reviews\ Feb 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm

True Fidelity NC300B Headphones - PC - Review

You can have the best system in the world but if the speakers are tinny or of lesser quality, then you are being cheated.

ableplanet has a solution, though, in the form of the NC300B True Fidelity Active Noise Canceling Headphones. Yep, a mouthful of a name, but the headphones deliver with a clarity and exquisite quality that make the sound, from a laptop to desktop or even an MP3 player, a joy for the ears.

There was a bit of a problem when first firing up the headphones. Plugging in the connection cable in one direction, with the volume controller nearer to the output source, produced a thrumming sound when the head bobbed or was cantered toward the right. Reversing the connections eliminated that noise and allowed the sound to come through without interference.

The specs for these headphones include a frequency response of 20 Hz – 20 kHz, with 115 dB in the off position and 121 dB in the on position.

There is a battery (AAA) that sits in the right headphone, with an on and off switch on the back on the ear covering. The headphones have a soft cushion that is intended to cover the entire ear, thus producing the noise reduction qualities. Yes, there is a noticeable reduction in exterior noises when the headset is put on. The headphones work off a Linux Audio technology that is supposed to provide a full base sound with clear high tones and distinguishable mid-tones. In other words, this headset is akin to having a mixer balanced for optimum bass and high tonal quality. From rock to classic music, the headset was a solid performer.

While they do mask outside noise, there is bleed from the headset and after turning up the volume to near capacity (not recommended – it does get loud), those nearby could heard the music clearly. Plugged into a gaming laptop with Realtek HD Audio, the headset performed very well playing MMOs with textured sound effects and shooters with directional audio.

Worn for better than two hours, the headset did not become uncomfortable, though the ears did start to get a little warm. One of the nicest things, though, is that because of the high quality of the sound delivered, combined with the way the headset shuts out external noise, is that the overall volume can be turned lower than normal for a headset and still the audio is vibrant and clear.

The NC300B retails for $129.99, but that is a drop in the bucket for the quality of the sound. The headset also comes with a hard shell case to protect the headset as well as a lifetime warranty.

When sound quality is a concern, investing in a headset that delivers is a no-brainer. The NC300B headset is a quality product that combines value with great sound delivery.

High quality sound in a comfortable headset that also reduces external noise.

When the connecting cord was plugged in one way, there was a bit of a thrum that seemed to be centered in the connection to the headset itself. Reversing the connections eliminated that noise.

Overall: 8.5
Comfort and great sound equals a solid product that needs to be heard. The quality of the sound is crisp and does not require a high volume setting to deliver a full and robust audio experience.


About The Author
In This Article
From Around The Web
blog comments powered by Disqus