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Active Noise Cancelling Headphones with Bass Boost
The world is so full of noise that it can be difficult to find the quiet you need to concentrate or to enjoy your favorite music. When you need to block out the sounds of the world, you need a pair of these Active Noise Cancelling Headphones! The Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) circuitry uses four microphones to eliminate up to 95% of external noise, giving you the quiet you need to clearly hear the quietest sections of your favorites music, or without audio content to give you the peace and quiet you need think and concentrate. And when you have the quiet you need around you, activate the bass boost circuit instead, to give an extra low-end punch to your favorite jams.
Sound: Life is too short for headphones that don't sound great! We believe that the whole point of listening to music is to hear it as the artist intended. Our engineers and audio experts have spent countless hours listening to and comparing various headphones until we were satisfied we had found models that fit our demanding standards.
Active Circuitry: The Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) system uses four microphones to reduce outside ambient noise by up to 15dB. Alternatively, the Bass Boost option gives 10dB of extra punch to the low-end of your favorite music.
Quality: The solid build quality means that these headphones are built to last. The detachable audio cable means that you'll never have to toss these 'phones because the cable breaks and a semihard storage case is included to protect these phones when they are packed in luggage or stored in the overhead bin.
In-Line Controller: Featuring an in-line controller with a microphone and play/pause and volume controls, you can also use these headphones answer/terminate calls on your Apple® or Android™ smartphone.
Powered by two AAA batteries (not included), these headphones offer two active and one passive mode of operation for maximum flexibility. When surrounded by noise, you can activate the Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) system to reduce outside ambient noise by up to 95%, allowing you to listed to music at more comfortable volume levels or to simply block out all sound for when you need peach and quiet.
When you don't need to block out noise, you can activate the Bass Boost system to give low frequencies 10dB of extra punch, so you can really enjoy bass heavy content. Finally, you can save batteries by turning off both active systems and using them as standard passive headphones.
Designed for use with the latest generation of smartphones, the in-line controller lets you control playback, answer or terminate phone calls, and control the volume. It is Apple® MFi certified for full compatibility with iOS® devices, as well as Android™ smartphones and tablets. In addition to the headphones and audio cable, the package includes a 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter, a flight adapter, and a semihard storage/travel case.
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|Drivers||40mm with neodymium magnets|
|Frequency Response||20Hz ~ 20kHz|
|Total Harmonic Distortion||
< 0.1% @1kHz in Passive mode
< 0.5% @1kHz in ANC or Bass mode
32 ohms in Passive mode
100 ohms in ANC or Bass mode
93dB ±3dB / 1mW @1kHz in Passive mode
103dB ±3dB / 1mW @1kHz in ANC mode
104dB ±3dB / 1mW @1kHz in Bass mode
|Noise Cancellation||Up to 15dB|
|Amplifier Power||5 watts|
|Microphone Frequency Response||100Hz ~ 10kHz|
|Microphone Sensitivity||45dB ±3dB|
|In-Line Controls||Play/Pause, Answer/Terminate Calls, Volume|
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PROS: -Very comfortable
-Bass boost works very well
-Lasts long on battery
CONS: -The ANC version is a little underwhelming
ANC works pretty well in office environment
CONS: Pop noise and audio cuts out when batteries start to get low, even though the batteries clearly have life in them
PROS: Overall comfort of ear cups and head pad. The bass booster is good for people who prefer heavy bass in the music.
CONS: Slightly bulky looking. Not as sleek as the beats or Bose headphones.
I have been using these headphones for about two weeks now. The construction quality is top notch, using high quality plastics throughout, and metal at the folding hinges. The plastic feels nice to the touch, and there is a great amount of flexibility to allow the headset to fit your head just right. There's around 1.25" (or 30 millimeters) of adjustment per band this wound up being EXACTLY enough for my head, but your mileage may vary as I had to extend them out all the way to get them to fit properly. To assist fitment, the cups on the side do pivot a bit, which is a nice touch. Padding in the headset is mostly good, offering plenty of support and comfort for extended listening sessions. Originally it took me a second to get them to sit correctly on my head given the cup size of the faux leather (is it real or fake?) ear cups used here people with particularly large ears might not find this headset comfortable for extended listening.
Controls work exactly as they should and aren't overly convoluted. The only controls which will work on Android are the pause and skip buttons volume does not do anything on an Android or PC environment, though sound quality was best on a PC. The built-in mic is probably the only point of disappointment here, as the sound of my voice was far too muddy to reasonably be used for any meaningful conversation. Perhaps this could be re-visited to try and get sound quality improved, or maybe even just offered as a specialized accessory cable in the future and just remove it from the base model since in this implementation it feels very much like an afterthought.
Having tested this headset on an iPad, a Zenfone 2, and a custom built PC using a Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec, sound quality is excellent when listening to music in all modes. The sound stage is reasonably large, allowing for a nice blend of treble and bass, though I feel like the mids could use a touch more life across. They aren't muddy, just not as turned up as the rest of the sound signature. Using Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) Mode corrects a lot of this for most genres of music, though you'll want to brace yourself for using either of the modes for these headphones as they have the effect of bringing the sound stage in closer, while pushing all other sounds outward, each by what I perceive to be roughly five yards or so. Bass Boost mode was enjoyable for genres that had a lot of bass in them, though for my personal use I wound up using ANC mode and Passive mode the most, since I listen to music while gaming, and Bass Boost made it too difficult to pick apart what I was hearing in game from what I was hearing in my music. My suggestion: listen to most music in passive mode first, then try it out in ANC mode and Bass Boost mode, but game with ANC mode on.
Overall this is an excellent set of headphones (despite the microphone quality), and I would highly recommend these for content creators who need ANC for accurate noise perception, gamers who want to feel fully immersed in their gaming experience, or music lovers who want their tunes to sound the best they can without spending TOO much money on a good set of headphones.
PROS: Comfortable, durable, excellent sound reproduction, ANC and Bass Boost work excellently, very flexible, great build quality, extremely competitive price
CONS: microphone is kind of an afterthought (ignore its presence), mid-range frequencies are a bit off, folks with larger ears may not find these very comfortable
With that in mind the price point for these headphones is spot on. If one was looking for a set of headphones that were as functional as they were aesthetically pleasing, these would be the ones to look for, especially for $99.
The box these headphones come in is very clean, minimal and well built. The important information is written on the back of the box with listings such as 32 ohm impedance in passive mode, 100 ohms in Active Noise Cancelling and Bass modes. With up to 15dB of active noise cancellation on a 20Hz-20KHz frequency response these headphones are great for those long flights with screaming kids and noisy neighbors.
These come with a very nice semi-hard carrying case for ease of travel. Inside are the headphones with a nice 1.4m(4.5ft) cable with inline microphone and controls. In my particular case there were 2 AAA batteries, necessary for the active noise cancellation and bass modes. You can listen to music, videos, etc without the need of the batteries, passive only mode, but you will mist on the 15dB noise cancellation. These do a great job of eliminating outside noise on their own being close-backed headphones but that ANC mode is all the more better with 4 mics working to cancel outside noise.
Some cons are they are a little tight on the head, even though they are around the ear style headphones. The volume control does not work on Android, but the play/pause does. If not using the included case, which is a little bulky, the headphones do fold up for easy travel inside a smaller bag. Although the headband and ear cups are leather padded, they are a little uncomfortable after extended use.
All in all I really like these headphones, they are not as good as my Big Brand Name headphones, which were half the price but that’s a different matter entirely. If I was in the market for a great pair of close-backed, Active Noise Cancelling headphones for a decent price, these are the ones that I would look for and eventually purchase. The pros outweigh the cons with this pair and I would gladly recommend them to anyone else looking for a decent pair of noise cancelling headphones.
PROS: Sound Quality
PROS: Noise cancelling works well.
Battery life so long you almost forget you need them.
CONS: Not rechargeable.
Doesn't make me breakfast, lol.
It comes packaged with a very nice hard shell case to store your headphones in when not in use. The cable is detachable, which is a awesome feature in case you ever ruin the original. The cable supplied is a bit on the short side at about 4 feet. It has built in volume adjustments and a pause/play track advance button. I had some trouble playing previous tracks but advancing and pause/play worked great. Volume adjustments did not work on my phone, but maybe it could be a conflict with my Double Twist app I use.
The headset itself feels very well constructed and solid. I love the rubberized coating over the plastic. They look very attractive, colored a matte black with grey and chrome accents . The cushions are extremely soft, yet supportive. They feel very good over the ears and after a few hours of use, they didn't bother me. You can extend them to about a inch on each side to fit perfectly on your head.
The main feature of these specific pair is the active noise canceling and bass boost. This is powered by 2 AAA batteries, which fit into a compartment on the left ear cup. The manual says they will last up to 20 hours, which is a good amount of time. Both features work great although the noise canceling reduces the bass and seems to increase the volume some. It does reduce the outside noise, but not entirely. The bass boost is simply amazing, and at full volume can't shake your whole head.
Overall I was very impressed with these headphones. The only cons are the short cable and the loss of base when in noise canceling mode. Everything else gets a A+. Definitely feels like these could be easily sold for a extra $50.
PROS: Sturdy Look, Professional style, the label isn't fancy enough to attract the bystander to take them as what happened to my bose, and a co-workers beats. Sounds great.
CONS: No battery is included, so getting these and traveling right away, makes you stop and buy triple A' batteries, the cord is sort of short, maybe 7 to 8 feet would be better. When can i get a Bluetooth(R) version of these?
Headphones look and feel well built. Plastic pieces are made of sturdy high quality plastic which is something I've come to expect from Monoprice. The metal portions are also sturdy and feel as they will last. Leather ear cups are soft but firm and shouldn't wear out quickly. Though the ear cups are a tad small which means for people with large ears these may become uncomfortable after a while. The included cable is seriously way too short. It will not reach my laptop, on my lap, when wear the headphones. Also the mic quality is underwhelming as well. It feels/sounds like it was an afterthought.
After testing the music quality of these headphones via my Alto 6 Channel Mixer I have determined that the music quality of these headphones is sub-par. Music sounds distant and echoey. Highs and Mediums sound washed out. The Bass is good but for a 100$ pair of headphones I would have expected better. However the active noise canceling in these is very good. My room has a noise AC and turtle tank filter and these headphones cut out the sounds of those but I was still able to hold a conversation with people while wearing them.
I recommend these to anyone who travels a lot via airplane, train, or bus. The noise canceling is great at cutting out background noise while still allowing you to hear people around you.
PROS: Good Active Noise canceling
Good build quality
Sturdy carrying/storage case
CONS: Music drivers are sub-par
Cable is a little too short (I am 6'2" if that helps.)
Mic quality isn't that great compared to other in-line’s