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Able Planet Headphone

Able Planet high fidelity NC200B

Noise Cancelling

There are two occasions where noise-cancelling headphones are helpful: when you are listening to music in a noisy environment, and when you want to block ambient noise even without listening to music.

First, I inserted the AAA battery into the headphones and turned on the noise-cancelling function without the audio cable attached. I wanted to see if it would cancel noise when nothing was playing through the headphone set itself. For a $100 noise-cancelling headphone set, I would say it did a decent job of cancelling the ambient noise in this scenario.
Next, I plugged the audio cable into it to see how well it canceled noise while I was listening to music. Before starting any music, I was disappointed to hear a slight hissing sound, perhaps due to the static gathered by the open 3.5mm jack. When I connected the 3.5mm jack into my iPod, it reduced the hissing noise significantly. It was barely hearable now, but it was still there until I chose a song and played it. With music coming in through the headphones, the hissing and static sounds disappeared.

I took these headphones with me on a flight to Chicago, and they did cancel the ambient noise completely when I played music through them. The set did a decent job when I used it simply for noise cancelling in the plane.

Sound Quality

The sound quality was not as great as what you would get from $300 headphones, but I was surprised that a $100 headphone set could work as well as the Able Planet NC200B did. The fidelity was true as advertised, but the bass could have been better. The Able Planet Noise Cancelling headphones delivered good sound quality and a decent noise cancelling ability combined with great folding and compacting options for portability. The noise cancellation on/off switch and the integrated volume controller are two very handy features. It is durable enough for prolonged use. Overall, I would say these headphones are a good buy considering their low cost.

MPN: NC200B. UPC: 0085949800133.
able planet headphone NC200B

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