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Noise Cancelling Headphone with Active Noise Reduction Technology
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 Noise Cancelling Headphones from Monoprice!
These headphones have been designed to provide superior noise cancellation, leaving a quiet, empty soundstage in which to experience your favorite music. Additionally, they can be used without any musical or audio content when what you need most of all is peace and quiet. The Active Noise Reduction circuity will eliminate almost all external sounds, giving you the quiet you need to think and concentrate.
The ANR circuitry is powered by a single AAA battery (included), which can power it for up to 50 hours. The headphones can also be used in passive mode, without the ANR circuitry enabled, which gives you excellent musical reproduction, while allowing you to hear some of the environment around you.
The headphones come with 55" audio cable with an inline microphone and control module, a 58" standard audio cable with a 90-degree connector on one end, a headphone/microphone splitter for use with PCs, a 3.5mm to 1/4" plug adapter, and and airline plug adapter. They are packaged in a luxury "hardshell" zippered nylon storage case, which includes a nylon mesh internal pocket for the included cables and accessories. The carry case includes a D-ring, which can be used to attach a strap (not included) or to secure it to a backpack.
|Frequency Response||20 Hz ~ 20 kHz ±3dB|
|THD (94dB SPL@1KHz)||< 1%|
|Linear Reduction in Noise Pressure||92%|
|Linear Reduction in Noise Energy||99%|
|Logarithmic Reduction in Noise Pressure||19dB|
|Passive Sound Isolation||35dB|
|Driver Type||Neodymium magnet|
|Power Source||1x AAA battery|
|Battery Life||up to 50 hours|
|Low Power Indicator||Flashing LED|
|Dimensions||6.9" x 6.4" x 3.1" (174 x 163 x 80 mm)|
|Weight||< 6.3 oz. (< 180g)|
- User's Manual (Dec 18, 2012)
They are very comfortable.
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My head gets sore.
PROS: Active noise canceling is actually not bad. As good as some other, much more expensive brands? I'm not sure.
Replaceable battery (AAA). Just keep an extra battery in the bag and you won't have to worry about running out of power at an inconvenient time.
Good battery life.
You can leave the active noise canceling off and still listen to audio.
On-cable mic (works with mobile devices and computers).
On-cable controls (works with mobile devices and some computers).
Comes with a storage case.
CONS: The on-cable controls are completely flat, making it more difficult than it should be to quickly press the button you're looking for. On more than one occasion on a recent flight, I found myself hurriedly pressing on the side of the controls (which does nothing) rather than the face of the unit where the buttons actually are.
The opening of the pads on the headphones is just a little too small. My ears aren't exactly big (proportionally), but they are squished in there a bit.
Something about the padding is keeping the noise isolation from being as good as it could be. I'm not sure if there isn't enough padding, or the padding that's there is too firm, preventing it from molding around things like glasses (other brands are able to do this well). I often have to adjust them slightly to get a good seal so noise doesn't seep in around the pads.
The padding is pretty firm and the headphone squeeze a bit tightly. This combination means that they can get uncomfortable after prolonged use.
The cord with the controls and mic is too short. When I sit at my desk with it plugged into my laptop (which the play/pause control works with, by the way), I have to be careful to not lean back or anything. Another foot would be really nice.
The cord, like the cord on Monoprice's iDevice-like earbuds, has an unpleasant texture.
The on-off switch is surprisingly hard to move. This has become easier over time.
The zipper on the storage case is backwards. For whatever reason, I'm used to grabbing the zipper from the top, moving it around clockwise and having the case being opened after the zipper has been moved around past the bottom of the case. I frequently find myself going for the zipper in the wrong location. I did a little usability testing and had a few other people either open or close the case (without letting them know why), then confirmed after that the zipper didn't go the direction they expected.
The problem is that the ear pads fall apart. Is there any replacement ear pads available? Or any ear pads from other headphones that would work?
PROS: Great job for the price
CONS: Ear pads fall appart
Unfortunately, the right earpiece on mine stopped working a little over a year after I got them...just a bit outside the warranty period. At this price, I expect things to hold up a little better. I always kept them in their case and treated them gently.
Good noise-canceling, and reasonably good sound quality
Nice carrying case, comes with cables and adapters
The battery life is higher than the bose, and they work when turned on and off (something the older Bose didn't do).
My head is a bit tall and narrow, so these didn't fit as well as the Bose. There is a bit of pressure at the top of my head. But it's not bad at all.
These are also more durable than the Bose in my anecdotal tests (giving them to an 8 year old boy, who managed to snap the Bose headphones in 4.2 minutes). So far the Monoprice headphones are still in one piece.
PROS: $184 less than the current Bose equivalent.
Good noise cancellation
Works even with it turned off
Nice travel case
CONS: Not as comfortable for my head
Materials not as premium as Bose
Noise cancellation not as power as Bose
PROS: Price, Sound, Noise Cancelling.
CONS: Earpad cover separation after several years.
PROS: Cancels noise very well while there is music playing.
Sound quality is above average.
Headphones are comfortable to wear for longer periods of time.
PROS: Love them, great sound, very good noise canceling
CONS: ear pads wear out after owning for a year.
Now lets get into the Active noise reduction. It does not cancel out the noise as well as the bose headphones. I kind of expected that seeing as how they are a third of the price, however in the tests that i ran with ambient noise, they did a pretty good job of taking the audible noise level down significantly. (when i did this, i was not playing music through the headphones) The hum of my computer fans was almost completely eliminated.
Overall i really like these headphones and especially for the price, you can't beat it for a decent sounding active noise cancellation headset. It even comes with the headphone/mic adapter to plug into the computer, that is a great little touch. Personally i use them through a portable headphone amp really crank the volume up, they do have some sound leakage, but nothing too seriously horrible. Basically if you are looking for a budget set of good headphones with noise cancellation, you can stop your search and just buy these already.
Come with a nice carrying case
CONS: could reduce more noise
PROS: High end packaging, nice carrying case, comfortable, plenty of accessories
I replaced my old Sony noise-canceling headphones with these ones. Compared to the Sony, these headphones do not produce as good quality sound, and they do not filter out as much external noise. That said, they perform well, but just not as well as the pricier set did.
I like the design of the on/off button. It is hard to turn them on accidentally, which was a problem I had with the Sony headset. I would often accidentally push the button on the Sony headset when I was putting them in a bag. With the Monoprice headset, you have to apply a little bit of force to the on/off button.
The headphones are worth the price you pay for them. I would buy them again.
PROS: Appropriate price. Nice sound. Can't accidentally turn them on.
CONS: The ear pieces are small.