Summary: I bought these for my 5 year old son who has autism and sensory processing disorder. I originally tried ear defenders but he found these uncomfortable as they were too tight against his ears. These headphones really do block out other sounds around him. Whilst out and about in large crowded noisy areas (ie restaurants, cricket matches) he will now watch a DVD at his leisure and will be unaware of the other sounds that use to cause him to have extreme meltdowns.
Summary: I bought these for my wife before a long haul trip and they got used on 4 seven hour flights. These coped well with aircraft noise and crying children. They are on the ear type and not as good as the full over the ear cans, but they are about a tenth of the price of my Senheiser PXC450 which I'd rate as 5 star.
Summary: Previous to these, I had a pair of Lidl noise cancelling headphones. The advantage these have is I can wear them with my glasses and they remain comfortable. The previous did not. I mostly use headphones to listen to music and initially I thought they were not as good as my previous set. However, I tweaked the EQ setting on my ipod, and the quality returned. I find them exceptionally good when used with a dvd played on my laptop.
Summary: I tried these recently on a transatlantic flight. The noise reduction is excellent, it blocks out all the engine, air con. white noise and people chat. I dropped off to sleep in no time, the only downside is when you wake up, the breakfast trolley has passed and everyone is sipping coffee. Combined with an iPod the results are great. The phones come with a pouch and pack down flat so they fit in an airline seat back pocket easily and come with an airline adaptor.
Summary: I've taken to using the bus on a 35 mile journey into town in an attempt to reduce my carbon footprint! It's pretty boring sitting for up to an hour and half on the journey each way and so I listen to pod-casts. However, the rattles and clatters of the bus as it hurtles through the countryside (made worse by all the potholes following two bad winters) makes audibility of speech difficult at times using conventional ear-buds.
Summary: When I was shopping for headphones for the kids for a very long flight this year I wanted a couple of cheap pairs. I thought I'd try different ones and went for the Sony MDRNC7B, the JVC HA-NC80 and Lenco HP-080. First I tested them as home, with some white noise from the radio and they all performed to a similar level, namely, OK.
Excerpt: I have a set of Bose headphones for myself, and whenever we fly, my girlfriend always wants to use them. The danger is, that when I fall asleep, and she then gets bored of listening to music, she just throws them on the floor or stuffs them in the back of the seat. As these cost me over £200, it breaks my heart to see them treated in this way. I decided that in order to save the life of my headphones, I'd have to buy her a set of her own.
JVC HA NC80: Noise cancelling headphones at a good price
13 May 2010
Summary: I have a set of Bose headphones for myself, and whenever we fly, my girlfriend always wants to use them. The danger is, that when I fall asleep, and she then gets bored of listening to music, she just throws them on the floor or stuffs them in the back of the seat. As these cost me over £200, it breaks my heart to see them treated in this way. I decided that in order to save the life of my headphones, I'd have to buy her a set of her own.
Pros: Deadens a lot of background noise
Cons: Sound isn't very bassy, and noise cancellation could be better
Summary: we found the earphones comfortable, the sound for watching a film during the flight was good, they do block out some of the aircraft noise and a large amount of surrounding noise, so all in all we are happy with the product. they are not as good as the equivalent BOSE earphones but then, they are not as expensive either. unfortunately, the description did not mention that the pack includes aircraft adapters so we unnecessarily purchased a set of those separately.