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Passive cancellation works, active not really
on 8 June 2009
It is going to be review of both Panasonic RP-HC31E-K and Philips SHN2500
I wanted some headphones before my travel and I ordered both items hoping one would arrive on time, and of course both of them were dispatched the very same day. But thanks to it I could test them all.
Generally noise cancellation works, I can finally watch movies in comfort on my iPod when flying and it was the main reason why I bought them.
However, 90% of the effect comes from just the earphones not from the active system!!!!!!
So it is probably better to buy cheaper and smaller passive earphones like for example Creative.
Active system is disappointment, I expected more from it, and it looks like it is not worth the hassle of having extra piece of equipment hanging from your neck.
Just to compare.
Philips active noise cancellation works better than in Panasonic, you can actually hear the difference whereas in case of Panasonic it is more like wishful thinking.
But Philips design is terrible, the unit is huge and ugly. Panasonic looks much smarter, is smaller, almost cool and if not that it barely works I would prefer it.
Also the earphones of Panasonic have better design, they are bended and fits nicely into ears without sticking out like in Philips.
To sum up:
- active noise cancellation not good, better in Philips
- design better in Panasonic
- earphones better in Panasonic
My advise go for the passive earphones and check maybe the effect will be enough for you!
If not and you need the headphones only on plain/train where you don't bother how the unit looks and how big and clumsy it is, go for Philips.