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Glass half empty or half full?
on 12 October 2012
Mine seems to be a familiar story for these headphones. I originally bought them for an air flight to America but found that my other earphones (MDR-ED21LP groove earphones) did as good a job. I then put them aside until recently when I've been doing a lot of commuting by (noisy diesel) train and I've had mixed results.
First the good points:
1. They are comfortable to wear
2. Their noise *isolating* properties are very good.
The bad points:
1. The noise *cancelling* (for me) works very poorly. At first I couldn't hear any difference. After several trials, in the right circumstances I could spot a slight difference (some reduction in the lower register/rumble) but not enough to make this worthwhile. I normally listen to audio books so I loaded some music onto my ipod and tested again - same story.
2. The extra wires and battery unit makes it clumsier to use - more bits to get tangled together and extra weight in the leads to drag down if the battery unit becomes unclipped.
I'm still using them for their noise isolating propertoes but I paid extra for the noise cancelling and, for me, that wasn't money well spent.