JVC HANC80 Noise-Cancelling Headphones - Black
- Up to 75% noise reduction (more than 12dB at 300Hz)
- Dual noise cancel mode - "wide" and "low"
- Flat foldable design
- Powerful neodymium 30mm driver unit
- Frequency Response: 10 - 22,000 Hz
- Dual Mode Noise Cancel Headphones (High/Low Range)
- 75% Noise reduction
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Top Customer Reviews
The JVC headphones sound good, are lighter and pack smaller than the Bose.
Test one was done in the bathroom using the ventilation fan as a noise source.
Test two was done in my living room with a tank-type vacuum cleaner as a noise source located far enough away to simulate the volume of jet engine noise.
In both tests, the headphones, when worn, DID cancel/reduce the exterior test noises. Most of the noise reduction simply came from the seal between the headphones and ears. I tested the electronic noise canceling using the on-off switch and the low/wide mode switch on the phones. The mode switch did not make an appreciable difference canceling either test noise. The on-off switch did produce a slightly more noticeable noise reduction, but more so from the vacuum cleaner than from the bathroom fan.
I would have to say, overall headphone noise reduction comes pretty close to the 75% advertised and is adequate for reducing jet engine noise sufficiently to comfortably hear the movie audio from an iPod. In all fairness, the real capabilities of the JVC headphones won't be realized until they are tested using a real jet engine noise source. It is possible that the headphones electronics are more accurately tuned to a jet engine's frequency. We shall see.
I've tested the mighty, high-priced Bose noise canceling headphones in a department store using their "jet engine" noise source from a speaker. Impressive! But, for my purposes, the low cost JVC phones should be more than adequate for me. The JVC headphone's sound quality, appearance, craftsmanship, and fold ability are excellent; I would recommend them.
The JVC headphones are exceptionally good with nice, crisp sound and plenty of detail evident when listening with my iTouch. I was also quite surprised at the depth to the sound stage with these head phones. They are also pretty comfortable (something I was afraid wouldn't be the case like my wireless stereo headphones that I often use to watch movies when my wife is asleep or when listening to music on the stereo while my wife is watching a TV program, etc.). The headphones are quite comfortable with nice cushioning for the ears.
The only issue I found is that the noise cancelling qualities aren't quite as strong as I had hoped but I did find them adequate. The noise cancelling qualities may not be the same as, say, a $300 set of headphones but let's set our expectations accordingly--these AREN'T $300 headphones.
The positives here are a nice soundstage, a nice, crisp presentation for the music, exceptionally good detail and headphones that are fairly comfortable.
The mixed--the noise cancelling qualities are decent but not outstanding but then again these aren't super expensive headphones so I really didn't expect superb noise cancelling abilities. They sound pretty good for the price and if you need a relatively inexpensive set of headphones and are tired of earbuds like myself, then these might be for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
They seem to work pretty well, haven't tried them on a plane yet which is my true test. More padding for the ear piece would be nice but they are comfortable enough.Published 1 month ago by Linda Black
I had been using a JVC HA-SR500B as my travel headphones, because it folded up into a small size and had a microphone for use with my iPhone. Read morePublished 2 months ago by klwong36
Purchased for my dad for his first overseas trip in years.
He seemed to like them, but not rave about them, so I'd give them four stars.
I like these headphones for the money. They are light weight, comfortable to wear, and come complete with all the accessories you need: headphones draw-string pouch, two-prong... Read morePublished 4 months ago by William D Thompson
Good sound for inexpensive headphones. The noise cancelling function appears to be weak, but may work well enough.Published 4 months ago by Andy A
The weak noise cancelling ability of these headphones is commensurate with the low price. There is *some* noise cancelling, the headphones are comfortable and the sound is pretty... Read morePublished 7 months ago by William F. Baecht
For this price, these are great. Nice acoustics, mediocre noise cancellation, comfortable ear pads. They are also compact and easy to carry around.Published 10 months ago by Memo
They do not cancel as much outside noise as I thought they would. I bought them to use mowing the lawn.Published 10 months ago by Alan S.