I've had two of these for over a year, and we just bought a third pair. So far, a small pice of plastic fell off of one of the battery doors, but it still works fine. No other problems.
The noise canceling is the one attracted me. I tried it at costco warehouse and all of a sudden, the world became silent. I used it at home and it did a pretty good job canceling out low-frequency noise from the air heat system, refrigerator and dryer. You can hear a little hiss sound when you turn on the noise canceling function without any music. If you play music on it, you hardly hear that hiss sound. Don't expect it cancels out all the external sound like baby crying or people talking. Those are high frequency sound and most noise canceling headphones around 50 dollar just don't go good job on that. I like the design that you can unplug the cable and just wear the headset. I'll used it next time when I mow my lawn when weather gets warmer, I'm sure it will cancel out most noise from the machine.
The play back quality is not good if you don't turn on the noise canceling, you'll feel you are under water. In this case bass is muddy and all over you. You'll feel it lacks mid range and high frequency. However if you turn on the noise canceling, you'll notice the difference immediately. The bass became better and all mid and high frequency jumps out. The sound is clear and soft, not something you can use to feel the beats and blow your brain. I used it on classical music and blues and like it. So turn on the noise canceling when you use it.
Overall, I'll give 5 stars for just 40 bucks.
Bottom line, if you want some great value noise canceling headset for canceling out low frequency background noise and don't run for perfect sound, go with it if you can get it under 50 bucks. If you really picky about sound quality, don't buy it.
Why one star? The headphones fold up into a compact size so you can carry them easily on a bag. When you want to use them, you open them and they are locked in place by a plastic tab on the center of the head strap. When you wish to fold them again, you press in on this tab and they fold. The problem arises if the tab breaks. At that point, the headphones fit very loose and they are worthless. Mine broke after three months. I figured that maybe I had done something wrong, so I just put them away. This morning, my wife mentioned to me that hers broke as well. Now, she uses her headphone maybe 50 percent of the time I use mine, and I rarely use mine. We are very careful with our stuff and not forceful with things we own; So, at this point, I'm guessing its a manufacturer's defect. I was checking the warranty card, and just found out they require the original box. To me, this is just a way to make it difficult on someone to file a warranty claim. I am not going to bother with it, and won't be buying this brand again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worked pretty well and then one day the right side hinge broke when I was putting them on. Seems un-fixable.Published 12 days ago by Christy & Jeff Porucznik
Work good for my situation. Really fold up small for travel. No problems with breaking or cracking. I've used them for several months. I like the volume control on the cord. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RK
Bigger than I thought they would be. And don't fold up as well as some for travel. Noise cancelling works when the tv is on but have not tried them on a plane.Published 5 months ago by H. Johnston
We have had a few pairs of the headphones and work fine for noise cancelling, comfort, and sound for tablets, travel, etc. Read morePublished 5 months ago by john m.
Great product. Worked wonderfully on my 17 hour flight to China and back.Published 5 months ago by Lynda Angel
This is my second pair. First pair got lost in our last move. They do a good job of noise canceling without any odd hisses or chirps that some headsets have. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ronald R. Kinner
The sound cancelling feature has been disappointing. The ear cans lack swivel in the proper direction and the first time they were placed on the head one fell out of the socket and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Najma S
They worked fine for 6 months and then one day, there was no sound at all. I tried replacing the lead wire, making sure all was connected properly, but to no avail.Published 7 months ago by Lindsey007