Excerpt: Phiaton's PS 20 NC headphones can withstand multiple drops and offer a slew of bells and whistles
Pros: Durable, Repels water well, Light weight and wraps up tightly for easy portability, Has a noise-reducing feature, Comes with an airline adapter and a carrying case, along with four different-sized earpieces
Cons: Expensive, Some consumers commented that the irregular design was a nuisance
Excerpt: Editor Chris Martens’ recent coverage of custom-molded in-ear headphones (from Westone, JH Audio and Sensaphonics), you’ll know that the level of noise reduction from in-ear headphones is not a given. To put it numerically, if the noise in the environment is at, say, 80 db (a reasonable number for the interior or an airplane or train, with peaks rising well above that average level) and ideally you’d like the environment to have a background noise level of 30 db.
Conclusion: For the price, Phiaton's PS 20 NC noise-cancelling earphones exceed expectations, offering high quality audio performance and noise cancellation in a thoughtful design.
Pros: Strong audio performance with pleasant low-frequency response. Can be used in passive (non-noise-canceling mode) without affecting sound. Better-than-average noise cancellation. No distortion at high volumes. Secure fit.
Cons: Battery compartment on cable can be cumbersome. Uses non-rechargeable batteries.
Excerpt: Noise canceling headphones bring sanity to an otherwise cacophonous world, but often at the price of cranial bulk. Phiaton’s PS 20 NC ($129) earphones erase that downside with a “half in-ear” design and proprietary “Noise Blocker” technology that removes 95% of ambient noise.
Conclusion: I surely do. Phiaton has done a commendable job of making an affordable, great sounding product that sells at a price that I haven't seen in the noise cancellation market. I believe that just about anyone will be happy with these comfortable and quite reasonably priced earphones.
Pros: Well priced, comfortable, great sound, good looking, provides a degree of noise cancellation, plays even when the battery is dead, comes with an airplane adapter and a luxurious carry pouch.
Cons: Missing the foam earpieces found on other models, noise cancellation could be better, the clip seems cheap.
Excerpt: Earlier this year we had an opportunity to review Phiaton’s PS 210 headphones. Their unique “half in-ear” design proved to be an admirable design point that improved how securely they fit as well as their sound quality. Now, we take a moment to review the new PS 20 NC headphones, a set of noise-cancelling earphones that combine the same “half in-ear” design with active noise cancelling that proposes to reduce ambient noise by 95%.
Pros: Very effective noise cancellation, Clean, open sound with impressive bass, Comfortable, secure fit, Very High Value
Cons: On/Off switch difficult to operate, Cable connections to noise cancelling module not very sturdy, Cheap feeling parts