Able Planet NC200 Clear Harmony Foldable Headphones
16 March 2009
Summary: In our review of the original Able Planet Clear Harmony headphones, we were impressed by how well the $300 device used a pair of comfortable cans to block out ambient noise while leveraging Linx Audio technology to supply a greatly enhanced audio source. A few of the original’s elements are present in the $99.99 NC200 headphones, but the Linx Audio technology is noticeably less effective in this model.
Pros: Ache-free lightweight design, Excellent active noise cancellation, Collapsible for easy travel,
Cons: Lackluster audio quality without noise-canceling mode, Sound seeps out easily, Audible hum between tracks,
Excerpt: By my reckoning, headphones can be categorized as either inexpensive/expensive, in-ear/on-ear/shit-ugly. Sure, there are plenty of options available for men of all walks, but recently I found myself in need of gear to stave off the crying baby or snorer that I inevitably find seated next to me on flight after bloody flight.
Excerpt: Jet engines. Interstate traffic. Blaring sirens. These are the sounds familiar to urban dwellers. But as noise pollution permeates cityscapes, so does tech to combat it. And now that Able Planet’s NC200 headphones have hit shelves, scoring a decent set of noise-canceling cans doesn’t mean you have to secure a private loan to afford a pair (Bose, we’re looking at you). But are these truly the elusive bargain-priced silencers we’ve spent years searching for?
Pros: Great value and passable audio for the price. Easy to carry and stow thanks to collapsible frame. Produces clear thumping bass and smooth left/right panning. Surprisingly little distortion at high volumes.
Cons: Bulky, un-sporty frame ensures indoor-only usage. Ear cups are terrible at containing audio. Laughable thin audio sans noise canceling. Audible white noise during quiet sections of songs and dialogue. Pimpalicious velvet carrying case doesn’t protect jack.
Review: Able Planet NC200 Noise Cancelling Headphones
7 December 2008
Summary: Overall these are a decent set of noise cancelling cans. They fold away neatly, the cable is fully removable, and they do actually help combat exterior noise. Sure, they aren’t up to Bose quality but then again they don’t have a Bose price tag either because you can pick a pair up for around $70-$100 which really represents great value for money.