Excerpt: I bought these to use when traveling, on airplanes, train, busses. So far I've just tried them around local higher noise level areas and the do cancel some of the noise. About what I would expect for the price these sell for. I'm still waiting to see how they do on an airplane while trying to watch a movie, so I can't say anything about that yet. They fit comfortably, they sound OK, and they do fold into a more compact bag to save space when traveling.
If you want real noise cancellation, buy a better headset.
C. Dworkin, Amazon
11 January 2013
Summary: Review of JVC HANC80 Noise-Cancelling Headphones Before getting into the details of these headphones I'd like to put out three basic ideas concerning noise-cancelling headphones. (1) Noise-Cancelling Headphones work best when they are used around constant frequency sounds such as airplanes, trains, buses, fans, and electric shop tools such as table saws. They do not work as well with varying frequency sound such as talking, television, radio, and music.
Excerpt: I bought this headphone in order to check out for myself to what extent airplane noise is reduced. Rather than buying one of the more expensive brands, I felt this headphone is a nice starting point to find out more. Well noise reduction is not as much as I had expected, so I am still doubtful whether or not to go for one of the more expensive ones. The headphone itself is very nice, comfortable and provides nice sound.
Pros: Comfortable, Compact, Good Value, Lightweight
Summary: All around for the price they are good, now I'm comparing to a Bose head set and these are good for the price, but it draws back. If I could I would ask JVC to acctully make them NOISE CANCELLING.
Pros: Well I must admit they are small and not something that smashes your ears very hard. Compact they are thats what I love.
Cons: So called noise reduction doesn't work as well as I thought. I got mine for $35. Base is almost none existant, also it takes a triple AAA battery...thats pretty poor. I would rather if it uses power from the jack. The cord seems to tangle at the neck a lot. The noise reduction does make the song quieter so keep it off unless you want to hear a SOFT song.
Summary: I've tried most of the noise canceling earphones and headphones out there, and unless you pay a lot (a few hundred) or are willing to put up with uncomfortable (for long periods) in-ear plug-style noise-blocking earphones, you'll have a hard time finding a pair that will block out jet engine noise when you're flying. But these, for the price, are among the best I've found at the under $100 price point.
Summary: Price was the driver in my search for new headphones. I wanted over/on-the ear, corded headphones and I didn't want to spend more than $20-$30 and that's exactly what I got so I'm HAPPY with my purchase. There are shortcomings with these headphones however so it depends on what you're looking for. Cons: -The noise canceling/deadening has practically no effect whatsoever. I've had other (cheap) noise cancelling headphones and they worked much better.
Summary: I was very skeptical about noise cancelling in general. I took 3 headphones on a cross country flight and offer the following: JVC HANC80 was fair in noise cancelling, fair in audio output and fair in construction. I'd note that it was somewhat uncomfortable at first and took time to get use to having the headset on my ears.
Summary: After losing my old sound canceling headphones, I thought I would try this unit, since it looks good, the price was nice and low, and JVC is a well known brand. I was dissapointed by their performance compared to my old ones. Their sound canceling effectiveness is not as good as some other models on the market, and they are on the heavy side. As a glasses wearer, I also found them uncomfortable because they were too tight against the ears.
Summary: These headphones are comfortable, and have good sound quality, but I would not call them noise cancelling at all. I flip the switch to turn on the feature, and I can still hear things normally, but with a "hiss" added on top. I wouldn't spend the money for these again.