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.
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.